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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
MacFleck’noe
 
in Dryden’s famous satire, is Thomas Shadwell, poet-laureate, whose immortality rests on the not very complimentary line, “Shadwell never deviates into sense.” (1640–1692.)   1
   N.B. Flecknoe was an Irish Roman Catholic priest, doggerel sonneteer, and playwright. Shadwell, according to Dryden, was his double.   2
       
“The rest to some slight meaning make pretence,
But Shadwell never deviates into sense.”
       
Dryden: MacFlecknoe, 19, 20.
 


 MacFarlane’s Geese.MacGirdie’s Mare, 

 
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