|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|I dare not hope to please a Cinnas ear.|
Or sing what Varus might vouchsafe to hear;
Harsh are the sweetest lays that I can bring,
So screams a goose where swans melodious sing.
BeattieTrans. of Vergil. Pastoral 9.
|Shall I, like Curtius, desperate in my zeal,|
Oer head and ears plunge for the common weal?
Or rob Romes ancient geese of all their glories,
And cackling save the monarchies of Tories?
PopeDunciad. Bk. I. L. 209.
|As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye,|
Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort,
Rising and cawing at the guns report,
Sever themselves, and madly sweep the sky.
Midsummer Nights Dream. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 20.
|Idem Accio quod Titio jus esto.|
What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Varro, quoting Gellius. III. XVI. 13. Same used by Swift. Jan. 24, 1710.