John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
Nicholas Rowe. (16741718)
As if Misfortune made the throne her seat, And none could be unhappy but the great. 1
The Fair Penitent. Prologue. 2
At length the morn and cold indifference came. 2
The Fair Penitent. Act i. Sc. 1. 3
Is she not more than painting can express, Or youthful poets fancy when they love?
The Fair Penitent. Act iii. Sc. 1. 4
Is this that haughty gallant, gay Lothario?
The Fair Penitent. Act v. Sc. 1.
Note 1. None think the great unhappy, but the great Edward Young: The Love of Fame, satire 1, line 238. [ back]
Note 2. But with the morning cool reflection came. Sir Walter Scott: Chronicles of the Canongate, chap. iv. Scott also quotes it in his notes to The Monastery, chap. iii. note 11; and with calm substituted for cool in The Antiquary, chap. v.; and with repentance for reflection in Rob Roy, chap. xii. [ back]