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02-20-2010, 03:57 PM
Harold Skimpole says this of himself and his family in Chapter 43 of Bleak House. What hymn or song about dogs has the phrase "it is our nature to"? I have had no luck finding such a song or hymn from the nineteenth century before Dickens wrote Bleak House. Any help would be appreciated.

07-04-2010, 06:18 AM
According to my notes from wordsworth editions this quote comes from a hymn book for children called Divine Songs (1715) 'Against Quarreling' from Isaac Watt and the very one hymn is 'Let dogs delight to bark and bite,/For God hath made them so;/Let bears and lions growl and fight,/For 'tis their nature to':smile5: