Whereas my birth and spirit rather took The way that takes
the town; Thou didst betray
me to a lingering book, And wrap me in a
gown. George Herbert 'Affliction (1)',
collected in The Temple, Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations
It cannot reasonably be doubted, but a little miss, dressed in a new
gown for a dancing-school ball, receives as
complete enjoyment as the greatest orator, who triumphs in the
splendour of his eloquence, while he governs the
passions and resolutions of a numerous assembly. David Hume ^2 Essays Moral, Political and Literary,'The Sceptic'.
And may at last my weary age Find out the
peaceful hermitage, The hairy gown and
mossy cell, Where I may sit and
rightly spell Of every star that
heaven doth shew, And every herb that
sips the dew, Till old experience
to attain To something like
prophetic strain. John Milton c.1631 Il Penseroso, l.167^74.
Where's the man could ease a heart Like a satin gown? Dorothy ne e Rothschild Parker Enough Rope,'The Satin Dress', stanza1.
Give me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith
to walk upon, My scrip of joy,
immortal diet, My bottle of
salvation, My gown of glory,
hope's true gage, And thus I'll take
my pilgrimage. Sir Walter Raleigh The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage.