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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Grafting
 
Where the sharp thistle springs implant the corn,
And graft the rose upon the springing thorn.
        Anonymous.—To Fielding, on the revival of the Intriguing Chambermaid.
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As fruits, ungrateful to the planter’s care,
On savage stocks inserted, learn to bear.
        Pope.—Essay on Man, Epistle II. Line 181.
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You see, sweet maid, we marry
A gentle scion to the wildest stock;
And make conceive a bark of baser kind
By bud of nobler race.
        This is an art
Which does mend nature—change it rather: but
The art itself is nature.
        Shakespeare.—Winter’s Tale, Act IV. Scene 3. (Polixenes to Perdita.)
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