|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|I be quite single: my relations be all dead, thank heavens more or less. I have but one poor mother left in the world, and shes an helpless woman.|
Sheridan.St. Patricks Day, Act II. Scene 1.
|Earthly happier is the rose distilld,|
Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness.
Shakespeare.Midsummer Nights Dream, Act I. Scene 1. (Theseus to Hermia.)