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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
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The country mouse stole out from his hiding-place, and bidding his friend good-bye, whispered in his ear, “Oh, my good sir, this fine mode of living may do for those who like it; but give me my barley bread in peace and security, before the daintiest feast where fear and care are in waiting.”
        Æsop.—Fable 30.
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The bumpkin then concludes, Adieu!
This life perhaps agrees with you:
My grove and cave, secure from snares,
Shall comfort me with chaff and tares.
        Francis’ Horace, Book II. Sat. VI. Line 231.
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Give me again my hollow tree,
A crust of bread, and liberty!
        Pope.—Sat. VI. last lines.
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