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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Secrecy
 
1.  You’ll be secret, Thomas?
2.  As a coach-horse.
        Sheridan.—The Rivals, Act I. Scene 1.
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When I am in danger of bursting, I will go and whisper among the reeds.
        Swift.—Letter of the Drapier, No. 7.
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  [Alluding no doubt to Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, Line 6549, where she runs to the marsh and whispereth her secret to the water.]  3
Know not what you know, and see not what you see.
        Plautus.—Miles Glor. Act II. Scene 6. Line 89.
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A secret is seldom safe in more than one breast.
        Swift.—Four last years of Queen Anne. (On the Earl of Godolphin.)
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