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  1. The anonymous quote seems to be a paraphrase from the poem “On the Countess Dowager of ————” by Charles Montagu, the 1st Earl of Halifax. Halifax’s original lines (which appear in a volume of The Works of the English Poets – a series edited by Johnson) are:

    “And, all in order, on her toilet lay
    Prayer-books, patch-boxes, sermon notes, and paint
    At once t’ improve the sinner and the saint.”

    The lines as Johnson quotes them are also quoted in a reader’s letter in The Spectator, #79, where they are attributed to “a witty author.”

  2. Brandi on May 12th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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