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" He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all. "
The Edinburgh Literary Journal: Or, Weekly Register of Criticism and Belles ... - Page 264
1830
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The Clans of the Highlands of Scotland: Being an Account of Their Annals ...

Thomas Smibert - Clans - 1850 - 340 pages
...reign alone ; My thoughts did evermore disdain A rival on my throne. He either fears his fate too mueh, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the toueh, To gain or lose it all." So might have sung, at all events, James Graham, the " Great Marquis...
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Waverly Novels: Redgauntlet

Walter Scott - 1851
...sentiment of my old hero Montrose, and to say to myself, that in literature, as in war, " He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To win or lose it all." To the particulars explanatory of the plan of these Chronicles, which the reader...
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The confessor, Volume 2

Confessor - 1851
...have unravelled the mystery of the foregoing narrative, remained unrecorded. CHAPTER II. He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small : Who dares not put it to the touch, To win or lose it all ! JAMBS, MARQUIS OF MONTROSE. SINCE the events recorded in our fourteenth chapter,...
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The illustrated book of Scottish songs

Scottish songs - 1852
...will reign, And I will reign alone ; My thoughts did evermore disdain A rival on my throne. He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small,...dares not put it to the touch To gain or lose it all. But I will reign and govern still, And always give the law, And have each subject at my will, And all...
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Waverley novels. (Library ed.).

sir Walter Scott (bart [novels, collected]) - 1853
...sentiment of my old hero Montrose, and to say to myself, that in literature, as in war, " He either fenrs his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To win or lose it all."' To the particulars explanatory of the plan of these Chronicles, which the reader...
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The Lady of the Lake: With All His Introductions, Various Readings, and the ...

Walter Scott - 1853 - 375 pages
...with impunity." I replied to this affectionate expostulation in the words of Montrose — " He cither fears his fate too much. Or his deserts are small, Who dares not pnt it to the touch To gain or lose it all." 1 The lady with whom Sir Walter Scott held this conversation,...
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Waverley Novels, Volume 19

Walter Scott - 1853
...Montrose, and to say to myself, that in literature, as in war, " He either fears his fate too much, t ir his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To win or lose it all." To the particulars explanatory of the plan of these Chronicles, which the reader...
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Life's Lesson: A Tale

Martha McCannon Thomas - Women authors, American - 1854 - 398 pages
...she believed him to be thinking of George and Ellen. Presently he repeated, sotto voce, " He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small,...not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all." She gave him a quick glance ; he had reseated himself, and his face had a very silent expression :...
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The Illustrated Book of Scottish Songs: From the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth ...

Ballads, Scots - 1854 - 325 pages
...will reign, And I will reign alone ; My thoughts did evermore disdain A rival on my throne. He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small,...dares not put it to the touch To gain or lose it all. But I will reign and govern still, And always give the law, And have each subject at my will, And all...
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Janet Mowbray, Volume 3; Volume 503

Caroline Grautoff - 1854
...success — how bright the future looked — that future but lately so dark and so dreary : " He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To win or lose it all." Walter did hope, in spite of himself; and when he left town, and came down to...
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