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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Gift
 
A present is provided for my love; for I have myself marked the place where the airy wood-pigeons have built.
        Davidson’s Virgil, by Buckley, Part IX.
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I indeed will give presently to the maiden a ringdove, having taken it from the juniper—for there it broods.
        Banks.—Theocritus, Idyll V. Page 31.
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I have found out a gift for my fair;
  I have found where the wood-pigeons breed;
But let me that plunder forbear,
  She will say ’twas a barbarous deed.
For he ne’er could be true, she averr’d,
  Who could rob a poor bird of its young;
And I lov’d her the more when I heard
  Such tenderness fall from her tongue.
        Shenstone.—Ballad on Hope, Verse 5.
  3
He ne’er consider’d it as loath
To look a gift-horse in the mouth,
And very wisely would lay forth
No more upon it than ’twas worth.
        Butler.—Hudibras, Part I. Canto I. Line 489.
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