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" There's the passon — take the passon — 'tis his turn." And the parson had his turn, we blush to say ; but whether the nieces took the parson or the parson took the nieces, would be a question as idle as that of old, whether the codfish took the hook... "
The Spuytenduyvel Chronicle - Page 193
1856 - 318 pages
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Spirit of the English Magazines

1831 - 602 pages
...(cod fish.) The origin of these burlesqte denominations was a dispute between two parties at a feast, as to whether the cod-fish took the hook, or the hook took the cod-fish ? This apparently frivolous dispute was made the pretext for a serious quarrel ; and the partisans...
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Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 91

1862 - 822 pages
...the nieces took the parson or the parson took the nieces, would be a question as idle as that of old, whether the codfish took the hook or the hook took the codfish. Anyways, there was kissing under the mistletoe. By this time a great number of guests had arrived —...
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Parley's Magazine, Volume 12

1844 - 372 pages
...denominations — as ridiculous as other party distinctions — was a dispute between two parties at a feast, as to whether the codfish took the hook, or the hook took the cod-fish. This apparently frivolous dispute led to serious quarrels, and the partisans in all the towns assumed...
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Why We Laugh

Samuel Sullivan Cox - 1876 - 406 pages
...colors, though the world was ready to die laughing at their dullness : and the vexed question was, whether the cod-fish took the hook, or the hook took the cod-fish. As to the Scotch, notwithstanding the humor of Burns, Smollett, and Scott, yet I think that Sydney...
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Wassail

Charles Hamley - 1879 - 156 pages
...the nieces took the parson or the parson took the nieces, would be a question as idle as that of old, whether the codfish took the hook or the hook took the codfish. Anyway, there was kissing under the mistletoe. By this time a great number of guests had arrived —...
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