|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Wheat and Tares|
|The servants of the householder came, and said unto him, Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?|
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
St. Matthew, Chap. xiii. Ver. 27, 28, 29.
|His foes are so enrooted with his friends,|
That, plucking to unfix an enemy,
He doth unfasten so and shake a friend.
Shakespeare.King Henry IV., Part II. Act IV. Scene 1. (Archbishop of York to Mowbray.)