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


“Before you begin,” said Peter Peebles, “I’ll thank you to order me a morsel of bread and cheese, or some cauld meat, or broth, or the like alimentary provision.”
Scott.—Redgauntlet, Letter XIII.

Chafe the limb, and pour the fragrant oil.
Scott.—Waverley, Chap. XX.

From room to room their eager view they bend:
Thence to the bath, a beauteous pile, descend;
Where a bright damsel-train attend the guests
With liquid odours, and embroider’d vests.
Pope.—Odyssey, Book IV. Line 57.

Your other task, ye menial train, forbear:
Now wash the stranger, and the bed prepare;
With splendid palls the downy fleece adorn:
Uprising early with the purple morn,
His sinews shrunk with age, and stiff with toil,
In the warm bath foment with fragrant oil.
Pope.—Odyssey, Book XIX. Line 362.

The nymph dismiss’d him (odorous garments given.)
And bathed in fragrant oils that breathed of heaven.
Pope.—Odyssey, Book V. Line 335.

The train prepare a cruse of curious mold,
A cruse of fragrance, form’d of burnish’d gold;
Odour divine! whose soft refreshing streams
Sleek the smooth skin, and scent the snowy limbs.
Pope.—Odyssey, Book VI. Line 91.