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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Widow
 
  A widow is like a frigate of which the first captain has been shipwrecked.
Alphonse Karr.    
  1
  Widows, like ripe fruit, drop easily from their perch.
La Bruyère.    
  2
  Young widows still bide their time.
H. W. Shaw.    
  3
  Handsome widows, after a twelvemonth, enjoy a latitude and longitude without limit.
Balzac.    
  4
        May widows wed as often as they can,
And ever for the better change their man;
And some devouring plague pursue their lives,
Who will not well be govern’d by their wives.
Dryden.    
  5
        Why are those tears? why droops your head
Is then your other husband dead?
Or does a worse disgrace betide?
Hath no one since his death applied?
Gay.    
  6
        Thus, day by day, and month by month, we pass’d;
It pleas’d the Lord to take my spouse at last.
I tore my gown, I soil’d my locks with dust,
And beat my breasts—as wretched widows must:
Before my face my handkerchief I spread,
To hide the flood of tears I did—not shed.
Pope.    
  7
  The widow who has been bereft of her children may seem in after years no whit less placid, no whit less serenely gladsome; nay, more gladsome than the woman whose blessings are still round her. I am amazed to see how wounds heal.
Charles Buxton.    
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