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Nearer, my God, to Thee!
Nearer to Thee!
E'en though it be a cross
That raiseth me,

Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to Thee!
Nearer to Thee!


Curse away!

And let me tell thee, Beausant, a wise proverb
The Arabs have, "Curses are like young chickens,
And still come home to roost."

The Lady of Lyons. Act v. Sc. 2. Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is mightier than the sword.1

Take away the sword; States can be saved without it.

Richelieu. Act ii. Sc. 2.

In the lexicon of youth, which fate reserves
For a bright manhood, there is no such word
As "fail."

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The brilliant chief, irregularly great,
Frank, haughty, rash, the Rupert of debate! 2


Alone! - that worn-out word, So idly spoken, and so coldly heard;

Yet all that poets sing and grief hath known

Of hopes laid waste, knells in that word ALONE!


The New Timon. (1846.) Part i.

Part ii.

1 See Burton, page 189.

2 In April, 1844, Mr. Disraeli thus alluded to Lord Stanley: "The noble lord is the Rupert of debate."

When stars are in the quiet skies,
Then most I pine for thee;
Bend on me then thy tender eyes,
As stars look on the sea.

When Stars are in the quiet Skies.
Buy my flowers, -oh buy, I pray!
The blind girl comes from afar.

Buy my Flowers. The man who smokes, thinks like a sage and acts like a Samaritan. Night and Morning. Chap. vi.



Free trade is not a principle, it is an expedient.1
On Import Duties, April 25, 1843.
The noble lord 2 is the Rupert of debate.3

Speech, April, 1844. A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy. Speech, March 17, 1845. Speech, Feb. 22, 1848.

A precedent embalms a principle. It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. Speech, Jan. 24, 1860. The characteristic of the present age is craving credulity. Speech, Nov. 25, 1864. Assassination has never changed the history of the Speech, May, 1865.


I see before me the statue of a celebrated minister,1 who said that confidence was a plant of slow growth. But I believe, however gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity.

Speech, Nov. 9, 1867.


1 It is a condition which confronts us, not a theory. LAND: Annual Message, 1887. Reference to the Tariff. 2 Lord Stanley.

3 See Bulwer, page 606.

4 William Pitt, Earl of Chatham.

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

Speech, June 24, 1870. The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children. Speech, Nov. 19, 1870. Apologies only account for that which they do not Speech, July 28, 1871. Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. Speech, April 3, 1872.


I repeat... that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist.1

Vivian Grey. Book vi. Chap. vii. Man is not the creature of circumstances. stances are the creatures of men.


The disappointment of manhood succeeds to the delusion of youth: let us hope that the heritage of old age is not despair. Book viii. Chap. iv.


The first favourite was never heard of, the second favourite was never seen after the distance post, all the ten-to-oners were in the rear, and a dark horse 2 which had never been thought of, and which the careless St. James had never even observed in the list, rushed past the grand stand in sweeping triumph.

The Young Duke. Book i. Chap. v. Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. Contarini Fleming. Part iv. Chap. v. Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret. Coningsby. Book iii. Chap. i. But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day, and the race a life. Sybil. Book i. Chap. ii.

Only think of Cockie Graves having gone and done it!


1 See Webster, page 532.

2 A common political phrase in the United States.

The Duke of Wellington brought to the post of first minister immortal fame, - a quality of success which would almost seem to include all others.

Sybil. Book. Chap. iii. The Egremonts had never said anything that was remembered, or done anything that could be recalled.


If the history of England be ever written by one who has the knowledge and the courage, and both qualities are equally requisite for the undertaking, the world. will be more astonished than when reading the Roman annals by Niebuhr.


That earliest shock in one's life which occurs to all of us; which first makes us think. Chap. v. To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.


Principle is ever my motto, not expediency.

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Book ii. Chap. ii.

Property has its duties as well as its rights.1 Chap. xi.

Mr. Kremlin was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.2 Book iv. Chap. v.

1 See Drummond, page 582.

2 See Johnson, page 371.

Everything comes if a man will only wait.3

Tancred. Book iv. Chap. viii. (1847.) That when a man fell into his anecdotage, it was a sign for him to retire. Lothair. Chap. xxviii.

You know who critics are?-the men who have failed in literature and art.* Chap. xxxv.

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His Christianity was muscular.

Endymion. Chap. xiv.

The Athanasian Creed is the most splendid ecclesiastical lyric ever poured forth by the genius of man.

Chap. liv.

8 See Emerson, page 601.

All things come round to him who will but wait. Tales of a Wayside Inn. The Student's Tale. (1862.) 4 See Coleridge, page 505.


The world is a wheel, and it will all come round right.
Endymion. Chap. lxx.

"As for that," said Waldenshare, "sensible men are all of the same religion." "Pray, what is that?" in"Sensible men never tell." 1 quired the Prince.

Chap. lxxxi.

The sweet simplicity of the three per cents.2

Chap. xcvi.


And thou, vast ocean! on whose awful face
Time's iron feet can print no ruin-trace.3

The Omnipresence of the Deity. Part i.

The soul aspiring pants its source to mount,
As streams meander level with their fount.*

The solitary monk who shook the world
From pagan slumber, when the gospel trump
Thunder'd its challenge from his dauntless lips
In peals of truth.

And not from Nature up to Nature's God,5
But down from Nature's God look Nature through.


Luther. Man's Need and God's Supply.

Ibid. A Landscape of Domestic Life.

1 See Johnson, page 370.

An anecdote is related of Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper (1621-1683), who, in speaking of religion, said, "People differ in their discourse and profession about these matters, but men of sense are really but of one religion." To the inquiry of" What religion?" the Earl said, "Men of sense never tell it." BURNET: History of my own Times, vol. i. p. 175, note (edition 1833). 2 See Stowell, page 437.

8 See Byron, page 547.


4 We take this to be, on the whole, the worst similitude in the world the first place, no stream meanders or can possibly meander level with the fount. In the next place, if streams did meander level with their founts, no two motions can be less like each other than that of meandering level and that of mounting upwards. - MACAULAY: Review of Montgomery's Poems (Eleventh Edition). Edinburgh Review, April, 1830.

These lines were omitted in the subsequent edition of the poem. 5 See Bolingbroke, page 304.

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