Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.
Had it pleased Heaven To try me with affliction; had he raind All kinds of sores and shames on my bare head; Steepd me in poverty to the very lips; Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes; I should have found in some place of my soul A drop of patience. Shakespeare.Othello, Act IV. Scene 2. (The Moor to Desdemona.) 1
When Providence, for secret ends, Corroding cares, or sharp affliction, sends; We must conclude it best it should be so, And not desponding or impatient grow. Pomfret.To his Friend under Affliction. 2
Heaven is not always angry when he strikes, But most chastises those whom most he likes. Pomfret.To his Friend under Affliction. 3
Affliction is not sent in vain From that good God who chastens whom he loves! Southey.Madoc, Part III. 27. 4
Are afflictions aught But mercies in disguise? th alternate cup, Medicinal though bitter, and prepard By loves own hand for salutary ends. Mallet.Amyntor and Theodora, Canto III. Line 176. 5
There is healing in the bitter cup. Southey.Madoc, Part III. 27. 6
Tis a physic Thats bitter to sweet end. Shakespeare.Measure for Measure, Act IV. Scene 6. (Isabella to Mariana.) 7 Thy pleasure points the shaft, and bends the bow; The cluster blasts, or bids it brightly glow. Dr. Young.The Last Day, Book II. Line 349. 8