Quotation by Oliver Goldsmith

To coxcombs averse, yet most civilly steering,
When they judged without skill he was still hard of hearing:
When they talked of their Raphaels, Corregios and stuff,
He shifted his trumpet, and only took snuff.
Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774), Irish playwright, novelist, poet. Retaliation (l. 51–56). . .

New Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century Verse, The. Roger Lonsdale, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
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