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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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George Chapman. (1559?–1634) (continued)
    ’T is immortality to die aspiring,
As if a man were taken quick to heaven.
          Conspiracy of Charles, Duke of Byron. Act i. Sc. 1.
    Give me a spirit that on this life’s rough sea
Loves t’ have his sails fill’d with a lusty wind,
Even till his sail-yards tremble, his masts crack,
And his rapt ship run on her side so low
That she drinks water, and her keel plows air.
          Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    He is at no end of his actions blest
Whose ends will make him greatest, and not best.
          Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron. Act v. Sc. 1.
    Words writ in waters. 1
          Revenge for Honour. Act v. Sc. 2.
    They ’re only truly great who are truly good. 2
          Revenge for Honour. Act v. Sc. 2.
      Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee. 3 Light gains make heavy purses. ’T is good to be merry and wise. 4
          Eastward Ho. Act i. Sc. 1. 5
      Make ducks and drakes with shillings.
          Eastward Ho. Act i. Sc. 1.
      Only a few industrious Scots perhaps, who indeed are dispersed over the face of the whole earth. But as for them, there are no greater friends to Englishmen and England, when they are out on ’t, in the world, than they are. And for my own part, I would a hundred thousand of them were there [Virginia]; for we are all one countrymen now, ye know, and we should find ten times more comfort of them there than we do here. 6
          Eastward Ho. Act iii. Sc. 2.
Note 1.
Here lies one whose name was writ in water.—Keats’s own Epitaph. [back]
Note 2.
To be noble we ’ll be good.—Winifreda (Percy’s Reliques).

’T is only noble to be good.—Alfred Tennyson: Lady Clara Vere de Vere, stanza 7. [back]
Note 3.
The same in Franklin’s Poor Richard. [back]
Note 4.
See Heywood, Quotation 6. [back]
Note 5.
By Chapman, Jonson, and Marston. [back]
Note 6.
This is the famous passage that gave offence to James I., and caused the imprisonment of the authors. The leaves containing it were cancelled and reprinted, and it only occurs in a few of the original copies.—Richard Herne Shepherd. [back]