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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Parson
 
A little round, fat, oily man of God.
        Thomson.—The Castle of Indolence, Canto I. Stanza 69.
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A man he was to all the country dear,
And passing rich with forty pounds a-year.
        Goldsmith.—The Deserted Village, Line 141.
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At church with meek and unaffected grace,
His looks adorn’d the venerable place;
Truth from his lips prevail’d with double sway,
And fools who came to scoff remain’d to pray.
        Goldsmith.—Deserted Village, Line 177.
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In duty prompt at every call,
He watch’d and wept, and pray’d and felt for all.
        Goldsmith.—Deserted Village, Line 165.
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And (strange to tell) he practised what he preached.
        Armstrong.—Art of Preserving Health, Book IV. Line 305.
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Refin’d himself to soul to curb the sense,
And made almost a sin of abstinence.
Yet had his aspect nothing of severe,
But such a face as promis’d him sincere;
Nothing reserv’d or sullen was to see,
But sweet regards and pleasing sanctity.
        Dryden.—Character of a Good Parson.
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Daniel will tell you, it is not the shepherd, but the sheep with the bell, which the flock follows.
        Swift.—The Tatler, No. 66. (Referring to Daniel Burgess, a preacher celebrated for his vehemence.)
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With four parochial children, full of catechism and bread and butter.
        Sidney Smith.—Wit and Wisdom, 3rd Edition, Page 162. (Longmans.)
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