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


Ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.
Moses.—The Book of Numbers, Chap. xvi. Verse 7.

Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that;
You take my house when you do take the prop
That doth sustain my house; you take my life
When you do take the means whereby I live.
Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act IV. Scene 1. (Shylock, after the division of his wealth.)

Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
Shall never tremble.
Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act III. Scene 4. (On seeing the Ghost of Banquo.)

Take, oh, take those lips away!
Shakespeare.—A Song in Measure for Measure, Act IV. Scene 1; and in The Bloody Brother of Beaumont and Fletcher, Act V. Scene 2.

Take thy auld cloak about thee.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act II. Sc. 3; Ramsay’s Tea Table Miscellany; and 1 Percy Reliques.

Take what he gives, since to rebel is vain;
The bad grows better, which we well sustain;
And could we choose the time, and choose aright,
’Tis best to die, our honour at the height.
Dryden.—Palamon and Arcite, Book III. Line 1086.