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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

2143 Robert Burton 1577-1640 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Robert Burton (1577–1640)
QUOTATION:Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did “go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him.” 1
ATTRIBUTION:Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 4, Subsect. 6.
Note 1.
Seven wealthy towns contend for Homer dead,
Through which the living Homer begged his bread.

Great Homer’s birthplace seven rival cities claim,
Too mighty such monopoly of Fame.
Thomas Seward: On Shakespeare’s Monument at Stratford-upon-Avon.

Seven cities warred for Homer being dead;
Who living had no roofe to shrowd his head.
Thomas Heywood: Hierarchie of the Blessed Angells. [back]