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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 Lady of the Lake

Walter Scott - Poetry - 2005 - 272 pages
...by another effort in the same kind, he gaily quoted the words of Montrose: He either fears his late too much Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To win or lose it all. The result Justified his confidence; for not only was The Lady of the Lake as successful...
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The Task of Criticism: Essays on Philosophy, History, and Community

John William Miller, Vincent Colapietro - Philosophy - 2005 - 366 pages
...order and selfhood. It is a risk. But He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch To gain or lose it all.3 Nevertheless and for all that, we are not likely to abandon the facts although admitting artifacts....
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Speculation: Its Sound Principles and Rules for Its Practice

Thomas Temple Hoyne - Philosophy - 2006 - 284 pages
...precept of the poet in regard to lover "He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all." These persons always confuse speculation with gambling. They are, in fact, speculating to amuse themselves;...
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The Quest for the Tomb of Alexander the Great

Andrew Michael Chugg - History - 2007 - 317 pages
...evermore disdain A rival on my throne. He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch To gain or lose it all. James Graham, Marquis of Montrose In the middle of the first century before Christ the tide of world...
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