tailor “or be red-breast teacher—'Tis the next way to turn,” 1 HENRY IV., iii. 1. 260. “The plain meaning is, that he who makes a common practice of singing, reduces himself to the condition either of a tailor [tailors being often mentioned as much given to singing], or a teacher of music to birds” (MALONE) : “the next way,” the nearest way.
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