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- She's private to herself and best of knowledge
Whom she'll make so happy as to sigh for.
- The Knight of the Burning Pestle (c. 1607; published 1613), Act I, scene 1.
- Nose, nose, jolly red nose,
And who gave thee that jolly red nose?
Nutmegs and ginger, cinammon and cloves;
And they gave me this jolly red nose.
- The Knight of the Burning Pestle (c. 1607; published 1613), Act I, scene 4.
- Plot me no plots.
- The Knight of the Burning Pestle (c. 1607; published 1613), Act II, scene 5.
- What things have we seen
Done at the Mermaid! heard words that have been
So nimble and so full of subtile flame
As if that every one from whence they came
Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest,
And resolved to live a fool the rest
Of his dull life.
- Letter to Ben Jonson (1605), verses prefacing Jonson’s Volpone, as reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- Mortality, behold and fear!
What a change of flesh is here!
Think how many royal bones
Sleep within this heap of stones:
Here they lie, had realms and lands,
Who now want strength to stir their hands