We strive as did the houndes for the bone: They fought all day, and yet their part was none: There came a kite, while that they were so wroth, And bare away the bone betwixt them both. Saunders Chaucer, Vol. I. Page 21.
[The eating of the oyster, and giving a shell to each of the clowns who found it, is usually laid at the door of the attorney. Somerville lays it at the door of the parson, (Fable 8.) Both are wrong; for the clowns agreed to leave their dispute to the first person they met, and he became the judge between them. Pope says
I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster: but Ill take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me he shall never make me such a fool. Shakespeare.Much Ado About Nothing, Act II. Scene 3.
Ceres presents a plate of vermicelli, For love must be sustaind like flesh and blood, While Bacchus pours out wine, or hands a jelly: Eggs, oysters, too, are amatory food. Byron.Don Juan, Canto II. Stanza 170.