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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

3963 Henry Fielding 1707-1754 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Henry Fielding (1707–1754)
QUOTATION:Lo, when two dogs are fighting in the streets,
With a third dog one of the two dogs meets;
With angry teeth he bites him to the bone,
And this dog smarts for what that dog has done. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Tom Thumb the Great. Act i. Sc. 6.
WORKS:Henry Fielding Collection.
Note 1.
Thus when a barber and a collier fight,
The barber beats the luckless collier—white;
The dusty collier heaves his ponderous sack,
And big with vengeance beats the barber—black.
In comes the brick-dust man, with grime o’erspread,
And beats the collier and the barber—red:
Black, red, and white in various clouds are tost,
And in the dust they raise the combatants are lost.
Christopher Smart: The Trip to Cambridge (on “Campbell’s Specimens of the British Poets,” vol. vi. p. 185). [back]