Lodges Aren’t Included in Original Verse

I’ll assume your intention was not to deify the Lodge family (“A Lodge Out West,” Summer 2001 issue), but you’ve stuck them in the place usually reserved for God in the old (and, I thought, well-known) quatrain about who, in Boston, talks to whom. The Lodges don’t figure at all in the original version. Inserting them would, among other things, ruin the rhyme (unless one were, say, to substitute “stodge” for “cod”).

For an added Harvard connection, note that the Lowells and the Cabots both got undergraduate houses named after them, while the Lodges are so far homeless. This is, perhaps, fortunate, as “Lodge House” doesn’t really ring.

Editor’s note: The original verse, from a toast by John Collins Bossidy in 1910:

And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk to the Cabots,
And the Cabots talk only to God.