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Most contemptible to shun contempt.
POPE — Moral Essays. Ep. I.

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Becomes it thee to taunt this valiant age, And twit with cowardice a man half dead ? b. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 2.

But, (alas !) to make me
A fixed figure, for the hand of Scorn
To point his slow unmoving finger at.

c. Othello. Act IV. Sc. 2.

Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me. d. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2.

Get thee glass eyes; And, and like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not.

e. King Leur. Act IV. Sc. 6. He talks to me that never had a son.

Kug John. Act III. Sc. 4.
I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon;
Than such a Roman.

9. Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 3.
I had rather chop this hand off at a blow,
And with the other fling it at thy face,
Than bear so low a sail to strike to thee.

h. Henry VI. Pt. III. Act V. Sc. 1.

0, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful In the contempt and anger of his lip!

i. Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1.

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One contented with what he has done, stands but small chance of becoming famous for what he will do. He has laid down to die. The grass is already growing over him. p. BOVEE--Summaries of Thought.

Contentment. I'll be merry and free,

I'll be sad for nae-body; If nae-body cares for me, l'll care for nae-body.

BURNS - Nae-body. I would do what I pleased, and doing what I pleased, I should have my will, and having my will, I should be contented; and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired ; and when there is no more to be de. sired, there is an end of it. CERVANTES -- Don Quixote. Pt. I.

Bk. IV. Ch. XXIII.
We'll therefore relish with content,
Whate'er kind Providence has sent,

Nor aim beyond our pow'r ;
For, if our stock be very small,
'Tis prudent to enjoy it all,
Nor lose the present hour.
NATHANIEL COTTON- The Fireside.

St. 10. Enjoy the present hour, be thankful for the

past, And neither fear nor wish th' approaches of

the last. 1. COWLEY-- Imitations. Martial. Lib. X.

Ep. XLVII. 'Tis pleasant through the loopholes of

retreat To peep at such a world; to see the stir Of the Great Babel, and not feel the crowd. COWPER- The Tusk. Bk. IV.

Line 88. This floating life hath but this port of rest, A heart prepar'd, that fears no ill to come. SAMUEL DANIEL-- An Epistle to the

Countess of Cumberland.
Content with poverty, my soul I arm;
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me

warin.
DRYDEN-Second Book of Horace.

Ode 29. He trudged along, unknowing what he

sought,
And whistled as he went, for want of

thought.
DRYDEN -- Cymon and Iphigenia.

Line 84. With equal minds what happens let us bear, Nor joy, nor grieve too much for things be

yond our care.
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DRYDEN-- Palemon and Arcite.

Bk. III. Line 883. Map me no maps, sir; my head is a map, a map

of the whole world.
FIELDING--Rape upon Rape. Act 1.

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CONTENT.
I have a heart with room for every joy.

BAILEY -- Festus. Sc. A Mountain.
Ah, sweet Content, where dost thou safely

rest? k. BARNABE BARNES- Parthenophil and

Parthenophe. Ah, sweet Content, where doth thine harbour

hold? 1. BARNABE BARNES- Parthenophil and

Parthenophe. Ah, sweet Content, where is thy mild abode? BARNABE BARNES--Parthenophil and

Parthenophe. From labour health, from health content

ment spring: Contentment opes the source of every joy.

JAMES BEATTIE The Minstrel. Bk. I. There was a jolly miller Lived on the river Dee; He danced and sang from morn to nightNo lark so blithe as he; And this the burden of his song For ever used to be** I care for nobody, no not I, If nobody cares for me." 0. BIRKEESTAFF-Love in a Village.

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O what a glory doth this world put on,
For him who, with a fervent heart goes forth,
Under the bright and glorious sky, and

looks On duties well performed and days well

spent.

LONGFELLOW -- Autumn.
Stone walls do not a prison make,

Nor iron bars a cage,
Minds innocent and quiet, take
That for a hermitage.
LOVELACE To Althea from Prison.

Percy. Rel. 343.
I rest content; I kiss your eyes,
I kiss your hair in my delight:
I kiss my hand and say, “Good-night."
P. JOAQUIN MILLER-Songs of the Sun-

Lands. Isles of the Amazons. Pt.V. Whate'er the Passion, knowledge, fame, or

pelf, Not one will change his neighbor with

himself. 2 Pope-Essay on Man. Ep. II.

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What happiness the rural maid attends
In cheerful labour while each day she spends!
She gratefully receives what Heav'n has sent,
And, rich in poverty, enjoys content.
GAY--Rural Sports

Canto II.

Line 148. His best companions, innocence and health And his best riches ignorance of wealth.

b. GOLDSMITH-Deserted Village. Line 61. Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long.

GOLDSMITH - The Hermit, St. 8. Their wants but few, their wishes all con

fin'd. d. GOLDSMITH -- The Traveller. Line 210. Happy the man, of mortals happiest he Whose quiet mind from vain desires is free; Whom neither hopes deceive nor fears tor

ment, But lives at peace, within himself content; In thought or act accountable to none But to himself and to the gods alone. GEO. GRANVILLE (Lord Lansdowne.)-

Epistle to Mrs. Higgins. Nor cast one longing ling’ring look behind. of GRAY-- Elegy in a Country Church Yard.

St. 22. Obscured life sets down a type of bliss: A mind content both crown and kingdom is. g. ROBERT GREENE--Song. Farewell to

Folly. Sweet are the thoughts that savour of con

tent; The quiet mind is richer than a crown; Sweet are the nights in careless slumber

spent; The poor estate scorns fortune's angry

frown: Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep,

such bliss, Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss. h. ROBERT GREENE - Song. Farewell to

Folly. Praise they that will times past, I joy to see My selfe now live: this age best pleaseth mee.

i. HERRICK --Hesperides. Of little meddling cometh rest, The busy man ne'er wanted woe: The best woe is in all worlds sent, See all, say nought, hold thee content. j. JASPER HEYWOOD--Look ere you Leap.

St. 4. Let the world slide, let the world go; A fig for care and a fig for woe! If I can't pay, why I can owe, And death makes equal the high and low.

ke. JOHN HEYWOOD-Be Merry Friends. Yes ! in the poor man's garden grow,

Far more than herbs and flowers,
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind,

And joy for weary hours.
1. MARY HOWITT-The Poor Man's

Garden.

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Our content Is our best having.

Henry VII. Act II. Sc. 3.

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In measureless content.
b. Macbeth. Act II. Sc. 1.

The shepherd's homely curds,
His cold thin drink out of his leathern bottle,
His wonted sleep under a fresh tree's shade,
All which secure and sweetly he enjoys,
Is far beyond a prince's delicates,
His viands sparkling in a golden cup,
His body couched in a curious bed,
When care, mistrust, and treason wait on

bim.

Henry VI, Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5. Tis better to be lowly born, And range with humble livers in content, Than to be perk'd up in a glittering grief, And wear a golden sorrow. ፌ d. Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 3.

'Tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door, but 'tis enough, 'twill serve.

e. Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 1. Fear not the future, weep not for the past. f. SHELLEY - Revolt of Islam. Canto XI.

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The noblest mind the best contentment has. g. SPENSER--Faerie Queene. Bk. I.

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Have always been at daggers-drawing,
And one another clapper-clawing.
BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. II.

Canto II. Line 79. That each pull'd different ways with many

an oath, “ Arcades ambo," id est-blackguards both.

BYRON—Don Juan. Canto IV. St. 96. Dissensions, like small streams, are first be

gun, Scarce seen they rise, but gather as they run: So lines that from their parallel decline, More they proceed the more they still dis

join. p. Sir SAM'L GARTH The Dispensary.

Canto III. 'Line 184. Those who in quarrels interpose, Must often wipe a bloody nose.

9. Gay-- Fable. The Mastiffs. Line 1. Seven cities warr'd for Homer being dead; Who living, had no roofe to shrowd his head. JOHN HEYWOOD- The Hierarchie of

the Blessed Angels.

Contentions fierce, Ardent, and dire, spring from no petty cause

SCOTT-Peveril of the Peak. Ch. XL. Por. A quarrel, ho, already! what's the mat

ter? Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring,

t. Merchant of Venice. Act. V. Sc. 1. Greatly to find quarrel in a straw, When honour's at the stake.

Ilamlet. Act IV. Sc. 4.
In a false quarrel there is no true valour.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act V.

Sc. 1. The Retort Courteous; the Quip Modest; the Reply Churlish; the Reproof Valiant; the Counter check Quarrelsome; the Lie with Circumstance; the Lie Direct.

As You Like II. Act V. Sc. 4. Thou! why thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a bair more, or å hair less, in his beard than thou hast. Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason, but because thou hast hazel eyes.

Romeo and Juliet. Act III. So. 1.

Dear little head, that lies in calm content
Within the gracious hollow that God made
In every human shoulder, where He meant
Some tired head for comfort should be laid.

ኢ h. CELIA THAXTER --Song.
An elegant sufficiency, content,
Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,
Ease and alternate labor, useful life
Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven !
THOMSON— The Seasons. Spring.

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There is a jewel which no Indian mine can

buy,
No chemic art can counterfeit;
It makes men rich in greatest poverty,
Makes water wine, turns wooden cups to
The homely whistle to sweet music's strain;
Seldom it comes -- to few from heaven sent-
That much in little-all in nought-content.

WILBYE- Madrigal.
A man he seems of cheerful yesterdays
And confident to-morrows.
k. WORDSWORTH— The Excursion.

Bk. VII.
Lord of himself, though not of lands;
And having nothing, yet hath all.
Sir HENRY WOTTONThe Character

of a Happy Life.

Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat.

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Discourse may want an animated "No,"
To brush the surface, and to make it flow;
But still remember, if you mean to please,
To press your point with modesty and ease.

COWPER--Conversation. Line 101. Abstruse and mystic thoughts you must er.

press With painful care, but seeming easiness, For truth shines brightest thro' the plainest

dress.
WENTWORTH DILLON (Earl of
Roscommon)-- Miscellanies. Essay

on Translated Verse. Line 217. Conversation is a game of circles.

EMERSON Essays. Circles. Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student.

p. EMERSON--Society and Solitude, Clubs. I never, with important air, In conversation overbear.

O we fell out I know not why, And kiss'd again with tears. b. TENNYSON- The Princess. Canto I.

Song. Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels. VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical Dictionary.

Weakness on Both Sides. Let dogs delight to bark and bite, For God hath made them so; Let bears and lions growl and fight, For 'tis their nature too.

d. WATTS--Divine Songs. Song XVI.

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CONTRAST. 'Tis light translateth night; 'tis inspiration Expounds experience; 'tis the west explains The east; 'tis time unfolds eternity.

BAILEY -- Festus. Sc. A Ruined Temple. And homeless near a thousand homes I

stood, And near a thousand tables pined and wanted

food. f. WORDSWORTH --Guilt and Sorrow.

St. 41. The rose and the thorn, sorrow and gladness, are linked together. g.

SAADI, Nature hath meal and bran, contempt and grace.

h. Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 2.

Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country, as the behaviour of the country is most mockable at the court.

i. As You Like It. Act III. Sc. 2.

The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast ; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.

j. VOLTAIRE--Essay. Contrast.

My tongue within my lips I rein,
For who talks much must talk in vain.
9.
GAY--Fables. Pt. I. Introduction.

Line 53. With thee conversing I forget the way.

GAY-- Trivia. Bk. II. Line 480. Men of great conversational powers almost universally practice a sort of lively sophistry and exaggeration, which deceives, for the moment, both themselves and their auditors. MACAULAY— Essay. On the Athenian

Orators. With thee conversing, I forget all time. t. MILTON--Paradise Lost. Bk. IV.

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Form'd by thy converse, happily to steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe.
POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. IV.

Line 379. Equality is the life of conversation; and he is as much out who assumes to himself any part above another; as he who considers himself below the rest of the society.

Sir RICHARD STEELE— Tatler. No. 225.

CONVERSATION. Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing, providing a man would talk to make himself understood. k. ADDISON—- The Spectator. No. 476.

When with greatest art he spoke, You'd think he talked like other folk. For all a Rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools. I. BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I.

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COQUETRY.

Like a lovely tree She grew to womanhood, and between whiles Rejected several suitors, just to learn How to accept a better in his turn.

w. BYRON-- Don Juan. Canto II. St. 128. 'Tis good in every case, you know, To have two strings unto your bow.

CHURCHILL-- The Ghost. 'Bk. IV.

Heyroood's Proverbs, 1546; Letters
of Queen Elizabeth to James VI.,
June, 1585; Hooker's Polity, Bk.
V., Ch. LXXX; Butler's Hudibras,
Pt. III., Ch. I., Line 1; Fielding,
Lo Se ral Masques, Sc. 13.

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Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation de-
praves it. Coquetry is the thorn that guards
the rose - easily trimmed off when once
plucked. Flirtation is like the slime on
water-plants, making them hard to handle,
and when caught only to be cherished in
slimy waters.
a. IK MARVEL-Reveries of a Bachelor.

COUNTRIES.
Give me but one hour of Scotland,
Let me see it ere I die.
0. AYTOUN-A Scotch Ballad. Charles

Eduard at Versailles.
America! half brother of the world!
With something good and bad of every land.
c.

BAILEY- Festus. Sc. The Surface. England! my country, great and free! Heart of the world, I leap to thee!

d. BAILEY- Festus. Sc. The Surface. Egypt! from whose all dateless tombs arose Forgotten Pharaghs from their long repose, And shook within their pyramids to hear A new Cambyses thandering in their ear; While the dark shades of forty ages stood Like startled giants by Nile's famous flood.

e. BYRON— The Age of Bronze. Pt. V. Fair Greece! sad relic of departed worth ! Immortal, though no more; though fallen,

great!
BYRON - Childe Harold. Canto II.

St. 73.
The mountains look on Marathon-
And Marathon looks on the sea;
And musing there an hour alone,
I dreamed that Greece might still be free.
g. BYRON- Don Juan. Cantɔ III. St. 86.

Be England what she will, With all her faults she is my country still.

h CHURCHILL - The Farewell.

The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high-road that leads him to England. i. SAN'L JOHNSON Boswell's Life of

Johnson. An. 1763, The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king, and the supercilious hypocrisy of a Bishop. 1. JUNIUS --Letter No. 35.

Britain is A world by itself; and we will nothing pay For wearing our own noses.

k. Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 1. 0 England:-model to thy inward greatness, Like little body with a mighty heart, What might'st thou do, that honour would

thee do, Were all thy children kind and natural! But see thy fault !

2 Henry V. Act II. Chorus.

This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise;
This fortress built by nature for herself,
Against infection and the hand of war;
This happy breed of men, this little world;
This precious stone set in the silver sea.
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1.

Your isle, which stands
As Neptune's park, ribbed and paled in
With rocks unscaleable, and roaring waters.

Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 1. Month after month the gather'd rains do

scend, Drenching yon secret Ethiopian dells, And from the Desert's ice-girt pinnacles, Where Frost and Heat in strange embraces

blend On Atlas, fields of moist snow half depend.

SHELLEY-Sonnet. To the Nile. In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an

American book? or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue ? p. SYDNEY SMITH -- Review on Seybert's

Annals of the United States. Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves; Britons never shall be slaves. 9. THOMPSON - Alfred. Act II. Sc. 5.

COUNTRY LIFE.
God Almighty first planted a garden.

Bacon- Essays. Of Gardens.
Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore
The tone of languid nature.

COWPER— The Task. Bk. I. Line 181.
I hate the countrie's dirt and manners, yet
I love the silence; I embrace the wit
A courtship, flowing here in full tide.
But loathe the expence, the vanity, and

pride. No place each way is happy. t. WILLIAM HABINGTON-Tomy Noblest

Friend, I. Č., Esquire. To one who has been long in city pent, 'Tis very sweet to look into the fair And open face of heaven, --to breathe a

prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament. KEATS—Sonnel I. Line 1.

As I read
I hear the crowing cock, I hear the note
Of lark and linnet, and from every page
Rise odors of ploughed field or flowery mead.

LONGFELLOW— Chaucer.
Somewhat back from the village street
Stands the old-fashion'd country seat.
Across its antique portico
Tall poplar-trees their shadows throw ;
And from its station in the hall
An ancient timepiece says to all,

“ Forever! never!

Never-forever!"
LONGFELLOW--Old Clock on the

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