7 MAY 1927, Page 18

[To the editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sia,---Your contributor " D.

H." cites the last line of Lycidas as possibly providing the commonest example of misquotation. I think, however, that the two lines from -" The Ancient Mariner " are more frequently misquoted; if only because more generally known. I refer, of course, to :- " Water, water everywhere

Nor any drop to drink."

And not a drop being almost invariably substituted for the correct " nor any drop."—I am, Sir, &e., W. BARING-PEMBERTON.

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