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


At night returning, every labour sped,
He sits him down the monarch of a shed;
Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveys
His children’s looks that brighten at the blaze;
While his lov’d partner, boastful of her hoard,
Displays her cleanly platter on the board.
Goldsmith.—The Traveller.

An’ makes him quite forget his labour and his toil.
Burns.—The Cottar’s Saturday Night, Ver. 3.

The little smiling cottage, warm embower’d;
The little smiling cottage, where at eve
He meets his rosy children at the door,
Prattling their welcomes, and his honest wife,
With good brown cake and bacon slice, intent
To cheer his hunger after labour hard.
Dyer.—The Fleece, Book I.

And when from wholesome labour he doth come,
With wishes to be there, and wish’d-for home,
He meets at door the softest human blisses,
His chaste wife’s welcome, and dear children’s kisses.
Cowley.—Transl. Georg. Book II. 458.