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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Ivy (Hedera Helix)
 
For ivy climbs the crumbling hall
To decorate decay.
        Bailey—Festus. Sc. A Large Party and Entertainment.
  1
That headlong ivy! not a leaf will grow
But thinking of a wreath,  *  *  *
I like such ivy; bold to leap a height
’Twas strong to climb! as good to grow on graves
As twist about a thyrsus; pretty too
(And that’s not ill) when twisted round a comb.
        E. B. Browning—Aurora Leigh. Bk. II.
  2
Walls must get the weather stain
Before they grow the ivy.
        E. B. Browning—Aurora Leigh. Bk. VIII.
  3
The rugged trees are mingling
  Their flowery sprays in love;
The ivy climbs the laurel
  To clasp the boughs above.
        Bryant—The Serenade.
  4
As creeping ivy clings to wood or stone,
And hides the ruin that it feeds upon.
        Cowper—The Progress of Error. L. 285.
  5
Oh, a dainty plant is the ivy green,
That creepeth o’er ruins old!
Of right choice food are his meals I ween,
In his cell so lone and cold.
    *    *    *    *
Creeping where no life is seen,
A rare old plant is the ivy green.
        Dickens—Pickwick. Ch. VI.
  6
              Direct
The clasping ivy where to climb.
        MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IX. L. 216.
  7
On my velvet couch reclining,
Ivy leaves my brow entwining,
While my soul expands with glee,
What are kings and crowns to me?
        Moore—Odes of Anacreon. Ode XLVIII.
  8
Bring, bring the madding Bay, the drunken vine;
The creeping, dirty, courtly Ivy join.
        Pope—The Dunciad. Bk. I. L. 303.
  9
Round broken columns clasping ivy twin’d.
        Pope—Windsor Forest. L. 69.
  10
Where round some mould’ring tow’r pale ivy creeps,
And low-brow’d rocks hang nodding o’er the deeps.
        Pope—Eloisa to Abelard. L. 243.
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