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258 Edmund Spenser 1552?-1599 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
QUOTATION:Through thick and thin, both over bank and bush, 1
In hope her to attain by hook or crook. 2
ATTRIBUTION:Faerie Queene. Book iii. Canto i. St. 17.
Note 1.
Through thick and thin.—Michael Drayton: Nymphidiæ. Thomas Middleton: The Roaring Girl, act iv. sc. 2. Kemp: Nine Days’ Wonder. Samuel Butler: Hudibras, part i. canto ii. line 370. John Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel, part ii. line 414. Alexander Pope: Dunciad, book ii. William Cowper: John Gilpin. [back]
Note 2.
See Skelton, Quotation 5. [back]