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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Jackdaw
 
The Jackdaw sat in the Cardinal’s chair!
Bishop and Abbot and Prior were there,
  Many a monk and many a friar,
  Many a knight and many a squire,
With a great many more of lesser degree,—
In sooth a goodly company;
And they served the Lord Primate on bended knee.
          Never, I ween,
          Was a prouder seen,
Read of in books or dreamt of in dreams,
Than the Cardinal Lord Archbishop of Rheims.
        R. H. Barham—Ingoldsby Legends. The Jackdaw of Rheims.
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  An old miser kept a tame jackdaw, that used to steal pieces of money, and hide them in a hole, which a cat observing, asked, “Why he would hoard up those round shining things that he could make no use of?” “Why,” said the jackdaw, “my master has a whole chestfull, and makes no more use of them than I do.”
        Swift—Thoughts on Various Subjects.
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