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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2123
AUTHOR:Robert Burton (1577–1640)
QUOTATION:Joh. Mayor, in the first book of his “History of Scotland,” contends much for the wholesomeness of oaten bread; it was objected to him, then living at Paris, that his countrymen fed on oats and base grain…. And yet Wecker out of Galen calls it horse-meat, and fitter juments than men to feed on. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 2, Subsect. 1.
 
Note 1.
Oats,—a grain which is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.—Samuel Johnson: Dictionary of the English Language. [back]
 

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