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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Ivy
 
        He was
The ivy which had hid my princely trunk,
And suck’d my verdure out on’t.
        Shakespeare.—The Tempest, Act I. Scene 2. (Prospero to Miranda.)
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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.)
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As creeping ivy clings to wood or stone,
And hides the ruin that it feeds upon.
        Cowper.—The Progress of Error, Line 285.
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The noisome weeds that without profit suck the soil’s fertility from wholesome flowers.
        Shakespeare.—Richard II., Act III. Scene 4. (The Gardener and Servants.)
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