(James), author of The Seasons and Castle of
Indolence, in 1729 brought out the tragedy of Sophonisba, in
which occurs the silly line: “O Sophonisba, Sophonisba, O!” which a wag
in the pit parodied into “O Jemmy Thomson, Jemmy Thomson, O!” (1700-1748.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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