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'Twas the night before Christmas.
k. CLEMENT C. MOORE -A Visit from

St. Nicholas.

Of simple understandings, little inquisitive, and little instructed, are made good Christians, who by reverence and obedience implicitly believe, and are constant in their belief. MONTAIGNE - Essays. Bk. I. Ch. LIV.

Of Vain Subtleties. A sad, good Christian at her heart. b. POPE- Moral Essays. Ep. II.

Line 68 A Christian is the highest style of man. YOUNG -- Night Thoughts. Night IV.

Line 788.

God rest ye, little children; but nothing you

affright, For Jesus Christ, your Saviour, was born this

happy night; Along the hills of Galilee the white flocks

sleeping lay, When Christ, the Child of Nazareth, was

born on Christmas day. 1. D. M. MULOCK - - Thirty Years.

A Christmas Carol. It is the Christmas time: And up and down 'twixt heaven and earth, In the glorious grief and solemn mirth, The shining angels climb.

D. M. MULOCK - Thirty Years.

A Hymn for Christmas Morning. England was merry England, when Old Christmas brought his sports again. 'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale; A Christmas gambol oft could cheer The poor man's heart through half the year. SCOTT-- Marmion. Canto VI.





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CHRISTMAS. The mistletoe hung in the castle hall. The holly branch shone on the old oak wall.

d. BAYLYThe Jistletoe Bough. We ring the bells and we raise the strain, We hang up garlands everywhere And bid the tapers twinkle fair, And feast and frolic--and then we go Back to the same old lives again.

Like circles widening round

Upon a clear blue river,
Orb after orb, the wondrous sound

Is echoed on forever:
Glory to God on high, on earth be peace,
And love towards men of love - salvation

and release. f. KEBLE - Christmas Day. I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
LONGFELLOW - Florcer de Luce.

Christmas Bells. Shepherds at the grange,

Where the Babe was born,
Sang with many a change,

Christmas carols until morn.
h. LONGFELLOW By the Firesiile.

A Christmas Carol
Ring out, ye crystal spheres,
Once bless our human ears,

(If ye have power to touch our senses so:) And let your silver chime Move in melodious time, And let the bass of Heaven's deep organ

blow, And with your ninefold liarmony Make upföll consort to the angelic symphony. i MILTON— On the Morning of Christ's

Nativity. St. 13. This is the month, and this the happy morn, Wherein the Son of Heaven's eternal King, Of wedded maid, and virgin mother born, Our great redemption from above did bring, For so the holy sages once did sing, That he our deadly forfeit should release, And with his Father work us a perpetual

peace. ji MILTON - On the Morning of Christ's

Vativity. St. 1.

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No sooner is a temple built to God, but the

devil builds a chapel hard by. . HERBERT -Jacula Prudentum.


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CIRCUMSTANCES. No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence. CARLYLE— Essays. Memoirs of the

Life of Scott. The objects that we have known in better days are the main props that sustain the weight of our affections, and give us strength to await our future lot. WM. HAZLITT Table Talk. On the

Past and future. Sprinkled along the waste of years

Full many a soft green isle appears : Pause where we may upon the desert road, Soine shelter is in sight, some sacred safe

abode. P. KEBLE - The Christian Year. Tilvent

Sunday. St. 8. Occasions do not make a man frail, but they shew what he is. 9. Thomas À KEMPIS - Imitation of

Christ. Bk. I. Ch. XVI. Condition, circumstance is not the thing. POPE-- Essuy on Jan. Ep. IV.

Line 57 If circumstances lead me, I will find Where truth is hid.

Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. Leave frivolous circumstances. Taming of the Shrer. Act V. Sc. 1.

Vy circumstances Being so near the truth as I will make then, Must first induce you to believe.

Cymbeline. Act II. Sc. 4.
What means this passionate discourse,
This peroration with such circumstance.

llenry VI. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 1. So runs the round of life from hour to hour.

TENNYSON- Circumstance.


Circles and right lines limit and close all bodies, and the mortal right-lined circle must conclude and shut up all. 9. Sir Thos. BROWNE-Hydriotaphia.

Ch. V.

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The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world.

h. EMERSON- Essays. Circles.



The small pebble stirs the peaceful lake; The circle mov'd, a circle straight succeeds, Another still, and still another spreads. i. Pope-Essay on Jan. Ep. IV.

Line 361.


I'm up and down and round about,
Yet all the world can't find me out;
Though hundreds have employ'd their

leisure, They never yet could find my measure. j


I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;
A palace and a prison on each hand;
I saw from out the wave her structure rise
As from the stroke of the enchanter's wand:
A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
Around me, and a dying Glory smiles
O'er the far times when many a subject land
Look'd to the winged Lion's marble piles,
Where Venice site in state, throned on her

hundred isles !
BYRON_Childe Harold. Canto IV.

St. 1.

I watch'd the little circles die;
They past unto the level flood.
k. TENNYSON--The Miller's Daughter.

St. 10.

When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall;
And when Rome falls--the World.
a. BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto IV.

St. 145.

Die down, O dismal day!
And come, blue deeps ! magnificently strown
With coloured clouds-large, light, and fugi-

tiveBy upper winds through pompous motions

blown. 1. DAVID GRAY-- The Luggie and Olher

Poems. In the Shadows. Sonnet XX. The cloudlets are lazily sailing O'er the blue Atlantic sea. HEINE-- Early Poems. Evening Songs.

No. 4. See yonder little cloud, that, borne aloft So tenderly by the wind, floats fast away Over the snowy peaks ! LONGFELLOW--Christus. The Golden

Legend. Pt. V. The louring element Scowls o'er the darkened landscip. MILTON--Paradise Lost. Bk. II.

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At Dresden on the Elbe, that handsome city, Where straw hats, verses, and cigars are

made, They've built (it well may make us feel afraid)

A music-club and music warehouse pretty. b. HEINE-Book of Songs. Sonnets.

Dresden Poetry. Even cities have their graves !

LONGFELLOW-Amalfi. St. 6.
What land is this? Yon pretty town
Is Delft, with all its wares displayed:
The pride, the market-place, the crown
And centre of the Potter's trade.

d. LONGFELLOW-Kéramos. Line 66.
Towered cities please us then,
And the busy hum of men.

MILTON-L'Allegro. Line 117. See the wild Waste of all-devouring years! How Rome her own sad Sepulchre appears, With nodding arches, broken temples sprea l! The very Tombs now vanish'd like their dead!

f. Pope-Moral Essays. Ep.V. Line 1. I am in Rome! Oft as the morning ray Visits these eyes, waking at once I cry, Whence this excess of joy? What has be

fallen me ? And from within a thrilling voice replies, Thou art in Rome! A thousand busy

thoughts Rush on my mind, a thousand images; And I spring up as girt to run a race!

9. ROGERS ---Rome.


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There does a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night, And casts a gleam over this tufted grove. p.

MILTON-- Comus. Line 223. Clouds on clouds, in volumes driven, Curtain round the vault of heaven. 9. Thos. LORE PEACOCK -- Rhododaphne.

Clouds on the western side Grow gray and grayer, hiding the warm sun. CHRISTINA G. ROSSETTI Twilight Calm.

St. 1. We often praise the evening clouds,

And tints so gay and bold,
But seldom think upon our God,
Who tinged these clouds with gold.

SCOTT--- The Setting Sun.
Yon towers, whose wanton tops do buss the

clouds. t. Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5.

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CLEANLINESS. Cleanliness of body was ever esteemed to proceed from a due reverence to God. h. BACON-Advancement of Learning.

Bk. I. Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. “Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. i. JOHN WESLEY. Sermon XCII.

On Dress.

CLOUDS. O it is pleasant, with a heart at ease, Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies, To make the shifting clouds be what you

please, Or let the easily-persuaded eyes Own each quaint likeness issuing from the

mould Of a friend's fancy. .. COLERIDGE-Poetical Works. Sonnet. The sky is filled with rolling, fleecy clouds, whose flat receding bases seem to float upon a transparent amber sea. k. W. HAMILTON GIBSON- Pastoral Days.


I bring fresh showers for the thirsting


From the seas and the streams; I bear light shade for the leaves when laid

In their noonday dreams. From my wings are shaken the dews that


The sweet birds every one, When rocked to rest on their mother's


As she dances about the sun. I wield the flail of the lashing hail,

And whiten the green plains under, And then again I dissolve it in rain,

And laugh as I pass in thunder.
SHELLEYThe Cloud. St. 1.

Yonder cloud
That rises upward always higher,
And onward drags a laboring breast,
And topples round the dreary west,
A looming bastion fringed with fire.

TENNYSON- In Memoriam. Pt. XV.



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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.

I. TENNYSON In Memoriam. Pt. LIII.

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

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

Pt. III. Sec. 3.
DONNE -- Elegy 8. Line 54.
GEORGE HERBERT -Jacula Prudentum.
HEYWOOD-A IV oman 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 Persiam Derrish. Comparisons are odorous. f Much Ado About Nothing. Act III.

Se. 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.

A compliment is usually accompanied with
a bow, as it 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 lear
So many hollow compliments,
MILTON -- Paralise Regained.

Bk. IV. Line 122.

'Twas never merry world Since lowly feigning was call'd compliment. p. Tirelfll Vight. Act III. Se 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?

4. Taming of the Shrer. Act IV. Sc. 3.

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

h. Epitaph of Elvard, Eurl of Devon.
O weary hearts! () 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 11=;

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

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

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. .). LOWELL - The l'ision of Sir Lanofal.

Prelude to P't. I.

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

GOETHE - Leices Life of Gothe. Bk. V.


In men this blunder still you find,
All think their little set mankind.

HANNAH MORE-Florio. Pt. I.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so.

POPE- Essay on Criticism. Line 438. If she undervalue me, What care I how fair she be. Sir WALTER RALEIGH-Oldy's Life of

Raleigh. Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up. d. RUSKIN— True and Beautiful. Jorals

and Religion. Functions of the Artist. Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.

Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4.

Be as just and gracious unto me,
As I am confident and kind to thee.

p. Titus Andronicus. Act I. Sc. 1. I renounce all confidence.

9. Henry VI. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 2.

I would have some confidence with you that decerns you nearly. Much Ado About Nothing. Act III.

Sc. 5

Trust not him that hath once broken faith.

s. Henry VI. Pt. III. Act IV. Sc. 4. Your wisdom is consum'd in confidence Do not go forth to-day.

t. Jadius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 2.

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I am not in the roll of common men. f. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 1.

CONFIDENCE. He who does not respect confidence, will never find happiness in his path. The belief in virtue vanishes from his heart, the source of nobler actions becomes extinct in him. 9. AUFFENBERG.

He who has lost confidence can lose nothing more.



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CONSCIENCE. A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body: it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can possibly befal us. I know nothing so hard for a generous mind to get over as calumny and reproach, and cannot find any method of quieting the soul under them, besides this single one, of our being conscious to ourselves that we do not deserve them.

ADDISON--The Guardian. No. 135.
Why should not conscience have vacation
As well as other courts o'th' nation?
Have equal power to adjourn,
Appoint appearance and return?
BUTLER -Hudibrus. Pt. II.

Canto II. Line 317,
But quiet to quick bosoms is a hell,
And there hath been thy bane.
BYRON -- Childe Harold. Canto III.

St. 42. Nor ear can hear, nor tongue can tell The tortures of that inward hell ! BYRON- The Giaour. Line 748.

There is no future pang Can deal that justice on the self condemn'd He deals on his own soul.

y. BYRON-Manfred. Act III. Sc. 1. Yet still there whispers the small voice within, Heard through Gain's silence, and o'er

Glory's din ; Whatever creed be taught or land be trod, Man's conscience is the oracle of God.

BYRON--The Island. Canto I. St. 6. The great theatre for virtue is conscience.


Confidence is a plant of slow growth.

January 14, 1766. Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. 3.

CICERO-Rhetorical Invention. Self-trust is the essence of heroism.

k. EMERSON-Essay. On Heroism. The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.

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Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show them

EMERSON--Essay. On Prudence. In tracing the shade, I shall find out the sun. 'Trust to me! OWEN MEREDITH-Lucile. Pt. II.

Canto VI. St. 15. Though Wisdom wake, Suspicion sleeps At Wisdom's gate, and to Simplicity Resigns her charge, while Goodness thinks

no ill Where no ill seems. MOTOx-Paradise Lost. Bk. III.

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The still small voice is wanted.
bb. COWPER- The Task. Bk. V.

Line 685.

Conscience is harder than our enemies,
Knows more, accuses with more nicety.
GEORGE ELIOT-Spanish Gypsy.

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