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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2348
AUTHOR:Samuel Butler (1612–1680)
QUOTATION:Beside, ’t is known he could speak Greek
As naturally as pigs squeak; 1
That Latin was no more difficile
Than to a blackbird ’t is to whistle.
ATTRIBUTION:Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 51.
 
Note 1.
He Greek and Latin speaks with greater ease
Than hogs eat acorns, and tame pigeons peas.
Cranfield: Panegyric on Tom Coriate. [back]
 

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