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Here were we fallen in a greate question of ye lawe whyther ye grey mare may be the better horse or not.

MORE The Dial. Bk. II. Ch. V. The saying, "the grey mare is the better horse," is found in CAMDEN'S Remains, Proverb concerning Britain. (1605, reprint of 7th ed. 1870.) Also in A Treatyse shewing and declaring the Pryde and Abuse of Women Now a Dayse. (1550)


Giving honour unto the wife as unto the weaker vessel.

I Peter. III. 7.


Uxorem accepi, dote imperium vendidi.

I have taken a wife, I have sold my sovereignty for a dowry.

PLAUTUS-Asinaria. Act I. Sc. 1.


But 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 wife these sland'rous words regard,
But curse the bones of ev'ry living bard.
POPE January and May. L. 43.


All other goods by fortune's hand are given,
A wife is the peculiar gift of heaven.

POPE January and May. From Chaucer. L. 51.


She who ne'er answers till a husband cools, Or, if she rules him, never shews she rules; Charms by accepting, by submitting sways, Yet has her humour most when she obeys. POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. II. L. 261.

The contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Proverbs. XIX. 13.


She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Proverbs. XXXI. 27.


Fat, fair and forty.

SCOTT St. Ronan's Well, Ch. VII. PRINCE REGENT'S description of what a wife should be. Found in an old song, The One Horse Shay. Sung by SAM COWELL in the sixties. (See also TRENCH)

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I will be master of what is mine own;
She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,
My household stuff, my field, my barn,
My horse, my ox, my ass, my anything;
And here she stands, touch her whoever dare.
Taming of the Shrew. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 231.

20 Why, man, she is mine own, And I as rich in having such a jewel As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl, The water nectar and the rocks pure gold. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 168.

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From life's cold seeming and the busy mart, With tenderness, that heavenward ever yearns To be refreshed where one pure altar burns. Shut out from hence the mockery of life;

Thus liveth she content, the meek, fond, trusting wife.



Thou art mine, thou hast given thy word,
Close, close in my arms thou art clinging;
Alone for my ear thou art singing
A song which no stranger hath heard:
But afar from me yet, like a bird,
Thy soul in some region unstirr'd

On its mystical circuit is winging.
E. C. STEDMAN-Stanzas for Music.


Casta ad virum matrona parendo imperat.

A virtuous wife when she obeys her husband obtains the command over him. SYRUS-Maxims.


When choosing a wife look down the social scale; when selecting a friend, look upwards. TALMUD-Yebamoth. 63.


A love still burning upward, giving light
To read those laws; an accent very low
In blandishment, but a most silver flow
Of subtle-paced counsel in distress.

Right to the heart and brain, tho' undescried, Winning its way with extreme gentleness

Thro' all the outworks of suspicious pride;
A courage to endure and to obey:

A hate of gossip parlance and of sway,
Crown'd Isabel, thro' all her placid life,
The queen of marriage, a most perfect wife.

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The only way of setting the will free is to deliver it from wilfulness.

J. C. AND A. W. HARE-Guesses at Truth.


The readinesse of doing doth expresse

No other but the doer's willingnesse. HERRICK-Hesperides. Readinesse.


All theory is against the freedom of the will, all experience for it.

SAMUEL JOHNSON-Boswell's Life. (1778)


The star of the unconquered will,

He rises in my breast,

Serene, and resolute, and still,

And calm, and self-possessed.

LONGFELLOW-The Light of Stars. St. 7.


A boy's will is the wind's will.



Will without power is like children playing at soldiers. Quoted by MACAULAY from The Rovers. Act IV. Found in Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin.


Tu si animum vicisti potius quam animus te est quod gaudias.

If you have overcome your inclination and not been overcome by it, you have reason to rejoice.

PLAUTUS-Trinummus. II. 9.

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