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

8398 Misellaneous John Bartlett

QUOTATION:And shall Trelawny die?
Here ’s twenty thousand Cornish men
Will know the reason why. 1
Note 1.
Robert Stephen Hawker incorporated these lines into “The Song of the Western Men,” written by him in 1825. It was praised by Sir Walter Scott and Macaulay under the impression that it was the ancient song. It has been a popular proverb throughout Cornwall ever since the imprisonment by James II. of the seven bishops,—one of them Sir Jonathan Trelawny. [back]