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

Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas 1544-1590 John Bartlett

    The world ’s a stage 1 where God’s omnipotence,
His justice, knowledge, love, and providence
Do act the parts.
          First Week, First Day.
    And reads, though running, 2 all these needful motions.
          First Week, First Day.
    Mercy and justice, marching cheek by joule.
          First Week, First Day.
    Not unlike the bear which bringeth forth
In the end of thirty dayes a shapeless birth;
But after licking, it in shape she drawes,
And by degrees she fashions out the pawes,
The head, and neck, and finally doth bring
To a perfect beast that first deformed thing. 3
          First Week, First Day.
    What is well done is done soon enough.
          First Week, First Day.
    And swans seem whiter if swart crowes be by.
          First Week, First Day.
    Night’s black mantle covers all alike. 4
          First Week, First Day.
    Hot and cold, and moist and dry. 5
          First Week, Second Day.
    Much like the French (or like ourselves, their apes),
Who with strange habit do disguise their shapes;
Who loving novels, full of affectation,
Receive the manners of each other nation. 6
          First Week, Second Day.
    With tooth and nail.
          First Week, Second Day.
    From the foure corners of the worlde doe haste. 7
          First Week, Second Day.
    Oft seen in forehead of the frowning skies. 8
          First Week, Second Day.
    From north to south, from east to west. 9
          First Week, Second Day.
    Bright-flaming, heat-full fire,
The source of motion. 10
          First Week, Second Day.
    Not that the earth doth yield
In hill or dale, in forest or in field,
A rarer plant. 11
          First Week, Third Day.
    ’T is what you will,—or will be what you would.
          First Week, Third Day.
    Or savage beasts upon a thousand hils. 12
          First Week, Third Day.
    To man the earth seems altogether
No more a mother, but a step-dame rather. 13
          First Week, Third Day.
    For where ’s the state beneath the firmament
That doth excel the bees for government? 14
          First Week, Fifth Day, Part i.
    A good turn at need,
At first or last, shall be assur’d of meed.
          First Week, Sixth Day.
    There is no theam more plentifull to scan
Than is the glorious goodly frame of man. 15
          First Week, Sixth Day.
    These lovely lamps, these windows of the soul. 16
          First Week, Sixth Day.
    Or almost like a spider, who, confin’d
In her web’s centre, shakt with every winde,
Moves in an instant if the buzzing flie
Stir but a string of her lawn canapie. 17
          First Week, Sixth Day.
    Even as a surgeon, minding off to cut
Some cureless limb,—before in ure he put
His violent engins on the vicious member,
Bringeth his patient in a senseless slumber,
And grief-less then (guided by use and art),
To save the whole, sawes off th’ infested part.
          First Week, Sixth Day.
    Two souls in one, two hearts into one heart. 18
          First Week, Sixth Day.
    Which serves for cynosure 19
To all that sail upon the sea obscure.
          First Week, Seventh Day.
    Yielding more wholesome food than all the messes
That now taste-curious wanton plenty dresses. 20
          Second Week, First Day, Part i.
    Turning our seed-wheat-kennel tares,
To burn-grain thistle, and to vaporie darnel,
Cockle, wild oats, rough burs, corn-cumbring
Tares. 21
          Second Week, First Day, Part iii.
    In every hedge and ditch both day and night
We fear our death, of every leafe affright. 22
          Second Week, First Day, Part iii.
    Dog, ounce, bear, and bull,
Wolfe, lion, horse. 23
          Second Week, First Day, Part iii.
    Apoplexie and lethargie,
As forlorn hope, assault the enemy.
          Second Week, First Day, Part iii.
    Living from hand to mouth.
          Second Week, First Day, Part iv.
    In the jaws of death. 24
          Second Week, First Day, Part iv.
    Did thrust as now in others’ corn his sickle. 25
          Second Week, Second Day, Part ii.
    Will change the pebbles of our puddly thought
To orient pearls. 26
          Second Week, Third Day, Part i.
    Soft carpet-knights, all scenting musk and amber. 27
          Second Week, Third Day, Part i.
    The will for deed I doe accept. 28
          Second Week, Third Day, Part ii.
    Only that he may conform
To tyrant custom. 29
          Second Week, Third Day, Part ii.
    Sweet grave aspect. 30
          Second Week, Fourth Day, Book i.
    Who breaks his faith, no faith is held with him.
          Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii.
    Who well lives, long lives; for this age of ours
Should not be numbered by years, daies, and hours. 31
          Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii.
    My lovely living boy,
My hope, my hap, my love, my life, my joy. 32
          Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii.
    Out of the book of Natur’s learned brest. 33
          Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii.
    Flesh of thy flesh, nor yet bone of thy bone.
          Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii.
    Through thick and thin, both over hill and plain. 34
          Second Week, Fourth Day, Book iv.
    Weakened and wasted to skin and bone. 35
          Second Week, Fourth Day, Book iv.
    I take the world to be but as a stage,
Where net-maskt men do play their personage. 36
          Dialogue between Heraclitus and Democritus.
    Made no more bones.
          The Maiden Blush.
Note 1.
See Shakespeare. As You Like It, Quotation 36. [back]
Note 2.
See Cowper, Quotation 98. [back]
Note 3.
See Burton, Quotation 7. [back]
Note 4.
Come civil night,… with thy black mantle.—William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, act iii. sc. 2. [back]
Note 5.
See Milton, Quotation 71. [back]
Note 6.
Report of fashions in proud Italy,
Whose manners still our apish nation
Limps after in base imitation.
William Shakespeare: Richard II. act ii. sc. 1. [back]
Note 7.
See Shakespeare, King John, Quotation 32. [back]
Note 8.
See Milton, Quotation 283. [back]
Note 9.
From north to south, from east to west.—William Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale, act i. sc. 2. [back]
Note 10.
Heat considered as a Mode of Motion (title of a treatise, 1863).—John Tyndall. [back]
Note 11.
See Marlowe, Quotation 4. [back]
Note 12.
The cattle upon a thousand hills.—Psalm i. 10. [back]
Note 13.
See Pliny, Quotation 5. [back]
Note 14.
So work the honey-bees,
Creatures that by a rule in Nature teach
The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
William Shakespeare: Henry V. act i. sc. 3. [back]
Note 15.
See Pope, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 16.
Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes.—William Shakespeare: Richard III. act v. sc. 3. [back]
Note 17.
See Davies, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 18.
See Pope, Quotation 306. [back]
Note 19.
See Milton, Quotation 283. [back]
Note 20.
See Milton, Quotation 291. [back]
Note 21.
Crown’d with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds,
With burdocks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers,
Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow
In our sustaining corn.
William Shakespeare: Lear, act iv. sc. 4. [back]
Note 22.
See Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Quotation 22. [back]
Note 23.
Lion, bear, or wolf, or bull.—William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, act ii. sc. 1. [back]
Note 24.
See Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Quotation 38. [back]
Note 25.
See Publius Syrus, Quotation 61. [back]
Note 26.
See Milton, Quotation 125.

Orient pearls.—William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, act iv. sc. 1. [back]
Note 27.
See Burton, Quotation 24. [back]
Note 28.
See Swift, Quotation 40. [back]
Note 29.
See Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Quotation 14. [back]
Note 30.
See Shakespeare, King Henry VIII, Quotation 14. Also Milton, Quotation 48. [back]
Note 31.
See Sheridan, Quotation 40. [back]
Note 32.
My fair son!
My life, my joy, my food, my all the world.
William Shakespeare: King John, act iii. sc. 4. [back]
Note 33.
The book of Nature is that which the physician must read; and to do so he must walk over the leaves.—Paracelsus, 1490–1541. (From the Encyclopædia Britannica, ninth edition, vol. xviii. p. 234.) [back]
Note 34.
See Spenser, Quotation 15. [back]
Note 35.
See Byrom, Quotation 6. [back]
Note 36.
See Shakespeare, As You Like It, Quotation 36. [back]