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

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Miscellaneous. (continued)
    Betwixt the stirrup and the ground,
Mercy I ask’d; mercy I found. 1
          William Camden: Remains.
    Begone, dull Care! I prithee begone from me!
Begone, dull Care! thou and I shall never agree.
          Playford: Musical Companion. (1687.)
    Much of a muchness.
          Vanbrugh: The Provoked Husband, Act i. Sc. 1.
    Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John,
The bed be blest that I lye on.
          Thomas Ady: A Candle in the Dark, p. 58. (London 1656.)
    Junius, Aprilis, Septémq; Nouemq; tricenos,
Vnum plus reliqui, Februs tenet octo vicenos,
At si bissextus fuerit superadditur vnus.
          William Harrison: Description of Britain (prefixed to Holinshed’s “Chronicle,” 1577).
    Thirty dayes hath Nouember,
Aprill, June, and September,
February hath xxviii alone,
And all the rest have xxxi.
          Richard Grafton: Chronicles of England. (1590.)
    Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November,
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one;
Excepting leap year,—that ’s the time
When February’s days are twenty-nine.
          The Return from Parnassus. (London, 1606.)
    Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone,
Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.
          Common in the New England States.
Note 1.
Altered by Johnson (1783),—
Between the stirrup and the ground,
I mercy ask’d; I mercy found. [back]