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Sometimes we may learn more from a In adamantine chains shall Death be bound, man's errors than from his virtues,
And Hell's grim Tyrant feel th' eternal a. LONGFELLOW--Hyperion. Bk. IV.
Ch. III. 0. POPE--Messiah. Line 47. How far your eyes may pierce, I cannot Brothers, God grant when this life be o'er, tell;
In the life to come that we meet once more! Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
p. SCHILLER- The Battle.
In time there is no present,
In eternity no past. c. Measure for Measure. Act V. Sc. 1. |
9. TENNYSON--The “ How" and “ Why." Omission to do what is necessary
St. 1. Seals a commission to a blank of danger. And can eternity belong to me, d. Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc 3.
Poor pensioner on the bounties of an hour? Purposes mistook
T. YOUNG--Night Thoughts. Night I. Fall'n on the inventor's heads.
Line 64. e Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2.
EVENING. The error of our eye directs our mind.
It is the hour when from the boughs What error leads must err.
The nightingale's high notc is heard; f. Troilus and Cressida. Act V. Sc. 2. It is the hour when lover's vows. Yon lie-under a mistake.
Seem sweet in every whispered word;
And gentle winds, and waters near, 9. SHELLEY-From Calderon.
Make music to the lonely ear. The progress of rivers to the ocean is not Each flower the dews have lightly wet, so rapid as that of man to error.
And in the sky the stars are met, h. VOLTAIRE-- APhilosophical Dictionary. And on the wave is deeper blue,
Rivers. And on the leaf a browner hue,
And in the heaven that clear obscure,
So softly dark and darkly pure, Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought. Which follows the decline of day, ADDISON-Cato. Act V. Sc. 1. As twilight melts beneath the moon away.
s. BYRON- Parasina. St. 1. 'Tis the divinity that stirs within us; "Tis heaven itself that points out an here Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, after,
Let fall the curtain, wheel the sofa round, And intimates eternity to man.
And, while the bubbling and loud hissing ADDISON--Cato. Act V. Sc. 1.
urn Eternity forbids thee to forget.
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups, k. BYRON--Lara. Canto I. St. 23.
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in. This narrow isthmus 'twixt two boundless
1. COWPER -- The Task. Bk. IV. seas,
Line 36. The past, the future, two eternities. I MOORE--Lalla Rookh. The Veiled When day is done, and clouds are low, Prophet of Khorassan.
And flowers are honey-dew,
And Hesper's lamp begins to glow The time will come when every change shall ' Along the western blue; cease,
And homeward wing the turtle-doves, This quick revolving wheel shall rest in Then comes the hour the poet loves. peace:
U. GEORGE CROLY—The Poet's llour. Xo summer then shall glow, nor winter freeze;
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, Nothing shall be to come, and nothing past, The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea, But an eternal now shall ever last.
The ploughman homeward plods his weary m. PETRARCH — The Triumph of Eternity.
Line 119. And leaves the world to darkness and to me. Those spacious regions where our fancies
V. GRAY- Elegy in a Country Churchyard.
When the moon begins her radiant race, Pain'd by the past, expecting ills to come,
Then the stars swim after her track so bright. In soms dread moment, by the fates assign'd,
W. HEINE-Book of Songs. Quite True.
Along the eastern sky,
Those purer fires on high.
KEBLE--The Christian Year. Fourth 1. PETRARCH -- The Triumph of Eternity.
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.
a. LONGFELLOW--Saint Gilgen. Ch. IV. O precious evenings! all too swiftly sped! 6. LONGFELLOW--Sonnet. On Mrs. Kem
Vle's Readings from Shakespeare.
The river is dead.
February. At shut of evening flowers. . d. MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. IX.
And maids who love the moon.
Like a good king near his end.
CHRISTINA G, ROSETTI — Twilight Calm. The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks: The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs:
the deep Moans round with many voices.
hai TENNYSON— Ulysses. Line 54.
Evil is wrought by want of Thought
n. Hood -- The Lady's Dream. St. 16. Of two evils the less is always to be chosen. 0. THOMAS A 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.
Q. PRIOR--Henry anul Emma. But then I sigh, and, with a piece of Scrip
ture, Tell them, that God bids us do good for evil.
4. Richard III. Act I. Sc. 3. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is ott interred with their bones. 8. Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 2.
The world is grown so bad That wrens make prey where eagles dare not
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. 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
example. If this be treason, make the most of it.
W. PATRICK HENRY--Speech, 1765.
I do not give you to posterity as a pattern to imitate, but as an example to deter.
2. JUNIUS -- To the Duke of Grafton.
y. LONGFELLOW--- Psalm of Life. Thieves for their robbery have authority, When judges steal themselves.
2. Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2.
by their example
EVIL. Evil events from evil causes spring. i. ARISTOPHANES.
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 by-losing 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. in. J. C. and A. W. HARE. Guesses ut
EXPECTATION. Expectation whirls me round. The imaginary relish is so sweet That at enchants my sense.
au. Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 2.
He hath, indeed, better bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.
bb. Much Ado About Nothing. Act I. Sc. 1.
Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Only so much do I know, as I have lived. Where most it promises, and oft it hits
I. EMERSON – The American Scholar. Where hope is coldest, and despair most fits.
Experience is no more transferable in a. All's Well That Ends Well. Act II.
| morals than in art.
m. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Promising is the very air o' the time;
Subjects. Education. It opens the eyes of expectation:
Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost Performance is ever the duller for his act; l of mistakes. And, but in the plainer and simpler kind of n. FROUDE --Short Studies on Great people,
Subjects. Party Polities. The deed of saying is quite out of use. Timon of Athens. Act. V. Sc. 1. We read the past by the light of the pres
ent, and the forms vary as the shadows fall,
There have sat or as the point of vision alters.
Subjects. Society in Italy in the C. Julius Cæsar. Act I, Sc. 1.
Last days of the Roman Republic.
The burnt child dreads the fire. When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks;
p. BEN JOHNSON-- The Devil is an Ass. When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand;
Act I, Sc. 2. When the sun sets, who doth not look for
Nor deem the irrevocable Past, night?
As wholly wasted, wholly vain, Untimely storms make men expect a dearth.
If, rising on its wrecks, at last d. Richard III. Act II. Sc. 3.
To something nobler we attain.
This life of ours is a wild æolian harp of Behold, we live through all things, - famine, many a joyous strain, thirst,
But under them all there runs a loud perBereavement, pain; all grief and misery,
petual wail as of souls in pain. All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
r. LONGFELLOW--Christus. The Golden On soul and body,--but we cannot die
Legend. Pt. IV. Though we be sick, and tired, and faint,
We gain and worn, --
Justice, judgment, with years, or else years Lo, all things can be borne!
are in vain. e. ELIZABETH AKERS - Endurance.
8. OWEN MEREDITH. Lucile. Pt. I.
Canto III. St. 16. Making all futures fruits of all the pasts. j. EDWIN ARNOLD— The Light of Asia.
Experience, next to thee I owe, Bk. v. Line 32. | Best guide; not following thee, I had remain'd
In ignorance; thou open'st wisdom's way, He who hath most of heart knows most of And giv'st access, though secret she retire. sorrow.
t. MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. IX. g. BAILEY-- Festus. Sc. Ilome.
Line 807. A sadder and a wiser man,
What man would be wise, let him drink of He rose the morrow morn.
the river h. COLERIDGE-- The Ancient Mariner.
That bears on its waters the record of Pt. VI. Last St.
A message to him every wave can deliver In her experience all her friends relied,
To teach him to creep till he knows how Heaven was her help and nature was her
to climb. guide.
ul. John BOYLE O'REILLY-- Rules of the 1. CRABBE- Parish Register. Pt. III.
Road. To show the world what long experience
Who heeds not experience, trust him not.
V. John BOYLE O'REILLY- Rules of the gains, Requires not courage, though it calls for
Men But at life's outset to inform mankind, Can counsel, and speak comfort to that grief Is a bold effort of a valiant mind.
Which they themselves not feel; but tasting j. CRABBE- The Borough.
Their counsel turns to passion, which before I think there are stores laid up in our Would give preceptial medicine to rage, human nature that our understandings can Fetter strong madness in a silken thread, make no complete inventory of.
Charm ache with air, and agony with words. k. GEORGE ELIOT-The Mill on the Foss. W. Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. Bk. V. Ch. I. !
My grief lies onward, and my joy behind. Expression is action; beauty is repose. a. Sonnet L.
1. J. C. and A. W. HARE--Guesses at
Truth. Unless experience be a jewel; that I have purchased at an infinite rate.
EXTREMES. b. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act II.
Extremes are vicious, and proceed from
Sc. 2. Men: Compensation is Just, and proceeds What we have we prize not to the worth,
from God. Whiles we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost,
1 m. DE LA BRUYERE--The Characters or Why then we rack the value; then we find
Manners of the Present Age.
Ch. XVI. The virtue, that possession would not show us While it was ours.
He that had never seen a river imagined Much Ado About Nothing. Act IV. the first he met with to be the sea; and the
Sc. 1. greatest things that have fallen within our
knowledge we conclude the extremes that I know
nature makes of the kind. The past, and thence I will assay to glean
1. MONTAIGNE-Essays. Bk. I. A warning for the future, so that man
Ch, XXVI. May profit by his errors, and derive Experience from his folly;
Avoid Extremes; and shun the fault of such, For, when the power of imparting joy
Who still are pleas'd too little or too much. Is equal to the will, the human soul
0. POPE -- Essay on Criticism. Line 385. Requires no other heaven.
Like to the time o' the year between the d. SHELLEY- Queen Mab. Canto III.
Of hot and cold: he was nor sad nor merry. Life may change but it may fly not;
p. Antony and Cleopatra, Act I, Sc. 1. Hope may vanish but can die not;
Not fearing death, nor shrinking for disTruth be veiled, but still it burneth;
tress, Love repulsed, -but it returneth.
But always resolute in most extremes. e. SHELLEY-- Hellas. Semi-chorus.
q. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 1. Conflicts bring experience, and experience
Where two raging fires meet together, brings that growth in grace which is not to
They do consume the thing that feeds their be attained by any other means.
fury: f. SPURGEON--Gleanings Among The Though little fire grows great with little Sheaves.' Divine Teaching.
Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all. To Truth's house there is a single door, r. Taming of the Shrew. Act II. Sc. 1. Which is Experience. He teaches best,
Who can be patient in such extremes ?
s. Henry VI. Pt. III. Act I, Sc. 1. through his own.
EYES. g. BAYARD TAYLOR— Temptation of Hassan Ben Khaled. St. 3. There are whole veins of diamonds in thine
eyes, We ought not to look back unless it is to Might furnish crowns for all the Queens of derive useful lessons from past errors and
earth. for the purpose of profiting by dear-bought | t. BAILEY— Festus. Sc. A Drawing Room. experience. h. GEO. WASHINGTON --Moral Maxims.
His eyes are songs without words.
u. BOVEE--Summaries of Thought. Approbation and Censure.
Eyes of gentianellas azure, Love had he found in huts where poor men Staring, winking at the skies. lie;
v. E. B. BROWNING--Hector in the His daily teachers had been woods and rills,
Garden. The silence that is in the starry sky, The sleep that is among the lonely hills.
With eyes that look'd into the very soul, i WORDSWORTH-Feast of Brougham
Bright-and as black and burning as a coal.
10. BYRON- Don Juan Canto IV. Long-travell’d in the ways of men.
St. 94. D. YOUNG-- Night Thoughts. · Night IX.
My eyes make pictures, when they are shut.
Line 8. X. COLERIDGE-A Day-Dream.
Eyes that displace
The neighbor diamond, and out-face From the looks -not the lips, is the soul re That sunshine, by their own sweet grace. flected.
y. CRASHAW — Wishes. To his Supposed k. M'Donald CLARKE – The Rejected Lover.
A suppressed resolve will betray itself in Dark eyes--eternal soul of pride! the eyes.
Deep life of all that's true!
Away o'er sea and sands!
Such eyes as those were never made elled gun, or can insult like hissing or kick To shine in other lands. ing; or, in its altered mood, by beams of
j. LELAND--Callirhoe. kindness, it can make the heart dance with
I dislike an eye that twinkles like a star, joy. 6. EMERSON-- Conduct of Life. Behav'or.
Those only are beautiful which, like the
planets, have a steady, lambent light,--are Eyes are bold as Jions, roving, running,
luminous, but not sparkling. leaping, here and there, far and near. |
k. LONGFELLOW-Hyperion. Bk. III. They speak all languages. They wait for no
| Ch. IV. introduction; they are no Englishmen; ask O lovely eyes of azure, no leave of age or rank; they respect neither Clear as the waters of a brook that run poverty nor riches, neither learning nor Limpid and laughing in the summer sun! power, nor virtue, nor sex, but intrude, and I. LONGFELLOW— The Masque of come again, and go through and through you
Pandora. Pt. I. in a moment of time. What inundation of The flash of his keen, black eyes life and thought is discharged from one soul Forerunning the thunder? into another through them!
m. LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden C. EMERSON- Conduct of Life. Behavior.
Legend. Pt. IV. Eyes so transparent,
Thy deep eyes, amid the gloom, That through them one sees the soul.
Shine like jewels in a shroud. d. THEOPHILE GAUTIER-To Two.
n. LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Beautiful Eyes.
Legend. Pt. IV.
Within her tender eye I every where am thinking
The heaven of April, with its changing light. of thy blue eyes' sweet smile; A sea of blue thoughts is spreading
0. LONGFELLOW-The Spirit of Poetry. Over my heart the while.
Line 45. e. HEINE- New Spring. Pt. XVIII.
The learned compute that seven hundred St. 2. and seven millions of millions of vibrations
have penetrated the eye before the eye can We credit most our sight, one eye doth please
distinguish the tints of a violet. Our trust farre more than ten ear-witnesses.
p. BULWER-LYTTON-- What Will He Do j. HERRICK — Hesperides. The Eyes
With It. Bk. VIII. Ch. II. Before the Ears.
Those dark eyes--so dark and so deep! Thine eye was on the censer,
9. OWEN MEREDITH-Lucile. Pt. I. And not the hand that bore it.
Canto VI. St. 4. 9. HOLMES — Lines by a Clerk.
Too pure and too honest in aught to disguise The eyes of a man are of no use without
The sweet soul shining through them. the observing power.
r. OWEN MEREDITH - Lucile. Pt. II. h. PAXTON HOOD,
Canto II. St. 3. Blue! Tis the life of heaven,- the domain
Ladies, whose bright eyes
s. Milton-- L'Allegro. Line 121. The bosomer of clouds, gold, grey, and
Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes. dunBlue! "Tis the life of waters--ocean
t. MUTON-11 Penseroso. Line 40. And all its vassal streams: pools number The world's so rich in resplendent eyes, less
"Twere a pity to limit one's love to a pair. May rage, and foam, and fret, but never can U. MOORE—'Tis Sweet to Think. Subside, if not to dark-blue nativeness.
Violets, transform'd to eyes Blue! gentle cousin of the forest-green,
Inshrined a soul within their blue. Married to green in all the sweetest flow.
v. MOORE-Evenings in Greece. ersForget-me-not,- the blue-bells,--and, that
Why has not man a microscopic eye? Of secrecy, the violet: what strange powers For this plain reason, Man is not a Fly. Hast thou, as a mere shadow! But how great, Say what the use, were finer optics giv'n, When in an Eye thou art alive with fate! T'inspect a mite, not comprehend the heav'n? i KEATS - Answer to a Sonnet by J. H. W. POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. I. Reynolds.