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Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations

by Various

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A.Abashed.Abash'd the devil stood,And felt how awful goodness is, and sawVirtue in her shape how lovely.1MILTON: Par. Lost, Bk. iv., Line 846.Abbots.To happy convents bosom'd deep in vines,Where slumber abbots purple as their wines.2POPE: Dunciad, Bk. iv., Line 301.Abdication.I give this heavy weight from off my head,And this unwieldy sceptre from my hand,The pride of kingly sway from out my heart;With mine own tears I wash away my balm,With mine own hands I give away my crown,With mine own tongue deny my sacred state,With mine own breath release all duteous oaths.3SHAKS.: Richard II., Act iv., Sc. 1.Abdiel.So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found;Among the faithless, faithful only he.4MILTON: Par. Lost, Bk. v., Line 896.Ability.I profess not talking; only this,Let each man do his best.5SHAKS.: 1 Henry IV., Act v., Sc. 2.Absence.What! keep a week away! Seven days and nights?Eight score eight hours? and lovers' absent hours,More tedious than the dial eight score times?O weary reckoning!6SHAKS.: Othello, Act iii., Sc. 1.Though lost to sight, to memory dearThou ever wilt remain.7GEORGE LINLEY: Song, Though Lost to Sight.Condemn'd whole years in absence to deplore,And image charms he must behold no more.8POPE: Eloisa to A., Line 361.O last love! O first love!My love with the true heart,To think I have come to this your home,And yet—we are apart!9JEAN INGELOW: Sailing Beyond Seas.'Tis said that absence conquers love;But oh believe it not!I've tried, alas! its power to prove,But thou art not forgot.10FREDERICK W. THOMAS: Absence Conquers Love.Abstinence.Against diseases here the strongest fenceIs the defensive virtue abstinence.11HERRICK: Aph. Abstinence.Abuse.Thou thread, thou thimble,Thou yard, three quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail,Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter cricket thou:Away thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant.12SHAKS.: Tam. of the S., Act iv., Sc. 3.Accident.As the unthought-on accident is guiltyOf what we wildly do, so we professOurselves to be the slaves of chance, and fliesOf every wind that blows.13SHAKS.: Wint. Tale, Act iv., Sc. 3.Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances,Of moving accidents by flood and field.14SHAKS.: Othello, Act i., Sc. 3.Our wanton accidents take root, and growTo vaunt themselves God's laws.15CHARLES KINGSLEY: Saints' Tragedy, Act ii., Sc. 4.By many a happy accident.16MIDDLETON: No Wit, No Help, Like a Woman's, Act ii., Sc. 2.Account.No reckoning made, but sent to my accountWith all my imperfections on my head.17SHAKS.: Hamlet, Act i., Sc. 5.Accusation.Accuse not Nature: she hath done her part;Do thou but thine.18MILTON: Par. Lost, Bk. viii., Line 561.Achievements.Great things thro' greatest hazards are achiev'd,And then they shine.19BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: Loyal Subject, Act i., Sc. 5.Acquaintance.Should auld acquaintance be forgot,And never brought to mind...?