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


We faren as he that drunk is as a mouse;
A drunken man wot well he hath a house,
But he ne wot which is the right way thider,
And to a drunken man the way is slider.
Chaucer.—By Saunders, Vol. I. Page 24.

He that is drunken may his mother kill
Big with his sister: he hath lost the reins,
Is outlaw’d by himself: all kind of ill
Did with his liquor slide into his veins.
The drunkard forfeits Man, and doth divest
All worldly right, save what he hath by beast.
George Herbert.—The Temple, Stanza 6.

Some folks are drunk, yet do not know it.
Prior.—Ballad on taking Namur.

The axe of intemperance has lopped off his green boughs and left him a withered trunk.
Swift.—Meditations on a Broomstick. (Roscoe’s ed. of his life and works; Vol. II. p. 84.)