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2990 John Dryden 1631-1700 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:John Dryden (1631–1700)
QUOTATION:And new-laid eggs, which Baucis’ busy care
Turn’d by a gentle fire and roasted rare. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book viii. Baucis and Philemon, Line 97.
Note 1.
Our scanty mutton scrags on Fridays, and rather more savoury, but grudging, portions of the same flesh, rotten-roasted or rare, on the Tuesdays.—Charles Lamb: Christ’s Hospital five-and-thirty Years Ago. [back]