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The style is the man himself.
“There is no other royal path which leads to geometry,” said Euclid to Ptolemy 1.2
There is nothing new except what is forgotten.3
Terrible he rode alone,
With his Yemen sword for aid;
The Death Feud. An Arab War-song. S
1 Buffon : Discours de Reception (Recueil de l'Académie, 1753).
See Burton, page 186. 2 PROCLUS : Commentary on Euclid's Elements, book ii. chap. iv. 3 Attributed to Mademoiselle Bertin, milliner to Marie Antoinette.
" There is nothing new except that which has become antiquated," motto of the “ Revue Rétrospective.”
4 This saying is attributed to Talleyrand. In a letter of the Chevalier de Panat to Mallet du Pan, January, 1796, it occurs almost literally, -“No one is right ; no one could forget anything, nor learn anything."
5 Words uttered by Comte de Salvandy (1796-1856) at a fete given by the Duke of Orleans to the King of Naples, 1830.
6 Attributed to Luther, but more probably a saying of J. H. Voss (17511826), according to Redlich, “Die poetischen Beiträge zum Waudsbecker Bothen," Hamburg, 1871, p. 67. King: Classical and Foreign Quotations (1887). 7 See Gibbon, page 430.
Napoleon said, “ Providence is always on the side of the last reserve." 8 Anonymous translation from “Tait's Magazine,'' July, 1850. The poem is of an age earlier than that of Mahomet.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis i. 3. It is not good that the man should be alone.
ii. 18. Bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.
They sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves aprons.
iii. 7. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
iv. 9. My punishment is greater than I can bear. There were giants in the earth in those days.
vi. 4. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
vii. 12. The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot. viii. 9.
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.
ix. 6. Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between thee and
xiii. 8. In a good old age.
His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him.
Old and well stricken in age.
Genesis xriii. 11. His wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
ix, 26. The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
xxvii. 22. They stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours.
xxrvii. 23. Bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
xlii. 38. Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel.
ælis. 4. I have been a stranger in a strange land. Exodus ii. 22. A land flowing with milk and honey.
ii. 8; Jeremiah xxxii. 22. Darkness which may be felt.
The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire.
xiii. 21. When we sat by the fleshpots. Love thy neighbour as thyself.
Leviticus rix. 18. The Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times ?
Numbers cxii. 28. Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his !
cxiii. 10. How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
xxir. 5. Man doth not live by bread only. Deuteronomy viii. 3. The wife of thy bosom.
xiii. 6. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Deuteronomy xxriii. 5. The secret things belong unto the Lord our God.
xxix. 29. He kept him as the apple of his eye.
rarii. 10. Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked.
15. As thy days, so shall thy strength be.
xxxiii. 25. His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
xxriv, 7. I am going the way of all the earth. Joshua xxiii. 14. I arose a mother in Israel.
Judges v. 7. The stars in their courses fought against Sisera. She brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
25. At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
27. Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer ?
viii. 2. He smote them hip and thigh. The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.
ari. 9. The people arose as one man.
Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodg. est, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.
Ruth i. 16. Quit yourselves like men.
1 Samuel iv. 9. Is Saul also among the prophets ? A man after his own heart.
xiii, 14. David therefore departed thence and escaped to the cave Adullam.
xxii. 1. Tell it not in Gath; publish it not in the streets of Askelon.
2 Samuel i. 20
Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided.
2 Samuel i. 23. How are the mighty fallen!
25. Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of
smote him under the fifth rib.
Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown.
xii. 7. As water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again.
They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.
The sweet psalmist of Israel.
cxiii. 1. So that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building."
1 Kings vi. 7. A proverb and a byword.
ix. 7. I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
xvii. 9. An handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a
12. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail.
How long halt ye between two opinions ? criii. 21.
There ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand.
A still, small voice.
i See Cowper, page 421.