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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Mel’ancholy Jacques (1 syl.).
 
So Jean Jacques Rousseau was called for his morbid sensibilities and unhappy spirit. (1712–1777.) The expression is from Shakespeare, As You Like It, ii. 1.   1
 


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