Home  »  Familiar Quotations  »  Page 358

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

Page 358

James Thomson. (1700–1748) (continued)
    Health is the vital principle of bliss,
And exercise, of health.
          The Castle of Indolence. Canto ii. Stanza 55.
    Forever, Fortune, wilt thou prove
An unrelenting foe to love;
And when we meet a mutual heart,
Come in between and bid us part?
    Whoe’er amidst the sons
Of reason, valour, liberty, and virtue
Displays distinguish’d merit, is a noble
Of Nature’s own creating.
          Coriolanus. Act iii. Sc. 3.
    O Sophonisba! Sophonisba, O! 1
          Sophonisba. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    When Britain first, at Heaven’s command,
  Arose from out the azure main,
This was the charter of her land,
  And guardian angels sung the strain:
Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves!
Britons never shall be slaves.
          Alfred. Act ii. Sc. 5.
John Dyer. (1700?–1758)
    A little rule, a little sway,
A sunbeam in a winter’s day,
Is all the proud and mighty have
Between the cradle and the grave.
          Grongar Hill. Line 88.
    Ever charming, ever new,
When will the landscape tire the view?
          Grongar Hill. Line 102.
    Disparting towers
Trembling all precipitate down dash’d,
Rattling around, loud thundering to the moon.
          The Ruins of Rome. Line 40.
Note 1.
The line was altered after the second edition to “O Sophonisba! I am wholly thine.” [back]