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What's the source of this poem?

 
Greenhorn
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I came across the poem below:
Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling
In mystic force and magic spelling
Celestial sprites elucidate
All my sad striving can't relate
It turns out that someone used this poem to help them remember the value of PI to 20 decimal places (why, I don't know). The number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit in the value of PI, with the comma serving to separate the whole and fractional parts.
Has anyone seen this? Anyone know the author? Was the poem written just to help remember PI or is this just a coincidence? Is the value of PI to 20 places correct according to this poem?
Thanks,
Tom
 
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A google search says that it was written by Michael P. Masterson-Gibbons for the purpose of remembering the value of pi.
 
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