SPOONS.—King. My lord of Canterbury,
I have a suit which you must not deny me;
That is, a fair young maid that yet wants baptism;
You must be godfather, and answer for her.
Cranmer. The greatest monarch now alive may glory
In such an honour: how may I deserve it,
That am a poor and humble subject to you?
King. Come, come, my lord, you’d spare your spoons.

Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII. Act V. Scene 2; in allusion to the practice of sponsors presenting the child with spoons, or a spoon at the christening.—(Knight’s Shakespeare.)

SPORT.—’Tis the sport to have the engineer
Hoist with his own petar.

Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 4. (Counterplotting his Uncle’s designs.)

Detested sport,
That owes its pleasures to another’s pain.

Cowper.—The Task, Book III. Line 326.

It is the first time that ever I heard breaking of ribs was sport for ladies.

Shakespeare.—As You Like it, Act I. Scene 2. (Touchstone to Le Beau.)

SPORTS.—The sports of children satisfy the child.

Goldsmith.—The Traveller, Line 154.

SPOTS.—Spots in the sun are in his lustre lost.

Somerville.—Epi. to Thomson.

SPRING.—So forth issued the seasons of the year:
First, lusty Spring all dight in leaves of flowers,
That freshly budded and new blooms did bear,
In which a thousand birds had built their bowers,
That sweetly sung to call forth paramours.

Spenser.—The Fairy Queen, Book VI. On Mutability, Canto VII. Stanza 28.

Next came the loveliest pair in all the ring,
Sweet female beauty hand in hand with spring.

Burns.—Brigs of Ayr.

SPRING.—The spring, the summer,
The Childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries.

Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II. Scene 1. (Titania to Oberon.)

Spring hangs her infant blossoms on the trees,
Rock’d in the cradle of the western breeze.

Cowper.—Tirocinium, Line 43.


Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 3. (Polonius to Ophelia.)

SPUR.—What need we any spur but our own cause
To prick us to redress?

Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act II. Scene 1. (Brutus to Cassius, at a meeting of the Conspirators.)

SQUARE.—To measure wind, and weigh the air,
And turn a circle to a square.

Butler.—A Satire on the Royal Society, Line 87.

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