Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Ive lately had two spiders Crawling upon my startled hopes Now though thy friendly hand has brushed em from me, Yet still they crawl offensive to mine eyes: I would have some kind friend to tread upon em. Colley CibberRichard III (Altered). Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 15.
Much like a subtle spider, which doth sit In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide: If aught do touch the utmost thread of it, She feels it instantly on every side. Sir John DaviesThe Immortality of the Soul. Sec. XVIII. Feeling.
Or (almost) like a Spider, who, confind In her Webs centre, shakt with every winde, Moves in an instant, if the buzzing Flie Stir but a string of her Lawn Canopie. Du BartasDivine Weekes and Workes. First Week. Sixth Day. L. 998.