Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
I dare not hope to please a Cinnas ear. Or sing what Varus might vouchsafe to hear; Harsh are the sweetest lays that I can bring, So screams a goose where swans melodious sing. BeattieTrans. of Vergil. Pastoral 9.
Shall I, like Curtius, desperate in my zeal, Oer head and ears plunge for the common weal? Or rob Romes ancient geese of all their glories, And cackling save the monarchies of Tories? PopeDunciad. Bk. I. L. 209.
As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye, Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort, Rising and cawing at the guns report, Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky. Midsummer Nights Dream. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 20.