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" ... keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope" — we have presumed to court the assistance of the friends of the drama to strengthen our infant institution. "
Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York - Page 16
by New York (State). Legislature. Assembly - 1852
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The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year, Volume 110

Edmund Burke - History - 1869
...naturalization." Mr. Pile (Republican), of Missouri, expressed his fear that the Bill was simply to keep the word of promise to the ear and break it to the hope ; and that it would leave four-fifths of their naturalized citizens from Prussia subject to arrest...
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United States Reports: Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court, Volume 308

United States. Supreme Court - Law reports, digests, etc - 1940
...perchance the taxpayer's expenditure may be treated as a capital expenditure is, in my judgment, to keep the word of promise to the ear and break it to the hope. In my view the carrying charge of the taxpayer's loan was either an ordinary expense of his business...
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Tales of Fashionable Life, Volume 3

Maria Edgeworth - 1809
...in which I will confide, and, in future, not suffer appearances to alarm me. A mother would not keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope." Mrs. Beaumont, feeling herself change countenance, made an attempt to blow her nose, and succeeded...
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The Quarterly Review

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Sir John Murray (IV), Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle) - English literature - 1832
...moment what he may think public opinion, by attempting to ' palter with us in a double sense , To keep the word of promise to the ear, And break it to the hope.' — Such an attempt, such an unworthy attempt, we must venture to call it, will fail with both sides,...
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The baptist Magazine

1852
...which should tamper with the anxieties and expectations of mankind — which should, eg : — ' Keep a word of promise to the ear And break it to the hope :" which should apparently guide an earnest inquirer in one direction, when his true course would be...
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Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court And ..., Volume 94

New Jersey. Supreme Court - Law reports, digests, etc - 1921
...objectors ; otherwise the provision in the act providing for a remonstrance would operate simply to "keep the word of promise to the ear and break it to the hope." The ordinance was thus passed without a hearing, and this writ is invoked by an affected property owner...
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Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 26

England - 1829
...Now, we are disposed to believe that those by whom that provision was made, did not mean " to keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope ;" they intended, we must suppose, to carry it fully and fairly into effect, and to sec that Ireland...
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The speeches of ... William Pitt in the House of commons [ed. by W.S. Hathaway].

William Pitt - 1806
...could never be of long continuance — they carried in them their very principles of division, " They hold the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the sense." He concluded with apologizing to the house for delaying them so long : thus much, however,...
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The Parliamentary History of England from the Earliest Period to ..., Volume 33

Great Britain. Parliament - Great Britain - 1818
...right hon. gentleman, they would frustrate what they professed to have in view— they would " keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the sense." The whole measure was intended merely to give time for the public resources to act, and, in...
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A Reply to Mr. Colden's Vindication of the Steamboat Monopoly: With an ...

William Alexander Duer - Monopolies - 1819 - 184 pages
...gentleman, whether you consider your plighted honour saved by your explanation. Are you content to " Keep the word of promise to the ear " And break it to the hope ?''——— Where, Sir, " is the irrefragable proof produced '• by Mr. Fulton," to redeem your pledge...
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