O, that a mighty man, of such descent,
Of such possessions, and so high esteem,
Should be infused with so foul a spirit!
SHAKS.: _Tam. of the S.,_ Introduction, Sc. 2.
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
SHAKS.: _Jul. Caesar,_ Act ii., Sc. 2.
The man that lays his hand upon a woman,
Save in the way of kindness, is a wretch
Whom 't were gross flattery to name a coward.
JOHN TOBIN: _Honeymoon,_ Act ii., Sc. 1.
The coward never on himself relies,
But to an equal for assistance flies.
CRABBE: Tale iii., Line 84.