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A small glass?

Posted by ESC on January 03, 2005

In Reply to: A small glass? posted by Jose Carlos on January 03, 2005

: It is said that when he was accused of having plagiarized Byron, the French poet, Alfred de Musset, wrote in response the following verses that became proverbial:

: On a dit l'an passé que j'imitais Byron
: Vous qui me connaissez, vous savez bien que non
: Je hais comme la mort l'état de plagiaire
: Mon verre n'est pas grand mais je bois dans mon verre.

: The relevant line (the last one) could be thus rendered in English:

: My glass is not a large one, but I am drinking from my glass.

: Is the expression also used in English? Do any of you have any more information or knowledge about it?

: Jose Carlos

"A small thing, but mine own." I don't know who said it first.

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