|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Sir John Denham (16151669)|
|QUOTATION:||But whither am I strayed? I need not raise|
Trophies to thee from other mens dispraise;
Nor is thy fame on lesser ruins built;
Nor needs thy juster title the foul guilt
Of Eastern kings, who, to secure their reign,
Must have their brothers, sons, and kindred slain. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||On Mr. John Fletchers Works.|
Poets are sultans, if they had their will;
For every author would his brother kill.
Orrery: Prologues (according to Johnson).
Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,
Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne.
Alexander Pope: Prologue to the Satires, line 197. [back]