You were silly like us: your gift survived it all; 40 The parish of rich
women, physical decay, Yourself; mad
Ireland hurt you into poetry. Now Ireland has her
madness and her weather still, For poetry makes
nothing happen. W(ystan) H(ugh) Auden 'In Memory of W.B.Yeats', pt.2.
It ought to be quite as natural and straightforward a matter for a
labourer to take his pension from his parish, because he has
deserved well of his parish, as for a man in higher rank to
take his pension from his country, because he has
deserved well of his country. John Ruskin Unto this Last, preface.
[To] have an unmannerly fat clerk ask the consent of every butcher in
the parish to join John Absolute and Lydia Languish,
spinster.Oh that I should live to hear myself called
spinster! Richard Brinsley Sheridan Lydia Languish, who had hoped for a romantic
elopement. The Rivals, act 5,
look upon all the world as my parish. John Wesley Journal entry,11 Jun.