I have been studying how I may compare
This prison where I live unto the world;
And, for because the world is populous,
And here is not a creature but myself,
I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.
Quotes , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (King Richard at V, v)
And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a
wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.
Quotes , Source: Ezekiel (ch. X, v. 10)
In durance vile here must I wake and weep,
And all my frowsy couch in sorrow steep.
Quotes , Source: Epistle from Esopus to Maria, in Chambers' "Burns' Life and Work", vol. IV, p. 54
Whene'er with haggard eyes I view
This dungeon that I'm rotting in,
I think of those companions true
Who studied with me at the U-
Niversity of Gottingen.
- George Canning, Song--Of One Eleven Years in Prison,
Quotes , Source: Song--Of One Eleven Years in Prison, found in "The Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin"
Prison'd in a parlour snug and small,
Like bottled wasps upon a southern wall.
Quotes , Source: Retirement (l. 493)
"And a bird-cage, sir," said Sam. "Veels vithin veels, a prison
in a prison."
Quotes , Source: The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (ch. XL)
That which the world miscalls a jail,
A private closet is to me.
. . . .
Locks, bars, and solitude together met,
Make me no prisoner, but an anchoret.
Quotes , Source: Falstaff's Wedding (act I, sc. 2)
Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage,
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage.
Quotes , Source: To Althea, from Prison (IV)
Fast closed with double grills
And triple gates--the cell
To wicked souls is hell;
But to a mind that's innocent
'Tis only iron, wood and stone.
[Fr., Doubles grilles a gros cloux,
Triples portes, forts verroux,
Aux ames vraiment mechantes
Vous representez l'enfer;
Mais aux ames innocentes
Vous n'etes que du bois, des pierres, du fer.]
Paul Pelisson (Peleisson) Fontanier
Quotes , Source: Written on the walls of his cell in the Bastile, about 1661
Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;
But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
Quotes , Source: Julius Caesar (Cassius at I, iii)