John Taylor, the Thames waterman. (1580-1654.)
I must confess I do want eloquence,
And never scarce did learn my accidence,
For having got from `possum' to `posset,'
I there was grayelled, nor could farther get.
Taylor the Water-Poet.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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