Careful Words

spare (n.)

spare (v.)

spare (adj.)

And join with thee calm Peace and Quiet,

Spare Fast, that oft with gods doth diet.

John Milton (1608-1674): Il Penseroso. Line 45.

Visions of glory, spare my aching sight!

Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul!

Thomas Gray (1716-1771): The Bard. III. 1, Line 11.

Woodman, spare that tree!

Touch not a single bough!

In youth it sheltered me,

And I 'll protect it now.

George P Morris (1802-1864): Woodman, spare that Tree! 1830.

Oh leave this barren spot to me!

Spare, woodman, spare the beechen tree!

Thomas Campbell (1777-1844): The Beech-Tree's Petition.

There is nothynge that more dyspleaseth God,

Than from theyr children to spare the rod.

John Skelton (Circa 1460-1529): Magnyfycence. Line 1954.

Love is a boy by poets styl'd;

Then spare the rod and spoil the child.

Samuel Butler (1600-1680): Hudibras. Part ii. Canto i. Line 843.

They spare the rod, and spoyle the child.

Ralph Venning (1620(?)-1673): Mysteries and Revelations, p. 5. (1649.)