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


Fit dwelling for the feather’d throng,
Who pay their quit-rents with a song.
Green.—The Wish.

The site was neither granted him nor given;
’Twas nature’s, and the ground-rent due to Heaven.
Dr. Walter Harte.—Eulogius.

Virgil loved rural ease, and, far from harm,
Mæcenas fix’d him in a neat snug farm,
Where he might, free from trouble, pass his days
In his own way, and pay his rent in praise.

It is the due paying of God’s quit-rents which he expecteth; I mean the realizing of our gratitude unto him for his many mercies, in leading the remainder of our lives according to his will and his word.
Fuller.—Mixt Contemplations, No. 32.

His quit-rent ode, his peppercorn of praise.
Cowper.—Table Talk, Line 111.