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He seemed a cherub who had lost his way A truthful page is childhood's lovely face, And wandered hither, so his stay
Whereon sweet Innocence has record With us was short, and 'twas most meet
made,-. That he should be no delver in earth's clod, An outward semblance of the young heart's Nor need to pause and cleanse his feet
grace, To stand before his God:
Where truth, and love, and trust are all porO blest word --Evermore!
trayed. a. LOWELL-Threnodia.
m. SHILLABER--On a Picture of Lillie. A sweet, new blossom of Humanity,
A babe in a house is a well-spring of Fresh fallen from God's own home to flower
pleasure. on earth.
TUPPER- Of Education. b. MASSEY--Wooed and Won.
A garland, of seven lilies wrought. Ay, these young things lie safe in our
0 WORDSWORTH-The Seven Sisters. hearts just so long As their wings are in growing; and when
A simple Child, these are strong
That lightly draws its breath, They break it, and farewell! the bird flies!
And feels its life in every limb. c. OWEN MEREDITH-Lucile. Canto VI.
What should it know of death.
Pt. II. St. 29. p. WORDSWORTH - We Are Seven. As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore.
Sweet childish days, that were as long d. MULTON--Paradise Regained. Bk. IV. |
As twenty days are now.
Line 330. 9. WORDSWORTH-To A Butterfly. The childhood shows the man,
The child is father of the man. As morning shows the day.
r. WORDSWORTH — My Heart Leaps Up. e MILTON--Paradise Regained. Bk. IV.
Line 7. Line 220.
CHOICE. Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law, Pleas'd with a rattle tickled with a straw. | Be ignorance thy choice, where knowledge f. POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. II.
leads to woe. Line 275. S. BEATTIE- The Minstrel. Bk. II.
St. 30. Pointing to such, well might Cornelia say, When the rich casket shone in bright array,
He that will not when he may, ** These are my jewels!” Well of such as he,
When he will he shall have nay. When Jesus spake, well might the language
1. BURTON- Anat, of Mel. Pt. III.
Sec. 2. Mem. 5. Subs. 5. be, "Suffer these little ones to come to me!"
Life often presents us with a choice of 9. ROGERS--Human Life.
evils, rather than of goods.
u. C. C. COLTON—Lacon. Children know, Instinctive taught, the friend and foe.
The strongest principle of growth lies in h. Soort— Lady of the Lake. Canto. II. human choice. St. 14. v. GEORGE ELIOT-Daniel Deronda.
Bk. VI. Ch. XLII. I am all the daughters of my father's
God offers to every mind its choice between house, And all the brothers too.
truth and repose. in Twelfth Night-Act II. Sc. 4.
W. EMERSON-Essay. Intellect.
Give house-room to the best; 'tis never O lord! my boy, my Arthur, my fair son!
known My life, my joy, my food, my all the world! Vertue and pleasure both to dwell in one. My widow-comfort, and my sorrow's cure.
. HERRICK --Hesperides. j. King John-Act III. Sc. 4.
Rather than be less We have no such daughter, nor shall ever!
Cared not to be at all.
ļ y. MILTON-- Paradise Lost. Bk. II. see That face of her's again; therefore begone
Line 47 Without our grace, our love, our benizon. Who would not, finding way, break loose k. King Lear. Act I. Sc. 1.
Your children were vexation to your youth,
I. Richard III. Act IV. Sc. 4.
And boldly venture to whatever place | Farthest from pain?
2. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. 889.
Of two evils I have chose the least.
Who did leave his Father's throne, a. PRIOR- Imitation of Horace.
To assume thy flesh and bone ?
Had he life, or had he none ? Choose always the way that seems the best,
If he had not liv'd for thee, however rough it may be. Custom will
Thou hadst died most wretchedly; render it easy and agreeable.
And two deaths had been thy fee. b. PYTHAGORAS.
m. HERBERT — The Temple. Business. I will not choose what many men desire, One name above all glorious names Because I will not jump with common With its ten thousand tongues spirits,
The everlasting sea proclaimis, And rank me with the barbarous multitudes. Echoing angelic songs.
c. Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 9. N. KEBLE--Septuagesima Sunday. Preferment goes by letter, and affection.
All the glory and beauty of Christ are mand. Othello. Act I. Sc. 1.
ifested within, and there he delights to dwell; There's a small choice in rotten apples.
his visits there are frequent, his condescen.
sion amazing, his conversations sweet, his e. Taming of the Shrew. Act I. Sc. 1.
comforts refreshing; and the peace that lie Which of them shall I take?
brings passeth all understanding, Both ? one? or neither? Neither can be en
0. THOMAS À KEMPIS. joy'd,
God never gave man a thing to do conIf both remain alive.
cerning which it were irreverent to ponder f. King Lear. Act V. Sc. 1.
how the Son of God would have done it. Great God ? I'd rather be
p. GEORGE MacDONALD— The Marquis of A Pagan, suckled in a creed outworn;
Lossie. Ch. LIX. So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
The pilot of the Galilean lake. Have glimpses, that would make me less for
q. MILTON— Lycidas. Line 109. Torn; Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Thou, Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn. Whom soft-eyed Pity once led down from g. WORDSWORTH – Miscellaneous Sonnets.
And oh I still harder lesson, how to die !
r. BISHOP PORTEUS--Death. Line 316. h. Young-Love of Fame. Satire V.
In those holy fields Line 192.1 Over whose
| Over whose acres walk'd those blessed feet,
Which fourteen hundred years ago, were CHRIST.
nail'd Star unto star speaks light, and world to
For our advantage on the bitter cross.
s. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I, Sc. 1. world Repeats the passage of the universe
And so the Word had breath, and wrought To God; the name of Christ-the one great With human hands the creed of creeds word
In lovliness of perfect dee.is, Well worth all languages in earth or Heaven. More strong than all poetic thought; i. BAILEY--Festus. Sc. Heaven.
Which he may read that binds the sheaf, Lovely was the death Or builds the house or digs the gravo, Of Him whose life was Love! Holy, with
And those wild eyes that watch the waves power.
In roarings round the coral reef. He on the thought-benighted Skeptic beamed t. TENNYSON-- In Memoriam. Pt. XXXVI. Manifest Godhead. j. COLERIDGE- Religious Musings.
His love at once, and dread instruct our Line 29. thought;
As man he suffer'd and as God he taught. He was the Word that spake it;
u. WALLER-Of Divine Love. Line 41. He took the bread and brake it; And what that Word did make it, I do believe and take it.
CHRISTIAN. k. DONNE-Divine Poems. On the
A Christian is God Almighty's gentleman.
Sacrament. |v. J. C. and A. W. HARE-Guesses al Truth In darkness there is no choice. It is light, Look in, and see Christ's chosen saint that enables us to see the differences between In triumph wear his Christ-like chain; things; and it is Christ, that gives us light. No fear lest he should swerve or faint; J. C. and A. W. HARE--Guesses at
His life is Christ, his death is gain." Truth. ' . KEBLE-St. Luke.
Of simple understandings, little inquisi 'Twas the night before Christmas. tive, and little instructed, are made good k. CLEMENT C. MOORE – A Visit from Christians, who by reverence and obedience
St. Nicholas. implicitly believe, and are constant in their belief.
God rest ye, little children; but nothing you . MONTAIGNE Essays. Bk. I. Ch. LIV.
affright, Of Vain Subtleties. For Jesus Christ, your Saviour, was born this A sad, good Christian at her heart.
happy night; b. POPE- Moral Essays. Ep. II.
Along the hills of Galilee the white flocks Line 68.
When Christ, the Child of Nazareth, was A Christian is the highest style of man.
born on Christmas day. c. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night IV.
D. M. MULOCK - Thirty Years.
A Christmas Carol.
It is the Christmas time: The mistletoe hung in the castle hall.
And up and down 'twixt heaven and earth, The holly branch shone on the old oak wall.
In the glorious grief and solemn mirth, d. BAYLY—The Mistletoe Bough.
The shining angels climb.
m. D. M. MULOCK -- Thirty Years. We ring the bells and we raise the strain,
A Hymn for Christmas Morning. We hang up garlands everywhere And bid the tapers twinkle fair,
England was merry England, when And feast and frolic-and then we go
Old Christmas brought his sports again. Back to the same old lives again.
'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; e. SUSAN COOLIDGE- Christmas.
'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer Like circles widening round
The poor man's heart through half the year. Upon a clear blue river,
n. SCOTT-Marmion. Canto VI. Orb after orb, the wondrous sound
Introduction. Is echoed on forever: Glory to God on high, on earth be peace, At Christmas I no more desire a rose, And love towards men of love -salvation Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled and release.
shows. f. KEBLE --Christmas Day.
0. Love's Labour's Lost. Act I, Sc. 1. I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Be merry all, be merry all, Their old, familiar carols play,
With holly dress the festive hall; And wild and sweet
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball, The words repeat
To welcome merry Christmas. Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
p. W. R. SPENCER-The Joys of g. LONGFELLOW -- Flower de Luce.
Christmas Christmas Bells. Shepherds at the grange,
The time draws near the birth of Christ: Where the Babe was born,
The moon is hid; the night is still; Sang with many a change,
The Christmas bells from hill to hill Christmas carols until morn.
Answer each other in the mist. h. LONGFELLOW-By the Fireside.
9. TENNYSON-In Memoriam. Pt. XXVIII. A Christmas Carol.
With trembling fingers did we weave Ring out, ye crystal spheres,
The holly round the Christmas hearth; Once bless our human ears,
A rainy cloud possess'd the earth, (If ye have power to touch our senses so:)
And sadly fell our Christmas-eve. And let your silver chime
r. TENNYSON- In Memoriam. Pt. XXX. Move in melodious time, And let the bass of Heaven's deep organ At Christmas play, and make good cheer, blow,
For Christmas comes but once a year. And with your ninefold harmony
S. TUSSER--Five Hundred Points of Make up fullconsort to the angelic symphony.
Good Husbandry. Ch. XII. 1 MILTON- On the Morning of Christ's Nalivity. St. 13.
CHURCH, THE. This is the month, and this the happy morn, Wherein the Son of Heaven's eternal King, Where God hath a temple, the Devil will Of wedded maid, and virgin mother born, I have a chapel. Our great redemption from above did bring, t. BURTON-Anatomy of Melancholy. For so the holy sages once did sing,
Pt. III. Sc. 4. That he our deadly forfeit should release, And with his Father work us a perpetual Wherever God erects a house of prayer, peace.
The devil always builds a chapel there. MULTON- On the Morning of Christ's u. DEFOE -- The Trieborn Englishman. Nativity. St. 1. I
God never had a church but there men say,
On the lecture slate The devil a chapel hath raised by some wyles, | The circle rounded under female hands I doubted of this saw, till on a day
With flawless demonstration. I westward spied great Edinburgh's Saint
TENNYSON- The Princess. Pt. II. Gyles.
Line 359, a. DRUMMOND--- Posthumous Poems. Circles are praised, not that abound
In largeness, but th'exactly round. No sooner is a temple built to God, but the
m. WALLER--Long and Short Life. devil builds a chapel hard by. b. HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.
CIRCUMSTANCES. She (the Roman Catholic Church) may still
No man lives without jostling and being exist in undiminished rigour, when some
| jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself traveller from New Zealand shall, in the
| through the world, giving and receiving midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a
| offence. broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the
n. CARLYLE--Essays. Memoirs of the ruins of St. Paul's.
Life of Scott. c. MACAULAY-Revier of Ranke's
The objects that we have known in better History of the Popes. | days are the main props that sustain the
weight of our affections, and give us strength And storied windows richly dight,
to await our future lot. Casting a dim religious light.
WM. HAZLITT— Table Talk. On the MILTON- Il Penseroso. Line 159.
Past and Future.
Sprinkled along the waste of years No silver saints, by dying misers giv'n,
Full many a soft green isle appears : Here brib'd the rage of ill-requited heav'n:
Pause where we may upon the desert road, But such plain roofs as Piety could raise, Some shelter is in sight, some sacred safe And only vocal with the Maker's praise.
abode. e. POPE--Eloisa to Abelard. Line 137.
p. KEBLE-- The Christian Year Advent
Sunday. St. 8. Who builds a church to God, and not to
Occasions do not make a man frail, but Fame
they shew what he is.
THOMAS À KEMPIS - Imitation of
Christ. Bk. I. Ch. XVI. Line 285.
Condition, circumstance is not the thing. CIRCLES. r. POPE--Essuy on Man. Ep. IV.
Line 57 Circles and right lines limit and close all | If circumstances lead me, I will find bodies, and the mortal right-lined circle 1 Where truth is hid. must conclude and shut up all.
s. Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. g. Sir Thos. BROWNE--Hydriotaphia.
Leave frivolous circumstances.
t. Taming of the Shrew. Act V. Sc. 1. The eye is the first circle; the horizon
My circumstances which it forins is the second; and throughout Being so near the truth as I will make them, nature this primary figure is repeated with Must first induce you to believe. out end. It is the highest emblem in the u. Cymbeline. Act II. Sc. 4. cipher of the world.
What means this passionate discourse, h. EMERSON – Essays. Circles.
This peroration with such circumstance.
v. Henry VI. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 1. The small pebble stirs the peaceful lake; The circle mov'd, a circle straight succeeds,
So runs the round of life from hour to hour. Another still, and still another spreads.
W. TENNYSON- Circumstance. i. POPE-- Essay on Man. Ep. IV.
I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs; I'm up and down and round about,
A palace and a prison on each hand; Yet all the world can't find me out;
I saw from out the wave her structure rise Though hundreds have employ'd their
As from the stroke of the enchanter's wand: leisure,
A thousand years their cloudy wings expand They never yet could find my measure. Around me, and a dying Glory smiles j. JONATHAN SWIFT- On a Circle.
O'er the far times when many a subject land
Look'd to the winged Lion's marble piles, I watch'd the little circles die;
Where Venice sate in state, throned on her They past unto the level flood.
hundred isles ! k. TENNYSON-The Miller's Daughter. 1 2. BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto IV.. St. 10.1
When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall; Die down, o dismal day! * * *
And come, blue deeps ! magnificently strown a. BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto IV. With coloured clouds-large, light, and fugi
By upper winds through pompous motions At Dresden on the Elbe, that handsome city,
blown. Where straw hats, verses, and cigars are 1. DAVID GRAY--The Luggie and Other made,
Poems. In the Shadows. Sonnet XX. They've built (it well may make us feel afraid)
A music-club and music warehouse pretty. The cloudlets are lazily sailing
O'er the blue Atlantic sea.
No. 4. Even cities have their graves ! c. LONGFELLOW- Amalfi. St. 6.
See yonder little cloud, that, borne aloft
So tenderly by the wind, floats fast away What land is this? Yon pretty town
Over the snowy peaks! Is Delst, with all its wares displayed:
m. LONGFELLOW--Christus. The Golden The pride, the market-place, the crown
Legend. Pt. V. And centre of the Potter's trade. d. LONGFELLOW-Kéramos. Line 66.
The louring element
Scowls o'er the darkened landscip. Towered cities please us then,
0. MILTON--Paradise Lost. "Bk. II. And the busy hum of men.
Line 490. e. MILTON-L'Allegro. Line 117.
There does a sable cloud See the wild Waste of all-devouring years! Turn forth her silver lining on the night, How Rome her own sad Sepulchre appears, And casts a gleam over this tufted grove. With nodding arches, broken temples sprea 1! p. MILTON--Comus. Line 223. The very Tombs now vanish'd like their dead! f. POPE- Moral Essays. Ep.V. Line 1.
Clouds on clouds, in volumes driven,
Curtain round the vault of heaven. I am in Rome! Oft as the morning ray
9. Thos. LORE PEACOCK ---- Rhododaphne. Visits these eyes, waking at once I cry, Whence this excess of joy? What has be
Clouds on the western side fallen me ?
| Grow gray and grayer, hiding the warm sun. And from within a thrilling voice replies,
7. CHRISTINA G. ROSSETTI — Twilight Calm. Thou art in Rome! A thousand busy
St. 1. thoughts
We often praise the evening clouds, Rush on my mind, a thousand images;
And tints so gay and bold, And I spring up as girt to run a race!
But seldom think upon our God, g. ROGERS -- Rome.
Who tinged these clouds with gold.
8. SCOTT-The Setting Sun. CLEANLINESS.
Yon towers, whose wanton tops do buss the Cleanliness of body was ever esteemed to
clouds. proceed from a due reverence to God.
t. Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5. h. BACON-Advancement of Learning.
Bk. I. | I bring fresh showers for the thirsting
flowers, Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. “Clean
From the seas and the streams; liness is indeed next to godliness.”
I bear light shade for the leives when laid i. JOHN WESLEY. Sermon XCII.
In their noonday dreams.
From my wings are shaken the dews that
The sweet birds every one, 0 it is pleasant, with a heart at ease,
When rocked to rest on their mother's Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies,
breast, To make the shifting clouds be what you
As she dances about the sun. please,
I wield the flail of the lashing hail, Or let the easily-persuaded eyes
And whiten the green plains under, Own each quaint likeness issuing from the
And then again I dissolve it in rain, mould
And liugh as I pass in thunder. Of a friend's fancy.
U SHELLEY -- The Cloud. St. 1.
And topples round the dreary west, k. W. HAMILTON GIBSON - Pastoral Days. | A looming bastion fringed with fire.
Autumn. V. TENNYSON-In Memoriam. Pt. XV.