For enemies carry about slander not in the form in which it took its rise. * * * The scandal of men is everlasting; even then does it survive when you would suppose it to be dead. PlautusPersa. Act III. Sc. 1. Rileys trans.
Homines qui gestant, quique auscultant crimina, Si meo arbitratu liceat, omnes pendeant, Gestores linguis, auditores auribus. Your tittle-tattlers, and those who listen to slander, by my good will should all be hangedthe former by their tongues, the latter by the ears. PlautusPseudolus. I. 5. 12.
Tis slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile, whose breath Rides on the posting winds and doth belie All corners of the world; kings, queens and states, Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave This viperous slander enters. Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 35.