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


The judge forsakes the noisy bar,
To take repast, and still the wordy war.
Pope’s Homer.—The Odyssey, Book XII. Line 519.

The hungry judges soon the sentence sign,
And wretches hang that jurymen may dine.
Pope.—Rape of the Lock, Canto III. Line 21.

How, justice, before I’ve dined! I tell you it’s impossible.
Anonymous.—Duke and No Duke, Act I.

Thieves for their robbery have authority,
When judges steal themselves.
Shakespeare.—Measure for Measure, Act II. Scene 2. (Angelo meditating on his intentions towards Isabel.)

He who the sword of heaven will bear,
Should be as holy as severe;
Pattern in himself, to know,
Grace to stand, and virtue go;
More or less to others praying,
Than by self-offences weighing,
Shame to him, whose cruel striking
Kills for faults of his own liking!
Shakespeare.—Measure for Measure, Act III. Scene 2. (The Duke on Angelo’s hypocrisy.) See Romans, Chap. ii. Ver. 1.

O noble judge! O excellent young man!
Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act IV. Scene 1. (Shylock, when Portia directs Antonio to prepare his bosom for the knife.)