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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Spider
 
        The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.
Pope.    
  1
        “Will you walk into my parlor?”
  Said a spider to a fly;
“’Tis the prettiest little parlor
  That ever you did spy.”
Mary Howitt.    
  2
        Much like a subtle spider, which doth sit
  In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,
  She feels it instantly on every side.
Sir John Davies.    
  3
        Or (almost) like a spider, who, confin’d
In her web’s centre, shakt with every winde;
Moves in an instant, if the buzzing flie
Stir but a string of her lawn canopie.
Du Bartas.    
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