|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
| He was|
The ivy which had hid my princely trunk,
And suckd my verdure out ont.
Shakespeare.The Tempest, Act I. Scene 2. (Prospero to Miranda.)
|Usurping ivy, briar, or idle moss;|
Who, all for want of pruning, with intrusion
Infect thy sap, and live on thy confusion.
Shakespeare.Com. of Errors, Act II. Scene 2. (Adriana to Antipholus of S.)
|As creeping ivy clings to wood or stone,|
And hides the ruin that it feeds upon.
Cowper.The Progress of Error, Line 285.
|The noisome weeds that without profit suck the soils fertility from wholesome flowers.|
Shakespeare.Richard II., Act III. Scene 4. (The Gardener and Servants.)