Woman, Dog, and Hickory Tree (1909)

Erik Hoover grinchy at GRINCHY.COM
Mon Jan 31 09:36:51 UTC 2005


This old chestnut goes way back:

A woman, a spaniel, and walnut tree,
The more you beat them, the better they be.

Brewer's Readers Handbook (1897) attributes it to John Taylor "The
Water Poet" (1630).

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On Jan 30, 2005, at 11:57 PM, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

> The Living age ... / Volume 23, Issue 284: pp. 145-192
> p. 156 1 match of 'the more you beat them'
>   in: Title: The Living age ... / Volume 23, Issue 284
> Publisher: The Living age co. inc. etc. Publication Date: October 27,
> 1849
> A spaniel, a wife, and a walnut tree,
> The more you beat them the better they be.
> TWISS's _Eldon_, iii. 136.

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