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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Service
 
I have done the state some service, and they know’t;
No more of that:—I pray you, in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice; then must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought,
Perplex’d in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe; of one, whose subdued eyes,
Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinable gum.
        Shakespeare.—Othello, Act V. Scene 2. (The Moor before his death.)
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Nor exaggerated praise
Bestow on me, nor censure; for thou speak’st
To those who know me all for what I am.
        Homer.—The Iliad, Bk. 10, Line 277. (Derby.)
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