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

3286 George Farquhar 1678-1707 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:George Farquhar (1678–1707)
QUOTATION:’T was for the good of my country that I should be abroad. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Beaux’ Stratagem. Act iii. Sc. 2.
Note 1.
Leaving his country for his country’s sake.—Fitz-Geffrey: The Life and Death of Sir Francis Drake, stanza 213 (1596).

True patriots all; for, be it understood,
We left our country for our country’s good.
George Barrington: Prologue written for the opening of the Play-house at New South Wales, Jan. 16, 1796. New South Wales, p. 152. [back]