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


He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.
Ecclesiasticus.—Chap. xiii. Ver. 1.

Timon.—All the lands thou hast
Lie in a pitch’d field.
Alcib.Ay, defil’d land, my lord.
Shakespeare.—Timon of Athens, Act I. Scene 2; King Henry IV., Part I. Act II. Scene 4; Much Ado About Nothing, Act III. Scene 3.