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Woes cluster. Rare are solitary woes;
Night Thoughts. Night iii. Line 63.
Beautiful as sweet, And young as beautiful, and soft as young, And gay as soft, and innocent as gay!
Line 81. Lovely in death the beauteous ruin lay; And if in death still lovely, lovelier there; Far lovelier! pity swells the tide of love.? Line 104. Heaven's Sovereign saves all beings but himself That hideous sight, – a naked human heart. Line 226. The knell, the shroud, the mattock, and the grave, The deep damp vault, the darkness and the worm.
Night iv. Line 10. Man makes a death which Nature never made. Line 15.
And feels a thousand deaths in fearing one. Line 17. Wishing, of all employments, is the worst. Line 71. Man wants but little, nor that little long: 3 Line 118. A God all mercy is a God unjust.
Line 233. 'Tis impious in a good man to be sad.
Line 676. A Christian is the highest style of man."
Line 788. Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die. Line 843. By night an atheist half believes a God.
Night v. Line 177. Early, bright, transient, chaste as morning dew, She sparkled, was exhald and went to heaven. Line 600.
1 See Shakespeare, page 143.
8 Man wants but little here below,
GOLDSMITH : The Hermit, stanza 8. 4 See Dryden, page 268. 5 See Dryden, page 270.
We see time's furrows on another's brow,
Night Thoughts. Night v. Line 627.
Like our shadows, Our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.?
Line 661. While man is growing, life is in decrease; And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb. Our birth is nothing but our death begun.? Line 717. That life is long which answers life's great end. Line 773. The man of wisdom is the man of years.
Line 775. Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow.8 Line 1011. Pygmies are pygmies still, though percht on Alps; And pyramids are pyramids in vales. Each man makes his own stature, builds himself. Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids; Her monuments shall last when Egypt's fall.
Night vi. Line 309. And all may do what has by man been done. Line 606. The man that blushes is not quite a brute.
Night vii. Line 496. Too low they build, who build beneath the stars.
Night viii. Line 215. Prayer ardent opens heaven.
Line 721. A man of pleasure is a man of pains.
Line 793. To frown at pleasure, and to smile in pain. Line 1045.
Final Ruin fiercely drives Her ploughshare o'er creation."
Night ix. 167.
1 See Dryden page 268.
4 Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives elate
Burns : To a Mountain Daisy.
"T is elder Scripture, writ by God's own hand, Scripture authentic! uncorrupt by man.
Night Thoughts. Night ix. Line 644. An undevout astronomer is mad.
Line 771. The course of Nature is the art of God.1
Line 1267. The love of praise, howe'er conceal’d by art, Reigns more or less, and glows in ev'ry heart.
Love of Fame. Satire i. Line 51. Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote. Line 89. Titles are marks of honest men, and wise; The fool or knave that wears a title lies.
Line 145. They that on glorious ancestors enlarge, Produce their debt instead of their discharge. Line 147. None think the great unhappy but the great.? Line 238. Unlearned men of books assume the care, As eunuchs are the guardians of the fair. Satire ii. Line 83. The booby father craves a booby son, And by Heaven's blessing thinks himself undone.
Line 165. Where Nature's end of language is declin’d, And men talk only to conceal the mind. 3
Line 207. i See Sir Thomas Browne, page 218. 2 See Nicholas Rowe, page 301.
3 Speech was made to open man to man, and not to hide him ; to promote commerce, and not betray it. Lloyd: State Worthies (1665; edited by Whitworth), vol. i. p. 503.
Speech was given to the ordinary sort of men whereby to communicate their mind ; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it. – ROBERT SOUTH : Sermon, April 30, 1676.
The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them. – GOLDSMITH : The Bee, No.3, (Oct. 20, 1759.)
Ils ne se servent de la pensée que pour autoriser leurs injustices, et emploient les paroles que pour déguiser leurs pensées (Men ise thought only to justify their wrong doings, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts). – VOLTAIRE: Dialogue xiv. Le Chapon et la Poularde (1766).
When Harel wished to put a joke or witticism into circulation, he was in the habit of connecting it with some celebrated name, on the chance of reclaiming it if it took. Thus he assigned to Talleyrand, in the “Nain Jaune," the phrase, “Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts."' – FOURNIER : L'Esprit dans l'Histoire,
Be wise with speed; A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
Love of Fame. Satire ii. Line 282. And waste their music on the savage race."
Satire v. Line 228. For her own breakfast she'll project a scheme, Nor take her tea without a stratagem. Satire vi, Line 190. Think naught a trifle, though it small appear; Small sands the mountain, moments make the year, And trifles life.
Line 208. One to destroy is murder by the law, And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe; To murder thousands takes a specious name, War's glorious art, and gives immortal fame.
Satire rii. Line 55. How commentators each dark passage shun, And hold their farthing candle to the sun.
Line 97. The man that makes a character makes foes.
To Mr. Pope. Epistle i. Line 28. Their feet through faithless leather met the dirt, And oftener chang’d their principles than shirt. Line 277. Accept a miracle instead of wit, See two dull lines with Stanhope's pencil writ.
Lines written with the Diamond Pencil of Lord Chesterfield. Time elaborately thrown away. The Last Day. Book i. There buds the promise of celestial worth.
Book ini. In records that defy the tooth of time.
The Statesman's Creed. Great let me call him, for he conquered me.
The Revenge. Act i. Sc. 1. Souls made of fire, and children of the sun, With whom revenge is virtue.
Act v. Sc. 2.
1 And waste their sweetness on the desert air. - GRAY: Elegy, stanza 14. CHURCHILL : Gotham, book ii, line 20.
The blood will follow where the knife is driven,
The Revenge. Act v. Sc. 2. And friend received with thumps upon the back."
BISHOP BERKELEY. 1684-1753.
Westward the course of empire takes its way ;?
The four first acts already past,
On the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America.
Can Love be controlled by Advice ? 3 [Tar water] is of a nature so mild and benign and proportioned to the human constitution, as to warm without heating, to cheer but not inebriate.
Siris. Par. 217.
JANE BRERETON. 1685-1740.
The picture placed the busts between
Adds to the thought much strength;
Sir Isaac Newton and Mr. Pope.5
1 The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
CowPER : On Friendship. 2 See Daniel, page 39.
Westward the star of empire takes its way.- Epigraph to Bancroft's History of the United States.
8 AIKEN: Vocal Poetry (London, 1810).
That cheer but not inebriate.
CowPER: The Task, book iv. 6 Dyce : Specimens of British Poetesses. (This epigram is generally ascribed to Chesterfield. See Campbell, “English Poets," note, p. 521.)