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

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John Milton. (1608–1674) (continued)
    Ran on embattled armies clad in iron,
And, weaponless himself,
Made arms ridiculous.
          Samson Agonistes. Line 129.
    Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to men;
Unless there be who think not God at all.
          Samson Agonistes. Line 293.
    What boots it at one gate to make defence,
And at another to let in the foe?
          Samson Agonistes. Line 560.
    But who is this, what thing of sea or land,—
Female of sex it seems,—
That so bedeck’d, ornate, and gay,
Comes this way sailing
Like a stately ship
Of Tarsus, bound for th’ isles
Of Javan or Gadire,
With all her bravery on, and tackle trim,
Sails fill’d, and streamers waving,
Courted by all the winds that hold them play,
An amber scent of odorous perfume
Her harbinger?
          Samson Agonistes. Line 710.
    Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange power,
After offence returning, to regain
Love once possess’d.
          Samson Agonistes. Line 1003.
    He ’s gone, and who knows how he may report
Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?
          Samson Agonistes. Line 1350.
    For evil news rides post, while good news baits.
          Samson Agonistes. Line 1538.
    And as an ev’ning dragon came,
Assailant on the perched roosts
And nests in order rang’d
Of tame villatic fowl.
          Samson Agonistes. Line 1692.
    Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail
Or knock the breast, no weakness, no contempt,
Dispraise, or blame,—nothing but well and fair,
And what may quiet us in a death so noble.
          Samson Agonistes. Line 1721.