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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:7189
AUTHOR:John Godfrey Saxe (1816–1887)
QUOTATION:I like the lad, who when his father thought
To clip his morning nap by hackneyed phrase
Of vagrant worm by early songster caught
Cried, “Served him right! It’s not at all surprising
The worm was punished, Sir, for early rising!” 1 
ATTRIBUTION:Early Rising.
 
Note 1.
Frederick Locker-Lampson:
The healthy-wealthy-wise affirm
That early birds obtain the worm—
(The worm rose early too!) [back]
 

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