|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|A present is provided for my love; for I have myself marked the place where the airy wood-pigeons have built.|
Davidsons Virgil, by Buckley, Part IX.
|I indeed will give presently to the maiden a ringdove, having taken it from the juniperfor there it broods.|
Banks.Theocritus, Idyll V. Page 31.
|I have found out a gift for my fair;|
I have found where the wood-pigeons breed;
But let me that plunder forbear,
She will say twas a barbarous deed.
For he neer could be true, she averrd,
Who could rob a poor bird of its young;
And I lovd her the more when I heard
Such tenderness fall from her tongue.
Shenstone.Ballad on Hope, Verse 5.
|He neer considerd it as loath|
To look a gift-horse in the mouth,
And very wisely would lay forth
No more upon it than twas worth.
Butler.Hudibras, Part I. Canto I. Line 489.