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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Horse
 
Then I cast loose my buff coat, each halter let fall,
Shook off both my jack-boots, let go belt and all,
Stood up in the stirrup, leaned, patted his ear,
Called my Roland his pet name, my horse without peer;
Clapped my hands, laughed and sang, any noise bad or good,
’Til at length into Aix Roland galloped and stood.
        Robert Browning—How They Brought the News from Ghent.
  1
Gamaun is a dainty steed,
Strong, black, and of a noble breed,
Full of fire, and full of bone,
With all his line of fathers known;
Fine his nose, his nostrils thin,
But blown abroad by the pride within;
His mane is like a river flowing,
And his eyes like embers glowing
In the darkness of the night,
And his pace as swift as light.
        Barry Cornwall—The Blood Horse.
  2
Morgan!—She ain’t nothing else, and I’ve got the papers to prove it.
Sired by Chippewa Chief, and twelve hundred dollars won’t buy her.
Briggs of Turlumne owned her. Did you know Briggs of Turlumne?—
Busted hisself in White Pine and blew out his brains down in Frisco?
        Bret Harte—Chiquita.
  3
  Like the driving of Jehu, the son of Nimshi: for he driveth furiously.
        II Kings. IX. 20.
  4
Villain, a horse—Villain, I say, give me a horse to fly,
To swim the river, villain, and to fly.
        George Peele—Battle of Alcazar. Act V. L. 104. (1588–9).
  5
Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs,
Piercing the night’s dull ear.
        Henry V. Chorus to Act IV. L. 10.
  6
An two men ride of a horse, one must ride behind.
        Much Ado About Nothing. III. 5.
  7
For young hot colts being rag’d, do rage the more.
        Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 70.
  8
Give me another horse: bind up my wounds.
        Richard III. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 177.
  9
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
        Richard III. Act V. Sc. 4. L. 7. Taken from an old play, The True Tragedy of Richard the Third. (1594). In Shakespeare Society Reprint. P. 64.
  10
Round-hoof’d, short-jointed, fetlocks shag and long,
Broad breast, full eye, small head and nostril wide,
High crest, short ears, straight legs and passing strong,
Thin mane, thick tail, broad buttock, tender hide:
Look, what a horse should have he did not lack,
Save a proud rider on so proud a back.
        Venus and Adonis. L. 295.
  11
I saw them go; one horse was blind,
The tails of both hung down behind,
Their shoes were on their feet.
        Horace and James Smith—Rejected Addresses. The Baby’s Debut. (Parody of Wordsworth.)
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  Quadrupedumque putrem cursu quatit ungula campum.
  And the hoof of the horses shakes the crumbling field as they run.
        Vergil—Æneid. XI. 875. Cited as an example of onomatopœia.
  13
  Ardua cervix,
Argumtumque caput, brevis alvos, obesaque terga,
Luxuriatque toris animosum pectus.
  His neck is high and erect, his head replete with intelligence, his belly short, his back full, and his proud chest swells with hard muscle.
        Vergil—Georgics. III. 79.
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