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


Lie lightly on my ashes, gentle earth.
Beaumont and Fletcher.—Bonduca, Act IV. Scene 3.

Earth, lie gently on their aged bones.
May.—The Old Couple, Act I.

And the green turf, lie lightly on thy breast.
Pope.—Elegy on an Unfortunate Lady, Line 64.

Light lie the earth; and flourish green the bough.
Prior.—Ode to the Memory of Colonel Villiers, Line 88.

The earth, that’s nature’s mother, is his tomb.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act II. Scene 3. (Friar Laurence.)

Lay her i’the earth;
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh,
May violets spring.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act V. Scene 1. (Laertes to the Priest at Ophelia’s funeral.)

’Tis well; ’tis something; we may stand
Where he in English earth is laid,
And from his ashes may be made
The violet of his native land.
Tennyson.—In Memoriam, 18, Stanza 1.

My mansion is——
Above the smoke and stir of this dim spot,
Which men call Earth.
Milton.—Comus, Line 3–5.

This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a steril promontory.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act II. Scene 2. (The Prince to Guildenstern.)

I speak of that learning which makes us acquainted with the boundless extent of nature, and the universe, and which even while we remain in this world, discovers to us both heaven, earth, and sea.
Cicero.—By Yonge, Tusculan Disp., Book V. Div. 36.

Earth, sea, and air.
Shakespeare.—Pericles, Act I. Scene 4. (Cleon.) Thomson.—Liberty, Part II.

See through this air, this ocean, and this earth.
Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. I. Line 233.

Earth, air, and ocean, glorious three.
Robert Montgomery.—On Woman.

Earth, ocean, air, beloved brotherhood!
Shelley.—The Alastor.

By him who made the ocean, earth, and air.
Pope.—January and May, Line 208.

Air, earth, and seas, obey’d th’ Almighty nod,
And with a general fear confess’d the God.
Dryden.—Ovid’s Meta. Book I.

Upon this he has power given him over three spirits; one for earth, another for air, and a third for the sea.
Goldsmith.—Essays; Rules for Raising the Devil.

Thou sure and firm-set earth,
Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
The very stones prate of my whereabout,
And take the present horror from the time,
Which now suits with it.
Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act II. Scene 1. (In the Dagger scene.)

All heaven resounded, and had earth been then,
All earth had to her centre shook.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book VI. Line 217.