|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|A needless Alexandrine ends the song,|
That like a wounded snake drags its slow length along.
Pope.On Criticism, Line 356.
|We have scotchd the snake, but not killd it.|
Shakespeare.Macbeth, Act III. Scene 2. (Macbeth to his Lady.)