We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere,
Is he in heaven? - Is he in hell? 
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.

(The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy, circa 1905)

Sir Percy Blakeney becomes the talk of Lord Grenville’s ball when he recites (repeatedly) this little poem he devised. “‘All done in the tying of a cravat,’ Sir Percy had declared to his clique of admirers.”