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I saw a fie within a beade
Of amber cleanly buried."

The Amber Bead. Thus times do shift, each thing his turn does hold; New things succeed, as former things grow old.

Ceremonies for Candlemas Ere. Out-did the meat, out-did the frolick wine.

Ode for Ben Jonson. Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt; Nothing's so hard but search will find it out.?

Seek and Find. But ne'er the rose without the thorn.s

The Ruse.


Death aims with fouler spite
At fairer marks.4

Dirine Poems (ed. 1669).

Sweet Phosphor, bring the day
Whose conquering ray
May chase these fogs;

Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
Light will repay
The wrongs of night;
Sweet Phosphor, bring the day !

Emblems. Book i. Emblem 14.

Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise.

Book ii. Emblem 2.

1 See Bacon, page 168.

2 Nil tam difficilest quin quærendo investigari possiet (Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking). — TERENCE : Heauton timoroumenos, iv. 2. 8.

8 Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose. - MILTON : Paradise Lost, book iv. line 256.

4 Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow. – Young: Night Thoughts, night o. line 1011.

This house is to be let for life or years;
Her rent is sorrow, and her income tears.
Cupid, 't has long stood void; her bills make known,
She must be dearly let, or let alone.

Emblems. Book ii. Emblem 10, Ep. 10.
The slender debt to Nature's quickly paid,
Discharged, perchance, with greater ease than made.

Book ii. Emblem 13. The next way home's the farthest way about.2

Book iv. Emblem 2, Ep. 2. It is the lot of man but once to die.

Book v. Emblem 7.


GEORGE HERBERT. 1593–1632.

To write a verse or two is all the praise
That I can raise.

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky.

Virtue. Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, A box where sweets compacted lie.

Ibid. Only a sweet and virtuous soul, Like seasoned timber, never gives.

Ibid. Like summer friends, Flies of estate and sunneshine.

The Answer, A servant with this clause

Makes drudgery divine;
Who sweeps a room as for Thy laws
Makes that and th' action fine.

The Elixir
A verse may find him who a sermon flies,
And turn delight into a sacrifice.

The Church Porch.

1 To die is a debt we must all of us discharge. – EURIPIDES : Alcestis, line 418.

2 The longest way round is the shortest way home. - Bons : Foreign Prorerbs (Italian).

Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie;
A fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.

The Church Porch.
Chase brave employment with a naked sword
Throughout the world.

Ibid. Sundays observe; think when the bells do chime, "T is angels' music.

Ibid. The worst speak something good; if all want sense, God takes a text, and preacheth Pa-ti-ence.

Ibid. Bibles laid open, millions of surprises.

Sin. Religion stands on tiptoe in our land, Ready to pass to the American strand.

The Church Militant. Man is one world, and hath Another to attend him.

Man. If goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to my breast.

The Pulley. The fineness which a hymn or psalm affords If when the soul unto the lines accords. A True Hymn. Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?? The Size. Do well and right, and let the world sink.8

Country Parson. Chap. xxix. His bark is worse than his bite.

Jacula Pruulentum.

After death the doctor. 4



Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.


1 And he that does one fault at first,
And lies to hide it, makes it two.

Watts : Song xv.
2 See Heywood, page 20. BICKERSTAFF : Thomas and Sally.

8 Ruat cælum, fiat voluntas tua (Though the sky fall, let Thy will be done). – Sir T. BROWNE : Religio Medici, part ii. sect. xi. 4 After the war, aid. - Greek proverb.

After me the deluge. - MADAME DE POMPADOUR. 6 Hell is paved with good intentions. DR. JOHNSON (Boswell's Life of Johnson, Annus 1775).

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No sooner is a temple built to God, but the Devil builds a chapel hard by.

Jacula Prudentum. God's mill grinds slow, but sure.?

Ibid, The offender never pardons.

Ibid. It is a poor sport that is not worth the candle.

Ibid. To a close-shorn sheep God gives wind by measure.*

Ibid. The lion is not so fierce as they paint him.5

Ibid. Help thyself, and God will help thee.

Ibid. Words are women, deeds are men."

Ibid. The mouse that hath but one hole is quickly taken.

Ibid. A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees farther of the two.”


IZAAK WALTON. 1593–1683.

Of which, if thou be a severe, sour-complexioned man, then I here disallow thee to be a competent judge.

The Complete Angler. Author's Preface. Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learnt.

Ibid. As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.


1 See Burton, page 192.

2 Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small. – F. Von LOGAU (1614-1655): Retribution (translation).

3 They ne'er pardon who have done the wrong. DRYDEN : The Conquest of Grenada.

4 God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb. STERNE : Sentimental Journey.

6 The lion is not so fierce as painted. — FULLER: Expecting Preferment.

6 God helps those who help themselves. - SIDNEY : Discourses on Goccrnment, sect. xxiii. FRANKLIN : Poor Richard's Almanac.

7 Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things. Dr. MADDEN: Boulter's Monument (supposed to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson, 1745). 8 See Chaucer, page 4.

9 See Burton, page 185.

I shall stay him no longer than to wish him a rainy evening to read this following discourse; and that if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a fishing. The Complete Angler. Author's Preface.

As the Italians say, Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.

Part i. Chap. 1. I am, sir, a Brother of the Angle.

Ibid. It [angling] deserves commendations; ... it is an art worthy the knowledge and practice of a wise man.

Ibid. Angling is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so.

Ibid. Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.?

Ibid. Sir Henry Wotton was a most dear lover and a frequent practiser of the Art of Angling; of which he would say, “'T was an employment for his idle time, which was then not idly spent, a rest to his mind, a cheerer of his spirits, a diverter of sadness, a calmer of unquiet thoughts, a moderator of passions, a procurer of contentedness;” and “that it begat habits of peace and patience in those that professed and practised it." Ibid,

You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it.

Ibid. I remember that a wise friend of mine did usually say, “That which is everybody's business is nobody's business."

Chap. ii.

1 Virtue is her own reward. - DRYDEN : Tyrannic Love, act iii. sc. 1.

Virtue is to herself the best reward. - - HENRY MORE: Cupid's Conflict.

Virtue is its own reward. PRIOR : Imitations of Horace, book iii. ode 2. GAY: Epistle to Methuen. HOME : Douglas, act iii. sc. 1.

Virtue was sufficient of herself for happiness. — DIOGENES LAERTIUS: Plato, clii.

Ipsa quidem virtus sibimet pulcherrima merces (Virtue herself is her own fairest reward). – Silius ITALICUS (25 ? -99): Punica, lib. xii. line 663.

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