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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:5154
AUTHOR:Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
QUOTATION:Who o’er the herd would wish to reign,
Fantastic, fickle, fierce, and vain!
Vain as the leaf upon the stream,
And fickle as a changeful dream;
Fantastic as a woman’s mood,
And fierce as Frenzy’s fever’d blood.
Thou many-headed monster 1 thing,
Oh who would wish to be thy king!
ATTRIBUTION:Lady of the Lake. Canto v. Stanza 30.
WORKS:Sir Walter Scott Collection.
 
Note 1.
See Massinger, Quotation 3. [back]
 

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