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In busy companies of men.

The Garden. (Translated.) Annihilating all that's made To a green thought in a green shade.

Ibid. The world in all doth but two nations bear, The good, the bad ; and these mixed everywhere.

The Loyal Scot. The inglorious arts of peace.

Upon Cromwell's return from Ireland. He nothing common did, or mean, Upon that memorable scene.

Ibid. So much one man can do, That does both act and know.

Ibid. To make a bank was a great plot of state; Invent a shovel, and be a magistrate.

The Character of Holland.



Man's life is like unto a winter's day, -
Some break their fast and so depart away;
Others stay dinner, then depart full fed;
The longest age but sups and goes to bed.
O reader, then behold and see!
As we are now, so must you be.

Horæ Sucissive (1631).

HENRY VAUGHAN. 1621-1695.

The Retreat.

But felt through all this fleshly dress
Bright shoots of everlastingness.
I see them walking in an air of glory

Whose light doth trample on my days,

1 Bishop of Peterborough, 1663.

My days, which are at best but dull and hoary,
Mere glimmering and decays.

They are all gone. Dear, beauteous death, the jewel of the just!

Shining nowhere but in the dark; What mysteries do lie beyond thy dust, Could man outlook that mark !

Ibid. And yet, as angels in some brighter dreams Call to the soul when man doth sleep, So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes, And into glory peep.

Ibid. Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb; Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch Till the white-wing'd reapers come!

The Seed growing secretly.


Manus haec inimica tyrannis
Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem.

From the Life and Memoirs of Algernon Sidney. Liars ought to have good memories.?

Discourses on Government. Chap. ii. Sect. xv.

Men lived like fishes; the great ones devoured the small.3

Sect. xviii.

1 His father writes to him, Aug. 30, 1660 : “It is said that the University of Copenhagen brought their album unto you, desiring you to write something ; and that you did scribere in albo these words." It is said that the first line is to be found in a patent granted in 1616 by Camden (Clarencieux). - Notes and Queries, March 10, 1866.

2 He who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying. – MONTAIGNE: Book i. chap. ix. Of Liars.

8 See Shakespeare, page 161.

God helps those who help themselves.

Discourses on Government. Chap. ii. Sect. xxiii. It is not necessary to light a candle to the sun.? Ibid.

WILLIAM WALKER. 1623-1684.

Learn to read slow: all other graces
Will follow in their proper places.

The Art of Reading.


JOHN BUNYAN. 1628–1688.

And so I penned
It down, until at last it came to be,
For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.

Pilgrim's Progress. Apology for his Book. Some said, “ John, print it; ” others said, “ Not so.” Some said, “ It might do good;” others said, "No."

Ibid. The name of the slough was Despond.

Part i. Every fat must stand upon his bottom.*

Ibid. Dark as pitch.

Ibid. It beareth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where 't is kept is lighter than vanity.


i See Herbert, page 206.

Heaven ne'er helps the men who will not act. — SOPHOCLES : Fragment 288 (Plumptre's Translation).

Help thyself, Heaven will help thee. — LA FONTAINE: Book ri. fable 18.
2 Like his that lights a candle to the sun. — FLETCHER : Letter to Sir
Walter Aston.
And hold their farthing candle to the sun. - Young: Satire viï. line 56.

3 Take time enough ; all other graces
Will soon fill up their proper places.

BYROM : Advice to preach slow. 4 Every tub must stand upon its bottom. MACKLIX: The Man of the World, act i. sc. 2. 5 Ray: Proverbs. Gay: The Shepherd's Week. Wednesday.


The palace Beautiful.

Pilgrim's Progress. Part i. They came to the Delectable Mountains.

Ibid. Some things are of that nature as to make One's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache.

The Author's Way of sending forth his Second Purt of the Pilgrim. He that is down needs fear no fall.

Part ü.


SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE. 1628-1699. Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.

Ancient and Modern Learning. No clap of thunder in a fair frosty day could more astonish the world than our declaration of war against Holland in 1672.

Memoirs. Vol. ii. p. 255. When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humoured a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over.

Miscellanea. Part ii. Of Poetry.

JOHN TILLOTSON. 1630–1694. If God were not a necessary Being of himself, he might almost seem to be made for the use and benefit of men.2

WILLIAM STOUGHTON. 1631-1701. God sifted a whole nation that he might send choice grain over into this wilderness.8

Election Sermon at Boston, April 29, 1669. 1 See Butler, page 212.

2 If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him. – VOLTAIRE: A l'Auteur du Livre des trois Imposteurs, épitre cxl.

3 God had sifted three kingdoms to find the wheat for this planting: LONGFELLOW: Courtship of Miles Standish, iv.

JOHN DRYDEN. 1631-1701.


Greek or Roman name.1

Upon the Death of Lord Hastings. Line 76.
And threat'ning France, plac'd like a painted Jove,
Kept idle thunder in his lifted hand.

Annus Mirabilis. Stanza 39. Whate'er he did was done with so much ease, In him alone 't was natural to please.

Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 27. A fiery soul, which, working out its way, Fretted the pygmy-body to decay, And o’er-inform’d the tenement of clay.? A daring pilot in extremity; Pleas'd with the danger, when the waves went high He sought the storms.

Line 156. Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. S Line 163. And all to leave what with his toil he won To that unfeather'd two-legged thing, a son. Line 169.

Resolv'd to ruin or to rule the state.

Line 174.

And heaven had wanted one immortal song.

Line 197.

But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand,
And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.*

Line 198.

1 Above all Greek, above all Roman fame. — Pope : epistle i. book ii. line 26.

2 See Fuller, page 222.

3 No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. ARISTOTLE : Problem, sect. 30.

Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ (There is no great genius without a tincture of madness). SENECA : De Tranquillitate Animi, 15.

What thin partitions sense from thought divide ! - PUPE : Essay on Man, epistle i. line 226.

4 Greatnesse on Goodnesse loves to slide, not stand,
And leaves, for Fortune's ice, Vertue's ferme land.

KNOLLES: History (under a portrait of Mustapha I.).

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