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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Horse—Horsemanship
 
  A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
Shakespeare.    
  1
  And witch the world with noble horsemanship.
Shakespeare.    
  2
  A good rider on a good horse is as much above himself and others as the world can make him.
Lord Herbert.    
  3
  I will not change my horse with any that treads but on four pasterns. When I bestride him I soar, I am a hawk; he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it.
Shakespeare.    
  4
        My beautiful! my beautiful!
  That standest meekly by
With thy proudly arch’d and glossy neck,
  And dark and fiery eye;—
The stranger hath thy bridle-rein—
  Thy master hath his gold—
Fleet-limb’d and beautiful, farewell!
Thou ’rt sold, my steed—thou ’rt sold!
Mrs. Norton.    
  5
        Oh! not all the pleasure that poets may praise,—
Not the wildering waltz in the ball-room’s blaze,
Nor the chivalrous joust, nor the daring race,
Nor the swift regatta, nor merry chase,
Nor the sail high heaving waters o’er,
Nor the rural dance on the moonlight shore,—
Can the wild and fearless joy exceed
Of a fearless leap on a fiery steed.
Sara J. Clarke.    
  6
        Gamaun is a dainty steed,
Strong, black, and of a noble breed,
Full of fire, and full of bone,
With all his line of fathers known;
Fine his nose, his nostrils thin,
But blown abroad by the pride within;
His mane is like a river flowing,
And his eyes like embers glowing
In the darkness of the night,
And his pace as swift as light.
Barry Cornwall.    
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