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Distinction, with a broad and powerful fan. Puffing at all, winnows the light away; And what hath mass or matter, by itself Lies, rich in virtue, and unniingled."
Troilus and Cressida, act i. sc. iii.
Modest as morning when she coldly eyes The youthful Phoebus." Ibid.
"Better I were distract; So should my thoughts be seTer'd from my griefs,
And woes by wrong imaginations, lose
King Lear, act iv. sc. vi.
"To-mobbow, and to-morrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time: And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death."
Macbeth, act v. sc. v.
Oh the spheres. "What are those ever-turning heavenly
spheres, [urns, But wheels that, from oar cradles to our Wind up our threads of life, that hourly wears, [turns." And they that soonest die, have happiest Tu. Bancroft, Restituta, vol. 2, p. 490.
"Ills qualities were beauteous as his form, For maiden-tongued he was, and thereof free.
Yet if men moved him, was he such a storm As oft 'twixt May and April is to see, When winds breathe sweet, unruly though they be."
Shaksfeab, Lover's Complaint.
"He's truly valiant that can wisely suffer The worst that man can breathe; and make his wrongs [carelessly, His outsides; wear them like his raiment, And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart To bring it into danger."
Timon of Athens, act iii. sc. v.
"O The fierce wretchedness that glory brings us." Ibid, act iv. sc. ii.
'Tis far off; And rather like a dream, than an assurance That my remembrance warrants."
Tempest, act i. sc. ii.
"Such shapes, such gestures, and such
sound, expressing (Although they want the use of tongue) a
Of excellent dumb discourse."
Ibid, act iii. sc. iii.
"Dull folly (not the wanton wild,
"Would you be still more learned than the learn'd? [known, Learn well to know how much need not be And what that knowledge which impairs
your sense. [food, Our needful knowledge, like our needful Unhedged, lies open in life's common field. And bids all welcome to the vital feast."
Young, vol. 1, 142.
"No deeper wrinkles yet! Hath sorrow struck
So many blows upon this face of mine,
Richard the Second, act iv. sc. i.
"Learn, good soul, To think our former state a happy dream, From which awaked, the truth of what we are Shows US' but this. I am sworn brother, sweet,
To grim necessity, and he and I
Ibid, act v. sc. i.
u Tell them I Am, Jehovah said
To Moses, while earth heard in dread;
And smitten to the heart,
Replied, O Lord, Thou art." Smaet.
In his song to David, composed in a madhouse.
"Rich gums, Sweeter than those the phoenix makes her altar
When she is her own sacrifice, and fans
Shirley, Example, vol. 3, p. 332.
A Vebt pretty line of Hall Hartston's, describing a butterfly.
"From earth he springs, Opes his gay downs, and spreads his gold
dropt wings; Turns every beauty to the sunny ray, And winnows with soft wing his easy way."
Youth, Monthly Review,
"Love leads to penitence, And is the noblest, surest path; whilst fear Is dark and devious."
Miss Baillie, Martyr, p. 413.
"Past and future are but shadowy visions, Dark cumberous things, which we must cast aside,
To make the present hour endurable."
Ibid. Separatum, p. 29.
"A Feeble body, The worn out case of a more feeble mind."
Ibid. Phantom, p. 245.
"But Lord preserve us all! We by God's grace, may sit by Satan's side,
Ay, in the self-same settle, yet the while Be ne'er one whit the worse."
Ibid. p. 273.
"Marian. I thought thou wert prepared.
Alice. I thought so too.
But certainty makes previous expectation Seem, by comparison, a state of hope."
Ibid. p. 277.
"What a sweet thing is night! how calm and harmless; [breath No whispering but of leaves, on which the Of heaven plays music to the birds that slumber."—S Hie Ley, Constant Maid, vol. 4, p. 494.
"Tu vero fili contende intrare per angustam portam; nec quid multi agant attende, sed quid agendum ipsa tibi natura, ipsa ratio, ipse Deus ostendat."—Picus MiBandula, ff. 60.
"Si non desipit auditor, a fucato sermone quid sperat aliud quam insidias? Tribus maxime persuadetur, vitd dicentis, veritate rei, sobrietate orationis."—B>icl. ff. p. 62.
"They who in former times, like pipes of reeds, have sweetly sounded out the praises of God, but now are cracked with some pardonable error in judgment, or slip in manners, if they be truly bruised with the weight of their sin, and thoroughly contrite, may plead the privilege of the bruised reed in the text, not to be broken by any overhard and severe censure or sentence." Featley, Claris Mystica. p. 10.
EXTRACTS, FACTS, AND OPINIONS, RELATING TO POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SOCIETY.
Prospects of Society.
EK Clabbndon, vol. 1, part 2, p. 498. Concerning the arts and activity of factious men.
"So most men are deceived in being too reasonable; concluding that reason will prevail upon those men to submit to what is right and just, who have no other consideration of right or justice, but as it advances their interest, or complies with their humour and passion."—Ibid. p. 1043.
One who had hurt his foot by paring a nail to the quick, laughed on being told there was danger of a mortification, and replied, "the foot is a long way from the heart." But the mortification found its way there.
Bacon observes, " it is not incredible that it should have come into the mind of such an abject fellow (as Lambert Simnell) to enterprize so great a matter, for high conceits do sometimes come streaming into the imaginations of base persons, especially when they are drunk with news and talk of the people."—Henry VII. p. 20.
Bacon says that in the Statute of 19 Henry VII. against vagabonds, there may be noted " the dislike the parliament had of gaoling of them, as that which was chargeable, pesterous, and of no open example. And he notices that in all the statutes of this king there are ever coupled the punishment of vagabonds, and the for
bidding of dice and cards, and unlawful games unto servants and mean people, and the putting down and suppressing of alehouses, as strings of one root together, and as if the one were unprofitable without the other."—Ibid. p. 216.
National, wealth wholesome only when justly, equitably (not equally) diffused. When the workman as well as the capitalist has his fair proportion of gains and comforts.
"Sed jam pudet me ista refellere, cum eos non puduerit ista sentire. Cum vero ausi sint etiam defendere, non jam eorum, sed ipsius generis humani me pudet, cujus aures ha;c ferre potueruut." — St. AugusTinb.
The overflow of educated persons in both sexes,—" the condition of the one being accompanied with more unhappiness than would easily be imagined, and that of the other bringing with it more danger than statesmen perhaps have yet taken into the account of the evils that are to come."
"things (in Scripture) manifestly and mercifully undefined."—Milleb's B. Lectures.
"Simple (The) Cobler of Aggawam in America. Willing to help 'mend his Native Country, lamentably tattered both in the upper-Leather and Sole, with all the honest stitches he can take, 10.t. 6rf. Land. 1647."
"the Olhomacas, one of the rudest of the Orinoco tribes, suppose themselves descended from a pile of etones upon the top of a rock called Barraguan, and that they all return to 9tone as they came from it; so that this mass of rock is composed of their forefathers.
Tub system of lying was not practised more impudently by Buonaparte's government, than by the Opposition papers and the Opposition speakers.
Johnson once said of Derrick, "he may do very well as long as he can outrun his character, but the moment his character gets up with him, it is all over." Alas! character now goes for nothing with the mob, or even the people in this country.
"Est enim metus magister longe optimus maxiinequeopportunus."1—Greg. Nazi An
Alfred's police.—Turner, vol. 2, p. 304.
Works of fiction monstrous in kind, devilish in feeling, damnable in purpose.
Evert man his own king, his own priest, and his own God.
The American war destroyed that amicable feeling which till then had for half a century prevailed between the Church and the Dissenters. In Abp. Seeker's days, e.g.
"Mais on feint de ne rien croire, afin de tou t permettre," was said of the Dragonnades in Poictou, and may be said of the Catostreet Conspiracy, &c.
A. D. 1821. In the course of thirty-nine years the Catholics in England are said to have increased sevenfold. Their present numbers are about 500,000.
"La multitude est plus frappe de ce qu'onlui ordonne quedece qu'on lui prouve. Les homines en general, ont besoin d'etre fixes: il leur faut des maximes plutot que des demonstrations."—Portalis.
See this paper of Portalis. L. Goldsmith, vol. 1, p. 281, &c. concerning a settled mode of belief. It contains much excellent wisdom excellently expressed.
Necessity admitted—the consequence of fraud and falsehood.
Errors—in abolishing the Regulars. Purgatory. Calvinism.
Iconoclasm. The Cross.
Croyland and Ely still worse for the Reformation.
Your great Whig landholder is a Leviathan with the intellect of a Dodo.
Revolution would soon produce malaria in England. The condition of the Bedford Level would be more advantageous to coot, teal, widgeon, and wild ducks, than to the goosey goosey ganders of the house of Russell.
Beggars' Opera in Heroics. Lord B.
No happiness but in a settled state of things.
"Omne quod exit in hum."
Treasure So frequently concealed in India, that whenever the foundation of a house is to be dug, officers of government attend to seize one, if it should be found. (This in Tranquebar.)
Evil of having introduced our system of laws in India.—Murray, Hist. Acc. vol. 2, p. 320.
Justice is defied in consequence, and the country at the mercy of most merciless banditti.
Printing. General education. Emancipation. Association in clubs, &c. Reformation. Revolution in America and France.
Church. Universities. Lay Monaste-
Colonization at home and abroad.
End of all disputed successions with the Union of the Roses.
Tub old denominations of small coin becoming too small.
Manufacturing populace in Flanders. But the higher classes in those days, Comines says, were good people, and sorely disliked the mutinous spirit of the community. Our mischief lies with the half-educated class,—the agitators.
Conseqcence of the struggle for Reformation in different countries. The League. Accidental effect of the Inquisition.
No one put to death for heresy while Sir T. More was chancellor.
Destruction of buildings began with the Reformation, when stronger passions were at work than in the successive war of which Comines speaks.
A Good remark of Marlborough's upon Lord Halifax, "if he had no other fault but his unreasonable vanity, that alone would be capable of making him guilty of any fault."
Growth of good government through the wreck of its institutions. Difference in Iceland.
The world may be progressive as a whole, while parts are retrograde, e. g. New Holland, Canada, and America, while Great Britain, &c.
Condition of the lower classes, physical as to health, diet, clothing, fire, moral, religious, political.
Hinds, small farmers, domestic servants, male and female, manufactures, coachmen, 4c
Question of improvement examined. Scene, the ruined village. Small farmers and peasantry, certes worsened. Manufactures a new class. Servants an altered one.
Condition of women. Quoad marriage, worsened, and quoad education, not so good as in Henry VIII.'s time.
Dr. Johnson, Boswell says, " was willing to speak favourably of his own age: and indeed maintained its superiority in every respect, except in its reverence for government; the relaxation of which he imputed as its grand cause to the shock which our monarchy received at the Revolution, though necessary; and secondly, to the timid concessions made to faction by successive administrations in the reign of his present Majesty, George III."—Vol. 3, p. 3.
"There is a strange rout made about deep play," said Johnson; "whereas you have many more ruined by adventurous trade, and yet we do not hear such an outcry against it."
Opinions concerning the mercantile profession by Cicero, and Plutarch's character of it in eastern times. — Wadding, vol. 1, p. 17. Essenes. Basnage, vol. 1, p. 536.
"In colonizing new countries provision should be made for towns, and those limited in size. See Henry the Fowler's regulation in Germany.—Turner, vol. 2, p. 350.