|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Robert Burton (15771640)|
|QUOTATION:||No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Anatomy of Melancholy. Part iii. Sect. 2, Memb. 1, Subsect. 2.|
Those curious locks so aptly twind,
Whose every hair a soul doth bind.
Thomas Carew: Think not cause men flattering say.
One hair of a woman can draw more than a hundred pair of oxen.Howell: Letters, book ii. iv. (1621).
She knows her man, and when you rant and swear,
Can draw you to her with a single hair.
John Dryden: Persius, satire v. line 246.
Beauty draws us with a single hair.Alexander Pope: The Rape of the Lock, canto ii. line 27.
And from that luckless hour my tyrant fair
Has led and turned me by a single hair.
Bland: Anthology, p. 20 (edition 1813). [back]