Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


She came adorned hither like sweet May.
Shakespeare.—King Richard II., Act V. Scene 1. (Speaking of his Queen.)

Th’ adorning thee with so much art
Is but a barbarous skill;
’Tis like the poisoning of a dart,
Too apt before to kill.
Cowley.—The Waiting-Maid, Verse 4.

A poet, naturalist, and historian, who scarcely left any style of writing untouched, and touched nothing that he did not adorn.
Dr. Johnson.—Epitaph on Goldsmith, from Croker’s translation.