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


Rest thy unrest on England’s lawful earth.
Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act IV. Scene 4. (Duchess of York.)

So may he rest; his faults lie gently on him!
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act IV. Scene 2. (Katherine on hearing of Wolsey’s death.)

Silken rest
Tie all thy cares up.
Beaumont and Fletcher.—Four Plays in One, Scene 3.

Come, lay thy head upon my breast,
And I will kiss thee into rest.
Byron.—The Bride of Abydos, Canto I. Stanza 11.

Rest is the sweet sauce of labour.
Plutarch.—Morals, Discourse I.

Rest after labour.
Pollok.—The Course of Time, Book V.

That they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation.—St. John, Chap. xiv. Ver. 13.

Rest for the toiling hand,
Rest for the thought-worn brow,
Rest for the weary way-sore feet,
Rest from all labour now!
Horatius Bonar.

Thousands of toiling hands
Where theirs have ceased from their labours,
Thousands of aching brains
Where theirs are no longer busy.
Thousands of weary feet
Where theirs have completed their journey,
Thousands of throbbing hearts
Where theirs are at rest for ever.
Longfellow.—At the Graves of Evangeline and Gabriel.

Absence of occupation is not rest.
Cowper.—Retirement, Line 623.

Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast!—
Would I were sleep and peace, so sweet to rest.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act II. Scene 2. (Romeo, the night before his marriage.)