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


There is a sight all hearts beguiling—
A youthful mother to her infant smiling,
Who with spread arms and dancing feet,
A cooing voice, returns its answer sweet.
Baillie.—Legend of Lady Griseld, Verse 32.

Happy be with such a mother.
Tennyson.—The Princess.

Where yet was ever found a mother
Who’d give her booby for another?
Gay.—Fable III. Line 33.

O wonderful son, that can so astonish a mother!
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. (To Rosencrantz.)

That would hang us every mother’s son.
Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I. Scene 2.