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

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Charles Churchill. (1731–1764) (continued)
Like gypsies, lest the stolen brat be known,
Defacing first, then claiming for his own. 1
          The Apology. Line 232.
    No statesman e’er will find it worth his pains
To tax our labours and excise our brains.
          Night. Line 271.
    Apt alliteration ’s artful aid.
          The Prophecy of Famine. Line 86.
    There webs were spread of more than common size,
And half-starved spiders prey’d on half-starved flies.
          The Prophecy of Famine. Line 327.
    With curious art the brain, too finely wrought,
Preys on herself, and is destroyed by thought.
          Epistle to William Hogarth. Line 645.
    Men the most infamous are fond of fame,
And those who fear not guilt yet start at shame.
          The Author. Line 233.
    Be England what she will,
With all her faults she is my country still. 2
          The Farewell. Line 27.
    Wherever waves can roll, and winds can blow. 3
          The Farewell. Line 38.
William Cowper. (1731–1800)
    Is base in kind, and born to be a slave.
          Table Talk. Line 28.
    As if the world and they were hand and glove.
          Table Talk. Line 173.
    Happiness depends, as Nature shows,
Less on exterior things than most suppose.
          Table Talk. Line 246.
Note 1.
Steal! to be sure they may; and, egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children,—disguise them to make ’em pass for their own.—Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The Critic, act i. sc. i. [back]
Note 2.
England, with all thy faults I love thee still,
My country!
William Cowper: The Task, book ii. The Timepiece, line 206. [back]
Note 3.
Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam.—Lord Byron: The Corsair, canto i. stanza 1. [back]