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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:209
AUTHOR:Thomas Tusser (c. 1515–1580)
QUOTATION:’T is merry in hall
Where beards wag all. 1
ATTRIBUTION:August’s Abstract.
 
Note 1.
Merry swithe it is in halle,
When the beards waveth alle.
Life of Alexander, 1312.

This has been wrongly attributed to Adam Davie. There the line runs,—
Swithe mury hit is in halle,
When burdes waiven alle. [back]
 

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