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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
John Lyly. (1554?–1606)
 
 
1
    Cupid and my Campaspe play’d
At cards for kisses: Cupid paid.
He stakes his quiver, bow, and arrows,
His mother’s doves, and team of sparrows:
Loses them too. Then down he throws
The coral of his lip, the rose
Growing on ’s cheek (but none knows how);
With these, the crystal of his brow,
And then the dimple on his chin:
All these did my Campaspe win.
At last he set her both his eyes:
She won, and Cupid blind did rise.
  O Love! has she done this to thee?
  What shall, alas! become of me?
          Cupid and Campaspe. Act iii. Sc. 5.
2
    How at heaven’s gates she claps her wings,
The morne not waking til she sings. 1
          Cupid and Campaspe. Act v. Sc. 1.
3
    Be valyaunt, but not too venturous. Let thy attyre bee comely, but not costly. 2
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 39.
4
    Though the Camomill, the more it is trodden and pressed downe the more it spreadeth. 3
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 46.
5
    The finest edge is made with the blunt whetstone.
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 47.
6
    I cast before the Moone. 4
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 78.
7
    It seems to me (said she) that you are in some brown study. 5
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 80.
8
    The soft droppes of rain perce the hard marble; 6 many strokes overthrow the tallest oaks. 7
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 81.
9
    He reckoneth without his Hostesse. 8 Love knoweth no lawes.
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 84.
10
    Did not Jupiter transforme himselfe into the shape of Amphitrio to embrace Alcmæna; into the form of a swan to enjoy Leda; into a Bull to beguile Io; into a showre of gold to win Danae? 9
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 93.
11
    Lette me stande to the maine chance. 10
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 104.
12
    I mean not to run with the Hare and holde with the Hounde. 11
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 107.
13
    It is a world to see. 12
          Euphues, 1579 (Arber’s reprint), page 116.
14
    There can no great smoke arise, but there must be some fire. 13
          Euphues and his Euphœbus, page 153.
15
    A clere conscience is a sure carde. 14
          Euphues, page 207.
16
    As lyke as one pease is to another.
          Euphues, page 215.
17
    Goe to bed with the Lambe, and rise with the Larke. 15
          Euphues and his England, page 229.
18
    A comely olde man as busie as a bee.
          Euphues and his England, page 252.
19
    Maydens, be they never so foolyshe, yet beeing fayre they are commonly fortunate.
          Euphues and his England, page 279.
20
    Where the streame runneth smoothest, the water is deepest. 16
          Euphues and his England, page 287.
21
    Your eyes are so sharpe that you cannot onely looke through a Milstone, but cleane through the minde.
          Euphues and his England, page 289.
22
    I am glad that my Adonis hath a sweete tooth in his head.
          Euphues and his England, page 308.
23
    A Rose is sweeter in the budde than full blowne. 17
          Euphues and his England, page 314.
 
Note 1.
Hark, hark! the lark at heaven’s gat sings,
And Phœbus ’gins arise.
William Shakespeare: Cymbeline, act ii. sc. 3. [back]
Note 2.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy.
William Shakespeare: Hamlet, act i. sc. 3. [back]
Note 3.
The camomile, the more it is trodden on the faster it grows.—William Shakespeare: 1 Henry IV. act ii. sc. 4. [back]
Note 4.
See Heywood, Quotation 25. [back]
Note 5.
A brown study.—Jonathan Swift: Polite Conversation. [back]
Note 6.
Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.—Plutarch: Of the Training of Children.

Stillicidi casus lapidem cavat (Continual dropping wears away a stone). Lucretius: i. 314. [back]
Note 7.
Many strokes, though with a little axe,
Hew down and fell the hardest-timber’d oak.
William Shakespeare: 3 Henry VI. act ii. sc. 1. [back]
Note 8.
See Heywood, Quotation 37. [back]
Note 9.
Jupiter himself was turned into a satyr, a shepherd, a bull, a swan, a golden shower, and what not for love.—Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sec ii. mem. i. subs. 1. [back]
Note 10.
The main chance.—William Shakespeare: 1 Henry VI. act i. sc. 1. Samuel Butler: Hudibras, part ii. canto ii. John Dryden: Persius, satire vi. [back]
Note 11.
See Heywood, Quotation 47. [back]
Note 12.
’T is a world to see.—William Shakespeare: Taming of the Shrew, act ii. sc. 1. [back]
Note 13.
See Heywood, Quotation 102. [back]
Note 14.
This is a sure card.—Thersytes, circa 1550. [back]
Note 15.
To rise with the lark and go to bed with the lamb.—Breton: Court and Country, 1618 (reprint, page 182).

Rise with the lark, and with the lark to bed.—James Hurdis: The Village Curate. [back]
Note 16.
See Raleigh, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 17.
The rose is fairest when ’t is budding new.—Sir Walter Scott: Lady of the Lake, canto iii. st. 1. [back]
 

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