|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Edmund Spenser (1552?1599)|
|QUOTATION:||Full little knowest thou that hast not tride,|
What hell it is in suing long to bide:
To loose good dayes, that might be better spent;
To wast long nights in pensive discontent;
To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow;
To feed on hope, to pine with feare and sorrow.
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To fret thy soule with crosses and with cares;
To eate thy heart through comfortlesse dispaires; 1
To fawne, to crowche, to waite, to ride, to ronne,
To spend, to give, to want, to be undonne.
Unhappie wight, borne to desastrous end,
That doth his life in so long tendance spend!
|ATTRIBUTION:||Mother Hubberds Tale. Line 895.|
Eat not thy heart; which forbids to afflict our souls, and waste them with vexatious cares.Plutarch: Of the Training of Children.
But suffered idleness
To eat his heart away.
Bryant: Homers Iliad, book i. line 319. [back]