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Goose
 
I dare not hope to please a Cinna’s 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.
        Beattie—Trans. of Vergil. Pastoral 9.
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Shall I, like Curtius, desperate in my zeal,
O’er head and ears plunge for the common weal?
Or rob Rome’s ancient geese of all their glories,
And cackling save the monarchies of Tories?
        Pope—Dunciad. Bk. I. L. 209.
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As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye,
Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort,
Rising and cawing at the gun’s report,
Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky.
        Midsummer Night’s Dream. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 20.
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Idem Accio quod Titio jus esto.
  What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
        Varro, quoting Gellius. III. XVI. 13. Same used by Swift. Jan. 24, 1710.
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