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In adamantine chains shall Death be bound, And Hell's grim Tyrant feel th' eternal
POPE-Messiah. Line 47.
Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors than from his virtues. LONGFELLOW-- Hyperion. Bk. IV.
Ch. III. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot
tell; Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
b. king Lear. Act I. Sc. 4. It may be right; but you are in the wrong To speak before your time.
Measure for Measure. Act V. Sc. 1. Omission to do what is necessary Seals a commission to a blank of danger. d. Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc 3.
Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2.
Troilus and Cressida. Act V. Sc. 2. Yon lie-under a mistake. 9. SHELLEY-From Calderon.
The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error. h. VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical Dictionary.
Rivers. ETERNITY. Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought.
ADDISON-Cato. Act V. Sc. 1. 'Tis the divinity that stirs within us; 'Tis heaven itself that points out an here
after, And intimates eternity to man.
j. ADDISON--Cato. Act V. Sc. 1. Eternity forbids thee to forget.
k. BYRON--Lara. Canto I. St. 23. This narrow isthmus 'twixt two boundless
seas, The past, the future, two eternities. 1. MOORE --Lalla Rookh. The Veiled
Prophet of Khorassan. The time will come when every change shall
cease, This quick revolving wheel shall rest in
peace: No summer then shall glow, nor winter
freeze; Nothing shall be to come, and nothing past, But an eternal now shall ever last. PETRARCH -- The Triumph of Eternity.
Line 119. Those spacious regions where our fancies
roam, Pain'd by the past, expecting ills to come, In soms dread moment, by the fates assign'd, Shall pass away, nor leave a rack behind; And 'Time's revolving wheels shall lose at
last, The speed that spins the future and the past: And, sovereign of an undisputed throne, Awful eternity shall reign alone.
PETRARCH -- The Triumph of Eternity.
Brothers, God grant when this life be o'er, In the life to come that we meet once more! p.
SCHILLER— The Battle. In time there is no present, In eternity no future, In eternity no past. 9. TENNYSON--The “How" and "Why."
St. 1. And can eternity belong to me, Poor pensioner on the bounties of an hour? YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night I.
Line 64. EVENING. It is tho hour when from the boughs
The nightingale's high noto is heard;
Seem sweet in every whispered word;
BYRON- Parasina. St. 1.
urn Throws up a steamy column, and the cups, That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in. 1. COWPER – The Tusk, Bk. IV.
Line 36. When day is done, and clouds are low,
And flowers are honey-dew,
Along the western blue;
GEORGE CROLY-The Poet's Hour.
way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard. When the moon begins her radiant race, Then the stars swim after her track so bright.
HEINE-Book of Songs. Quite True. Eve's silent foot-fall steals
Along the eastern sky, And one by one to earth reveals Those purer fires on high. KEBLE-- The Christian Year. Fourth
Sunday After Trinity.
Day, like a weary pilgrim, had reached the western gate of heaven, and Evening stooped down to unloose the latchets of his sandal shoon.
LONGFELLOW--Saint Gilgen. Ch. IV. O precious evenings! all too swiftly sped! . LONGFELLOW--Sonnet. On Mrs. Kem.
Ule's Readings from Shakespeare.
The river dead.
February. At shut of evening flowers. d. MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. IX.
Line 278. Fly not yet, 'tis just the hour When pleasure, like the midnight flower That scorns the eye of vulgar light, Begins to bloom for sons of night,
And maids who love the moon.
MOORE-Fly Not Yet.
Like a good king near his end.
D. M. MULOCK-- A Stream's Singing. One by one the flowers close, Lily and dewy rose Shitting their tender petals from the moon.
g. CHRISTINA G. ROSETTI — Trilight Calm. The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks: The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs:
the deep Moans round with many voices.
TENNYSON – Ulysses. Line 54.
Evil is wrought by want of Thought
HooD -- The Lady's Dream. St. 16. Of two evils the less is always to be chosen. THOMAS À KEMPIS - Imitation of Christ.
Bk. III. Ch. XII. And out of good still to find means of evil. p. MILTON--Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 165. Duly advis'd, the coming evil shun: Better not do the deed, than weep it done.
9. Prior--Henry anu Emma. But then I sigh, and, with a piece of Scrip
ture, Tell them, that God bids us do good for evil.
Richard III. Act I. Sc. 3.
The world is grown so bad That wrens make prey where eagles dare not
perch. 1. Richard III, Act I. Sc. 3.
It is some compensation for great evils that they enforce great lessons. j. BOVEE-Summaries of Thought.
Compensation. The more common method of getting rid of an evil is, to merge it in a greater. Thus, if one suffers a loss of half his fortune at play, he overcomes his mortification bylosing the other half. The inost ingenious expedient of this kind, was that of the indigent gentleman of rank, who married his washerwoman to get rid of her bill against him.
k. BOVEE-Summaries of Thought. Evils. None are all evil.
1. BYRON — The Corsair. Canto I. St. 12.
He who does evil that good may come, pays a toll to the devil to let him into heaven. J. C. and A. W. HARE. Guesses at
EXAMPLE Allured to brighter worlds, and led the way. GOLDSMITH--Deserted Village,
Line 170. Since truth and constancy are vain, Since neither love, nor sense of pain, Nor force of reason, can persuade; Then let example be obey'd. GEO. GRANVILLE (Lord Lansdowne)
To Myra. Cæsar had his Brutus-Charles the First, his Cromwell-and George the Third -(“* Treason!" cried the speaker). - may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.
PATRICK HENRY--Speech, 1765. I do not give you to posterity as a pattern to imitate, but as an example to deter.
JUNIUS -- To the Duke of Grafton.
LONGFELLOW-- A Psalm of Life.
Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2.
EXPECTATION. Expectation whirls me round. The imaginary relish is so sweet That it enchants my sense.
Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 2. He hath, indeed, better bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act I. Sc. 1.
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Where most it promises; and oft it hits Where hope is coldest, and despair most fits. All's Well That Ends Well. Act II.
Sc. 1. Promising is the very air o' the time; It opens the eyes of expectation: Performance is ever the duller for his act; And, but in the plainer and simpler kind of
people, The deed of saying is quite out of use. b. Timon of Athens. Act. V. Sc. 1.
There have sat The livelong day, with patient expectation, To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome.
Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 1.
When clouds are seen, wise men put on their
cloaks; When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand; When the sun sets, who doth not look for
night? Untimely storms make men expect a dearth.
d. Richard III. Act II. Sc. 3.
EXPERIENCE. Bebold, we live through all things,-famine,
thirst, Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery, All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
On soul and body,--but we cannot die Though we be sick, and tired, and faint,
and worn, Lo, all things can be borne!
ELIZABETH AKERS- Endurance.
Only so much do I know, as I have lived.
1. EMERSON – The American Scholar.
Experience is no more transferable in morals than in art. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great
Subjects. Education. Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes. FROUDE - Short Studies on Great
Subjects. Party Politics. We read the past by the light of the present, and the forms vary as the shadows fall, or as the point of vision alters.
FROUDE - Short Studies on Great
Subjects. Society in Italy in the
Last days of the Roman Republic. The burnt child dreads the fire. P. BEN JOHNSON- The Devil is an Ass.
Act I. Sc. 2. Nor deem the irrevocable Past,
As wholly wasted, wholly vain,
To something nobler we attain.
Augustine. This life of ours is a wild æolian harp of
many a joyous strain, But under them all there runs a loud per
petual wail as of souls in pain. LONGFELLOW--Christus. The Golden
Legend. Pt. IV.
We gain Justice, judgment, with years, or else years
are in vain. S. OWEN MEREDITH. Lucile. Pt. I.
Canto III. St. 16. Experience, next to thee I owe, Best guide; not following thee, I had remain'd In ignorance; thou open'st wisdom's way, And giv'st access, though secret she retire. 1. MILTON -- Paradise Lost. Bk. IX.
Line 807. What man would be wise, let him drink of
the river That bears on its waters the record of
Road Who heeds not experience, trust him not. John BoYLE O'REILLY- Rules of the
Men Can counsel, and speak comfort to that grief Which they themselves not feel; but tasting
it, Their counsel turns to passion, which before Would give preceptial medicine to rage, Fetter strong madness in a silken thread, Charm ache with air, and agony with words. Much Ado About Nothing. Act V.
Making all futures fruits of all the pasts. EDWIN ARNOLD— The Light of Asia.
Bk. V. Line 32.
He who hath most of heart knows most of sorrow.
g. BAILEY-Festus. Sc. Home. A sadder and a wiser man, He rose the morrow morn. n. COLERIDGE- The Ancient Mariner.
Pt. VI. Last St.
In her experience all her friends relied, Heaven was her help and nature was her
guide. i. CRABBE- Parish Register. Pt. III.
To show the world what long experience
gains, Requires not courage, though it calls for
pains; But at life's outset to inform mankind, Is a bold effort of a valiant mind. j. CRABBE- The Borough.
I think there are stores laid up in our human nature that our understandings can make no complete inventory of. k. GEORGE ELIOT-The Mill on the Foss.
Bk. V. Ch. I.
My grief lies onward, and my joy behind.
Sonnet L. Unless experience be a jewel; that I have purchased at an infinite rate. b. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act II.
Sc. 2. What we have we prize not to the worth, Whiles we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost, Why then we rack the value; then we find The virtue, that possession would not show us While it was ours. Much Ado About Nothing. Act IV.
I know The past, and thence I will assay to glean A warning for the future, so that man May profit by his errors, and derive Expe
rience from his folly; For, when the power of imparting joy Is equal to the will, the human soul
Requires no other heaven. d. SHELLEY-Queen Mab. Canto III.
Expression is action; beauty is repose.
Ch. XVI. He that had never seen a river imagined the first he met with to be the sea; and the greatest things that have fallen within our knowledge we conclude the extremes that nature makes of the kind. MONTAIGNE- Essays. Bk. I.
Ch. XXVI. Avoid Extremes; and shun the fault of such, Who still are pleas'd too little or too much.
POPE--Essay on Criticism. Line 385. Like to the time o' the year between the
extremes Of hot and cold: he was nor sad nor merry.
p. Antony and Cleopatra, Act I, Sc. 1. Not fearing death, nor shrinking for dis
tress, But always resolute in most extremes. 9. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 1.
Where two raging fires meet together, They do consume the thing that feeds their
fury: Though little fire grows great with little
wind, Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.
Taming of the Shrew. Act II. Sc. 1. Who can be patient in such extremes ? Henry VI. Pt. III. Act I, Sc. 1.
EYES. There are whole veins of diamonds in thine
eyes, Might furnish crowns for all the Queens of
earth. t. BAILEY— Festus. Sc. A Drawing Room. His eyes are songs without words.
BOVEE--Summaries of Thought.
Garden. With eyes that look'd into the very soul Bright--and as black and burning as a coal. BYRON-- Don Juan, Canto IV.
St. 94. My eyes make pictures, when they are shut.
COLERIDGE-A Day-Dream. Eyes that displace The neighbor diamond, and out-face That sunshine, by their own sweet grace. y CRASHAW— Wishes. To his Supposed
Conflicts bring experience, and experience brings that growth in grace which is not to be attained by any other means. fi SPURGEON--Gleanings Among The
Sheaves. Divine Teaching. To Truth's house there is a single door, Which is Experience. He teaches best, Who feels the hearts of all men in his breast, And knows their strength or weakness
through his own. g. BAYARD TAYLOR— Temptation of Hassan
Ben Khaled. St. 3. We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear-bought experience. h. GEO. WASHINGTON -- Moral Maxims.
Approbation and Censure. Love had he found in huts where poor men
lie; His daily teachers had been woods and rills, The silence that is in the starry sky, The sleep that is among the lonely hills. i. WORDSWORTH-Feast of Brougham
Castle. Long-travell’d in the ways of men. 3. YOUNG--Night Thoughts. · Night IX.
From the looks-not the lips, is the soul re
flected. k. M’DONALD CLARKE -- The Rejected Lover.
Dark eyes--eternal soul of pride!
Deep life of all that's true!
Away o'er sea and sands!
To shine in other lands. j. LELAND--Callirhoe. I dislike an eye that twinkles like a star. Those only are beautiful which, like the planets, have a steady, lambent light,--are luminous, but not sparkling. k. LONGFELLOW-Hyperion. Bk. III.
Ch. IV. O lovely eyes of azure, Clear as the waters of a brook that run Limpid and laughing in the summer sun! I. LONGFELLOW— The Masque of
Pandora. Pt. I. The flash of his keen, black eyes Forerunning the thunder? LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden
Legend. Pt. IV. Thy deep eyes, amid the gloom, Shine like jewels in a shroud. LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden
Legend. Pt. IV.
Within her tender eye The heaven of April, with its changing light. LONGFELLOW-The Spirit of Poetry.
Line 45. The learned compute that seven hundred and seven millions of millions of vibrations have penetrated the eye before the eye can distinguish the tints of a violet. p. BULWER-LYTTON-- What Will Me Do
With It. Bk. VIII. Ch. II. Those dark eyes-so dark and so deep! 9. OWEN MEREDITH-Lucile. Pt. I.
Canto VI. St. 4.
Eyes are bold as lions, roving, running, leaping, here and there, far and near. They speak all languages. They wait for no introduction; they are no Englishmen; ask no leave of age or rank; they respect neither poverty nor riches, neither learning nor power, nor virtue, nor sex, but intrude, and come again, and go through and through you in a moment of time. What inundation of life and thought is discharged from one soul into another through them!
c. EMERSON — Conduct of Life. Behavior. Eyes so transparent, That through them one sees the soul. d. THEOPHILE GAUTIER~ To Two
Beautiful Eyes. I every where am thinking
of ihy blue eyes' sweet smile;
Over my heart the while.
Before the Ears. Thine eye was on the censer, And not the hand that bore it.
g. HOLMES-Lines by a Clerk.
The eyes of a man are of no use without the observing power.
. Paxton Hood. Blue! Tis the life of heaven,- the domain
Of Cynthia, - the wide palace of the sun,The tent of Hesperus, and all his train, The bosomer of clouds, gold, grey, and
dunBlue! "Tis the life of waters--ocean And all its vassal streams: pools number
less May rage, and foam, and fret, but never can
Subside, if not to dark-blue nativeness. Blue! gentle cousin of the forest-green, Married to green in all the sweetest flow.
ers-Forget-me-not, -the blue-bells,--and, that
queen Of secrecy, the violet: what strange powers Hast thou, as a mere shadow! But how great, When in an Eye thou art alive with fate! KEATS--Answer to a Sonnet by J. H.
Too pure and too honest in aught to disguise
Canto II. St. 3..
MILTON--L'Allegro. Line 121. Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes.
t. MILTON-11 Penseroso. "Line 40. The world's so rich in resplendent eyes, 'Twere a pity to liinit one's love to a pair.
MOORE—'Tis Sweet to Think. Violets, transform’d to eyes Inshrined a soul within their blue. MOORE- Evenings in Greece.
Second Evening. Why has not man a microscopic eye? For this plain reason, Man is not a Fly. Say what the use, were finer optics giv'n, T'inspect a mite, not comprehend the heav'n? POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. I.