|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Francis Quarles. (15921644) (continued)|
| This house is to be let for life or years;|
Her rent is sorrow, and her income tears.
Cupid, t has long stood void; her bills make known,
She must be dearly let, or let alone.
| Emblem 10, Ep. 10.|
| The slender debt to Nature s quickly paid, 1|
Discharged, perchance, with greater ease than made.
| Book ii. Emblem 13.|
| The next way home s the farthest way about. 2|
| Book iv. Emblem 2, Ep. 2.|
| It is the lot of man but once to die.|
| Book v. Emblem 7.|
|George Herbert. (15931633)|
| To write a verse or two is all the praise|
That I can raise.
| Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,|
The bridal of the earth and sky.
| Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,|
A box where sweets compacted lie.
| Only a sweet and virtuous soul,|
Like seasoned timber, never gives.
| Like summer friends,|
Flies of estate and sunneshine.
| The Answer.|
| A servant with this clause|
Makes drudgery divine;
Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws
Makes that and th action fine.
| The Elixir.|
| A verse may find him who a sermon flies,|
And turn delight into a sacrifice.
| The Church Porch.|
To die is a debt we must all of us discharge.Euripides: Alcestis, line 418. [back]
The longest way round is the shortest way home.Bohn: Foreign Proverbs (Italian). [back]