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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Square
 
To measure wind, and weigh the air,
And turn a circle to a square.
        Butler.—A Satire on the Royal Society, Line 87. Cawthorne.—Wit and Learning, Line 129.
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Circles to square, and cubes to double,
Would give a man excessive trouble.
        Prior.—Alma, Line 1436.
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For take thy balance, if thou be so wise,
And weigh the wind that under heaven doth blow;
Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise;
Or weigh the thought that from man’s mind doth flow.
        Spenser.—Fairy Queen, Book V. Canto II. Stanza 43.
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Weigh the sun.
        Tennyson.—Locksley Hall, Verse 93.
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Whether he measure earth, compute the sea,
Weigh sunbeams, carve a fly, or split a flea;
The solemn trifler with his boasted skill
Toils much, and is a solemn trifler still.
        Cowper.—Charity, Line 353.
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