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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2452
AUTHOR:Thomas Fuller (1608–1661)
QUOTATION:He was one of a lean body and visage, as if his eager soul, biting for anger at the clog of his body, desired to fret a passage through it. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Life of the Duke of Alva.
 
Note 1.
A fiery soul, which, working out its way,
Fretted the pigmy-body to decay,
And o’er-inform’d the tenement of clay.
John Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel, part i. line 156. [back]
 

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