The old mayor climbed the belfry tower, The ringers ran by two, by three; "Pull, if ye never pulled before; Good ringers, pull your best," quoth he. "Play uppe, play uppe, O Boston bells! Ply all your changes, all your swells, Play uppe The Brides of Enderby."
'Takethy beak fromout my heart, and takethy formfrom off my door!' Quoth the raven,'Nevermore.'1845 'The Raven', stanza17. In American Review, Feb1845.
Quoth Sidrophel, If you suppose, Sir Knight, that I am one of those, I might suspect, and take th' alarm, Your bus'ness is but to inform; But if it be, 'tis ne'er the near, You have a wrong sow by the ear.Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part II (1664), Canto III, line 575
Ghastly, grim, and ancient Raven, wandering from the Nightly shore, Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore! Quoth the Raven "Nevermore!"Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven (1844), Stanza 8.
When I demanded of my friend what viands he preferred,He Quoth: "A large cold bottle, and a small hot bird!"Eugene Field
Well aunt (Quoth Ales) all is well that endes well.Ye Ales, of a good begynnyng comth a good end.john heywood
True (Quoth Ales) thinges doone can not be vndoone,Be they done in due tyme, to late, or to soone,But better late than neuer to repent this,To late (Quoth my aunt) this repentance showd is,Whan the stéede is stolne shut the stable durre.john heywood
Rome was not built in one daie (Quoth he) and yet stoodTill it was finist, as some say, full faire.john heywood
Nought venter nought haue. spare to speake spare to spéede.Vnknowne vnkyst. it is loste that is vnsought.As good séeke nought (Quoth I) as seeke and finde nought.john heywood
Marke ye, how she hitteth me on the thombis (Quoth hée)And ye taunt me tyt ouer thumb (Quoth shée)Sens tyt for tat (Quoth I) on euen hand is set.john heywood
She dropped her glove, to prove his love, then looked at him and smiled;He bowed, and in a moment leaped among the lions wild:The leap was quick, return was quick, he has regained his place,Then threw the glove, but not with love, right in the lady's face."By God!" said Francis, "rightly done!" and he rose from where he sat:"No love," Quoth he, "but vanity, sets love a task like that."leigh hunt
A Locanian having plucked all the feathers off from a nightingale and seeing what a little body it had, "surely," Quoth he, "thou art all voice and nothing else." (Vox et præterea nihil.)Plutarch, Laconic Apothegms. Credited to Lacon Incert, XIII, by Lipsius.
Well aunt (Quoth Ales) all is well that endes well. Ye Ales, of a good begynnyng comth a good end.Well aunt, said Ales, all is well that ends well.
True (Quoth Ales) thinges doone can not be vndoone, Be they done in due tyme, to late, or to soone, But better late than neuer to repent this, To late (Quoth my aunt) this repentance showd is, Whan the stéede is stolne shut the stable durre.True, said Ales, things done can not be undone,
Rome was not built in one daie (Quoth he) and yet stood Till it was finist, as some say, full faire.Rome was not built in one day, said he, and yet stood
Nought venter nought haue. spare to speake spare to spéede. Vnknowne vnkyst. it is loste that is vnsought. As good séeke nought (Quoth I) as seeke and finde nought.Naught venture naught have. spare to speak spare to speed.
Marke ye, how she hitteth me on the thombis (Quoth hée) And ye taunt me tyt ouer thumb (Quoth shée) Sens tyt for tat (Quoth I) on euen hand is set.Mark you, how she hits me on the thumbs, said he.
Next morning, when the golden sunne was risen, And new had bid good morrow to the mountaines; When night her silver light had lockt in prison, Which gave a glimmering on the christall fountaines: Then ended sleepe, and then my cares began, Ev'n with the uprising of the silver swan. Oh, glorious sunne! Quoth I, viewing the sunne, That lightenst everie thing but me alone: Why is my summer season almost done, My spring-time past, and ages autumne gone? My harvest's come, and yet I reapt no corne: My love is great, and yet I am forlorne.The Second Dayes Lamentation of the Affectionate Shepheard.
There is a tradition that, on his return from France, Jefferson called Washington to account at the breakfast-table for having agreed to a second chamber. "Why," asked Washington, "did you pour that coffee into your saucer?" "To cool it," Quoth Jefferson. "Even so," said Washington, "we pour legislation into the senatorial saucer to cool it."Moncure Daniel Conway, Omitted Chapters of History Disclosed in the Life and Papers of Edmund Randolph (1888), p. 91. Reported as probably apocryphal in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
"What is thy name, faire maid?" Quoth he. "Penelophon, O King," Quoth she.Thomas Percy, Reliques. King Cophetua and the Beggar-Maid.
How are you my Abe? Is the list nearly filled Of the sick men and dying of wounded and killed Of widows and tears, or orphans unfed Of poor honest white men struggling for bread? 'Dear Devil,' Quoth Abe, 'I'm doing my best To promote the interest of you and the rest."Abe's Visitor," a poem published in a Democrat newspaper in Pennsylvania.
Poor deer, Quoth he, thou makest a testament As worldlings do, giving thy sum of more To that which had too much.First Lord, Sc. i
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