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And those that paint them truest praise them most."
The Campaign. Last ling The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim.
Oda Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth; While all the stars that round her burn, And all the planets in their turn, Confirm the tidings as they roll, And spread the truth from pole to pole. For ever singing as they shine, The hand that made us is divine.
Ibid. Should the whole frame of Nature round him break, In ruin and confusion hurled, He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack, And stand secure amidst a falling world.
Horace. Ode üi. Book i In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou ’rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow, Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee.
Spectator. No. 68.
be said on both sides. 3
Prologue to The Drummer.
- POPE: Eloisa to
i He best can paint them who shall feel them most. — Abelard, last line. 2 A translation of Martial, xii. 47, who imitated Ovid, Amores iii. 11, 39. 8 Much may be said on both sides. — Fielding: The Corent Garden Tragedy, act i. sc. 8.
NICHOLAS ROWE. 1673–1718,
As if Misfortune made the throne her seat,
The Fair Penitent. Prologue At length the morn and cold indifference came.?
Act i. Sc. 1 Is she not more than painting can express, Or youthful poets fancy when they love? Act iii. Sc. 1. Is this that haughty gallant, gay Lothario? Act v. Sc. i
ISAAC WATTS. 1674-1748.
Whene'er I take my walks abroad,
many poor I see!
For all his gifts to me ? Divine Songs. Song 10
And he that does one fault at first
And lies to hide it, makes it two.8
Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them so;
For 't is their nature too.
? None think the great unhappy, but the great. Young : The Love of Fame, satire 1, line 238.
2 But with the morning cool reflection came. – Scott: Chronicles of the Canongate, chap. io.
Scott also quotes it in his notes to “The Monastery,” chap. iii. note 11; and with “calm" substituted for “cool” in “The Antiquary," chap. V.; and with “repentance" for “reflection" in "Rob Roy," chap. xii.
8 See Herbert, page 205.
But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise;
To tear each other's eyes. Divine Songs. Song zok
And 't is a shameful sight
Fall out, and chide, and fight.
Improve each shining hour,
For Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do.
In books, or work, or healthful play. Ibid.
Holy angels guard thy bed!
Gently falling on thy head. A Cradle Hymn. 'T is the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, “ You have wak’d me too soon, I must slumber again."
The Sluggard. Lord, in the morning thou shalt hear
Psalm o. My voice ascending high. From all who dwell below the skies Let the Creator's praise arise; Let the Redeemer's name be sung Through every land, by every tongue. Fly, like a youthful hart or roe, Over the hills where spices grow.
Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Book i. Hymn 79.
And while the lamp holds out to burn,
Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Boot i. Hymn 88.
Book ii. Hymn 19. Hark! from the tombs a doleful sound.
Hymn 63. The tall, the wise, the reverend head Must lie as low as ours.
Ibid. When I can read my title clear
To mansions in the skies,
Hymn 65 There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign; Infinite day excludes the night, And pleasures banish pain.
Hymn 66. So, when a raging fever burns, We shift from side to side by turns ; And 't is a poor relief we gain To change the place, but keep the pain. Hymn 146. Were I so tall to reach the pole, Or grasp
the ocean with my span, I must be measured by my soul : The mind's the standard of the man."
Hore Lyricæ. Book üë. False Greatness. To God the Father, God the Son, And God the Spirit, Three in One, Be honour, praise, and glory given By all on earth, and all in heaven.
1 I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge of the man. - SENECA: On a Happy Life (L'Estrange's Abstract), chap. i.
It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul. -Ovid : Metamorphoses, aiii.
SIR ROBERT WALPOLE. 1676-1745.
The balance of power.
Speech, 1741. Flowery oratory he despised. He ascribed to the interested views of themselves or their relatives the declarations of pretended patriots, of whom he said, “All those men have their price.” I
Coxe : Memoirs of Walpole. Vol. iv. p. 369. Anything but history, for history must be false.
Walpolia na. No. 141. The gratitude of place-expectants is a lively sense of future favours.?
I have read somewhere or other, – in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, I think, — that history is philosophy teaching by examples.
On the Study and Use of History. Letter 2. The dignity of history.*
Letter P. It is the modest, not the presumptuous, inquirer who makes a real and safe progress in the discovery of divine truths. One follows Nature and Nature's God; that is, he follows God in his works and in his word."
Letter to Mr. Pope.
1“All men have their price” is commonly ascribed to Walpole. 2 Hazlitt, in his “Wit and Humour,” says, “This is Walpole's phrase."
The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits. — ROCHEFOUCAULD : Maxim 298.
8 Dionysius of Halicarnassus (quoting Thucydides), Ars Rhet. xi. 2, says: “ The contact with manners then is education; and this Thucydides appears to assert when he says history is philosophy learned from examples."
4 HENRY FIELDING : Tom Jones, book xi. chap. ij. Horace WALPOLE: Advertisement to Letter to Sir Horace Mann. MACAULAY : History of England, vol. i. chap. i.
5 Slave to no sect, who takes no private road,
POPE : Essay on Man, epistle iv. line 331.