|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Plenty has made me poor. I could wish that what I am in love with was away.|
Ovid.Meta., Book III. Fable VII. (Rileys Transl.) But Livy appears to be the originator of the phrase. (Fecit statim ut fit fastidium copia, III. 1, Dr. Ramage.)
|Whose plenty made him poor.|
Spenser.Fairy Queen, Book I. Canto IV. Stanza 29.
|Scatter plenty oer a smiling land.|
Gray.Elegy in a Churchyard, Verse 16.
|So plenty makes me poor.|
Spenser.Sonnet 35. (Drayton has the same idea.)
|And plenty makes us poor.|
Dryden.The Medal, Line 126.