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


Pity the sorrows of a poor old man,
Whose trembling limbs have brought him to your door.
The Rev. Thos. Moss.—Gentleman’s Magazine, LXX. p. 41. (The Beggar’s Petition.)

What comfort can a wretch like me bestow?
He best can pity who has felt the woe.
Gay.—Dione, Act II. Scene 2.

Pity melts the mind to love.
Dryden.—Alexander’s Feast.

1.I pity you.
2.That’s a degree to love.
Shakespeare.—Twelfth Night, Act III. Scene 1. (Viola to Olivia.)

Do pity me;
Pity’s akin to love; and every thought
Of that soft kind is welcome to my soul.
Southern.—Oroonoka, Act II. Scene 1.

Pity, some say, is the parent
Of future love.
Beaumont and Fletcher.—The Spanish Curate, Act V. Scene 1.

And some say pity is the child of love.
Cotton.—Love’s Triumph, Verse 5.

Pity swells the tide of love.
Dr. Young.—Night III. Line 106.

They would your virgin soul to pity move,
And pity may at last be changed to love.
Pomfret.—Fortunate Complaint.

If pity move
Your generous bosom, pity those who love.
Gay.—Dione, Act I. Scene 1.

Careless their merits or their faults to scan,
His pity gave ere charity began.
Goldsmith.—The Deserted Village, Line 161.

Those that can pity—may—let fall a tear.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Prol. Line 5.

He hath a tear for pity, and a hand
Open as day for melting charity.
Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part II. Act IV. Scene 4. (The King to Clarence, speaking of his son Prince Henry.)

And mourn’d till pity’s self be dead.
Collins.—Dirge in Cymbeline, Verse 6.