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

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Charles Lamb. (1775–1834) (continued)
The very marrow of tradition ’s shown;
  And all that history, much that fiction weaves.
          To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.
    He might have proved a useful adjunct, if not an ornament to society.
          Captain Starkey.
    Neat, not gaudy. 1
          Letter to Wordsworth, 1806.
    Martin, if dirt was trumps, what hands you would hold!
          Lamb’s Suppers.
    Returning to town in the stage-coach, which was filled with Mr. Gilman’s guests, we stopped for a minute or two at Kentish Town. A woman asked the coachman, “Are you full inside?” Upon which Lamb put his head through the window and said, “I am quite full inside; that last piece of pudding at Mr. Gilman’s did the business for me.”
          Autobiographical Recollections. (Leslie.)
James Smith. (1775–1839)
    No Drury Lane for you to-day.
          Rejected Addresses. The Baby’s Début.
    I saw them go: one horse was blind,
The tails of both hung down behind,
  Their shoes were on their feet.
          Rejected Addresses. The Baby’s Début.
    Lax in their gaiters, laxer in their gait.
          The Theatre.
William Pitt. (d. 1840)
    A strong nor’-wester ’s blowing, Bill!
  Hark! don’t ye hear it roar now?
Lord help ’em, how I pities them
  Unhappy folks on shore now!
          The Sailor’s Consolation.
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, Hamlet, Quotation 46. [back]