Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Hurlo-Thrumbo.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A ridiculous burlesque, which in 1730 had an extraordinary run at the Haymarket theatre. So great was its popularity that a club called “The Hurlo-Thrumbo Society” was formed. The author was Samuel Johnson, a half-mad dancing master, who put this motto on the title-page when the burlesque was printed:—   1
“Ye sons of fire, read my Hurlo-Thrumbo,
Turn it betwixt your finger and your thumbo,
And being quite undone, be quite struck dumbo.”



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