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A woman's honour is her safest guard.
What will Mrs. Grundy say?*
Speed the Plough. Act v.
Approbation from Sir Hubert Stanley is praise
He pass'd a cottage with a double coach house,
A cottage of gentility;
And he own'd with a grin,
That his favourite sin,
Is pride that apes humility.
The Devil's Walk.†
* The expression, slightly varied, occurs repeatedly throughout the comedy.
†The authorship of this poem was for some time disputed. It was at first attributed to Porson; Coleridge, too, had the questionable honour of its paternity conferred on him; Southey, however, wrote it, though it seems to be admitted that Coleridge added several stanzas.
No useless coffin enclos'd his breast,
Nor in sheet nor in shroud we wound him: But he lay like a warrior taking his rest,
With his martial cloak around him.
The Burial of Sir John Moore.
He went like one that hath been stunned,
And is of sense forlorn :
A sadder and a wiser man
He rose the morrow morn.
The Ancient Mariner. Concluding Lines.
When Greeks join'd Greeks, then was the tug of war. Alexander the Great. Act IV. Scene 1.
Ferdinand Mendez Pinto was but a type of thee, thou liar of the first magnitude!†
Music has charms to sooth a savage breast,
The Mourning Bride.
* It is very unusual to hear this line correctly used. "When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war," is the way we hear it generally given.
† Ferdinand Mendez Pinto was a celebrated Portuguese navigator. He published an account of his travels, which contained so much of the marvellous that his name became a by-word for extravagant fiction.
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turn'd,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorn'd.
The Mourning Bride.
Go, call a coach, and let a coach be called;
But coach, coach, coach! Oh for a coach, ye gods!
I found myself
As women wish to be who love their lords.
* The authorship of "God save the King" has been attributed to Carey, but it is now generally admitted that Dr. Bull wrote it. See Quotations from Thomson, foot
There is another and a better world.
The Stranger. Act 1.
Story! God bless you! I have none to tell, sir.† The Friend of Humanity and the Knife Grinder, from the Poetry of the Antijacobin.
"The Stranger," a play still popular on the stage, is a translation from the German of Kotzebue, by Benjamin Thompson.
+ Southey's little poem "The Widow," is burlesqued in "The Friend of Humanity and the Knife Grinder." Canning is generally recognised as the author of it, as well as of "New Morality," from which the two next quota. tions are taken; some portions however of both contributions were, it would seem, written by his editorial coadjutors in the "Antijacobin." The reader desirous of further information is referred to the reprint of the "Antijacobin," a 12mo volume, ably edited by Mr. Charles Edmonds. "The Rovers," in Mr. Edmonds' amusing reprint, is recorded as a joint production of Canning and his literary helpmates, Frere, Gifford, and Ellis; it is a burlesque on the German dramatic school.