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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Sir John Suckling. (1609–1642)
 
 
1
    Her feet beneath her petticoat
Like little mice stole in and out, 1
  As if they feared the light;
But oh, she dances such a way!
No sun upon an Easter-day
  Is half so fine a sight.
          Ballad upon a Wedding.
2
    Her lips were red, and one was thin;
Compared with that was next her chin,—
Some bee had stung it newly.
          Ballad upon a Wedding.
3
    Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
    Prithee, why so pale?
Will, when looking well can’t move her,
    Looking ill prevail?
    Prithee, why so pale?
          Song.
4
    ’T is expectation makes a blessing dear;
Heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were.
          Against Fruition.
5
    She is pretty to walk with,
And witty to talk with,
And pleasant, too, to think on.
          Brennoralt. Act ii.
6
    Her face is like the milky way i’ the sky,—
A meeting of gentle lights without a name.
          Brennoralt. Act iii.
7
    But as when an authentic watch is shown,
Each man winds up and rectifies his own,
So in our very judgments. 2
          Aglaura. Epilogue.
8
    The prince of darkness is a gentleman. 3
          The Goblins.
9
    Nick of time.
          The Goblins.
10
    “High characters,” cries one, and he would see
Things that ne’er were, nor are, nor e’er will be. 4
          The Goblins. Epilogue.
 
Note 1.
See Herrick, Quotation 11. [back]
Note 2.
’T is with our judgments as our watches,—none
Go just alike, yet each believes his own.
Alexander Pope: Essay on Criticism, part i. line 9. [back]
Note 3.
See Shakespeare, King Lear, Quotation 29. [back]
Note 4.
Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor e’er shall be.
Alexander Pope: Essay on Criticism, part ii. line 53.

There ’s no such thing in Nature, and you ’ll draw
A faultless monster which the world ne’er saw.
Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire: Essay on Poetry. [back]
 

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