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

Rhyme and Reason

D.In Reason nothing.
B.Something then in Rhyme.
Shakespeare.—Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act I. Scene 1. (Dumain and Biron.)

V.How now, sir? what are you reasoning with yourself?
S.Nay, I was rhyming; ’tis you that have the reason.
Shakespeare.—Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act II. Scene 1. (Valentine to Speed.)

1.But are you so much in love as your rhymes speak?
2.Neither rhyme nor reason can express how much.
Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act III. Scene 2. (Rosalind to Orlando.)

I was promised on a time
To have reason for my rhime;
From that time until this season
I received nor rhime nor reason.
Spenser.—Lines on his Promised Pension.