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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Charles Churchill. (1731–1764)
 
 
1
    He mouths a sentence as curs mouth a bone.
          The Rosciad. Line 322.
2
    But, spite of all the criticising elves,
Those who would make us feel—must feel themselves. 1
          The Rosciad. Line 961.
3
    Who to patch up his fame, or fill his purse,
Still pilfers wretched plans, and makes them worse;
Like gypsies, lest the stolen brat be known,
Defacing first, then claiming for his own. 2
          The Apology. Line 232.
4
    No statesman e’er will find it worth his pains
To tax our labours and excise our brains.
          Night. Line 271.
5
    Apt alliteration ’s artful aid.
          The Prophecy of Famine. Line 86.
6
    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.
7
    With curious art the brain, too finely wrought,
Preys on herself, and is destroyed by thought.
          Epistle to William Hogarth. Line 645.
8
    Men the most infamous are fond of fame,
And those who fear not guilt yet start at shame.
          The Author. Line 233.
9
    Be England what she will,
With all her faults she is my country still. 3
          The Farewell. Line 27.
10
    Wherever waves can roll, and winds can blow. 4
          The Farewell. Line 38.
 
Note 1.
Si vis me flere, dolendum est
Primum ipsi tibi
(If you wish me to weep, you yourself must first feel grief).
Horace: Ars Poetica, v. 102. [back]
Note 2.
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 3.
England, with all thy faults I love thee still,
My country!
William Cowper: The Task, book ii. The Timepiece, line 206. [back]
Note 4.
Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam.—Lord Byron: The Corsair, canto i. stanza 1. [back]
 

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