Taylor

called The Water-Poet, who confesses he never learnt so much as the accidence. He wrote fourscore books, and afterwards opened an alehouse in Long Acre. (1580-1654.)

Taylor, their better Charon, lends an oar,
Once swan of Thames, though now he sings no more.

Dunciad, iii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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