I did but prompt the age to quit their clogs By the known rules of ancient liberty, When strait a barbarous noise environs me Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes and dogs.
They gang in Stirks, and come out Asses, Plain truth to speak; An'syne they think to climb Parnassus By dint o'Greek!Robert Burns
The world is a bundle of hay, Mankind are the Asses that pull, Each tugs in a different way And the greatest of all is John Bull!lord byron
You have among you many a purchas'd slave, Which, like your Asses and your dogs and mules, You use in abject and in slavish parts, Because you bought them.william shakespeare
Our Lord commonly giveth Riches to such gross Asses, to whom he affordeth nothing else that is good.Martin Luther
Thus to the Rose, the Thistle: Why art thou not of thistle-breed? Of use thou'dst, then, be truly, For Asses might upon thee feed.F. N. Bodenstedt, The Rose and Thistle. Translation from the German by Frederick Ricord.
John Trott was desired by two witty peers To tell them the reason why Asses had ears. "An 't please you," quoth John, "I'm not given to letters; Nor dare I pretend to know more than my betters: Howe'er, from this time I shall ne'er see your graces, As I hope to be saved! without thinking on Asses."Oliver Goldsmith
Let all the little poets be gathered together in clAsses And let prizes be given to them by the Prize Asses.1950 Harold's Leap,'To School!'
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