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MCCCXVIII. It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of truth shows much that we can not, and all that we would not see. In a face dimpled with smiles, it has often discovered malevolence and envy, and detected under jewels and brocade, the frightful forms of poverty and distress. A fine hand of cards have changed before it into a thousand spectres of sickness, misery, and vexation; and immense sums of money, while the winner counted them with transport, have, at the first glimpse of this unwelcome lustre, vanished from before him.Mulsa
MCCCXIX. He strikes no coin, 'tis true, but coins new phrases, And vends them forth as knaves vend gilded counters, Which wise men scorn, and fools accept in payment.
Old Play. MCCCXX. O you gods! what a number Of men eat Timon, and he sees them not! It grieves me, to see so many dip their meat In one man's blood; and all the madness is, He cheers them up too. I wonder, men dare trust themselves with men! Methinks they should invite them without knives; Good for their meat, and safer for their lives. There's much example for’t: the fellow, that Sits next him now, parts bread with him, and pledges The breath of him in undivided draught, Is the readiest man to kill him: It has been proved. If I Were a huge man, I should fear to drink at meals; Lest they should spy my windpipe's dangerous notes: Great men should drink with harness on their throats.
Timon of Athens-Shakspeare.
*. MCCCXXI. The study of truth is perpetually joined with the love of virtue; for there's no virtue which derives not its original from truth; as, on the contrary, there is no vice which has not its beginning from a lie. Truth is the foundation of all knowledge, and the cement of all societies.-Casaubon.
It makes people windmill-pated,
And your hops, yeast and malt,
Makes our fancies to halt
That if one would write but a verse for a bellman, He must study till Christmas for an eight shilling jest, These liquors won't raise, but drown and o’erwhelm man,
MCCCXXIII. Fear guides more to their duty than gratitude: for one man who is virtuous from the love of virtue, from the obligation which he thinks he lies under to the Giver of all, there are ten thousand who are good only from their apprehensions of punishment.-Goldsmith.
MCCCXXIV. Well the learned and the judicious know, That satire scorns to stoop so meanly low, As any one abstracted fop to show. For, as when painters form a matchless face, They from each fair one catch some different grace; And shining features in one portrait blend, To which no single beauty must pretend: So poets oft do in one piece expose Whole belles assemblees of coquets and beaux. Epilogue to the Way of the World.-Congreve.
MCCCXXV What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form, in moving, how ex
press and admirable! In action, how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?-Shakspeare.
ACTIVITY, 3, 125, 319, 338 | Benefits, 278, 297, 301, 313, 317,
Birth-day Ode, 562
| Blessings of Man, 361
Borrowing, 336, 965
Bounty, 21, 1232
Bribery, 56, 618, 675,957
Cards, 168, 269
Caution, 988, 1025
Ceremony, 1216, 1268, 1274
Cheerfulness, 441, 481
Chess, game of, 566
Church, the, 638, 1251
458, 485, 316, 544, 862, 1175 Company, 160, 165, 194, 256, 447,
630,679, 748, 1201
538,578, 667, 683,819, 986, 1004, Compliments, 597
Conscience, 880, 1114
Content, 257, 334, 721, 780, 1122,
1126, 1204, 1239
Controversy, 305, 762, 909
611, 641,723, 758, 810, 874, 913' | 583,652, 664,679,938, 1111
607, 722, 751, 910, 967, 1007,
1129, 1151, 1174
Election, day of, 787
1030, 1142, 1186
Deafness, remedy for, 420
1024, 1009, 1130, 1200, 1245
703, 823, 856, 866, 1220
Fare, 15, 299, 363, 459, 718, 728,
753, 794, 918, 1237
644, 831, 1090
Earth, destruction of, 905