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And without weakness knew to be sincere.

None without hope e'er loved the brightest

But love can hope where reason would

despair. Epigram.

How much the wife is dearer than the
bride. An Irregular Ode.

Seek to be good, but aim not to be great ;
A woman's noblest station is retreat

JLdvice to a Lady.

The important businees of your life is love.

Women, like princes, find few real friends :
All who approach them their own ends

Lovers and ministers are seldom true. lb.

What is your sex's earliest, latest care.
Tour heart's supreme ambition ? To be fair,

The lover in the husband may be lost. Jb.

Not one immoral, one corrupted thought.
One line which dying he could wish to blot.
Prologue to Thomson's ^Corlolanns.**

'Tis easier far to lose than to resign. Elegy.

Where none admire, 'tis useless to excel.
Where none are beaux, 'tis vain to be a

Soliloquy on a Beaaty in the Coontry.

Lord LyttoA (1808-1873).

The man who smokes, thinks like a sage
and acts like a Samiiritan.

Night and MomlDg. Chap. 6.

Men are valued not for what they are, but
for what they seem to be. Money. Act i, 1.

Where sense with sound, and ease with

weight combine.
In the pure silver of Pope's ringing line.

The Mew Tlmon.

Frank, haughty, rash, — ^the Rupert of
debate.* Part i, 91. 6.

A quaint farrago of absurd conceits,
Out-babying Wordsworth and out-glitter-
ing Keats. lb.

Preach as we will in this wrong world of

Man's fate and woman's are contending

Each strives to dupe the other in the game,—
Quilt to the victor — to the vanquished

shame ! Fart f , f .

Alone ! — that worn-out word.
So idly spoken, and so coldly heard^
Tet ail that poets sing, and gnef hath

or hopes laid waste, knells in that word

Alonb ! Part f , 7.

Love gains the shrine when pity opes the
door. Part 5, 2.

He never errs who sacrifices self. Part 4% S.

Love hath no need of words.

Richelieu. Aetl.t.

Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the swoxd.

Act f , f .
Take away the sword —
States can be saved witnout it. Jb,

* " The Rupert nf debate," a term applied by
a Disraeli, April, 1844, to Lord SUoley. "The
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In flifi lexioon of youth, which fate i

For a Inight mazmood, there is no such word
Aft-/ai^ RlcheUen. Act t. f.

Xeep all you have and try for all yon can.
King Jfrthnr. Book t, 70.

That tmth once known, all else is worthless

The mateat pleasure of the neatest

number. Book 8, 70.

Caatlcs in the air cost a yast deal to keep
up. The Lady of Lyons. Act 1, j.

Bank a a great beautifier. Act i, 1.

The prudent man may direct a state ; but
it is the enfliusiast who regenerates it, or
ruins. RienzL Book i, chap. 8.

An innooent heart is a brittle thing, and
one false yow can break it.

Last of the Barons. Book f , chap. f.

Happy is the man who hath neyer known
^-hat It' is to taste of fame — to have it is a
purgatory, to want it is a Hell !

Book 5, chap. 1,

There \b no angidsh like an error of which
'sre feel ashamed.

Kmast Maltrayerss Book f , chap. S.

When the people haye no other tyrant,
their own public opinion becomes one.

Book 6, chap. 6.

A good heart is better than all the heads
m the world. The Disowned. Chap. S3.

The easiest p^son to deceive is one's own
a^. Chap. 4i.

The deadliest foe to love, is custom.

Deyerenx. Book 5, chap. 6.

^ithusiasm is tiie genius of sincerity, and
truth accomplishes no victories without it.
Tba Laat Days of PompeiL' Book i, chap. 8.

Poverty makes some humble, bnt more
malignant. Bn|{«ne Aram. Book i, chap. 7.

The magic of the tongue is the most
dangerous of all spells. lb.

Fate Unghs at probabilities. Chap. 10.

Men who make money rarely saunter;
men who save money rarely swagger.

My SoToL Book lly chap S.

None bnt those whore courage is unquue-
tionahle, can afford to be effeminate.

Palluuiu Chap. 44f fnaxim 6.

fierolatxQ^ are not made with rose-water.
fte ParialJtna. Book 5, chap. 7.

LYTTON. 2na Lord LyttoA (OweA
Meredith) (1831-1891).
Oenius does what it must, and talent does

what it can. Last Words.


Lord If aeaulay (1800-1869).

Men are never so likely to settle a question
rightly as when they discuss it freely.

CriUcal and HUtorical Essayi.

SoutheyU CoUoquiet,

Nothing is so galling to a people, not
broken in from the birth, as a paternal, or,
in other words a meddling govexument, a
government which tells them what to read,
and say, and eat, and drink, and wear. lb.

A singile breaker may recede; but the
tide is evidently coming m« lb.

We have heard it said that five per cent, is
the natural interest of money. lb.

The immortal influence of Athens.

Mitford*9 History of Greece.

Free trade, one of the greatest blessings
which a government can confer on a people,
is in almost every country unpopular. lb.

Our academical Pharisees. Milton,

The dust and silence of the upper shelf. lb.

As dviUsation advances, poetry almost
necessarily declines. lb.

Perhaps no i>6r8on can be a poet, or even
enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness
of mmd. lb.

Of all people children are the most
imaginative. lb.

Nobles by the ri^ht of an earlier creation,
and priests by the unposltion of a mightier
hand. lb.

A propensity which, for want of a better
name, we will christen Boswellism. lb.

Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.

In enterprises like theirs parsimony is the
worst profusion.

Hallam'i Constitutional History.

Public opinion has its natural flux and
reflux. lb.

The gallery in which the reporters sit has
become a fourth estate of the realm. lb.

Everybody who has the least sensibility
or imagination derives a certain pleasure
from pictures.

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He had a head which statuaries loved to
copy, and a foot the deformity of which the
beggars in the street mimickea.

Critical and Historical Essays.
Moore* t Life of Byron.

We know no spectacle so ridiculoos as the
British public in one of its periodical fits of
morality. lb.

A system in which the two ^reat command-
ments were, to hate your neighbour, and to
love your neighbour's wife. lb.

Politeness has been weU defined as
benevolence in small thin^.

BosweWe Life of Johnson.

To be regarded in his own age as a classic,
and in ours as a companion. lb,

A great man who neither sought nor

shunned greatness, who found glory only

because glory lay in the plain x)ath of du^. *

John Hampden.

The reluctant obedience of distant pro-
vinces generally costs more than it is worth.
Lord Mahon*8 War of the Succession,

Lues Boswelliana, or disease of admiration.
William Fitt, Earl of Chatham.

The history of England is emphatically
the history of progress.
Sir J. Mackintoshes History of the Revolution,

An acre in Middlesex is better than a
principality in Utopia. Lord Bacon,

He had a wonderful talent for packins
thought close, and rendering it portable, lo.

The chequered spectacle of so much glory
and so much shame. lo.

The rising hope of those stem and un-
bending Tories.

Gladstone on Church and State.

He has one gift most dangerous to a
speculator, a vast command of a kind of
language, grave and majestic, but of vague
and uncertain import. Jb,

She [the Eoman Catholic Church] may
still exist in undiminished vigour, when some
traveller from New Zealand shall, in the
midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a
broken arch of London Bridge to sketch
the ruins of St. Paul's. f

Bankers History of the Topes,

• Stt Tennyson : " The path of duty," etc.

t When London shall be an habitation of
bitterns, when St. Paul's and Weatmlnster
Abbey shall stand shapeless niinn in the midst of
an unfioopled marsh . . . some transatlantic
commeutator will be weighing in the scales, etc.
— SiiSLLKY. Dedication of " Peter Bell the Tliird."
At last some curious native of Lima will visit
London and give a sketch of the ruins of West-

In that temple of silence and reconciliation
where the enmities of twenty generations lie
buried, in the Great Abbey which has during
many ages afforded a quiet resting-place to
those whose minds and bodies have been
shattered by the contentions of the Great
Hall. Warren Hastinys.

In order that he might rob a neighbour
whom he had promised to defend, black
men fought on the coast of Coromaudel,
and red men scalped each other by the Great
Lakes of North America. Frederic the Great,

Like Sir Condy Rackrent in the tale,X she
survived her own wake, and overheoid the
judgment of posterity. Madame d'Arblay.

It is not given to the human intellect to
expand itseliwidely in all directions at once,
and to be at the same time gigantic and
well proportioned. Jb,

A sort of broken Johnsonese. Jb.

He [Grenville] was the raven of the
House of Commons, alwajrs croaking defeat
in the midst of triumphs.

The Earl of Chatham.

He [Henry Fox] was the most impopular
of the statesmen of his time, not because he
sinned more than many of them, but because
he canted less. Jb,

He was a rake among scholars, and a
scholar among rakes.

Review of Aikin^s Life of Addison,

To every man upon this earth

Death oometh soon or late ;
And how can man die better

Than facing fearful odds.
For the ashes of his fathers,

And the temples of his Gods?
Lays of Ancient Rome. Horatius, st, f7.

Then none was for a party ;

Then all were for the state ;
Then the great man helped the poor.

And the poor man loved the great. St, St,

As we wax hot in faction,

In battle we wax cold ;
Wherefore men fight not as they fought

In the brave days of old. St, S3.

minster and 8t Paul's.— H. Walpols, Letter to
Sir H. Mann, Nov. 24, 1774. The same idea,
however, occurred in the following title of a
book published in London in 1780 : " Poems
by a young Noblenum lately deceased [tha
second Lord Lyttelton, d. Nov. 27, 1779] ; par-
ticularly the State of England, and the onoe
flourishing City of London. In a letter from an
American Traveller, dated f^m the Ruinous
Portico of St Paul's, in the year 2199. to a fHend
settled in Boston, the Metropolis of the Western
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Was none who would be f oiemort ^

To lead snch dire attack ;
Bat thoee behind cried ** Forward ! "

And thoae before cried '* Back ! '*
Laja of Anciant Roma. Haratiua. St. 50.

And eren tbe ranks of Tuscany
Conld acazoe forbear to cheer. St. 60.

** He&yen help him ! '* quoth Lan Porseua,
** And brine him safe to shore ;

For sudk a gallant feat of arms

Was neyer seen before." St. 63.

How well Horathis kept the bridge

In the Iffare days of old. St. 70.

For are Yalerius loathed the wrong
And aye upheld the right.

Ths BattU of Lake Helmut. St. 18.

One of us two, Herminiua,

Shall nerer more go home,
I will lay on for Tusculum

And lay thou on for Borne ! St. f7.

These be the Great Twin Brethren. Ih.

Poured thick and fast the huming words
which tyrants quake to hear. Virginia.

He looked upon his people, and a tear waa

in his m.
He looked upon the traitors, and hia glance

was stem and high. Ivry.

Attend, an ye who Hst to hear our nohle

^igland^i praise ;
I ten of the tbrioe famous deeds she wrought

in ancient days. The Irmada.

O wherefore come ye forth, in faiumph from
the north ? Battle of Haseby.

Pfenecution produced its natural effect
oo them. It found them a sect ; it made
them a faction.

History of England. Chap. 1,

Hie . . . felt towards those whom he had
deserted that peculiar malignity which has,
in an agei^ beoi characterisao of apostates.


It was a crime in a child to read by the
bedside of a sick parent one of thoee beauti-
ful collects which had soothed the criefs of
Ufttj generations of Christians. Chap. t.

The Puritan hated bearbaiting, not

because it gave pcdn to the bear, but because

it gave pleasure to the ^lectators. Ih.

It is possible to be below flattery, as wen

as shore it. ^*-

Intorifsf^^ with animofltty. Ih.

There wer^ gentlemen and there were

Mmien in the naTj of Charles the Second.

Bat the seamen were not gentlemen ; and

the gentlemen were not seamen. Chap. S.

He piumbold] never would beliere that
Providence had sent a few men into the
world ready booted and spurred to ride, and
millions teadj saddled and bridled to be
ridden. Chap. 6.

In every age the vilest specimens of
human nature are to be found among
demagogues. lo.

The Habeas Corpus Act . . . the most
stringent curb that ever legislation imposed
on tyranny. Chap. 6.


Alas ! how easOy things go wrong !

A sigh too deep, or a loss too long,

And then comes a mist and a weeping rain,

And life is never the same again.

Phantastes. /. 1.

Where did you come from, baby dear ?
Out of the everywhere into here. Baby.

The roses make the world so sweet.
The bees, the birds have such a tune,

There's such a light and such a heat
And such a joy in June. To -^—

Night with her power to silence day.

YioUn Son^ ify Heart.
We must do the thing we must

Before the thing we may;
We are unfit for any trust
Tin we can and do obey.

WiUle's QnestloD. Fart 4,

Tou would not think any duty smaU
If you yourself were great. Ih,

And the butterfly flits like a stray thoucht
o' God. The bonny, bonny Dell. St. 2.

Here lie I, Martin Elginbrodde :
Have morcy o' uiy soul, Lord God ;
As I wad do, were I Lord God, ^
And ye were Martin Elginbrodde.

David Elginbrod. Chap. IS.
Better to have a loving friend

Thau ten admiring foes. St. 2.

Grief suages grief, and joy doth joy enhance :
Nature is generous to her children so.

A Book of Sonnets. To S. F. S.
He that would sing, but hath no song.
Must speak the right, denounce the wrong.
How shaU he sing? 1.7.

Better to hearken to a brook

Than watch a diamond shine.

Better Things. St. U
Better suspect that thou art proud

Than be sure that thou art great. St. 6,

Like some lone saint with upward eyes,
Lost in the deeps of prayer.

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A bird knows nothing of gladness,
Is only a song-madiine.

A Book of Dreams. Fart S, f .

Listless and sad, without complaint,
Like dead men in a dream.

The DlMjiple. 11, at 8.

The man that f eareth, Lord, to doubt,
In that fear doubteth Thee. St, *t. 15,

Beauty and sadness always go together.

Within and Without. Tart 4, *ee, S,

CHAS. If ACKAY. LL.D. (1814-1889).

The smallest effort is not lost ;

Each wavelet on the ocean tossed

Aids in the ebb-tide or the flow ;

Each raindrop mokes some flow'ret blow ;

Each struggle lessens human woe.

The Old and the Mew. 44,
Cheer boys, cheer. Son^. Fubliahed 1856,

Sir J. MACKINTOSH (1765-1832).
Diffused knowledge immortalises itself.
YiiLdlclM OaUlcn.

The Commons, faithful to their sjrstem,
remained in a wise and masterly inactiyity.

Disciplined inaction.
Causes of the Revolution of 1688. Chap. 7.

Men are never so good or so bad as their
opinions. Ethical Philosophy.

CHARLES If ACKLIN (1697 7-1797).

You are as welcome as the flowers in

May. Love k la Mode. Act 1, 1.

The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science,
that smiles in yer face while it picks yer
pocket ; and the glorious uncertamty of it
IS of mair use to the professors than the
justice of it. Act f , 1.

She looks as if butter would not melt in
her mouth. The Han of the World. Act i, 1,


Courage, brother ! do not stmnble,

Though thy path be <lu>k as night ;
There's a star to guide the humble,

Trust in Qod, and do the Right.

Trust in Qod.



Some grave their wrongs on marble ; He,

more just,
Stooped down serene, and wrote them on

the dust. Poems on flaered Subjects.


(0» 1706-1766).
Why did you swear mine eyes were bright;
Yet leave those eyes to weep P

Margaret's Qhoct.

O |Tant me, heaven, a middle state.
Neither too humble nor too great ;
More than enough for nature's ends,
With something left to treat my friends.
Translation of Horace.
Strains that sigh and words that weep.*

Funeral Hymn. tS,
He who can resign
Has never loved.

JLmyntor and Theodora. 1, 407,

Words that weep, and strains that

agonise.* f , S06

That sovereign bliss, i wife.

Cupid and Hymen.

We mourn the guilty, while the guilt we

blame. Prologue to the Siege of Damascus.


Thejr put off hearings wilfully,
To nnger the refreshing fee.

Fable of the 1


(Dtske of Rutland) (1818-1906).
Let wealth and commerce, laws and learning

But leave us still our old nobility.

England*! Trust, and other Poems.
Fart 3, tt?.

WILLIAM L. MARCY (1786-1867).

They see nothing wrong in the rule that

to the victors belong the spoils of the enemy.

Speech. Senate of the United States,

January, 18St.


Gome live with me, and be my love.

The Jew of Malta. (&ma, " 7%^
Fateionate Shepherd,** f)
Bv shallow riverSj to whose falls
Melodious birds smg madrigiUs. lb.

Infinite riches in a little room. Act. 1, 2.
Excess of wealth is cause of covetousnees.

More knave than fooL /&.

Love me little, Ipve me long.^ i^.

• See Gray : " Thoaghts that breathe » etc
t Quoted in "The Merry Wives of Windsor.*"
Act S, 1.
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Sdes many nuachiefB from suspicions.

Tha Jew of Malta. Act 1, f .

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
Far will in lu is OTer-mled by fate.

Hero and Leander. Settiad 1,

Who erer loTed, that Iot^ not at first
sight ?• Jb.

All women are ambitioiis natorally. lb.

Lore always makes those eloquent that
haye it. Sestiad f .

Was this the face that laonch'd a thousand

And Wmt the topless towers of Hium ?

Fanstna. Act 5, f.

O thon art fairer than the eyening air.
Clad in the beauty of a tiionsand stars. lb.
He that loTes pleasure, must for pleasure
fan. Act 6, 4,

Our swords shall play the orator for us.

Tamlrarlalne. FaH i, Act 1, $,

Tirtoe is flie fount whence honour springs.

lSjar% childish valorous than manly wise.

Tart i. Act 4,1,


Great men's yices are esteemed as yirtues.
Holland's Leaguer. Act i, 1,

Great joys, like griefs, are sflent. Act 5, 1,

Familiarity begets coldness.

The Antiquary. Act 1,
Worth a king's ransom. Act 5.

Our loye is like our life :
Th«re is no man blest in either till his end.
A Fine Companion. Act i, 1,

HARRIET If ARTINEAU (1802-1876).
And Sorrow tracketh wrong,
Aa echo follows song.

Hymn. On^ on, for ever,

ANDREW If ARVELL (1621-1678).
The inglorious arts of peace.

Horatlan Ode upon Cromwell's Retom
fhtnn Ireland. 1. 10,

He nothing common did, or mean.
Upon that memorable scene,
JBut with his keener eye
The aze*s edge did try ; I S7,

And now the Irish are ashamed
To see theroselyea in one year tamed :
So much one man (»n ao.
That does both act and know. /. 75,

• Quoted In " As You I-<ke It." Act 8. 6.

Choosing each stone, and poising eyery

Tnring the measures of the breadth and

Here puUing down, and there erecting new.
Founding a firm state by proportions true.
The First AnnlYtrsary.

Tis not a freedom that, where all command.

Self-preseryation, nature's first great law.
All the creation, except man, doth awe.

Hodge's Vision flrom the Honnmsnt.

And all the way, to guide their chime,
With falling oars they kept the time, f


The world in all doth but two nations bear.

The good, the bad, and these mixed eyery-

where. The Loyal Scot.

Among the blind the one-eyed blinkard
reigns. Description of Holland.

Music, the mosaic of the Air.

Music's Empire.
In busy comjAnies of men. The Garden.
Annihilating all that's made
To a green thought in a green shade. lb.

[Rey.] WILLIAM MASON (1724-

Eyen mitred dulness learns to feel.

Ode to Independence.

The fattest hog in Epicurus' sty.

Heroic Epistle.
All praise is foreign, but of true desert,
Plays round the nead, but comes not to the
heart. Mnsaus.

Fancy is the friend of woe.

Ode. Nb,7,*t,t,
Waste is not grandeur.

The English Garden. Book i, tO,

Fashion eyer is a wayward child.


GERALD MASSEY (1828-1907).
And Life is all the sweeter that he liyed,
And all he loyed more sacred for his sake :
And Death is all the brighter that he died.
And Heayen is all the happier that he's

Lines in Memory of Earl Brownlow.

In this dim world of clouding cares,
We rarely know, till 'wildered eyes
See white wings lessening up the skies,

The angels with us unawares.

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This world ii full of beanty, u other worldf

And, if we did our duty, it might be as fuU
of love.

Cries of Forty-Bl^t. This world it full
of beauty.

Now, victory to our England !

And where'er she lifts her hand
In Freedom's fight, to rescue Right,

Qod bless the dear old Land !

England goes to Battle.

One sharp, stem struggle, and the slaves of
oentunes are free. The Patriot. L 6S,

To those who walk beside them, great men

Mere common earth; but distance makes

them stars. Hood, /. 11.

PHILIP If ASSINOER (1688-1640).
For any man to match above his rank
Is but to sell his liberty.

Virgin Hartyr. Act 1, 1.

The picklock
That never fails. [Money.]

The Unnatural Combat. Act 1, 1.

'Tis true, gold can do much,
But beauty more. Jb.

The world's wicked.
We are men, not saints, sweet lady; you

must practise
The manners of the time, if you intend
To have favour from it. Jb,

Serves and fears
The fury of the many-headed monster,
The giddy multitude. Act 3, t.

There are so many ways to let out life.

Duke of Milan. Act Jf, 3.

But still remember, that a prince's secrets
Are balm concealed ; but poison if discovered.
^ 76.

Honours never fail to purchase silence.

Act t, 1.
I am in,
And must go on ; and since I have put off
From the shore of innocence, guilt be thou
my pilot. /^.

Prav you use vour freedom.
Ana, so for, if you please, allow me mine.
To hear you only ; not to be compelled
To take your moral potions. Act ^, 3

Her goodness doth disdain comparison,
And, but herself, admits no pai^llel. Jb.

Now speak.
Or be for ever silent.


For injuries are writ in brass, kind Graccho,
And not to be forgotten. Act J, 1.

Honours and great employments are greafc^
burthens. The Bondman. Act 1, 3.

He that would govern others, first should bo
The master of Imnself . ij.

A wise man never
Attempts impossibUities*

The Renagado. Aei i, 1.

View yourselves
In the deceiving mirror of self-love.

PtjrUament of LoYe. Act i, 5.

Better the devil's than a woman's slave.

Act f , f .
To have the greatest blessing, a true friend.

Act 5, g.
What pity 'tis, one that can speak so well.
Should, in his actions, be so iU. Act 3, 3.

All words.
And no performanoe. Act ^ f .

There are a liiousand doors to let out life.
^ . . , Jb.

Our ami is glory and to leave our names
To aftertime. The Roman Actor. Act Jf, 1.

To descend
To the censure of a better word ; or jest,
Dropped from a poet's pen. Jb,

This syllable, his wiU^
Stands for a thousand reasons. Aet 7, f .

I in m^ own house am an emperor,

And will defend what's mine. Jb,

If there be.
Among the auditors, one whose oonsdenoe

tells him
He is of the same mould,— IF0 cannot htlp it.

Act 7, 3.
This many-headed monster. Act 5, g.

Grim Death. Act 4, t.

For princes never more make known their

Than when they cherish goodness where
they find it.

Great Dnke of Florence. Act 7, 7.

Greatness, which private men
Esteemed a blessing, is to me a curse ;
And wo who, for our high births, they

The only freemen, are the only slaves.
Happy the golden mean ! Jb,

A glorious lazy drone, grown fat with

On others* toil Act 7, t.

He's blind with too much light. Aet t, 1,

Delights, which to achieve, danger is

And loyidty but a wor^ Aet f , 3,


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