We know diseases of stoppings, and suffocations, are the most dangerous in the body; and it is not much otherwise in the mind; you may take sarza to open the liver, steel to open the spleen, flowers of sulphur for the lungs, castoreum for the brain; but no receipt openeth the heart, but a true friend; to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes, suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lieth upon the heart to oppress it, in a kind of civil shrift
It did not take Michael long to learn this, and stray dogs got short shrift
If Ulysses is the man he then was these suitors will have a short shrift
and a sorry wedding.
Both men and women were armed with long-swords and daggers, but no firearms were in evidence, else it had been short shrift
for the gruesome plant men of Barsoom.
Back and back still his foeman bent him, until, with a roar of pain and of fury, the giant clanged his full length upon the boards, while the glimmer of a knife before the bars of his helmet warned him that short would be his shrift
if he moved.
They were given short shrift
. Drumhead court martial was their portion, and military execution their end.
"Ay" said he, "if they got hands on me, it would be a short shrift
and a lang tow for Alan!
I am in your power, and were I in Miss Lindsay's power alone, my shrift
would be short.
It had been short shrift
for Peter of Colfax that night had not John and Guy and another of his henchmen rushed into the room with drawn swords.
Which lacking (for too late Was I enrolled a citizen of Thebes) This proclamation I address to all:-- Thebans, if any knows the man by whom Laius, son of Labdacus, was slain, I summon him to make clean shrift
``Thy penitents, father, have made a long shrift
it is the better for them, since it is the last they shall ever make.
Dame Helen Mirren has given streaming giant Netflix short shrift
at an event for cinema exhibitors in Las Vegas.