Careful Words

reward (n.)

reward (v.)

reward (adj.)

For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,

And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.

William Congreve (1670-1729): The Mourning Bride. Act v. Sc. 12.

  No sooner is a temple built to God, but the Devil builds a chapel hard by.

George Herbert (1593-1632): Jacula Prudentum.

  Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.

Izaak Walton (1593-1683): The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. 1.