Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


With his fist, instead of a stick,
Beat pulpit drum ecclesiastic.
Butler.—Hudibras, Elegy, Line 63.

Bring up thy van,
My heels are fettered, but my fist is free.
Milton.—Samson Agonistes.

His withered fist still knocking at death’s door.
Sackville.—Mirror of Magistrates, Verse 17.