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


Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage,
Minds innocent and quiet, take
That for an hermitage.
Lovelace.—To Althea from Prison; 2 Percy Rel. 343.

A prison is a house of care,
A place where none can thrive;
A touchstone true to try a friend,
A grave for one alive;
Sometimes a place of right,
Sometimes a place of wrong,
Sometimes a place of rogues and thieves,
And honest men among.
Anonymous.—Inscription in Edinburgh Tolbooth.

If lovers, Cupid! are thy care,
Exert thy vengeance on this fair,
To trial bring her stolen charms,
And let her prison be my arms.
Earl of Egremont.—The Fair Thief; from Collet.

You shall have no worse prison than my chamber,
Nor jailer than myself.
The Captain.—Scott, Peveril of the Peak, Chap. VI.

Such prisons are beyond all liberty.
Suckling.—Brennoralt, Act IV.

Prison’d in a parlour, snug and small,
Like bottled wasps upon a southern wall.
Cowper.—Retirement, Line 493.