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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Murder
 
’Twas not enough
By subtle fraud to snatch a single life;
Puny impiety! whole kingdoms fell
To sate the lust of power: more horrid still,
The foulest stain and scandal of our nature,
Became its boast. One murder made a villain;
Millions a hero.
        Dr. Porteus.—Poem on Death.
  1
One to destroy is murder by the law,
And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe;
To murder thousands takes a specious name,
War’s glorious art, and gives immortal fame.
        Dr. Young.—Love of Fame, Satire VII. Line 55.
  2
Laid schemes for death, to slaughter turn’d his heart,
And fitted murder to the rules of Art.
        Tickell.—On the Prospect of Peace.
  3
Murder may pass unpunish’d for a time,
But tardy justice will o’ertake the crime.
        Dryden.—The Cock and Fox.
  4
Foul deeds will rise,
Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 2. (After hearing of his Father’s ghost.)
  5
For murther, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act II. Scene 2. (Chiding himself for his apathy.)
  6
Murder will out—that see we day by day.
        Chaucer.—The Nun’s Priests Tale, Line 15,058.
  7
Murther most foul, as in the best it is.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5. (His Father’s ghost to him.)
  8
’Tis of all vices the most contrary
To every virtue, and humanity;
For they intend the pleasure and delight,
But this the dissolution of nature.
        Shackerly.—Marmion: Antiquary, Act III.
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