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I hold a mouses wit not worth a leke,
That hath but one hole for to sterten to.

CHAUCER: _Canterbury Tales, The Wif of Bathes Prologue,_ Line 6154.

Wit's an unruly engine, wildly striking
Sometimes a friend, sometimes the engineer.

HERBERT: _Temple, Church Porch,_ St. 41.

Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

DRYDEN: _Absalom and Achitophel,_ Pt. i., Line 163.

Men famed for wit, of dangerous talents vain,
Treat those of common parts with proud disdain.

CRABBE: _Patron,_ Line 229.

Though I am young, I scorn to flit
On the wings of borrowed wit.

GEORGE WITHER: _The Shepherd's Hunting._


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