Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Id just as soon be a beggar as king, And the reason Ill tell you for why; A king cannot swagger, nor drink like a beggar, Nor be half so happy as I. * * * * * Let the back and side go bare. Old English Folk Song. In Cecil Sharpes Folk Songs from Somerset.
Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him. BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. II. Mem. 4. Subsect. 6.
Set a beggar on horse backe, they saie, and hee will neuer alight. Robert GreeneCard of Fancie. HeywoodDialogue. ClaudianusEutropium. I. 181. ShakespeareTrue Tragedy of Richard, Duke of York. Sc. 3. Henry VI. IV. 1. Ben JonsonStaple of News. Act IV. See also collection of same in BebelProverbia Germanica, Suringars ed. (1879). No. 537.