|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||John Byrom (16911763)|
|QUOTATION:||Some say, compard to Bononcini,|
That Mynheer Handel s but a ninny;
Others aver that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.
Strange all this difference should be
Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
|ATTRIBUTION:||On the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini. 1|
Nourse asked me if I had seen the verses upon Handel and Bononcini, not knowing that they were mine.Byroms Remains (Chetham Soc.), vol. i. p. 173.
The last two lines have been attributed to Swift and Pope (see Scotts edition of Swift, and Dyces edition of Pope). [back]