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The blest to-day is as completely so,

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, As who began a thousand years ago.

But to be young was very Heaven ! a. Pope-Essay on Man. Ep. I. Line 75. m. WORDSWORTH The Prelude. Bk. XI. God bless the King! God bless the faith's

BLUSHES. defender! God bless-No harm in blessing the Pre

Blushed like the waves of hell. tender,

N. BYRON - The Devil's Drive, St. 5. Who that Pretender is, and who that

Pure friendship's well-feigned blush.
King-
God bless us all !- Is quite another thing.

0. BYRON--Stanzas to Her who can Best b. Scott-Redgauntlet. Ch. VII.

Understand Them. St. 12. Jove bless thee, master parson.

'Tis not on youth's smooth cheek the blush

alone which fades so fast, c. Twelfth Night. Act IV. Sc. 2.

But the tender bloom of heart is gone, ere The benediction of these covering heavens

youth itself be past. Fall on their heads like dew.

p. BYRON--Slanzas for Music. d. Cymbeline. Act V. Sc. 5.

A blush is no language: only a dubious Like birds, whose beauties languish half con- / flag-signal which may mean either of two cealed,

contradictories. Till, mounted on the wing, their glossy

q. GEORGE ELIOT--Daniel Deronda. plumes

Bk. V. Ch. XXXV. Expanded, shine with azure, green and gold; How blessings brighten as they take their

Such a blush flight.

In the midst of brown was born, . YOUNGNight Thoughts. Night II.

Like red poppies grown with corn.
Line 599.

1. HOOD--Ruth.

Mantling on the maiden's cheek
BLINDNESS.

Young roses kindled into thought.
O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon, S. MOORE-Evenings in Greece.
Irrevocably dark! total eclipse,

Evening II. Song. Without one hope of day.

And bid the cheek be ready with a blush f. Multon--Samson Agonistes. Line 80.

Modest as morning when she coldly eyes He that is stricken blind, cannot forget The youthful Phæbus. The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.

t. Troilus und Cressida. Act I. Sc. 3. g. Romeo and Juliet. Act I. Sc. 1.

Come, quench your blushez; and present And when a damp

yourself Fell round the path of Milton, in his hand That which you are, mistress o'the feast. The thing became a trumpet, whence he u. A Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 3.

blew Soul-animating strains--alas, too few!

I have mark'd h. WORDSWORTH-Scorn not the Sonnet;

A thonsand blushing apparitions start
Critic, you have Frowned.

Into her face; a thousand innocent shames,

In angel whiteness bear away those blushes. BLISS. v. Much Ado About Nothing. Act. IV.

Sc. 1. Vain, very vain, my weary search to find That bliss which only centres in the mind.

I have no one to blush with me, 1. GOLDSMITH-The Traveller.

To cross their arms and hang their heads with

Line 423. mine. The hues of bliss more brightly glow,

w. The Rape of Lucrece. Line 792. Chastis'd by sabler tints of woe.

I will go wash; j. GRAY-Ode on the Pleasure arising And when my face is fair, you shall perfrom Vicissitude. Line 45.

ceive

Whether I blush or no. But such a sacred and home-felt delight,

2. Coriolanus. Act I, Sc. 9. Such sober certainty of waking bliss, I never heard till now.

Prolixious blushes that banish what they k. MILTON—Comus. Line 262.

sue for. I know I am-that simplest bliss

Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 4. The millions of my brothers miss.

Two red fires in both their faces blazed; I know the fortune to be born,

She thought he blush'd, * * * Even to the meanest wretch they scorn. And blushing with him, wistly on him I. BAYARD TAYLOR-Prince Denkalion.

gazed. Act IV. | 2. The Rape of Lucrece. Line 1354.

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Yet will she blush, here be it said,

Some books are to be tasted, others to be To hear her secrets so betrayed.

swallowed, and some few to be chewed and a. The Passionate Pilgrim. Pt. XIX. digested.

Line 53. 1. BACON- Essay. Of Studies.
How pretty,

The images of men's wits and knowledges Her blushing was, and how she blush'd remain in books, exempted from the wrong again.

of time, and capable of perpetual renovation. 6. TENNYSONThe Princess.

m. Bacon - Advancement of Learning. Pt. III. Line 83.

Bk. I. Advantages of Learning. The man that blushes, is not quite a brute.

They are true friends, that will neither c. YOUNG— Night Thoughts. Night VII.

flatter nor dissemble : be you but true to Line 496.

yourselt, applying that which they teach BOATING.

unto the party grieved, and you shall need

no other comfort nor counsel. Spread the thin oar and catch the driving n. Bacon- An Expostulation to the Lord gale.

Chief-Justice Coke. d. POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. III. Line 177.

Worthy books

Are not companions—they are solitudes: The oars were silver:

We lose ourselves in them and all our cares. Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke.

0. BAILEY— Festus. Sc. A Village Feast. e. Antony and Cleopatra. "Act II. Sc. 2.

Books are life-long friends whom we come BOOKS.

to love and know as we do our children. Books are the legacies that a great genius

p. S. L. BOARDMAN-Library Economy. leaves to mankind, which are delivered down

Books are embalmed minds. from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.

q. BOVEE-Summaries of Thought. f. ADDISON--The Spectator. No. 166.

Books. One cannot celebrate books sufficiently.

Books, books, books ! After saying his best, still something better

I found the secret of a garret-room remains to be spoken in their praise.

Piled high with cases in my father's name; 9. ALCOTT--Table-Talk. Bk. I.

Piled high, packed large, -where, creeping Learning-Books.

in and out

Among the giant fossils of my past, That is a good book which is opened with Like some small nimble mouse between the expectation and closed with profit.

ribs Ñ. ALCOTT— Table-Talk. Bk. I.

Of a mastadon, I nibbled here and there Learning-Books. | At this or that box, pulling through the gap,

In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, The books that charmed us in youth recall The first book first. And how I felt it beat the delight ever afterwards; we are hardly Under my pillow, in the morning's dark, persuaded there are any like them, any de An hour before the sun would let me read! serving equally our affections. Fortunate if | My books! the best fall in our way during this suscepti- | At last, because the time was ripe, ble and forming period of our lives.

I chanced upon the poets. i. ALCOTTTable-Talk, Bk. I.

r. E. B. BROWNING --Aurora Leigh. Learning-Books.

Bk. I. Line 830. Books are delightful when prosperity hap

We get no good pily smiles; when adversity threatens, they By being ungenerous, even to a book, are inseparable comforters. They give And calculating profits--so much help strength to human compacts, nor are grave By so much reading. It is rather when opinions brought forward without books. We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge Arts and sciences, the benefits of which no Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's promind can calculate, depend upon books.

found, RICHARD AUNGERVYLE (Richard De Impassioned for its beauty, and salt of Bury)-Philobiblon.

truth--

'Tis then we get the right good from a book. You, O Books, are the golden vessels of

S. E. B. BROWNING--Aurora Leigh. the temple, the arms of the clerical militia

Bk. I. Line 700. with which the missiles of the most wicked are destroyed; fruitful olives, vines of En Some said, “John, print it," others said, guddi, fig-trees knowing no sterility ; burn

“Not so," ing lamps to be ever held in the hand.

Some said, “It might do good,” others said,
RICHARD AUNGERVYLE (Richard De

"No."
Bury)-Philobiblon. t. BUNYAN--Apology for his Book.

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'Tis pleasant sure to see one's name in print; For out of the old fieldes, as men saithe A book 's a book, although there's nothing in't. | Cometh all of this new corne fro yere to yere, Q. BYRON-- English Bards and Scotch And out of old bookes, in good faithe,

Reviewers. Line 51. | Cometh all this new science that men lere. All that Mankind has done, thought,

i. CHAUCERThe Assembly of Foules. gained or been * * is lying as in magic pres

Lino 22. ervation in the pages of Books. They are It is saying less than the truth to affirm, the chosen possession of men.

that an excellent book (and the remark holds B. CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship. almost equally good of a Raphael as of a Mil

Lecture V. ton) is like a well.chosen and well-tended If a book come from the heart, it will con fruit tree. Its fruits are not of one season trive to reach other hearts; all art and au

only. With the due and natural intervals, thorcraft are of small amount to that.

we may recur to it year after year, and it C. CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship.

will supply the same nourishment and the Lecture II.

same gratification, if only we ourselves return

to it with the same healthful appetite. If time is precious, no book that will not

j. COLERIDGE-Literary Remains. improve by repeated readings deserves to be

Prospectus of Lectures. read at all.

Books should, not business, entertain the d. CARLYLE- Essays. Goethe's Helena.

light, In the poorest cottage are Books: is one And sleep, as undisturb'd as death, the night. Book, wherein for several thousands of years k. COWLEY-Of Myself. the spirit of man has found light, and nour. Books cannot always please; however good; ishment, and an interpreting response to Minds are not ever craving for their food. whatever is Deepest in him.

I. CRABBE- The Bourough. Letter XXIV. €. CARLYLE-Essays. Corn-Law Rhymes.

Schools. God be thanked for books. They are the

The monument of vanished mindes, voices of the distant and the dead, and make

m. Sir WM. DAVENANT— Gondibert. us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.

Bk. II. Canto V. Books are the true levellers. They give to Remember, we know well only the great all, who will faithfully use them, the society, nations whose books we possess; of the others the spiritual presence of the best and great we know nothing, or but little. est of our race. No matter how poor I am, N. DAWSON - Address on opening the no matter though the prosperous of my own

Birmingham Free Library. time will not enter my obscure dwelling. If

Oct. 26, 1866. the sacred writers will enter and take up Books should to one of these four ends contheir abode under my roof, if Milton will

duce, cross my threshold to sing to me of Paradise, For wisdom, piety, delight, or use. and Shakespeare, to open to me the worlds of

0. Sir John DENHAM- Of Prudence. imagination and the workings of the human heart, and Franklin to enrich me with his

Golden volumes! richest treasures, practical wisdom, I shall not pine fur want

Object of delicious pleasures! of intellectual companionship, and I may

You my eyes rejoicing please, become a cultivated man though excluded

You my hands in rapture seize! from wbat is called the best society, in the

Brilliant wits and musing sages, place where I live.

Lights who beam'd through many ages! f. CHANNING-On Self-Culture.

Left to your conscious leaves their story,

And dared to trust you with their glory; It is chiefly through books that we enjoy in. And now their hope of fame achiev'd, tercourse with superior minds, and these in Dear volumes! you have not deceived! valuable means of communication are in the p. Isaac DISRAELI -- Curiosities of reach of all. In the best books, great men

Literature. Libraries. talk to us, give us their most precious Great collections of books are subject to thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.

certain accidents besides the damp, the g. CHANNING-On Self-Culture.

worms, and the rats; one not less common is And as for me, though than I konne but lyte,

that of the borrowers, not to say a word of the On bokes for to rede I me delyte,

purloiners. And to hem yeve I feyth and ful credence, g. Isaac DISRAELI- Curiosities of And in myn herte have hem in reverence

Literature. The Bibliomania. So hertely, that ther is game noon,

Living more with books than with men, That fro my bokes maketh me to goon, which is often becoming better acquainted But yt be seldome on the holy day,

with man himself, though not always with Save, certeynly, whan that the monthe of May | men, the man of letters is more tolerant of Is comen, and that I here the foules synge, opinions than opinionists are among themAnd that the floures gynnen for to sprynge,

selves. Farwel my boke, and my devocion,

r. Isaac DISRAELI --Literary Character h. CHAUCER-Legende of Goode Women.

of Men of Genius. Ch. XXI. Prologue. Line 29.

Living with Books.

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Books are the best things, well used; I have even gained the most profit, and the abused, among the worst.

most pleasure also, from the books which a. EMERSON-- The American Scholar. have made me think the most: and, when

the difficulties have once been overcome, In every man's memory, with the hours these are the books which have struck the when life culminated are usually associated deepest root, not only in my memory and certain books which met his views.

understanding, but likewise in my affections. b. EMERSON--Letters and Social Aims. 1. J. C. and A. W. HARE-Guesses at Truth. Quotation and Originality.

Starres are poore books, and oftentimes do There are many virtues in books--but the

misse; essential value is the adding of knowledge to

This book of starres lights to eternal blisse. our stock, by the record of new facts, and,

m. HERBERT-- The Temple. The Holy better, by the record of intuitions, which dis

Scriptures. tribute facts, and are the formulas which

Thou art a plant sprung up to wither never, supersede all histories.

But, like a laurell, to grow green for ever. c. EMERSON--Letters and Social Aims.

Persian Poetry.

n. HERRICK — Hesperides. To His Bookce. We prize books, and they prize them most

The foolishest book is a kind of leaky boat who are themselves wise.

on a sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will

get in anyhow. d. EMERSON--Letters and Social Aims. Quotation and Originality. 0. HOLMESThe Poet at the Breakfast

Table. Ch. XI. Learning hath gained most by those books | Medicine for the soul. by which the printers have lost.

p. Inscription over the door of the Library e. FULLERThe Holy and the Profane

at Thebes. Diodorus Simlus. 1. Stale. Of Books.

Books have always a secret influence on Some books are only cursorily to be tasted the understanding; we cannot at pleasure

obliterate ideas: he that reads books of scif. FULLER— The Holy and the Profane ence, though without any desire of improve

State. Of Books. ment, will grow more knowing; he that

entertains himself with moral or religious A taste for books, which is still the pleas

treatises, will imperceptibly advance in ure and glory of my life.

goodness; the ideas which are often offered g. GIBBON- Letter to Lord Sheffield. to the mind, will at last find a lucky moment

when it is disposed to receive them. Books are necessary to correct the vices of q. SAM'L JOHNSON--The Adventurer. the polite; but those vices are ever changing,

No. 137. and the antidote should be changed accordingly--should still be new.

Pray thee, take care, that tak’st my book in h. GOLDSMITH-The Citizen of the World.

hand,
Letter LXXV. To read it well; that is to understand.

r. BEN. JONSON--Epigram 1. I armed her against the censures of the world, showed her that books were sweet When I would know thee * * * * my upreproaching companions to the miserable,

thought looks and that if they could not bring us to enjoy

Upon thy well-made choice of friends and life, they would at least teach us to endure it.

books; i GOLDSMITH— Vicar of Wakefield. Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends

Ch. XXII. In making thy friends books, and thy books

friends. In proportion as society refines, new books S. BEN JONSON-- Epigram 86. must ever become more necessary. j. GOLDSMITHThe Citizen of the World. | Books which are no books.

Letter LXXV. t. LAMB-- Detached Thoughts on Books Of every wisdom the parfit

and Reading. The highe god of his spirit

I love to lose myself in other men's minds. Yaf to men in erthe here

When I am not walking, I am reading; Upon the forme and the matere

I cannot sit and think. Books think tor me. Of that he wolde make hem wise.

U. LAMB - Detached Thoughts on Books And thus cam in the first apprise

and Reading. Of bokes and of alle good Through hem, that whilom understood

A book is a friend whose face is constantly The lore, which to bem was yive,

changing. If you read it when you are reWherof these other, that now live,

covering from an illness, and return to it Ben every day to lerne new.

years after, it is changed surely, with the k. John GOWER— Confessio Amantis. change in yourself.

Bk. IV. v. ANDREW LANGThe Library. Ch. I.

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As companions and acquaintances books Gentlemen use books as Gentlewomen hanare without rivals; and they are companions dle their flowers, who in the morning stick and acquaintances to be had at all times and them in their heads, and at night strawe them under all circumstances. They are never at their heeles. out when you knock at the door; are never g. LYLY-Euphues. To the Gentlemen "not at home” when you call. In the

Readers. lightest as well as in the deepest moods they may be applied to, and will never be found All books grow homilies by time; they are wanting. In the good sense of the phrase, Temples, at once, and Landmarks. they are all things to all men, and are faith I h. BULWER-LYTTON- The Soul of Books. ful alike to all.

Pt. IV. Line 1. a. LANGFORDThe Praise of Books. Preliminary Essay.

Hark, the world so loud,

And they, the movers of the world, so still! As friends and companions, as teachers

BULWER-LYTTON—The Soul of Books. and consolers, as recreators and amusers

Pt. III. Line 14. books are always with us, and always ready to respond to our wants. We can take them

In you are sent with us in our wanderings, or gather them

The types of Truths whose life is THE TO around us at our firesides. In the lonely

COME; wilderness, and the crowded city, their In you soars up the Adam from the fall; spirit will be with us, giving a meaning to

In you the FUTURE as the Past is giventhe seemingly confused movements of Ev'n in our death ye bid us hail our birth; humanity, and peopling the desert with their

Unfold these pages, and behold the Heaven, own bright creations.

Without one grave-stone left upon the b. LANGFORD--The Praise of Books.

Earth?
Preliminary Essay. j. BULWER-LYTTONThe Soul of Books

St. 5. A wise man will select his books, for he would not wish to class them all under the Laws die, Books never. sacred name of friends. Some can be ac k. BULWER-LYTTON-Richelieu. Act I cepted only as acquaintances. The best

Sc. 2. books of all kinds are taken to the heart, and cherished as his most precious possessions. There is no Past, so long as Books shall live! Others to be chatted with for a time, to spend 1. BULWER-LYTTON—The Soul of Books. a few pleasant hours with, and laid aside,

St. 4. but not forgotten. C. LANGFORD--The Praise of Books.

The Wise Preliminary Essay. | (Minstrel and Sage,) out of their books are

clay; Books are also among man's truest conso But in their books, as from their graves they lers. In the hour of affliction, trouble, or

rise. sorrow, he can turn to them with confidence Angels-that, side by side, upon one way, and trust.

Walk with and warn us! d. LANGFORD - The Praise of Books.

M. BULWER-LYTTON— The Soul of Books. Preliminary Essay.

Pt. III. Line 9. Books are friends, and what friends they

We call some books immortal! Do they live? are! Their love is deep and unchanging;

If so, believe me, TIME hath made them pure. their patience inexhaustible; their gentle

In Books, the veriest wicked rest in peace. ness perennial; their forbearance unbounded; n. BULWER-LYTTONThe Soul of Books. and their sympathy without selfishness.

St. 3. Strong as man, and tender as woman, they welcome you in every mood, and never turn As you grow ready for it, somewhere or from you in distress.

other you will find what is needtul for you e. LANGFORD--The Praise of Books. in a book.

Preliminary Essay.
0. GEORGE MACDONALD--The Marquis of

Lossie. Ch. XLII. Books are friends which every man may call his own. # # # # The friendship A good book is the precious lifeblood of a of books never dies; it grows by use, increases

masterspirit, embalmed and treasured up on by distribution, and possesses an immortality of perpetual youth. It is the friendship, I p. MILTON- Areopagitica. not of -i dead things" but of ever-living souls; and books are friends who, under no

As good almost kill a man as a good book; circumstances, are ever applied to in vain. who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, They can be relied on, whoever else, or what God's image; but he who destroys a good ever else may fail.

book kills reason itself, kills the image of f. LANGFORD— The Praise of Books. God, as it were in the eye.

Preliminary Essay. | 9. MILTON-- Areopagitica.

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