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

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John Milton. (1608–1674) (continued)
    Have hung
My dank and dropping weeds
To the stern god of sea.
          Translation of Horace. Book i. Ode 5.
    For such kind of borrowing as this, if it be not bettered by the borrowers, among good authors is accounted Plagiarè.
          Iconoclastes, xxiii.
    Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam. 1
          Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce.
    A poet soaring in the high reason of his fancies, with his garland and singing robes about him.
          The Reason of Church Government. Introduction, Book ii.
    By labour and intent study (which I take to be my portion in this life), joined with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to after times as they should not willingly let it die.
          The Reason of Church Government. Introduction, Book ii.
    Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
          The Reason of Church Government. Introduction, Book ii.
    He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things ought himself to be a true poem.
          Apology for Smectymnuus.
    His words, like so many nimble and airy servitors, trip about him at command.
          Apology for Smectymnuus.
    Litigious terms, fat contentions, and flowing fees.
          Tractate of Education.
    I shall detain you no longer in the demonstration of what we should not do, but straight conduct ye to a hillside, where I will point ye out the right path of a virtuous and noble education; laborious indeed at the first ascent, but else so smooth, so green, so full of goodly prospect and melodious sounds on every side that the harp of Orpheus was not more charming.
          Tractate of Education.
Note 1.
See Bacon, Quotation 44. [back]