Wittington

(See Whittington.)

Beneath this stone lies Wittington,
Sir Richard rightly named,
Who three times Lord Mayor served in London,
In which he ne'er was blamed.
He rose from indigence to wealth
By industry and that,
For lo! be scorned to gain by stealth
What he got by a cat.

Epitaph
(destroyed by the fire of London).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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