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


My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act I. Scene 5. (Juliet to her Nurse.)

Too little and too lately known.
Dryden.—Elegy to the Memory of Mr. Oldham.

O! I should ne’er have seen, or seen before.
Lansdowne.—The Enchantment.

Alas! you should have been less kind, or more.
Lansdowne.—The Enchantment.

I rise with the lark.
Anonymous.—The Maid of the Oaks, Act II. Scene 3.

Prevent your day at morning.
Ben Jonson.—The Alchemist, Act II. Scene 1.

Prevent the rising sun.
Tickell.—Oxford, a Poem.

I keep close to my business; this morning at my books before three.
Collet.—Relics of Lit. 245; Quoting Howard on Laz.

Awake before the sun is risen, I call for my pen and papers and desk.
Smart’s Horace.—Book II. Epi. I.

Thus we improve the pleasures of the day,
While tasteless mortals sleep their time away.
Mrs. Centlivre.—The Wonder, Act III. Scene 2.

With charwomen such early hours agree,
And sweeps, that earn betimes their bit and sup;
But I’m no climbing boy, and need not be,
All up—all up!
So here I’ll lie, my morning calls deferring,
Till something nearer to the stroke of noon;
A man that’s fond precociously of stirring,
Must be a spoon.
Thomas Hood.—Morning Meditations, last two verses. (Wit and Humour.)