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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4555
AUTHOR:William Cowper (1731–1800)
QUOTATION:The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves, by thumping on your back, 1
  His sense of your great merit, 2
Is such a friend that one had need
Be very much his friend indeed
  To pardon or to bear it.
ATTRIBUTION:On Friendship.
 
Note 1.
See Young, Quotation 80. [back]
Note 2.
Var. How he esteems your merit. [back]
 

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