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


With devotion’s visage,
And pious action, we do sugar o’er
The devil himself.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 1. (Polonius to Ophelia and the King.)

O the cursed devil,
Which doth present us with all other sins
Thrice candied o’er.
Webster.—The White Devil. (Vittoria to Zanche.)

Seeming devotion does but gild a knave,
That’s neither faithful, honest, just, nor brave;
But where religion does with virtue join,
It makes a hero like an angel shine.
Waller.—A fragment on Ovid.