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


Be just, and fear not:
Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s,
Thy God’s, and truth’s.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act III. Scene 2. (Wolsey to Cromwell.)

Be just in all thy actions, and if join’d
With those that are not, never change thy mind.
Denham.—On Prudence, Line 163.

To the height of this great argument
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justify the ways of God to men.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book I. Line 25.

Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to men.
Milton.—Samson Agonistes, Line 293.

Laugh where we must, be candid where we can;
But vindicate the ways of God to man.
Pope.—Essay on Man, Epistle I. Line 15.

Henceforth should every man in his own instance justify the plan of Providence.
Frere.—Fragments of Theognis. (Maxim 55.)

The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.
Psalm cxii. Ver. 6.

Since the bright actions of the just
Survive unburied in the kindred dust.
Wheelwright’s Pindar.—Olym. Ode VIII. Line 112.

And Heaven that every virtue bears in mind,
E’en to the ashes of the just, is kind.
Pope.—The Iliad, Book XXIV. Line 523.

[David lived about 1000 years before our Saviour, and the Psalms are more ancient than the writings of any classic now extant. Homer, one of the earliest classic writers, wrote about 840 years before the birth of Christ, and above 100 years after the death of Solomon, the son of David.—Sir John Bayley’s Book of Common Prayer, 239. It appears evident that the writers of the Old Testament were the original and best authors, and that from them are borrowed numerous ideas attributed to the poets themselves.—See Dr. Johnson, on the Oriental Eclogues of Collins.]