If You Quarrel with a Sweep, You'll Get Blackened

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“A chimney sweep hath some offense here given, / The foolish man is to fierce anger driven; / The urchin black, strikes at his face and eyes, / A dirty fight ensures, fierce passion rise: / Lashes are given - oftener the blows, / At every touch the man still blacker grows: / If you would keep your face and clothes quite neat, / Avoid all quarrels with a chimney sweep."—Barber, 1857


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Barber, John W. The Handbook of Illustrated Proverbs (New York, NY: George F. Tuttle, 1857)


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