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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Beaumont and Fletcher. (continued)
 
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    Thou wilt scarce be a man before thy mother. 1
          Love’s Cure. Act ii. Sc. 2.
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    What ’s one man’s poison, signor,
Is another’s meat or drink. 2
          Love’s Cure. Act iii. Sc. 2.
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    Primrose, first-born child of Ver,
Merry springtime’s harbinger.
          The Two Noble Kinsmen. Act i. Sc. 1.
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    O great corrector of enormous times,
Shaker of o’er-rank states, thou grand decider
Of dusty and old titles, that healest with blood
The earth when it is sick, and curest the world
O’ the pleurisy of people!
          The Two Noble Kinsmen. Act v. Sc. 1.
 
George Wither. (1588–1667)
 
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    Shall I, wasting in despair,
  Die because a woman ’s fair?
Or make pale my cheeks with care,
  ’Cause another’s rosy are?
Be she fairer than the day,
Or the flowery meads in May,
  If she be not so to me,
  What care I how fair she be? 3
          The Shepherd’s Resolution.
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    Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance.
          Poem on Christmas.
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    Hang sorrow! care will kill a cat, 4
And therefore let ’s be merry.
          Poem on Christmas.
 
Note 1.
But strive still to be a man before your mother.—William Cowper: Connoisseur. Motto of No. iii. [back]
Note 2.
Quod ali cibus est aliis fuat acre venenum (What is food to one may be fierce poison to others).—Lucretius: iv. 637. [back]
Note 3.
See Raleigh, Quotation 10. [back]
Note 4.
See Jonson, Quotation 2. [back]
 

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