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

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Edward, Lord Thurlow. (1731–1806)
    The accident of an accident.
          Speech in Reply to the Duke of Grafton. Butler’s Reminiscences, vol. i. p. 142.
    When I forget my sovereign, may my God forget me. 1
          27 Parliamentary History, 680; Annual Register, 1789.
John Dickinson. (1732–1808)
    Then join in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
          The Liberty Song (1768).
    Our cause is just, our union is perfect.
          Declaration on taking up Arms in l775. 2
W. J. Mickle. (1734–1788)
    The dews of summer nights did fall,
  The moon, sweet regent of the sky, 3
Silvered the walls of Cumnor Hall
  And many an oak that grew thereby.
          Cumnor Hall.
    For there ’s nae luck about the house,
  There ’s nae luck at a’;
Note 1.
Whereupon Wilkes is reported to have said, somewhat coarsely, but not unhappily it must be allowed, “Forget you! He ’ll see you d—d first.” Burke also exclaimed, “The best thing that could happen to you!”—Lord Brougham: Statesmen of the Time of George III. (Thurlow.) [back]
Note 2.
From the original manuscript draft in Dickinson’s handwriting, which has given rise to the belief that he, not Jefferson (as formerly claimed), is the real author of this sentence. [back]
Note 3.
Jove, thou regent of the skies.—Alexander Pope. The Odyssey, book ii. line 42.

Now Cynthia, named fair regent of the night.—John Gay: Trivia, book iii.

And hail their queen, fair regent of the night.—Darwin: The Botanic Garden, part i. canto ii. line 90. [back]