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camomilethe more it is trodden on, — Though the,1 HENRY IV., ii. 4. 389. “The style immediately ridiculed is that of Lyly in his Euphues: ‘ Though the camomile the more it is trodden and pressed downe, the more it spreadeth; yet the violet the oftener it is handled and touched, the sooner it withereth and decayeth,’ etc.” (FARMER) . “Again, in Philomela, the Lady Fitzwater's Nightingale, by Robert Greene, bl. l. 1595, sig. I 4; ‘The palme tree, the more it is prest downe, the more it sprowteth up; the camomill, the more it is troden, the sweeter smell it yieldeth’” (REED) . Greene, in another work, his Carde of Fancie, has: “The Camomill increaseth most beeing troden on.” Sig. Q 2 verso, ed. 1608.

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