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Better trust all and be deceived,

Now being lifted into high society, And weep that trust and that deceiving, And having pick'd up several odds and Than doubt one heart which, if believed

onds Had blessed one's life with true believing. Of free thoughts in his travels for variety, FRANCES ANNE KEMBLE--Faith.

He deemd, being in a lone isle, among

friends, O holy trust! ( endless sense of rest!

That without any danger of a riot, he Like the beloved John

Might for long lying make himself amends; To lay his head upon the Saviour's breast,

And singing as he sung in his warm youth, And thus to journey on!

Agree to a short armistice with truth. b. LONGFELLOW -- Hymn.

BYRON- Don Juan. Canto III.

St. 83. To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.

No words suffice the secret soul to show, GEORGE MACDONALD-The Marquis of For truth denies all eloquence to woe. Lossie. Ch. IV.

BYRON -- The Corsair Canto III. "Eyes to the blind”

St. 22. Thou art, O God! Earth I no longer see, Yet trustfully my spirit looks to thee.

'Tis strange-but true; for truth is always d. ALICE BRADLEY NEAL--Blind. Pt. II.


Stranger than fiction. You may trust him in the dark.

BYRON-Don Juan. Canto XIV. Roman Proverb Cited by Cicero.

St. 101. I will believe

A man protesting against error is on the Thou wilt not utter what thou dost not know; way towards uniting himself with all men And so far will I trust thee.

that believe in truth.

1. f. llenry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 3.

CARLYLE--Ileroes and Hero Worship.

Lecture IV. My life upon her faith. 9. Othello. Act I. Sc. 3.

Truth is the hiest thing that man may

kepe. My man's as true as steel.

CHAUCER— Canterbury Tales. The h. Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 4,

Frankeleine's Tale, Line 11789. To thee I do commend my watchful soul, When fiction rises pleasing to the eye, Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes; Men will believe, because they love the lie; Sleeping, and waking, O, defend me still!

But truth herself, if clouded with a frown, i. Richard 111. Act V. Sc. 3.

Must have some solemn proof to pass her

down. TRUTH.

CHURCHILL— Epistle to Hogarth.

Line 291. The deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to

O Truth is easy, and the light shines clear be written.

In hearts kept open, honest and sincere ! j. ALCOTT- Concord Days. June. Goethe.

ABRAHAM COLES— The Evangel. Truth is sensitive and jealous of the least

P. 183. encroachment upon its sacredness. k. ALCOTT-- Table-Talk. Implication.

The power to bind and loose to Truth is

given: No pleasure is comparable to the standing The mouth that speaks it, is the mouth of

Heaven. upon the vantage-ground of truth. 1. BACON- Essays. Of Truth.

The power, which in a sense belongs to none,

Thus understood belongs to every one. How sweet the words of truth, breathed from the lips of love?

It owes its high prerogatives to none. BEATTIE— The Minstrel. Bk. II. It shines for all, as shines the blessed sun;

St. 52. It shines in all, who do not shut it out Speak truly, shame the devil.

By dungeon doors of unbelief and doubt..

To shine, it does not ask, O far from it,
Without Money. Act IV. Sc. 4.

For hierarchal privilege and permit.

Rabbi and priest may be chained down to Truth, like the sun, submits to be ob

lies, scured, but, like the sun, only for a time And babes and sucklings winged to mount 0. BOVEE-Summaries of Thought. Truth.

the skies.

ABRAHAM COLES - The Evangel. Truth crushed to earth shall rise again:

P. 181. The eternal years of God are hers; But Error, wounded, writhes in pain,

Truth in the end shall shine divinely clear, And dies among his worshippers.

But sad the darkness till those times appear. p. BRYANT--The Battle Field.

y. CRABBE -- The Borouyh. Letter IV.


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But truths on which depends our main con

cern, That 'tis our shame and misery not to learn, Shine by the side of every path we tread With such a lustre, he that runs may read.

COWPER- Tirocinium. Line 77. But what is truth? 'Twas Pilate's question

put To Truth itself, that deign'd him no reply. b. COWPER— The Task. Bk. III.

Line 270. He is the free-man whom the truth makes

free, And all are slaves besides.

COWPER-- The Task. Bk. V. Line 133. Truth is unwelcome, however divine.

d. COWPER-- The Flatting Mill. St. 6. Go forth and preach, impostures, to the

world, But give them truth to build upon. DANTE-- Vision of Paradise.

Canto XXIX. Line 116. Truth has such a face and such a mien, As to be lov'd needs only to be seen. f. DRYDEN- The Hind and the Panther.

Pt. I. Line 33.


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Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.

g. GEORGE ELIOT-Armgart. Sc. 2.

The nobler the truth or sentiment, the less imports the question of authorship. h. EMERSON – Letters and Social Aims.

Quotation and Originality. Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.

EMERSON- Essay. Of Character. Truth only smells sweet forever, and illusions, however innocent, are deadly as the canker worm. j. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great

Subjects. Culvinism. Lest men suspect your tale untrue, Keep probability in view. k. Gay-The Painter who Pleased

Nobody and Everybody. Truth from his lips prevail'd with double

sway, And fools, who came to scoff, remain'd to

pray. 1. GOLDSMITH -- The Deserted Village.

Line 179.

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; it will be round and full at evening. HOLMES-- The Professor at the

Breakfast Table. Ch. F. The best way to come to truth being to examine things as really they are, and not to conclude they are, as we fancy of ourselves, or have been taught by others to imagine. P. LOCKE- Human Understanding.

Bk. II. Ch. XII. To love truth for truth's sake, is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues. 9. LOCKĖLetter to Anthony Collins, Esq.

I have already The bitter taste of death upon my lips; I feel the pressure of the heavy weight That will crush out my life within this hour; But if a word could save me, and that word Were not the Truth; nay, if it did but swerve A hair's-breadth from the Truth, I would not LONGFELLOW-Christus. Pt. III.

Giles Corey. Act V. Se. 2. When by night the frogs are croaking, kindle

but a torches fireHa! how soon they all are silent! Thus truth

silences the liar.
LONGFELLOW— Poetic Aphorisms.

Got but the truth once uttered, and 'tis like
A star new-born that drops into its place,
And which, once circling in its placid round,
Not all the tumult of the earth can shake.
t. LOWELL, A Glance Behind the Curtain.

Line 173 Put golden padlocks on Truth's lips, be cal

lous as ye will, From soul to soul, o'er all the world, leaps

one electric thrill.
LOWELL- On the Capture of Certain

Fugitive Slaves near Washington. Truth forever on the scaffold. Wrong forever

on the throne. V. LOWELL-The Present Crisis. Arm thyself for the truth. BULWER-LYTTON The Lady of Lyons.

Act V. Sc. 1. Truth makes on the ocean of nature no one track of light--every eye looking on finds its BULWER-LYTTON --- Caxloniana.

Essay XIV. There is no veil like light-no adamantine armor against hurt like the truth. y. GEORGE MacDonald-- The Marquis of

Lossie. Ch. LXXI. Truth, when not sought after, sometimes

comes to light.

MENANDER-- Er Verberatâ. P. 160.

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Not a truth has to art or to science been

given, But brows have ached for it, and souls toil'd

and striven; And many bave striven, and many have

fail'd, And many died, slain by the truth they


Canto VI, St. 1.
Even them who kept.thy truth so pure of

old, When all our fathers worshipped stocks and

Forget not.
b. MILTON-Sonnet. Massacre in

That golden key
That opes the palace of eternity.

MILTON- Comus. Line 13.



I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I have a cause, and smile at no man's jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no man's leisure; sleep when I am drowsy, and tend on no man's business; laugh when I am merry, and claw no man in his humour.

Much Ado About Nothing. Act I, Sc. 3. If circumstances lead me, I will find Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed Within the centre.

Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. Mark now, how plain a tale shall put you down.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 4. Methinks, the truth should live from age to

age, As 'twere retail'd to all posterity, Even to the general all-ending day, p.

Richard III. Act III. Sc. 1.

Tell’truth, and shame the devil. If thou have power to raise him, bring him

hither. And I'll be sworn, I have power to shame him

hence, 0, while you live, tell truth: and shame the

devil. 9. llenry IV, Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 1.

That truth should be silent, I had almost forgot.

Antony and Cleopatra. Act II. Sc. 2.


Truth indeed came once into the world with her divine Master, and was a perfect shape most glorious to look on.

d. MILTON--Areopagitica.

Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam. MILTON--The Doctrine and Discipline

of Divorce. Point thy tongue on the anvil of truth.

PINDAR. Truth is the source of every good to gods and men. He who expects to be blessed and fortunate in this world should be a partaker of it from the earliest moment of his life, that he may live as long as possible a person of truth for such a man is trustworthy,

g. PLATO-Seg. V. 3.

They breathe truth, that breathe their words in pain.

S. Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1.

'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth; But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true. t. All's Well Thut Ends Well, Act IV.

Sc. 2.

A face untaught to feign; a judging Eye, That darts severe upon a rising Lie.

h. POPE--Epistle to James Craggs.

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Farewell then Verse, and Love, and ev'ry Toy,
The Rhymes and Rattles of the Man or Boy;
What right, what true, what fit we justly call,
Let this be all my care-for this is All.
in POPE-First Book of Horace. Ep. I.

Line 17.
Plain truth, needs no flow'rs of speech.
POPE-First Book of Horace. Ep. VI.

Line 3. Since truthfulness, as a conscious virtue and sacrifice, is the blossom, nay, the pollen, of the whole moral growth, it can only grow with its growth, and open when it has reached its height. k. JEAN PAUL RICHTER-- Levana. Sixth

Fragment. Ch. II.

But 'tis strange: And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths; Win us with honest trifles, to betray us In deepest conseqnence.

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Sweet shadows of twilight! how calm their

repose, While the dew drops fall soft in the breast of

the rose! How blest to the toiler his hour of release When the vesper is heard with its whisper of

peace! p. HOLMES--Songs of Many Seasons. Our

Banker. St. 12.

The lengthening shadows wait The first pale stars of twilight. 9. HOLMES—Songs of Many Seasons.

Even-Song. S. 6.


The sunbeams dropped Their gold, and, passing in porch and niche, Softened to shadows, silvery, pale, and dim, As if the very Day paused and grew Eve. g. EDWIN ARNOLD-Light of Asia. Bk. II.

Line 466.

Fair Venus shines Even in the eve of day; with sweetest beam Propitious shines, and shapes a trembling

flood Of softened radiance from her dewey locks. h. ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD-A Summer

Evening's Meditation.
See where the falling day

In silence steals away
Behind the western hills withdrawn:
Her fires are quenched, her beauty fled,
While blushes all her face o'erspread,
As conscious she had ill fulfilled

The promise of the dawn.

Parting day Dies like the dolphin, whom each pang im

bues With a new colour as it gasps away, The last still loveliest, till —-'tis gone--and j. BYRON_Childe Ilarola. Canto IV.

St. 29.

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The sun is set; and in his latest beams
Yon little cloud of ashen gray and gold,
Slowly upon the amber air unrolled,
The falling inantle of the Prophet seems.
1. LONGFELLOW— A Summer Day by the

Sea. The twilight is sad and cloudy,

The wind blows wild and free, And like the wings of sea-birds Flash the white caps of the sea.

LONGFELLOW— Twilight. From that high mount of God whence light

and shade Spring both, the face of brightest Heaven

had changed To grateful twilight. MILTOX --Paradise Lost. Bk. V.

Line 643.

'Twas twilight, and the sunless day went

down Over the waste of waters; like a veil, Which, if withdrawn, would but disclose the

frown Of one whose hate is mask'd but to assail.

K. BYRON - Don Juan. Canto II. St. 49. How lovely are the portals of the night, When stars come out to watch the daylight

die. 1. THOMAS COLE- Tucilight.


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Now the soft hour Of walking comes, for him who lonely loves To seek the distant hills, and there converse With nature; there to harmonize his heart, And in pathetic song to breathe around The harmony to others. p. THOMSON— The Seasons. Summer.

Line 1378.


o Twilight! Spirit that does render birth To dim enchantments, melting heaven with

earth, Leaving on craggy hills and running streams A softness like atmosphere of dreams. Mrs. NORTON -- Picture of Twilight.

Th' approach of night, The skies yet blushing with departing light, When falling dews with spangles deck'd the

glade, And the low sun has lengthen'd ev'ry shade.

f. POPE-Autumn. "Line 98. Gloom upon the mountain lies, – Dask in the gorges darkens low. 9. MARGARET J. PRESTON--Old Songs and

New. Nineteen.

TYRANNY. A king ruleth as he ought, a tyrant as he lists, a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few. 9. ARISTOTLE.

The tyrant now Trusts not to men: nightly within his cham.

ber The watch-dog guards his couch, the only

friend He now dare trust.


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