Tennyson has a poem so called. The lord of Locksley Hall fell
in love with his cousin Amy, but Amy married a rich clown. The lord of
Locksley Hall, indignant at this, declares he will marry a savage; but,
on reflection, adds: “Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of Cathay.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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