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A life spent worthily should be measured by a nobler line, - by deeds, not years.
Pizarro. Act iv. Sc. 1. The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
Speech in Reply to Mr. Dundas. Sheridaniana.
Clio's Protest. Life of Sheridan (Moore). Vol. i. p. 155.
PHILIP FRENEAU. 1752-1832.
The hunter and the deer a shade.8
The Indian Burying-Ground. Then rushed to meet the insulting foe; They took the spear, but left the shield.
To the Memory of the Americans who fell at Eutaw.
GEORGE CRABBE, 1754-1832.
Oh, rather give me commentators plain,
The Parish Register. Part i. Introduction.
1 He who grown aged in this world of woe,
In deeds, not years, piercing the depths of life,
Byron : Childe Harold, canto iii. stanza 5. We live in deeds, not years ; in thoughts, not breaths. - BAILEY: Festus. A Country Town.
Who well lives, long lives: for this age of ours
Du BARTAs: Days and Weekes. Fourth Day. Book ii. 2 On peut dire que son esprit brille aux dépens de sa mémoire (One may say that his wit shines by the help of his memory). - LE SAGE: Gil Blas, livre iii. chap. xi. 8 This line was appropriated by Campbell in “O'Connor's Child."
4 When Prussia hurried to the field,
Scott : Marmion, Introduction to canto ii. 5 See Young, page 311.
Her air, her manners, all who saw admir'd;
The Parish Register. Part ii. Marriages.
In this fool's paradise he drank delight.
The Borough. Letter xii. Players.
Books cannot always please, however good;
Letter. xrio. Schools.
In idle wishes fools supinely stay;
The Birth of Flattery.
Cut and come again.
Tales. Tale vii.
The Widow's Tale.
Better to love amiss than nothing to have loved.?
Tale xiv. The Struggles of Conscience. But 't was a maxim he had often tried, That right was right, and there he would abide.3
The Squire and the Priest.
'T was good advice, and meant, my son, Be good.
Tale eci. The Learned Boy.
He tried the luxury of doing good.4
Tales of the Hall. Book ii. Boys at School.
To sigh, yet not recede; to grieve, yet not repent. Ibid.
And took for truth the test of ridicule.6
1 See Appendix, page 858.
2 T is better to have loved and lost,
Tennyson : In Memoriam, xxvii. 8 For right is right, since God is God. – Faber: The Right must win. 4 See Goldsmith, page 394. 5 To sigh, yet feel no pain. - MOORE: The Blue Stocking. 6 See Appendix, page 394.
CRABBE. – BARRINGTON.- LEE. – KEMBLE. 445
Time has touched me gently in his race,
face." Tales of the Hall. Book xvii. The Widow.
GEORGE BARRINGTON. 1755-
True patriots all; for be it understood
Prologue written for the Opening of the Play-house at
New South Wales, Jan. 16, 1796.
To the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.
Memoirs of Lee. Eulogy on Washington, Dec. 26, 1799.3
J. P. KEMBLE. 1757-1823.
Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love,
The Panel. Act i. Sc. 1. 1 Touch us gently, Time. — B. W. Procter : Touch us gently, Time.
Time has laid his hand
LONGFELLOW : The Golden Legend, iv. 2 See Farquhar, page 305.
8 To the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his fellow-citizens. — Resolutions presented to the United States' House of Representatives, on the Death of Washington, December, 1799.
The eulogy was delivered a week later. Marshall, in his “Life of Washington," vol. v. p. 767, says in a note that these resolutions were prepared by Colonel Henry Lee, who was then not in his place to read them. General Robert E. Lee, in the Life of his father (1869), prefixed to the Report of his father's “Memoirs of the War of the Revolution," gives (p. 5) the expression “fellow-citizens;' but on p. 52 he says: “But there is a line, a single line, in the Works of Lee which would hand him over to immortality, though he had never written another : First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen’ will last while language lasts.”
4 Altered from Bickerstaff's “ 'Tis Well 't is no Worse." The lines are also found in Debrett's “ Asylum for Fugitive Pieces," vol. i. p. 15.
HORATIO NELSON. 1758-1805.
In the battle off Cape St. Vincent, Nelson gave orders for boarding the “San Josef," exclaiming " Westminster Abbey, or victory!" Life of Nelson (Southey). Vol. i. p. 93. England expects every man to do his duty.1
Vol. ii. p. 131.
ROBERT BURNS. 1759-1796.
Auld Nature swears the lovely dears
Her noblest work she classes, 0;
Green yrow the Rashes. Some books are lies frae end to end.
Death and Dr. Hornbook. Some wee short hours ayont the twal.
Ibid. The best laid schemes o mice and men
Gang aft a-gley;
To a Mouse.
Man was made to Mourn.
Man's inhumanity to man
1 This famous sentence is thus first reported : “Say to the fleet, England confides that every man will do his duty." Captain Pasco, Nelson's flaglieutenant, suggested to substitute “expects” for “confides," which was adopted. Captain Blackwood, who commanded the “Euryalis," says that the correction suggested was from “Nelson expects to “England expects."
2 Man was made when Nature was But an apprentice, but woman when she Was a skilful mistress of her art.
Cupid's Whirligig (1607).
Gars auld claes look amaist as weel's the new.
The Cotter's Saturday Night. Beneath the milk-white thorn that scents the evening gale.
Ibid. He wales a portion with judicious care; And “Let us worship God,” he says with solemn air.
Ibid. Perhaps Dundee's wild-warbling measures rise, Or plaintive Martyrs, worthy of the name.
Ibid. From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur springs,
That makes her loved at home, revered abroad : Princes and lords are but the breath of kings, “ An honest man 's the noblest work of God.” 1
For a' that, and a’ that,
The Jolly Beggars.
away, Like schoolboys at th' expected warning, To joy and play.
Epistle to James Smith. Misled by fancy's meteor ray,
By passion driven;
Ibid. Affliction's sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, - how exquisite the bliss !
A Winter Night. His locked, lettered, braw brass collar Showed him the gentleman and scholar. The Twa Dogs.
1 See Fletcher, page 183.