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Abash’d the devil stood,
And felt how awful goodness is, and saw
Virtue in her shape how lovely.
Milton: Par. Lost, Bk. iv., Line 846.
To happy convents bosom’d deep in vines, Where slumber abbots purple as their wines. 2 Pope: Dunciad, Bk. iv., Line 301.
I give this heavy weight from off my head,
And this unwieldy sceptre from my hand,
The pride of kingly sway from out my heart;
With mine own tears I wash away my balm,
With mine own hands I give away my crown,
With mine own tongue deny my sacred state,
With mine own breath release all duteous oaths.
SHAKS.: Richard II., Act iv., Sc. 1.
So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found; Among the faithless, faithful only he. 4 Milton: Par. Lost, Bk. v., Line 896.
I profess not talking; only this,
Let each man do his best.
SHAKS.: 1 Henry IV., Act v., Sc. 2.
What! keep a week away! Seven days and nights?
Eight score eight hours? and lovers’ absent hours,
More tedious than the dial eight score times?
O weary reckoning!
SHAKS.: Othello, Act iii., Sc. 1.
Though lost to sight, to memory dear
Thou ever wilt remain.
George Linley: Song, Though Lost to Sight.
Condemn’d whole years in absence to deplore, And image charms he must behold no more. 8 Pope: Eloisa to A., Line 361.
O last love! O first love!
My love with the true heart,
To think I have come to this your home,
And yet—we are apart!
Jean Ingelow: Sailing Beyond Seas.
’Tis said that absence conquers love;
But oh believe it not!
I’ve tried, alas! its power to prove,
But thou art not forgot.
Frederick W. Thomas: Absence Conquers Love.
Against diseases here the strongest fence
Is the defensive virtue abstinence.
HERRICK: Aph. Abstinence.
Thou thread, thou thimble,
Thou yard, three quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail,
Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter cricket thou:
Away thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant.
SHAKS.: Tam. of the S., Act iv., Sc. 3.
As the unthought-on accident is guilty
Of what we wildly do, so we profess
Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
Of every wind that blows.
SHAKS.: Wint. Tale, Act iv., Sc. 3.