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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:3849
AUTHOR:John Byrom (1691–1763)
QUOTATION:Some say, compar’d to Bononcini,
That Mynheer Handel ’s but a ninny;
Others aver that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.
Strange all this difference should be
’Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
ATTRIBUTION:On the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini. 1
 
Note 1.
Nourse asked me if I had seen the verses upon Handel and Bononcini, not knowing that they were mine.—Byrom’s Remains (Chetham Soc.), vol. i. p. 173.

The last two lines have been attributed to Swift and Pope (see Scott’s edition of Swift, and Dyce’s edition of Pope). [back]
 

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