'T is not the many oaths that make the truth;
But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true.
SHAKS.: _All 's Well,_ Act iv., Sc. 2.
Oaths were not purpos'd, more than law,
To keep the good and just in awe,
But to confine the bad and sinful,
Like moral cattle, in a pinfold.
BUTLER: _Hudibras,_ Pt. ii., Canto ii., Line 197.