I cannot eat but little meat, My stomach is not
good; But sure I think
that I can drink With him that wears
a hood. Anonymous c.1575 Song, included in the play Gammer Gurton's Needle,
act 2. 'Him that wears a
hood' is either a monk or a scholar.
Some hae meat and canna eat And some wad eat
that want it; But we hae meat and
we can eat, And sae the Lord be
thankit. Anonymous c.1790 'The Selkirk Grace', sometimes attributed to Robert
And hesaiduntothem,Outoftheeatercameforthmeat, and out of the
strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three
days expound the riddle. Bible (Old Testament) Judges14:14.
Soisthisgreat and widesea, whereinarethings creeping innumerable, both
small and great beasts. There go the ships:
there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play
therein. These wait all upon
thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. Bible (Old Testament) Psalms104:25^7.
soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates
of death. Bible (Old Testament) Psalms107:18.
The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest
them their meat in due
season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the
desire of every living thing. Bible (Old Testament) Psalms145:15^16.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that
there may be meat in mine
house, and prove me now herewith, saiththe L of hosts, if
Iwill notopenyouthewindows of heaven, and pour
you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough
to receive it. Bible (Old Testament) ORDMalachi 3:10.
Ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles
oftheoracles of God; and arebecomesuchas have need of milk,
and not of strong meat. Bible (NewTestament) Hebrews 5:12.
This world's no blot for us Nor blank; it means
intensely, and means good: To find its meaning
is my meat and drink. Robert Browning Men and Women,'Fra Lippo Lippi'.
Fame is a food that dead men eat, I have no stomach
for such meat. (Henry) Austin Dobson 'Fame is a Fool'.
For if one eat my meat, though it be known The meat was mine,
the excrement is his own. John Donne ^5 Satires, no.2.
One of our great poets is sunk in his reputation, because he could never
forgive any conceit which came in his way; but swept like
a drag-net, great and small. There wasplentyenough,
butthedisheswereill-sorted; whole pyramids of
sweetmeats, for boys and women; but little of solid meat for
men. John Dryden Of Abraham Cowley. Fables Ancient and Modern,
Let the Stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but
because the meat is savoryand the appetite is keen. RalphWaldo Emerson Essays: Second Series,'Nature'.
God sends meat, and the devil sends cooks. Thomas Fuller Gnomologia, no.1687.
Are these the choice dishes the Doctor has sent us? Is this the great
poet whose works so content us? This Goldsmith's
fine feast, who has written fine books? Heaven sends us
fine meat, but the Devil sends cooks. David Garrick 'On Doctor Goldsmith's Characteristical Cookery'.
did not say anything. I was always embarrassed by the words sacred,
glorious and sacrifice and the expression in vain.We had
heard them, sometimes standing in the rain almost out of
earshot, so that only the shouted words came through,
and had read them, on proclamations that
were slapped up by billposters over other
proclamations, now fora long time, and I had seen nothing sacred, and
thethings that were glorious had no gloryand the
sacrifices were like the stock-yards at Chicago if nothing
was done with the meat except to bury it. Ernest Millar Hemingway Frederic Henry. A Farewell to Arms, ch.27.
'You must sit down,'says Love,'and taste my meat,' So I did sit and
eat. George Herbert 'Love', collected
in The Temple, Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations
Where we such clusters had, As made us nobly
wild, not mad; And yet each verse
of thine Out-did the meat,
out-did the frolic wine. Robert Herrick 'An Ode for [Ben Jonson]'.
There'sthemeat eaters and there'sus. And that'stheway I look at the
world. Chrissie Hynde In The Independent,13 Sep.
No one can read a poem unless he realises that it is a physical object as
well as an abstract vehicle for conveying ideas. A
poem has a material existence like a piece of music or
sculpture or a plate of meat. George Mann MacBeth Introduction to Poetry1900 to1965.
Love is not all; it is not meat nor drink. Edna St Vincent Millay Fatal Interview, title of poem.
To curle on the ice, does greatly please, Being a manly
Scottish exercise; It clears the
Brains, stirs up the Native Heat, And gives a gallant
appetite for Meat. DrAlex Penecuik Quoted in Colin Jarman The Guinness Dictionary of
Sports Quotations (1990).
Their beer was strong; their wine was port; Their meal was
large; their grace was short. They gave the poor
the remnant meat, Just when it grew
not fit to eat. Matthew Prior 'An Epitaph', l.29^32.
I have a
horror of the word 'flesh', which has become so shopworn.Why not
'meat'whilethey're about it? What I like is skin, a
young girl's skin that is pink and shows that she has a good
circulation. Pierre Auguste Renoir Quoted inJean Renoir
Renoir, My Father (translated by R and D Weaver,1962).
In fine, we thought that he was everything To make us wish
that we were in his place. So on we worked,
and waited for the light, And went without
meat, and cursed the bread; And Richard Cory,
one calm summer night, Went home and put a
bullet through his head. Edwin Arlington Robinson The Children of the Night,'Richard Cory'.
opened a tin of Bologna sausage and broke a cake of chocolate, and that
was all I had to eat. It may sound offensive, but I
ate them together, bite by bite, by way of bread and meat. All
I had to wash down this revolting mixture was neat
brandy; a revolting beverage in itself. But I was rare and
hungry; ate well, and smoked one of thebestcigarettesinmyexperience.Then
Iput a stonein my straw hat,
pulled the flap of my fur cap over my neck and eyes, put my
revolver ready to hand, and snuggled well down among the
sheepskins. Robert Louis Stevenson Travels with a Donkey.
'Tis not the meat; but 'tis the appetite Makes eating a
delight. SirJohn Suckling c.1638 Sonnet no.2.