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"Cunno Opt. Min." is the title by which John Wilkes/Thomas Potter's parody on Alexander Pope's "The Universal Prayer" is known. The title "Cunno Opt. Min." (To Cunt, the best, the smallest) refers to the opening line of Pope's original which reads "DEO OPT. MAX." (To God, the best, the greatest).

Pope's lines:

Thou Great First Cause, least understood,
Who all my sense confin'd
To know but this, that Thou art good,
And that myself am blind:

are subverted to:

Thou first great Cause, least understood,
Who all my Prick confined,
To feel but this, that thou art good
And that himself is blind.





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