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

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Christopher Marlowe. (1564–1593) (continued)
    By shallow rivers, to whose falls 1
Melodious birds sing madrigals.
          The Passionate Shepherd to his Love.
    And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies.
          The Passionate Shepherd to his Love.
    Infinite riches in a little room.
          The Jew of Malta. Act i.
    Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.
          The Jew of Malta. Act i.
    Now will I show myself to have more of the serpent than the dove; 2 that is, more knave than fool.
          The Jew of Malta. Act ii.
    Love me little, love me long. 3
          The Jew of Malta. Act iv.
    When all the world dissolves,
And every creature shall be purified,
All places shall be hell that are not heaven.
    Was this the face that launch’d a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss!
Her lips suck forth my soul: 4 see, where it flies!
    O, thou art fairer than the evening air
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
    Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight,
And burnèd is Apollo’s laurel bough, 5
That sometime grew within this learnèd man.
Note 1.
To shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sings madrigals;
There will we make our peds of roses,
And a thousand fragrant posies.
William Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, act iii. sc. i. (Sung by Evans). [back]
Note 2.
Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.—Matthew x. 16. [back]
Note 3.
See Heywood, Quotation 89. [back]
Note 4.
Once he drew
With one long kiss my whole soul through
My lips.
Alfred Tennyson: Fatima, stanza 3. [back]
Note 5.
O, withered is the garland of the war!
The soldier’s pole is fallen.
William Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra, act iv. sc. 13. [back]