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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 Waverley Novels, Volume 41

Walter Scott - 1860
...the 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 Cornhill Magazine

William Makepeace Thackeray - Electronic journals - 1900
...CHAPTER XXVII. THE ABBK'tf SALAD. ' He cither fears hi.s fate too much, Or bis deserts arc small, That dares not put it to the touch To gain or lose it all.' ' AND Mademoiselle's witnesses ? ' inquired the notary, when he had accommodated the ladies with chairs....
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Market Harborough; or, How mr. Sawyer went to the shires [by G.J. Whyte ...

George John Whyte-Melville - 1861 - 393 pages
...and strong his arm, That bears from me the meed ; " varied by the resolute sentiment— " 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 ! " One or other of these romantic stanzas was continually on Mr. Sawyer's lips....
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John Arnold, by the author of 'Mathew Paxton'.

Margaret Oliphant Oliphant - 1862
...reading — I wonder where it came from, or how it came to my hands here — I read : " ' He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small,...not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all.' and so I have in this particular ventured all, and gained, not lost, all, as you may see." "Verily,...
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Legends of Strathisla, Inverness-shire, and Strathbogie: With an Appendix ...

R. Sim - Folk literature, Scottish - 1862 - 178 pages
...One venturous game our hands have won to-day, Another, gallants, yet remains to play." " He cither fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To gain or loose it all." INTKO. TO THE LADY OF THE LAKE. OLD KEITH is a town of very great, although not very...
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Market Harborough; or, How mr. Sawyer went to the shires [by G.J ..., Volume 60

George John Whyte- Melville - 1862
...and strong his arm, That bears from me the meed;" varied by the resolute sentiment — " 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 !" One or other of these romantic stanzas was continually on Mr. Sawyer's lips....
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Brisée

Young women - 1862 - 255 pages
...Montrose's Love Song — he had been copying it for Clare ; he picked it up and read — '• He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch And win — or lose it all." "I accept the omen," he said aloud, rising ; "the brave old Marquis was...
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Scrapegrace at sea; or, Soldiers afloat and sailors ashore, Volume 3

William Johnstoun N. Neale - 1863
...case stands without any circumlocution. " What said the gallant marquis of Montrose : " lie 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." " Yes, my dear Scapegrace," said Montagu ; " but when you quote the gallant marquis...
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An index to familiar quotations selected principally from British authors ...

John Cooper Grocott - 1863
...2. Oh I now I find where your ambition drives. DRYDEN. — Spanish Friar, Act I. Scene I. 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. SCOTT. — Intro, to Chron. of the Canongate, Vol. XIX. He that climbs the tall...
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Arrows in the dark, by the author of Said and done

Arrows - 1863
...low tone. " Besides," continued Angela, with a half-smile, full of cheerful reassurance, " He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, And win or lose it all." Laurence smiled, too, as he answered, " I am afraid my deserts are small,...
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