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


A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!


And witch the world with noble horsemanship.


A good rider on a good horse is as much above himself and others as the world can make him.

Lord Herbert.

I will not change my horse with any that treads but on four pasterns. When I bestride him I soar, I am a hawk; he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it.


  • My beautiful! my beautiful!
  • That standest meekly by
  • With thy proudly arch’d and glossy neck,
  • And dark and fiery eye;—
  • The stranger hath thy bridle-rein—
  • Thy master hath his gold—
  • Fleet-limb’d and beautiful, farewell!
  • Thou ’rt sold, my steed—thou ’rt sold!
  • Mrs. Norton.

  • Oh! not all the pleasure that poets may praise,—
  • Not the wildering waltz in the ball-room’s blaze,
  • Nor the chivalrous joust, nor the daring race,
  • Nor the swift regatta, nor merry chase,
  • Nor the sail high heaving waters o’er,
  • Nor the rural dance on the moonlight shore,—
  • Can the wild and fearless joy exceed
  • Of a fearless leap on a fiery steed.
  • Sara J. Clarke.

  • Gamaun is a dainty steed,
  • Strong, black, and of a noble breed,
  • Full of fire, and full of bone,
  • With all his line of fathers known;
  • Fine his nose, his nostrils thin,
  • But blown abroad by the pride within;
  • His mane is like a river flowing,
  • And his eyes like embers glowing
  • In the darkness of the night,
  • And his pace as swift as light.
  • Barry Cornwall.