(g hard). Get on, gardener! Get on, you slow and
clumsy coachman. The allusion is to a man who is both gardener and
Adam is so called by Tennyson.
From you blue sky above us bent,
The grand old gardener and his wife [Adam and Eve]
Smile at the claims of long descent.
Lady Clara Vere de Vere
Thou, old Adam's likeness,
Get to dress this garden.
Shakespeare: Richard II., III. 4.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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