William Barnes Rhodes
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William Barnes Rhodes (1772–1826) was a dramatist and banker. In 1810, he wrote a burlesque, Bombastes Furioso, which achieved great popularity.
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- Who dares this pair of boots displace,
Must meet Bombastes face to face.
- Bombastes Furioso (1810), Act i, scene 4, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Let none but he these arms displace, Who dares Orlando's fury face", Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, part ii, chapter lxvi; Ray, Proverbs; Thomas, English Prose Romance, page 85.
- Bom. So have I heard on Afric's burning shore
A hungry lion give a grievous roar;
The grievous roar echoed along the shore.
Artax. So have I heard on Afric's burning shore
Another lion give a grievous roar;
And the first lion thought the last a bore.
- Bombastes Furioso (1810), Act i, scene 4, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- You know you haven't got a singing face.
- Bombastes Furioso (1810).