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 Beg the Question (To).Beggars. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Beggar.
 
A beggar may sing before a pickpocket. (In Latin, “Cantabit vacuus coram latrone viator.”) A beggar may sing before a highwayman because he has nothing in his pocket to lose.   1
   Set a beggar on horseback, and he’ll ride to the de’il. There is no one so proud and arrogant as a beggar who has suddenly grown rich.   2
       
“Such is the sad effect of wealth—rank pride—
Mount but a beggar, how the rogue will ride!”
       
Peter Pindar: Epistle to Lord Lonsdale.
   Latin: “Asperius nihil est humili cum surgit in altum.”   3
   French: “Il n’est orgueil que de pauvre enrichi.”   4
   Italian: “Il vilan nobilitado non connosce il parentado” (A beggar ennobled does not know his own kinsmen).   5
   Spanish: “Quando el villano está en el mulo, non conoze a dios, ni al mundo” (when a beggar is mounted on a mule, he knows neither gods nor men).   6
 


 Beg the Question (To).Beggars. 

 
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