the Roman, was ploughing his field, when he was saluted as
Dictator. After he had conquered the Volsci and delivered his country
from danger, he laid down his office and returned to his plough.
“And Cincinnatus, awful from the plough.”
The Cincinnatus of the Americans.
George Washington (1732-1799).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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