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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

2075 Thomas Dekker 1570-1632 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Thomas Dekker (1570–1632)
QUOTATION:The best of men
That e’er wore earth about him was a sufferer;
A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
The first true gentleman that ever breathed. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Honest Whore. Part i. Act i. Sc. 12.
Note 1.
Of the offspring of the gentilman Jafeth come Habraham, Moyses, Aron, and the profettys; also the Kyng of the right lyne of Mary, of whom that gentilman Jhesus was borne.—Juliana Berners: Heraldic Blazonry. [back]