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And you're giving a treat (penny ice and cold meat) to a party of friends and relations -They're a ravenous horde - and they all came on board at Sloane Square and South Kensington Stations.And bound on that journey you find your attorney (who started that morning from Devon); He's a bit undersized, and you don't feel surprised when he tells you he's only eleven'W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911)
" ''Brutus'' will start a spirit as soon as ''Caesar''. Now in the names of all the gods at once, Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he grows so great?Julius Caesar, 146; William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
'Have you learned to carve well? For it is ridiculous not to carve well . . . . do you use yourself to carve adroitly and genteelly, without hacking half an hour across a bone, without bespattering the company with the sauce, and without over-turning the glasses into your neighbour's pocket? Lord Philip Chesterfield (1694-1773)
'For I was hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: Iwas in prison, and ye came unto me'.Bible St Matthew 35'
Go, little book, and wish to all flowers in the garden, meat in the hall, A bin of wine, a spice of wit, A house with lawns enclosing it, A living river by the door, A nightingale in the sycamore' Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) bk. 1.i Envoy.
'He crams with cans of poisoned meat, The subjects of the King, And when they die by thousands Why, he laughs like anything' G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) Song Against Grocers
'He smiled rather too much. He smiled at breakfast, you know'. Charles Wheeler (on the spy George Blake)
"Here a little child I stand,Heaving up my either hand;Cold as paddocks though they be,Here I lift them up to Thee,For a benison to fallOn our meat, and on us all. Amen. Noble Numbers. Another Grace for a Child; Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
'Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns' The Bible St Matthew 25
"I can not eat but little meat,My stomach is not good:But sure I think, that I can drinkWith him that wears a hood.Though I go bare, take ye no care,I am nothing acold:I stuff my skin, so full within,Of jolly good ale and old,Back and side go bare, go bare,Both foot and hand go cold:But belly God send thee good ale enough,Whether it be new or old. Song from Gammer Gurton''s Needle (aacted 1566, printed 1575), Act 11. The play has been attributed to Wlliam Stevenson (1530?-1575) and to John Still (1543-1608); the song may be earlier in origin. Anon.
"One of our late great poets is sunk in his reputation, because he could never forgive any conceit which came his way; but swept like a drag-net, great and small. There was plenty enough, but the dishes were ill-sorted; whole pyramids of sweetmeats, for boys and women; but little of solid meat for men. Of Satire; John Dryden (1631-1700)
'It is as bad as bad can be; it is ill-fed, ill-killed, ill-kept, and ill-drest. [On a dish of roast mutton] Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
'It is not very easy to fix the principles upon which mankind have agreed to eat someanimals, and reject others; and as the principle is not evident, it is not uniform. That which is selected as delicate in one country, is by its neighbours abhorred as loathsome' Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
'Laugh before breakfast, you'll cry before supper' Anon
'Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast'. Marlene Dietrich
'Out-did the meat, out-did the frolic wine' Robert Herrick (1591-1674) Ode for Ben Jonson"Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness".The Bible; Judges 14:14