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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Thomas Otway. (1652–1685)
 
 
1
    O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee
To temper man: we had been brutes without you.
Angels are painted fair, to look like you:
There ’s in you all that we believe of heaven,—
Amazing brightness, purity, and truth,
Eternal joy, and everlasting love.
          Venice Preserved. Act i. Sc. 1.
2
    Dear as the vital warmth that feeds my life;
Dear as these eyes, that weep in fondness o’er thee. 1
          Venice Preserved. Act v. Sc. 1.
3
    And die with decency.
          Venice Preserved. Act v. Sc. 3.
4
    What mighty ills have not been done by woman!
Who was ’t betrayed the Capitol?—A woman!
Who lost Mark Antony the world?—A woman!
Who was the cause of a long ten years’ war,
And laid at last old Troy in ashes?—Woman!
Destructive, damnable, deceitful woman! 2
          The Orphan. Act iii. Sc. 1.
5
    Let us embrace, and from this very moment vow an eternal misery together. 3
          The Orphan. Act iv. Sc. 2.
 
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, page 112.
Dear as the light that visits these sad eyes;
Dear as the ruddy drops that warm my heart.
Thomas Gray: The Bard, part i. stanza 3. [back]
Note 2.
O woman, woman! when to ill thy mind
Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend.
Alexander Pope: Homer’s Odyssey, book xi. line 531. [back]
Note 3.
Let us swear an eternal friendship.—J. Hookham Frere: The Rovers, act i. sc. 1. [back]
 

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