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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Sin
 
A mighty man, had not some cunning sin,
Amidst so many virtues, crowded in.
        Cowley.—The Davideis, Book III. Line 75.
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Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
        Shakespeare.—Measure for Measure, Act II. Scene 1. (Ercalus in reference to the execution of Claudio.)
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Compound for sins they are inclined to,
By damning those they have no mind to.
        Butler.—Hudibras, Canto I. Line 215.
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That which he hath an inclination to is always dressed up in all the false beauty that a fond and busy imagination can give it; the other appeareth naked and deformed, and in all the true circumstances of folly and dishonour.
        Swift.—On Knowing One’s self.
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Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart-rope.
        Isaiah, Chap. v. Ver. 18.
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Where lives the man that has not tried
How mirth can into folly glide,
  And folly into sin?
        Scott.—Bridal of Triermain, Canto I. Stanza 21.
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Sin let loose, speaks punishment at hand.
        Cowper.—Expostulation, Line 160.
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Think not for wrongs like these unscourged to live;
Long may ye sin, and long may Heaven forgive;
But when ye least expect, in sorrow’s day,
Vengeance shall fall more heavy for delay.
        Churchill.—Gotham, Book II. Line 557.
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Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again.
        Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act I. Scene 5. (Romeo to her.)
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So nature prompts: drawn by her secret tie,
We view a parent’s deeds with reverent eye;
With fatal haste, alas! the example take,
And love the sin for the dear sinner’s sake.
        Juvenal.—Transl. by Gifford, Sat. 14, Line 31.
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How shall I lose the sin yet keep the sense,
And love the offender yet detest the offence?
        Pope.—Abelard and Eloise, Line 191.
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