|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Ride A Cock-Horse|
|The playful jockey scours the room,|
Briskly, astride upon the parlour broom.
Cowper.Tirocinium, Line 366.
|Bring me the bells, the rattle bring,|
And bring the hobby I bestrode,
When pleased, in many a sportive ring,
Around the room I jovial rode.
Shenstone.Ode to Memory, Verse 8.
|We set them a cock-horse and made them play.|
Bridal Song.Appendix to General Preface to Scotts Novels, Chap. V. end of No. 2; and see Burtons Anat. of Melanc. 271. ed. 1849, citing Valerius Maximus, Chap. VIII. Book 8.
|Unthought-of frailties cheat us in the wise.|
Pope.Moral Essays, Epi. I. To Temple, Line 69.
| [Dr. Samuel Clarke (ob. 1729) frequently amused himself in a private room of his house, in leaping over the tables and chairs.Dr. Warton on the line in Pope, supra.|
To be capable of deriving amusement from trivial circumstances, indicates a heart at ease, and may generally be regarded as the concomitant of virtue.Encycl. Brit., Title Clarke.]