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

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Sir Walter Scott. (1771–1832) (continued)
    Rouse the lion from his lair.
          The Talisman. Chap. vi.
    Jock, when ye hae naething else to do, ye may be aye sticking in a tree; it will be growing, Jock, when ye ’re sleeping. 1
          The Heart of Midlothian. Chap. viii.
    Fat, fair, and forty. 2
          St. Ronan’s Well. Chap. vii.
    “Lambe them, lads! lambe them!” a cant phrase of the time derived from the fate of Dr. Lambe, an astrologer and quack, who was knocked on the head by the rabble in Charles the First’s time.
          Peveril of the Peak. Chap. xlii.
    Although too much of a soldier among sovereigns, no one could claim with better right to be a sovereign among soldiers. 3
          Life of Napoleon.
    The sun never sets on the immense empire of Charles V. 4
          Life of Napoleon. (February, 1807.)
Note 1.
The very words of a Highland laird, while on his death-bed, to his son. [back]
Note 2.
See Dryden, Quotation 80. [back]
Note 3.
See Pope, Quotation 200. [back]
Note 4.
A power which has dotted over the surface of the whole globe with her possessions and military posts, whose morning drum-beat, following the sun, and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England.—Daniel Webster: Speech, May 7, 1834.

Why should the brave Spanish soldier brag the sun never sets in the Spanish dominions, but ever shineth on one part or other we have conquered for our king?—Captain John Smith: Advertisements for the Unexperienced, &c. (Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., Third Series, vol. iii. p. 49).

It may be said of them (the Hollanders) as of the Spaniards, that the sun never sets on their dominions.—Gage: New Survey of the West Indies. Epistle Dedicatory. (London, 1648.)

I am called
The richest monarch in the Christian world;
The sun in my dominion never sets.
Schiller: Don Karlos, act i. sc. 6.

Altera figlia
Di quel monarca, a cui
Nè anco, quando annotta il sol tramonta
(The proud daughter of that monarch to whom when it grows dark [elsewhere] the sun never sets).—Guarini: Pastor Fido (1590). On the marriage of the Duke of Savoy with Catherine of Austria. [back]