|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Robert Burton (15771640)|
|QUOTATION:||Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 4, Subsect. 6.|
Seven wealthy towns contend for Homer dead,
Through which the living Homer begged his bread.
Great Homers birthplace seven rival cities claim,
Too mighty such monopoly of Fame.
Thomas Seward: On Shakespeares Monument at Stratford-upon-Avon.
Seven cities warred for Homer being dead;
Who living had no roofe to shrowd his head.
Thomas Heywood: Hierarchie of the Blessed Angells. [back]