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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Weep
 
The fields to all their wonted tribute bear,
To warm their little loves the birds complain;
I fruitless mourn to him that cannot hear,
And weep the more because I weep in vain.
        Gray.—Sonnet on Mr. West; quoted in Gilbert Wakefield’s Life of the Poet.
  1
Weep no more, lady, weep no more,
  Thy sorrowe is in vaine;
For violets pluckt, the sweetest showers
  Will ne’er make grow againe.
        Anonymous.—1 Percy Reliques, Book II. Page 262. “The Friar of Orders Grey;” and see “The Song of Consolation for the Survivors of the Dead,” in Fletcher’s “Queen of Corinth.”
  2
Do not weep, my dear lady; your tears are too precious to shed for me; bottle them up, and may the cork never be drawn.
        Sterne.—Letter, No. 128.
  3
I have not wept these forty years; but now
My mother comes afresh into my eyes:
I cannot help her softness.
        Dryden.—All for Love, Act I. Scene 1.
  4
I wept him dead that living honoured me.
        Greene.—A Maiden’s Dream, V. 5 from the end.
  5
We weep and laugh, as we see others do;
He only makes me sad who shows the way,
And first is sad himself.
        Roscommon.—Horace, Art of Poetry.
  6
Your looks must alter as your subject does,
From kind to fierce, from wanton to severe.
(Or, as Pope has it, “from grave to gay, from lively to severe:”)
For nature forms, and softens us within,
And writes our fortune’s changes in our face.
        Roscommon.—Horace, Art of Poetry.
  7
“Say, what remains when hope is fled?”
She answered, “endless weeping!”
        Rogers.—The Boy of Egremond, Line 1.
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