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685 WIFE, WIVES - continued.
In the election of a wife, as in
What thou bidd'st
Milton, P. L. iv. 634.
Ib. VIII. 450. Nothing lovelier can be found In woman, than to study household good, And good works in her husband to promote. Ib. IX. 232. The wife, where danger or dishonour lurks, Safest and seemliest by her husband stays, Who guards her, or with her the worst endures. Ib. ix. 267. When you would give all worldly plagues a name, Worse than they have already, call 'em wife But a new married wife's a teeming mischief, Full of herself. Why what a deal of horror Has that poor wretch to come, that married yesterday?
Otway, Orph. I look on wives, as on good dull companions For elder brothers to sleep out their time with : All we can hope for in the marriage bed, Is but to take our rest; and what care I Who lays my pillow for me.
Dryden, Rival Ladies. If I but hear wife nam’d, I'm sick that day; The sound is mortal, and frights life away. Dryden, Aurengz. Here lies my wife : here let her lie ! Now she's at rest, and so am I. Dryden, suggested Epitaph. Sometimes my plague, sometimes my darling, Kissing to-day, to-morrow snarling.
Prior. The man to Jove his suit preferr'd ; He begg'd a wife. His prayer was heard. Jove wonder'd at his bold addressing: For how precarious is the blessing !
Gay, Fable 39. Beauty and worth in her alike contend, To charm the fancy, and to fix the mind ; In her, my wife, my mistress, and my friend, I taste the joys of sense and reason join'd.
Lycoris of her friends still makes an end :
Martial, iv. 24 (Wright).
Savage, Sir Thomas Overhury. What so pure, which envious tongues will spare! Some wicked wits have libell'd all the fair, With matchless impudence they style a wife, The dear-bought curse, and lawful plague of life; A bosom serpent, a domestic evil, A night invasion, and a mid-day devil ; Let not the wise these sland'rous words regard, But curse the bones of ev'ry living bard. Pope, Jan. & May, 43. Horses (thou say'st) and asses men may try, And ring suspected vessels ere they buy; But wives, a random choice, untried they take; They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake; Then, nor till then, the veil 's removed away, And all the woman glares in open day. Pope, Wife of Bath, 101.
Who builds his house on sands, Pricks his blind horse across the fallow lands, Or lets his wife abroad with pilgrims roam, Deserves a fool’s-cap and long ears at home. Pope, 16. 247. Is't not enough plagues, wars, and famines, rise To lash our crimes, but must our wives be wise ? What is there in the vale of life
Young, L. F. sat. 6. Half so delightful as a wife, When friendship, love, and peace combine To stamp the marriage bond divine Cowper, Love Abused. Lord Erskine, on woman presuming to rail, Calls a wife a tin canister tied to one's tail ;" And fair Lady Anne, while the subject he carries on, Seems hurt at his lordship's degrading comparison. But wherefore degrading consider'd aright, A canister's polish'd, and useful, and bright; And should dirt its original purity hide, That's the fault of the puppy to whom it is tied. Sheridan. Think you, if Laura had been Petrarch's wife, He would have written sonnets all his life. Byron, D. J. 111. 8.
WIFE, WIVES -WILFULNESS.
The wife was pretty, trifling, childish, weak ;
Ci abbe, Struggles of Conscience.
My dear! you know you're bilious-pray
Horace Smith, Answer to an Old Man's Praise.
The Gipsy's Rhyme (N. & Q., Feb. 10, 1866).
Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed;
To wilful men,
Sh. Lear, II. 4.
WILL -WIND. WILL-see Argument.
In idle wishes fools supinely stay,
Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way. WILLINGNESS.
Crabbe, Birth Flattery. A willing heart adds feathers to the heel,
And makes the clown a winged Mercury, WILLOW
Jo. Baillie, De Montford.
Willow's a sentimental wood,
Horace Smith, Poet among the Trees.
Will seldom rest on the willow tree. Eliza Cook, Willow Tree. WIND.
Except wind stands as never it stood,
Thos. Tusser, Moral Reflection on the Wind.
Dryden, Rival Ladies.
Many are the notes
Wordsworth. Kisses the blushing leaf.
Storied windows richly dight,
Casting a dim religious light. Milton, Il Penseroso, 159. WINDSOR.
Whose are Windsor and Hampton, the pride of the land,
Horace Smith, Unpossessed Possessions. WINE-see Drinking, Nectar, Spirits.
O thou invisible spirit of wine ! if thou hast No name to be known by let us call thee devil ! Sh. Olh. 11. 3. Three cups of wine a prudent man may take ; The first of them for constitution sake; The second to the girl he loves the best ; The third, and last, to lull him to his rest. Athenæus, III. What cannot wine perform ? It brings to light The secret soul, it bids the coward fight : Gives being to our hopes, and from our hearts Drives the dull sorrow, and inspires new arts. Is there a wretch whom bumpers have not taught A flow of words, and loftiness of thought ? Even in th' oppressive grasp of poverty, It can enlarge, and bid the soul be free. Horace, Francis,1, v.23. So Noah, when he anchor'd safe on The mountain's top, his lofty haven, And all the passengers he bore, Were on the new world set ashore, He made it next his chief design To plant, and propagate the vine, Which since has overwhelm'd and drown'd Far greater numbers, on dry ground, Of wretched mankind, one by one, Than all the flood before had done.
Butler, Sat. 2. Wine fills the veins, and healths are understood To give our friends a title to our blood.
Waller. Wine makes Love forget its care, And mirth exalts a feast.
Parnell, Anacreontic, 11. From wine what sudden friendship springs ! Gay, Fable 6.