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


Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
Ben Jonson.—To Celia. The Forest. This song is taken from a collection of love-letters written by Philostratus, an ancient Greek sophist.

Drink boldly and spare not.
Urquhart’s Rabelais.—Chap. XXXIV.

Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame,
When once it is within thee; but before
Mayst rule it, as thou list; and pour the shame
Which it would pour on thee, upon the floor.
It is most just to throw that on the ground,
Which would throw me there, if I kept the round.
George Herbert.—The Temple, Stanza 5.

Drink to-day, and drown all sorrow;
You shall not do it to-morrow:
Best while you have it, use your breath;
There is no drinking after death.
Beaumont and Fletcher.—The Bloody Brother, Act II. Scene 2.

With frugal nectar
Give the hesitating wheels of life
Gliblier play.
Armstrong.—On Preserving Health, Line 486.

I see by thy eyes thou hast been reading a little Geneva print.
Anonymous.—The Merry Devil of Edmonton.

Potations pottle deep.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act II. Scene 3. (Iago’s plot against Cassio.)

Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning that they may follow strong drink.
Isaiah, Chap. v. Ver. 11.