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


Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice:
Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 3. (Polonius to Laertes.)

Bosom up my counsel,
You’ll find it wholesome.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act I. Scene 1. (Northumberland to Buckingham.)

One ear it heard, at the other out it went.
Chaucer.—Troilus and Cressida, Book IV. Line 35.

Make not my ear a stranger to thy thoughts.
Addison.—Cato, Act II.

For these two years hath the famine been in the land; and yet there are five years, in which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
Genesis, Chap. xlv. Ver. 6.

The oxen likewise, and the young asses that ear the ground, shall eat clean provender.
Isaiah, Chap. xxx. Ver. 24.

I have, God wot, a largë field to ear;
And weakë be the oxen in my plough.
Chaucer.—The Knight’s Tale, Line 888.

He that ears my land spares my team, and gives me leave to in the crop.
Shakespeare.—All’s Well that Ends Well, Act I. Scene 3. (Clown to the Countess.)

Let them go
To ear the land that hath some hope to grow,
For I have none.
Shakespeare.—King Richard II., Act III. Scene 2. (The King to Aumerle.)