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


The chariest maid is prodigal enough,
If she unmask her beauty to the moon;
Virtue itself ’scapes not calumnious strokes.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 3. (Laertes to Ophelia.)

A maid unmask’d may own a well-placed flame;
Not loving first, but loving wrong, is shame.
Lyttleton.—Advice to a Lady, Line 69.