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The blinded boy that shootes so trim;
King Cophetua and the Beggar-maid.
bid. . And how should I know your true love
another one ?
The Friar of Orders Gray.
Lady, he's dead and gone!
Men were deceivers ever;
lbid He that would not when he might,
He shall not when he wolda.
1 Young Adam Cupid, he that shot so trim,
SHAKESPEARE: Romeo and Juliet, act ü. sc. 1. * Shakespeare, who alludes to this ballad in " Love's Labour's Lost," activ.sc . 1, gives the beggar's name Zenelophon. The story of the
king and the beggar is also alluded to in " King Richard 11.," act v. sc. 3.
8 Quoted in “Hamlet,” act iv. sc. 3.
He that will not when he may,
CERVANTES : Don Quixote, part i. book üi. chap. iv.
We'll shine in more substantial honours,
And to be noble we 'll be good.' Winifreda (1720)
Shall think to rob us of our joys,
And I'll go wooing in my boys.
His breeches cost him but a croune;
Therefore he call’d the taylor loune.
And those but of a low degree;
Take thy old Cloak about Thee
Oh willow, willow, willow !
Willow, willow, willow
Sir Launcelot dy Lake
Shall I bid her goe and spare not ?
Corydon's Farewell to Phillik 1 See Chapman, page 37.
Nobilitas sola est atque unica virtus (Nobility is the one only virtue). JUVENAL: Satire viii. line 20.
The first stanza is quoted in full, and the last line of the second, by Shakespeare in “Othello," act ii. sc. 3.
8 The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree,
Sing all a green willow;
Othello, act id. sc. 3. 4 Quoted by Shakespeare in Second Part of “Henry IV.," act ii. sc. 4. s Quoted by Shakespeare in “ Twelfth Night," act ii. sc. 3.
But in vayne shee did conjure him
To depart her presence soe;
And but one to bid him goe.
EDMUND BURKE. 1729–1797. The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their
A Vindication of Natural Society. Preface, vol. i. p. 7. “War,” says Machiavel, “ought to be the only study of a prince ; ” and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. “He ought,” says this great political doctor, “to consider peace only as a breathingtime
, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans.” A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature.
A Vindication of Natural Society. Vol. i. p. 15. I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pains of
On the Sublime and Beautiful. Sect. xiv. vol. i. p. 118. Custom reconciles us to everything.
Sect. xviii. vol. i. p. 231. There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases
Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the
Nation. Vol. i. p. 273. The wisdom of our ancestors.8
Ibid. p. 516. Also in the Discussion on the Traitorous
Correspondence Bill, 1793. Boston edition. 1865–1867.
In the adversity of our best friends we always find something which is not wholly
displeasing to us. — RocheFOUCAULD: Reflections, zv. 3 Lord Brougham says of Bacon, “He it was who first employed the wellknown phrase of the wisdom of our ancestors,'". Samuel Romilly's Bill, 1815. CICERO: De Legibus, ii. 2, 3.
SYDNEY Smith: Plymley's Letters, letter 0. Lord ELDON: On Sir
to be a virtue.
Thoughts on the Cause of the Preseni Discontents. Vol. i. p. 458. In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed and the boldest staggered.
P. 516. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
P. 526. Of this stamp is the cant of, Not men, but measures.?
P. 631. The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. p. 108. There is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners, yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.
P. 115. Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.
P. 116. A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
P. 117. A wise and salutary neglect.
Ibid. My vigour relents, - I pardon something to the spirit of liberty.
P. 118. The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.
P. 123. I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.
P. 136 The march of the human mind is slow.8
1 See Fielding, page 364.
2 See Goldsmith, page 401. 2 The march of intellect. - SOUTHEY : Progress and Prospects of Society, vol. ii. p. 360.
All government, - indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, – is founded on compromise and barter.
Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. p. 169. The worthy gentleman who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, whilst his desires were as warm and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue.
Speech at Bristol on Declining the Poll. Vol. ii. p. 420. They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the Rights of Man.
On the Army Estimates. Voliii. p. 221. People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors. Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Vol. iii. p. 274. You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the political world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of
P. 277. It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the Dauphiness, at Versailles ;
never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in, - glittering like the morning star full of life and splendour and joy. ... Little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men, - in a nation of men of honour and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from
2. Quid velit et possit rerum concordia discors (What the discordant harmony of circumstances would and could effect). – HoraCE: Epistle i. 12, 19.
Mr. Breen, in his Modern English Literature," says: "This remarkable thought Alison the historian has turned to good account; it occurs so often in his disquisitions that he seems to have made it the staple of all wiodom and the basis of every truth."