Irish “rat—I was never so be-rhymed since Pythagoras' time, that I was an,” AS YOU LIKE IT, iii. 2. 165. “She alludes to the Pythagorean doctrine, which teaches that souls transmigrate from one animal to another, and relates that in his time she was an Irish rat, and by some metrical charm was rhymed to death. The power of killing rats with rhymes Donne mentions in his Satires, and Temple in his Treatises, ” (JOHNSON) . It would be easy to quote sundry passages concerning the rhyming of rats to death.