Ben Jonson, Epicoene; or, The Silent Woman
, Act 2:
SIR JOHN DAW: There's Aristotle, a mere common-place fellow; Plato, a discourser; Thucydides and Livy, tedious and dry; Tacitus, an entire knot: sometimes worth the untying, very seldom.
NED CLERIMONT: What do you think of the poets, Sir John?
SIR JOHN DAW: Not worthy to be named for authors. Homer, an old tedious, prolix ass, talks of curriers, and chines of beef. Virgil of dunging of land, and bees. Horace, of I know not what.
A 'currier' is one who curries (softens with fat) and dresses leather, after it is tanned.