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Unless that leap year doth combine,
BISHOP STILL, (JOHN). 1543-1607. A Songe. (Gammer Gurton's Needle.) Act ii. I cannot eat but little meat. My stomach is not good; But sure I think that I can drink With any that wears 'a hood.
Back and side go bare, go bare,
Both foot and hand go cold;
Whether it be new or old.
Old Tarltons Song.
FROM THE PIGGES COUANTOE, 1642.
The King of France, with forty thousand men Went up a hill, and so came down again.
Ye gentlemen of England
Ah! little do you think upon
Lines used by John Ball, to encourage the Rebels in Wat
When Adam dolve, and Eve span,
From the Garland, a Collection of Poems, 1721, by Mr. Br—st, author of a Copy of Verses called "The British Beauties."
Praise undeserved is Satire in disguise.*
From Ovid's Metamorphosis, translated by several hands and published by Samuel Garth. 2 vols. 12mo. 1751. Vol 2. Book vii. Line 20.
I see the right, and I approve it too,
Condemn the wrong, and yet the wrong pursue.f
[Published in the early part of the reign of George I.]
And he that will this health deny
* This line is quoted by Pope, in the 1st Epistle of Horace, Book ii., —
"Praise undeserved is Scandal in disguise.''
Video meliora proboquo
J. HOWARD PAYNE.
OPERA OF CLARI—THE MAID OF MILAN.
Home, Sweet Home.
[From Debrett's Asylum for Fugitive Pieces, 1795.]
From the Resolutions presented to the House of Representatives, December, 1799. Prepared by General Henry Lee.
(On the death of General Washington). To the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his fellow-citizens.
CHARLES COTESWORTH PINCKNEY.
(When Ambassador to the French Republic, 1796.) Millions for defence, but not one cent for tribute.
"The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." "Plures efficimur, quoties metimur a vobis; semen est sanguis Christianorum." Tertullian. Apologet., c. 50.
"Corporations have no souls."
"They (Corporations) cannot commit trespass nor be outlawed nor excommunicate, for they have no souls." — Lord Coke's Reports, Part x. p. 32.
UA Rowland for an Oliver."
"These were two of the most famous in the list of Charlemagne's twelve peers; and their exploits are rendered so ridicuously and equally extravagant by the old romancers, that from thence arose that saying amongst our plain and sensible ancestors of giving one a ' Rowland for his Oliver,' to signify the matching one incredible lie with another." Warburton.
"It is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an R in their name to eat an oyster." — Butler's Dyet's Dry Dinner. 1599.
"Tobias Hobson was the first man in England that let out hackney horses. — When a man came for a horse, he was led into the stable, where there was a great choice, but he obliged him to take the horse which stood next to the stable door; so that every customer was alike well served according to his chance, from whence it became a proverb, when what ought to be your election was forced upon you, to say ' Hobsoh's Choice.'" —Spectator, No. 509.
FRANCIS DUC DE ROCHEFOUCAULD.
Hypocrisy is a sort of homage that vice pays to virtue.
1763-1820. It was worse than a crime, it was a blunder.
KING CHARLES II.
When in Parliament attending the Discussion of Lord
Jioss's Divorce Bill. As good as a play.