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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Swear
 
Maintain your rank, vulgarity despise,
To swear is neither brave, polite, nor wise;
You would not swear upon a bed of death—
Reflect—your Maker now may stop your breath.
        Anonymous.—From Adams’s Quotations.
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When truth’s conspicuous we need not swear.
        Pomfret.—Epi. to Delia.
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Odd’s-life! must one swear to the truth of a song?
        Prior.—Answer to Cloe, Verse 3.
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Nay, let me alone for swearing.
        Shakespeare.—Twelfth Night, Act III. Scene 4. (Sir Andrew to Sir Toby.)
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Our armies swore lustily in Flanders (said my uncle Toby), but nothing to this.
        Sterne.—Tristram Shandy, Vol. III. Chap. XI.
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