|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|About three weeks ago I was very seriously alarmed by intelligence which I received of an illness under which I then laboured. My informer was certain of his fact, but enjoined me not to mention it again; he had, it seems, been let into the secret by a friend of his, who had been told of it by an acquaintance of his, who had had it from a near relation of his, who had been informed of it by an intimate of hers, who had heard it from the best authority.|
Microcosm, No. XVIII. March 12, 1787.
|She knew a man, who knew another,|
Who knew the very partys brother.
Ed. Moore.Trial of Slim Sal.
|How prove you that, in the great heap of your knowledge?|
Shakespeare.As You Like It, Act I. Scene 2.
|That which you hear youll swear you see, there is such unity in the proofs.|
Shakespeare.Winters Tale, Act V. Scene 2.
|Well leave a proof, by that which we will do,|
Wives may be merry and yet honest too.
Shakespeare.Merry Wives of Windsor, Act IV. Scene 2.
| Give me the ocular proof;|
Make me seet; or, at the least, so prove it,
That the probation bear no hinge, nor loop,
To hang a doubt on.
Shakespeare.Othello, Act III. Scene 3.
|Prove it before these varlets here; thou honourable man, prove it!|
Shakespeare.Measure for Measure, Act II. Scene 1.
|I will prove it legitimate, sir, upon the oaths of judgment and reason.|
Shakespeare.Twelfth Night, Act III. Scene 2.
|Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.|
St. Paul, 1 Thessalonians, Chap. v. Ver. 21.