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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Affliction
 
Had it pleased Heaven
To try me with affliction; had he rain’d
All kinds of sores and shames on my bare head;
Steep’d me in poverty to the very lips;
Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes;
I should have found in some place of my soul
A drop of patience.
        Shakespeare.—Othello, Act IV. Scene 2. (The Moor to Desdemona.)
  1
        When Providence, for secret ends,
Corroding cares, or sharp affliction, sends;
We must conclude it best it should be so,
And not desponding or impatient grow.
        Pomfret.—To his Friend under Affliction.
  2
Heaven is not always angry when he strikes,
But most chastises those whom most he likes.
        Pomfret.—To his Friend under Affliction.
  3
Affliction is not sent in vain—
From that good God who chastens whom he loves!
        Southey.—Madoc, Part III. 27.
  4
        Are afflictions aught
But mercies in disguise? th’ alternate cup,
Medicinal though bitter, and prepar’d
By love’s own hand for salutary ends.
        Mallet.—Amyntor and Theodora, Canto III. Line 176.
  5
There is healing in the bitter cup.
        Southey.—Madoc, Part III. 27.
  6
        ’Tis a physic
That’s bitter to sweet end.
        Shakespeare.—Measure for Measure, Act IV. Scene 6. (Isabella to Mariana.)
  7
Thy pleasure points the shaft, and bends the bow;
The cluster blasts, or bids it brightly glow.
        Dr. Young.—The Last Day, Book II. Line 349.
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