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'Twas the night before Christmas.
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.
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.
CHRISTMAS. The mistletoe hung in the castle hall. The holly branch shone on the old oak wall.
d. BAYLY—The 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.
SUSAN COOLIDGE-- Christmas.
Upon a clear blue river,
Is echoed on forever:
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
Christmas Bells. Shepherds at the grange,
Where the Babe was born,
Christmas carols until morn.
A Christmas Carol
(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.
No sooner is a temple built to God, but the
devil builds a chapel hard by. . HERBERT -Jacula Prudentum.
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.
llenry VI. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 1. So runs the round of life from hour to hour.
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.
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.
I'm up and down and round about,
leisure, They never yet could find my measure. j
JONATHAN SWIFT--On a Circle.
hundred isles !
I watch'd the little circles die;
When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall;
Die down, O dismal day!
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.
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.
d. LONGFELLOW-Kéramos. Line 66.
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.
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,
SCOTT--- The Setting Sun.
clouds. t. Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5.
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.
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.
TENNYSON- In Memoriam. Pt. XV.
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.
b. BURNS- Brigs of Ayr. Line 177.
Pt. III. Sec. 3.
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.
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.
What honour that,
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.
What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
4. Taming of the Shrer. Act IV. Sc. 3.
h. Epitaph of Elvard, Eurl of Devon.
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,
HANNAH MORE-Florio. Pt. I.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canto II. Line 317,
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.
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.
The still small voice is wanted.
Conscience is harder than our enemies,