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


I have done the state some service, and they know’t;
No more of that:—I pray you, in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice; then must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well;
Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought,
Perplex’d in the extreme; of one whose hand,
Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away
Richer than all his tribe; of one, whose subdued eyes,
Albeit unused to the melting mood,
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinable gum.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act V. Scene 2. (The Moor before his death.)

Nor exaggerated praise
Bestow on me, nor censure; for thou speak’st
To those who know me all for what I am.
Homer.—The Iliad, Bk. 10, Line 277. (Derby.)