|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|But that I am forbid|
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul; freeze thy young blood;
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres;
Thy knotted and combined locks to part,
And each particular hair to stand on end,
Like quills upon the fretful porcupine.
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5. (The Ghost to Hamlet.)
|I will a round unvarnishd tale deliver|
Of my whole course of love.
Shakespeare.Othello, Act I. Scene 3. (The Moor to the Senate.)
|This act is an ancient tale new told;|
And, in the last repeating, troublesome,
Being urged at a time unreasonable.
Shakespeare.King John, Act IV. Scene 2. (Pembroke to the King, on his being crowned a second time.)
|And what so tedious as a twice-told tale?|
Pope.The Odyssey, Book XII. last Line. Akenside.Pleasures of Imagination, Book I. Line 220. Lloyd.New River Head.
|Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale,|
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
Shakespeare.King John, Act III. Scene 4. (Lewis, on seeing the grief of Arthurs Mother at his death.)
|Hear, till unheard, the same old slabberd tale.|
Dr. Young.Night III. Line 337.
|And every shepherd tells his tale,|
Under the hawthorn in the dale.
Milton.LAllegro, Line 67.
|Tis an old tale, and often told.|
Walter Scott.Marmion, Canto II. Stanza 27.
|I cannot tell how the truth may be;|
I say the tale as twas said to me.
Walter Scott.Lay of the Last Minstrel, Canto II. Stanza 22, last Line.
|Thereby hangs a tale.|
Shakespeare.Othello, Act III. Scene 1. (Clown); Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I. Scene 4; Taming of the Shrew, Act IV. Scene 1; As You Like It, Act II. Scene 7.
|Mark, now, how plain a tale shall put you down.|
Shakespeare.King Henry IV., Part I. Act II. Scene 4. (Hal to Falstaff.)
|An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.|
Shakespeare.King Richard III., Act IV. Scene 4. (Queen Elizabeth to Richard.)