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Bless You & Yours

Bless your hearts and eyebrows! ~Charles Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, 1836  [a little altered —tg]

Bless your knees and elbows... ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)

Bless your bones. ~Scottish saying  [More authentically: "Blis your banis" or "bless your banes." —tg]

Bless your low forehead and your round plump elbows, and your flowing tresses... ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)

And bless your brains, sir... ~John Fletcher, The Wild-Goose Chase, c.1621

Bless you ever and ever and all over... ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)

I say! bless your tender heart... ~Catherine G. Ward, The Cottage on the Cliff, 1823

Yes, you did, bless your brave little heart. ~Mary Fisher, The Journal of a Recluse, 1909

Well, bless your gold nugget of a heart... ~Amélie Rives (Princess Troubetzkoy), "Christmas Cabby," 1910

Why, bless your heart alive... ~Charles Dickens (1812–1870)

Oh, my dear sir... Bless your heart and hide... ~Mark Twain (1835–1910)

Bless your days and nights... ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)

Shiver my timbers!... Bless your dear eyes, that sparkle with elation... ~Anonymous, c.1893

Bless your eyes of bonny blue... ~Anna L. H. Nanute, late 1800s

God bless your spectacles, your eyes, your ears,
Your gaiters...!
~Vincent Starrett, "Pickwick," Banners in the Dawn, 1923

Why, bless your suspenders! ~Virginia Woodward Cloud, "A Life-Saving Service," 1906  [a little altered —tg]

Allyluyer! bless your buttons, dear! ~Louisa M. Alcott (1832–1888)

King, all the better he was cobbler once,
He should know, sitting on the throne, how tastes
Life to who sweeps the doorway. But life's hard,
Occasion rare; you cut probation short,
And, being half-instructed, on the stage
You shuffle through your part as best you can,
And bless your stars, as I do. God takes time...
~Robert Browning, "Prince Hohenstiel–Schwangau, Saviour of Society," 1871

—So it is... you muse upon the time... when the brooks shall water your meadows, and come laughing down your pasture lands; —when the clouds shall shed their spring fragrance upon your lawns, and the daisies bless your paths. ~Ik Marvel (1822–1908)

If the day and night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal, — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. ~Henry David Thoreau, "Higher Laws," Walden, or Life in the Woods, 1854

My dear, take wine, and bless your heart with it... ~Douglas Jerrold, "St. Becky," c.1856

I used to know a clever toast,
But pshaw! I cannot think it—
So fill your glass to Anything
And, bless your souls, I'll drink it.
~Wallace Irwin, "A Toast by Proxy," c.1904

Bless your dear, jealous heart! ~Edward Bellamy (1850–1898)

May all the minor prophets also bless
Your beatific eyebrows none the less—
~Cupid Jones (Francis Saltus Saltus), "The Polite City," Fact and Fancy, 1895

God bless me... ~William H. Thomes

God bless Mummy. I know that's right...
Oh! God bless Daddy I quite forgot...
Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.
And what was the other I had to say?...
Oh! Now I remember it. God bless Me.
~A. A. Milne, "Vespers," When We Were Very Young, 1924

Bless my soul!... Bless my soul! ~Charles Dickens, The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club, 1837

Oh dear me!... God bless my soul — and body...! ~Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, 1841

Lord bless your ignorant soul... ~William B. Fowle, "The Revolutionary Pensioner," c.1829

Love your enemy, bless your haters, said the Greatest of the great;
Christian love among the Churches look'd the twin of heathen hate.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Locksley Hall Sixty Years After," 1887

One thing you learn in a long marriage is how many sneezes to wait before saying, "Bless you." ~Robert Brault,

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