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A cloud lay cradled near the setting sun;
A gleam of crimson tinged its braided snow;
Tranquil its spirit seemed and floated slow;
Even in its very motion there was rest ;
While every breath of eve that chanced to

blow Wafted the traveller to the beauteous West.

JOHN WILSON— Isle of Palms and

Other Poems. The Evening Cloud.

When fate has allowed to any man more than one great gift, accident or necessity seems usually to contrive that one shall encumber and impede the other. k. SWINBURNE-- Essays and Studies. The Poems of DANTE, GABRIEL

ROSSETTI Not a moth with vain desire Is shrivel'd in a fruitless fire, Or but subserves another's gain.

1. TENNYSON- In Memoriam. Pt. LIII.


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To liken them to your auld-warld squad,
I must needs say comparisons are odd.

b. BURNS- Brigs of Ayr. Lide 177.
Comparisons are odious.
BURTON- Anatomy of Melancholy.

Pt. III. Sec. 3.

Elegy 8. Line 54.
GEORGE HERBERT- Jacula Prudentum.
HEYWOOD--A Woman Killed With

Kindness. Act I, Sc. 1. Comparisons are offensive. d. CERVANTES Don Quixote. Pt. II.

Ch. I. O God, show compassion on the wicked, The virtuous have already been blessed by

Thee in being virtuous.

Prayer of a Persian Dervish. Comparisons are odorous. fi Much Ado About Nothing. Act III.

Sc. 5.


COMPLIMENTS. Though all compliments are lies, yet because they are known to be such, nobody depends on them, so there is no hurt in them; you return them in the same manner you receive them ; yet it is best to make as few as one can.

m. LADY GETHIN. A compliment is usually accompanied with a bow, as if to beg pardon for paying it. J. C. and A. W. HARE-Guesses at Truth.

What honour that,
But tedious waste of time, to sit and hear
So many hollow compliments.
MILTON - Paradise Regained.

Bk. IV. Line 122

'Twas never merry world Since lowly feigning was call'd compliment. P. Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1.

Current among men Like coin, the tinsel clink of compliment. 9 TENNYSON - The Princess, Pt. II.

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What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
Or is the adder better than the eel,
Because his painted skin contents the eye?

9 Taming of the Shrew. Act IV. Sc. 3.

CONFESSION. Confess thee freely of thy sin; For to deny each article with oath Cannot remove, or choke, the strong concep

tion That I do groan withal.

Othello. Act V. Sc. 2.

Confess yourself to heaven; Repent what's past; avoid what is to come.

S, Ilamlet. Act III. Sc. 4.

I own the soft impeachment.

t. SHERIDAN- The Rivals. Act V. Sc. 3.

What we gave, we have:
What we spent, we had:
What we left, we lost,

h. Epitaph of Elward, Earl of Devon.
O weary hearts! O slumbering eyes!
O drooping souls, whose destinies

Are fraught with fear and pain,
Ye shall be loved again.

i. LONGFELLOW Endymion. St. 7. Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us;

The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in, The priest hath his fee who comes and

shrives us, We bargain for the graves we lie in; At the devil's booth are all things sold, Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold;

For a cap and bells our lives we pay, Bubbles we buy with a whole soul's tasking:

'Tis heaven alone that is given away, 'Tis only God may be had for the asking, No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer. j. LOWELL--The Vision of Sir Luunfal.

Prelude to Pt. I. |

CONCEIT. I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them. GEORGE ELIOT-The Mill on the Floss.

Bk. V. Ch. VI. When self-esteem expresses itself in contempt of another, be it the meanest, it must be repellant. A flippant, frivolous man may ridicule others, may controvert them, scorn them; but he who has any respect for himself seems to have renounced the right of thinking meanly of others.

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In men this blunder still you find,

Be as just and gracious unto me,
All think their little set mankind.

As I am confident and kind to thee.
HANNAH MORE-Florio. Pt. I.


Titus Andronicus. Act I. Sc. 1. We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow; I renounce all confidence. Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so. 9. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 2. b. POPE-Essay on Criticism. Line 438.

I would have some confidence with you If she undervalue me,

that decerns you nearly. What care I how fair she be.

Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sir WALTER RALEIGH--Oldy's Life of


Trust not him that hath once broken faith. Conceit may puff a man up, but never

Henry VI. Pt. III. Act IV. Sc. 4. prop him up. d. RUSKIN -- True and Beautiful. Morals

Your wisdom is consum'd in confidence and Religion. Functions of the Artist.

Do not go forth to-day.

t. Julius Caesar. Act II. Sc. 2. Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4.


A good conscience is to the soul what I am not in the roll of common men.

health is to the body: it preserves a constant f. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 1.

ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions

which can possibly befal us. I know nothCONFIDENCE.

ing so hard for a generous mind to get over He who does not respect confidence, will

as calumny and reproach, and cannot find

any method of quieting the soul under them, never find happiness in his path. The belief

besides this single one, of our being conin virtue vanishes from his heart, the source

scious to ourselves that we do not deserve of nobler actions becomes extinct in him.

them. g. AUFFENBERG.

ADDISON--The Guardian. No. 135. He who has lost confidence can lose nothing Why should not conscience have vacation more.

As well as other courts o'th'nation? h. BOISTE.

Have equal power to adjourn,
Confidence is a plant of slow growth.

Appoint appearance and return?

BUTLER --Hudibrus. Pt. II.

Canto II. Line 317, January 14, 1766. Confidence is that feeling by which the

But quiet to quick bosoms is a hell, mind embarks in great and honourable

And there hath been thy bane.

BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto III. courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.

St. 42. ). CICERO- Rhetorical Invention.

Nor ear can hear, nor tongue can tell Self-trust is the essence of heroism.

The tortures of that inward hell ! k. EMERSON--Essay. On Heroism.

BYRON— The Giaour. Line 748. The hearing ear is always found close to

There is no future pang, the speaking tongue; and no genius can long Can deal that justice on the self condemn'd or often utter anything which is not invited

He deals on his own soul. and gladly entertained by men around him.

BYRON— Manfred. Act III. Sc. 1. 1

y. EMERSON ---Race.

Yet still there whispers the small voice within, Trust men, and they will be true to you;

Heard through Gain's silence, and o'er treat them greatly, and they will show them

Glory's din; selves great.

Whatever creed be taught or land be trod, EMERSON – Essay. On Prudence.

Man's conscience is the oracle of God. In tracing the shade, I shall find out the sun.

BYRON- The Island. Canto I. St. 6. Trust to me!

The great theatre for virtue is conscience. n. OWEN MEREDITH-Lucile. Pt. II.

Canto VI. St. 15.

The still small voice is wanted.
Though Wisdom wake, Suspicion sleeps

COWPER— The Task. Bk. V. At Wisdom's gate, and to Simplicity

Line 685 Resigns her charge, while Goodness thinks no ill

Conscience is harder than our enemies, Where no ill seems.

Knows more, accuses with more nicety. MOLTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. III.

GEORGE ELIOT—Spanish Gypsy. Line 686.

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What Conscience dictates to be done,

Or warns me not to do,
This, teach me more than Hell to shun,
That, more than Heav'n pursue.

POPEUniversal Prayer.
There is a higher law than the constitution.
WM. SEWARD-Speech.

March 11, 1850 Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, Where death's approach is seen so terrible! Henry VI. Pt. II. Act. III. Sc. 3.

Better be with the dead, Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to

peace, Than on the torture of the mind to lie In restless ecstacy. p.

Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 2. Conscience is a blushing shame-faced spirit That mutinies in a man's bosom; it fills One full of obstacles.

9. Richard III. Act. I. Sc. 4. Conscience is a word that cowards use, Devised at first to keep the strong in awe.

Richard III. Act V. Sc. 3. Every subject's duty is the king's; but every subject's soul is his own.

Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 1. I hate the murderer, love him murdered. The guilt of conscience take thou for thy

labour, But neither my good word, nor princely

favour; With Cain go wander throngh the shade of

night, And never show thy head by day, nor light.

t. Richard II. Act V. Sc. 6.
I know myself now; and I feel within me
A peace above all earthly dignities;
A still and quiet conscience.
Henry VIII. Act III. Sc. 2.

I know thou art religious, And hast a thing within thee called con

science; With twenty popish tricks and ceremonies, Which I have seen thee careful to observe.

Titus Andronicus. Act V. Sc. 1. My conscience had a thousand several

tongues, And every tongue brings in a several tale, And every tale condemns me for a villein.

Richard III. Act V. Sc. 3.

The hell within him.
MILTON--Paradise Lost. Bk. III.

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Whom conscience, ne'er asleep, Wounds with incessant strokes, not loud, but

deep. g. MONTAIGNE-Essays. Bk. II. Ch. V.

Of Conscience.

Despotic conscience rules our hopes and

fears. h. OVIDFast. I. 485.

Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content, And the gay Conscience of a life well spent, Calm ev'ry thought, inspirit ev'ry grace, Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face.

i. POPE-To Mrs. M. B.

One self-approving hour whole years outweighs. 2. POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. IV.

Line 255.


Some scruple rose, but thus he eas'd his

thought, “I'll now give sixpence where I gave a groat; Where once I went to Church, I'll now go

twiceAnd am so clear too of all other vice." k. POPE - Moral Essays. Ep. III.

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Now, if you can blush, and cry guilty, car

dinal, You'll show a little honesty. Henry VIII. Act III. Sc. 2.

Soft, I did but dream. O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict

me ! y

Richard III. Act V. Sc. 3.




The drying up a single tear has more
Of honest fame, than shedding seas of gore.

k. BYRON-Don Juan. Canto VIII. St. 3.

God has commanded time to console the un

happy. 1. JOUBERT


The worm of conscience still be-gnaw thy

soul! Thy friends suspect for traitors whilst thou

liv'st, And take deep traitors for thy dearest


Richard III. Act I. Sc. 3. Thus conscience does make cowards of us

all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought. b. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 1.

Trust that man in nothing, who has not a conscience in everything.

STERNE— Tristram Shandy. Ch. XVII. Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called Conscience. d. Geo. WASHINGTON— Moral Maxims.

Virtue and Vice. Conscience.


Empty heads console with empty sound.
POPE-- The Dunciad. Bk. IV.

Line 542.
Grief is crowned with consolation.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act. I. Sc. 2.

I will be gone; That pitiful rumour may report my flight, To consolate thine ear. All's Well That Ends Well. Act III.

Sc. 2.



A stirring dwarf we do allowance give
Before a sleeping giant.

e. Troilus and Cressida. Act II. Sc. 3. Consideration like an angel came, And whipp'd the offending Adam out of

Leaving his body as a paradise,
To envelope and contain celestial spirits.

f Henry V. Act I, Sc. 1.
What you have said,
I will consider; what you have to say,
I will with patience hear; and find a time
Both meet to hear and answer.

g. Julius Cæsar. Act I, Sc. 2.


Conspiracies no sooner should be formed
Than executed.
p. ADDISON-Cato. Act I. Sc. 2.

I had forgot that foul conspiracy
Of the beast Caliban, and his confederates,
Against my life.
9. Tempest. Act IV. Sc. 1.

O conspiracy! Sham'st thou to show thy dang’rous brow by

When evils are most free?

Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1.
Open-eye Conspiracy
His time doth take.
Tempest. Act II. Sc. 1. Song.

Take no care Who chafes, who frets, and where conspirers

are: Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be.

t. Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 1. Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago, If thou but think'st him wrong'd, and mak'st

his ear As stranger to thy thoughts.

Othello. Act III. Sc. 3.

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CONSISTENCY. Of right and wrong he taught Truths as retin'd as eves Athens heard ; And, strange to tell, he practic'd what he

preached. k JOHN ARMSTRONG—Art of Preserving

Health. Bk. IV. Line 302. Tush! tush! my lassie such thoughts re

signe, Comparisons are cruele: Fine pictures suit in frames as fine Consistencie's a jewell. For thee and me coarse cloathes are best Rude folks in homelye raiment drest Wife Joan and goodman Robin. i. Jolly Robyn-Roughhead. From Mur

tagh's Collection of Scotch Ballads, Pub. in 1754. (Doubted.)

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CONSOLATION. All are not taken! there are left behind Living Beloveds, tender looks to bring, And make the daylight still a happy thing, And tender voices, to make soft the wind. 1. E. B. BROWNING--Consolation.

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I could be well nerv'd if I were as you;
If I could pray to move, prayers would move

But I am constant as the northern star
Of whose true fix'd and resting quality
There is no fellow in the firmament.

3. Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 1.


If ever thou shalt love, In the sweet pangs of it remember me; For such as I am all true lovers are: Unstaid and skittish in all motions else, Save in the constant image of the creature That is belov'd.

h. Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 4.

CONTEMPLATION. The act of contemplation then creates the thing contemplated. ISAAC DISRAELI - Literary Character.

Ch, XII. But first, and chiefest, with thee bring Him that yon soars on golden wing, Guiding the fiery-wheeled throne, The cherub Contemplation. MILTON-11 Penseroso. Line 51.

In discourse more sweet, For Eloquence the Soul, Song charms the

sense, Others apart sat on a hill retired, In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high Of Providence, Foreknowledge, Will and

Fate, Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute; And found no end, in wand'ring mazes lost. t. MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. II.

Line 555. Contemplation makes a rare turkey.cock of

him! how he jets Under his advanced plumes!

Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 5.
When holy and devout religious men
Are at their beads, 'tis hard to draw them

So sweet is zealous contemplation.

Richard III. Act III. Sc. 7.

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O constancy, be strong upon my side!
Set a huge mountain 'tween my heart and

tongue! I have a man's mind, but a woman's might.

k. Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 4.

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