Careful Words

heritage (n.)

  The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

Old Testament: Psalm xvi. 6.

Genteel in personage,

Conduct, and equipage;

Noble by heritage,

Generous and free.

Henry Carey (1663-1743): The Contrivances. Act i. Sc. 2.

  The disappointment of manhood succeeds to the delusion of youth: let us hope that the heritage of old age is not despair.

Benjamin Disraeli (Earl Beaconsfield) (1805-1881): Vivian Grey. Book viii. Chap. iv.

Lord of himself,—that heritage of woe!

Lord Byron 1788-1824: Lara. Canto i. Stanza 2.

Service is no heritage.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): All's Well that Ends Well. Act i. Sc. 3.

While the hollow oak our palace is,

Our heritage the sea.

Allan Cunningham (1785-1842): A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea.