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 Hunting the Snark.Hunt’ingdon 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hunting two Hares.
He who hunts two hares leaves one and loses the other. No one can do well or properly two things at once. “No man can serve two masters.”   1
   French:   2
“Poursuis deux lièvres, et les manques” (La Fontaine).
“On ne peut tirer à deux cibles.”
   Latin:   3
“Duos qui sequitur lepores, neutrum capit.”
“Simul sorbere ac flare non possum.”
“Like a man to double business bound,
I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
And both neglect.”
Shakespeare: Hamlet, iii. 3.

 Hunting the Snark.Hunt’ingdon 


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