|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|The kindly fruits of the earth.|
Book of Common Prayer. Litany.
| Nothing great is produced suddenly, since not even the grape or the fig is. If you say to me now that you want a fig, I will answer to you that it requires time: let it flower first, then put forth fruit, and then ripen.|
EpictetusDiscourses. What Philosophy Promises. Ch. XV. Geo. Longs trans.
|Eve, with her basket, was|
Deep in the bells and grass
Wading in bells and grass
Up to her knees,
Picking a dish of sweet
Berries and plums to eat,
Down in the bells and grass
Under the trees.
|Ye shall know them by their fruits.|
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Matthew. VII. 16; 20.
| Each tree|
Laden with fairest fruit, that hung to th eye
Tempting, stirrd in me sudden appetite
To pluck and eat.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VIII. L. 30.
|But the fruit that can fall without shaking,|
Indeed is too mellow for me.
Lady Mary Wortley MontaguAnswered for.
|Thus do I live, from pleasure quite debarred,|
Nor taste the fruits that the suns genial rays
Mature, john-apple, nor the downy peach.
John PhilipsThe Splendid Shilling. L. 115.
|The strawberry grows underneath the nettle|
And wholesome berries thrive and ripen best
Neighbourd by fruit of baser quality.
Henry V. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 60.
|Fruits that blossom first will first be ripe.|
Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 383.
|Before thee stands this fair Hesperides,|
With golden fruit, but dangerous to be touched.
Pericles. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 27.
|The ripest fruit first falls.|
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 153.
| Superfluous branches|
We lop away, that bearing boughs may live.
Richard II. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 63.
|The barberry and currant must escape|
Though her small clusters imitate the grape.
|Let other lands, exulting, glean|
The apple from the pine,
The orange from its glossy green,
The cluster from the vine.
WhittierThe Corn Song.