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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4388
AUTHOR:Thomas Percy (1729–1811)
QUOTATION:King Stephen was a worthy peere,
  His breeches cost him but a croune;
He held them sixpence all too deere,
  Therefore he call’d the taylor loune.


He was a wight of high renowne,
  And those but of a low degree;
Itt ’s pride that putts the countrye doune,
  Then take thine old cloake about thee. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Take thy old Cloak about Thee.
 
Note 1.
The first stanza is quoted in full, and the last line of the second, by Shakespeare in “Othello,” act ii. sc. 3. [back]
 

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