C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • O Lord, methought, what pain it was to drown,
  • What dreadful noise of water in mine ears!
  • What sights of ugly death within mine eyes!
  • Methought I saw a thousand fearful wracks;
  • A thousand men that fishes gnaw’d upon;
  • Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl,
  • Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,
  • All scattered in the bottom of the sea;
  • Some lay in dead men’s skulls; and in those holes
  • Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept,
  • As ’twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems.
  • Shakespeare.