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 Spanking.Sparkling Heat. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child.
 
Solomon (Prov. xiii. 24) says: “He that spareth the rod hateth his son;” but Samuel Butler, in his Hudibras (pt. ii. canto 1, line 843), says:   1
       
“Love is a boy, by poets styled,
Then spare the rod, and spoil the child.”
 


 Spanking.Sparkling Heat. 

 
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