Fain would I climb, but that I fear to fall. [A line written by Sir Walter Raleigh, with a diamond ring, on the glass of a window in a pavilion of Queen Elizabeth, who, on being informed of it, wrote underneath it:] If thy mind fail thee, do not climb at all. Scott.Kenilworth, Chap. XVII.
1. I am lost in thought. 2. Thought of the Queen, perhaps? 1. Why, if it were, Heaven may be thought on, though too high to climb. 2. Oh! now I find where your ambition drives. Dryden.Spanish Friar, Act I. Scene 1.