King Dagobert and St. Eloi. There is a French song very popular
with this title. St. Eloi tells the king his coat has a hole in it, and
the king replies, “C'est vrai, le tien est bon; prête-le moi.”
Next the saint complains of the king's stockings, and Dagobert makes the same
answer. Then of his wig and cloak, to which the same answer is
returned. After seventeen complaints St. Eloi said, “My king, death is
at hand, and it is time to confess,” when the king replied, “Why can't
you confess, and die instead of me?”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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