John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
(continued) Thomas Middleton. (15801627) 2004
Have you summoned your wits from wool-gathering?
The Family of Love. Act v. Sc. 3. 2005
As true as I live.
The Family of Love. Act v. Sc. 3. 2006
From the crown of our head to the sole of our foot. 1
A Mad World, my Masters. Act i. Sc. 3. 2007
That disease Of which all old men sicken,avarice. 2
The Roaring Girl. Act i. Sc. 1. 2008
Beat all your feathers as flat down as pancakes.
The Roaring Girl. Act i. Sc. 1. 2009
There is no hate lost between us. 3
The Witch. Act iv. Sc. 3. 2010
Let the air strike our tune, Whilst we show reverence to yond peeping moon. 4
The Witch. Act v. Sc. 2. 2011
Black spirits and white, red spirits and gray, Mingle, mingle, mingle, you that mingle may. 5
The Witch. Act v. Sc. 2. 2012
All is not gold that glisteneth. 6
A Fair Quarrel. Act v. Sc. 1. 2013
As old Chaucer was wont to say, that broad famous English poet.
More Dissemblers besides Women. Act i. Sc. 4. 2014
T is a stinger. 7
More Dissemblers besides Women. Act iii. Sc. 2. 2015
The world s a stage on which all parts are played. 8
A Game of Chess. Act v. Sc. 1.
Note 1. See Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, Quotation 21. [ back] Note 2. So for a good old gentlemanly vice, I think I must take up with avarice. Lord Byron: Don Juan, canto i. stanza 216. [ back] Note 3. There is no love lost between us. Cervantes: Don Quixote, book iv. chap. xxiii. Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer, act iv. David Garrick: Correspondence, 1759. Henry Fielding: The Grub Street Opera, act i. sc. 4. [ back] Note 4. See Shakespeare, Macbeth, Quotation 96. [ back] Note 5. These lines are introduced into Macbeth, act iv. sc. 1. According to Steevens, the song was, in all probability, a traditional one. Collier says, Doubtless it does not belong to Middleton more than to Shakespeare. Dyce says, There seems to be little doubt that Macbeth is of an earlier date than The Witch. [ back] Note 6. See Chaucer, Quotation 40. [ back] Note 7. He as had a stinger. Beaumont and Fletcher: Wit without Money, act iv. sc. 1. [ back]
Note 8. See Shakespeare, As You Like It, Quotation 36. [ back]