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Canto 3, tt, 10.

O, hush thee, my baby, thy sire was a

Thy mother a lady, both loyely and bright ;
The woods and the glens, from the towers

which we see
They all are belonging, dear baby, to thee.

Lullaby of an InCant ChleL
Come as the winds come, when

Forests are rended ;
Come as the wayes come, when

Nayies are stranded !

Pibrooh of Donald Dho.

While there's leayes in the forest, and foam

on the river,
MacGregor, despite them, shall flourish for

ever. MacOi^or's Gathering.

John Bull was in his yeiy worst of moods.
Baying of sterile farms and unsold goods.
The Search after Happiness. 15.

Their hearts were made of English oak,
their swords of ShefEleld steel.

The Bold Dragoon*
The dew that on the yiolet lies
Mocks the dark lustre of thine eyes.

The Lord of the Isles. Canto 1, tt, S.

To show the form it seemed to hide.

Canto i, tt, $,
In man's most dark extremity
Oft succour dawns from Heayen.

Canto i, tt, 90.


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And I will say, as BtOl I've said.
Though by ambition far misled,
Thou art a noble knight.

The Lord of the Iilta. Canto S, tt, 6.

Thus, then, my noble foe I greet :
Health and high fortune till we meet,
And then — ^what pleases Heaven. St. 6,

Scenes sung by him who sings no more !
His bright and brief career is o*er,
And mute his tuneful strains.

Canto 4, 't, II.
O ! many a shaft, at random sent.
Finds mark the archer little meant !
And many a word, at random 8x>oken,
May soothe or wound a heart that*s broken !
Canto 5, tt. 18.

Forward, each gentleman and knight !

Let gentle blood show generous might,

And chivalry redeem the fight !

Canto 6, st. f^.
"Wayerley drove through the sea of books,

like a vessel without a pilot or a rudder.

Waverley. Chap, S,

Twist ye, twine ve ! even so

Mingle shades of joy and woe,

Hope and fear, and peace, and strife,

In the thread of human life.

Guy MannerlB^. Chap, 4-
'* That sounds like nonsense, my dear."
" May be so, my dear ; but it may be very

good law for all that." Chap. 9,

** Pro-di-gi-ous ! ** exclaimed Dominie
Sampson. Chap, I4,

** Knowest thou not me P *' the Deep Voice

*• So lon^ enloyed, so oft misused —
Alternate, m thy fickle pride,

Desired, neglected, and accused P
Before my breath, like blazing flax,

Man and his marvels pass away ;
And changing empires wane and wax.

Are found&a, flourish, and decay.*' (Time.)
The Antiquary. Chap, II.

But with the morning cool repentance
came. Bob Boy. Chap. IS,

To the timid and hesitating eveirthing is
impossible because it seems so. Uhap, 16,

Among the sea of upturned faces.

Chap, to.

My foot is on my native heath, and my

name is MacGregor. Chap. $4,

Like all ro^es, he was a great calum-
niator of the lair sex.

Heart of Midlothian. Chap. 18.

To all the sensual world proclaim,
One crowded hour of glorious li£e -
Is worth an age without a namae

Old MortaUty. Chap. 34.

In poetiT there is always fallaoy, and
Bometmies fiction.

Brido of Lammermoor. Chap, 21.

When Israel, of the Lord belovM,

Out of the land of bondage came.
Her fathers* God before her mov'd,
An awful guide in smoke and flame.

Ivanhoe. Chap, S9.

For a yeoman of Kent, with his yearly rent.

There never was a widow could say him

nay. lb. Chap, 40,

- Old Homer's theme

Was but a dream,
Himself a fiction too.

Monastery. Ansu^er to tha
Inti'oductory Epiiile.

The happy combination of fortuitous
circumstances. lb.

Within that awful volume lies

The mystery of mjrsteries ! Chap. It.

And better had they ne'er been bom.
Who read to doubt, or read to soom. lb.

Credit me, friend, it hath been ever thus,
Since the ark rested on Mount Ararat :
False man hath sworn, and woman hath

believed —
Repented and reproached, and then believed

once more. Fortonea of Hl^eL Chap. tO.

For a con-si-de-ra-tion. Chap, 22.

The wise man is his own best assistant. JA.

He comes and gangs like a flap of a whirl-
wind, or sic loike. Bed^untlet. Chap. 6.

Widowed wife, and wedded maid.
Betrothed, betrayer, and betrayedf.

Tho Betrothed. Chap. IS.

What can they see in the longest kingly
line in Europe^ save that it runs back to a
successful soldier P

Woodstock. Vol. 2, ehap. 57.

But with the morning cool reflection came.*

The Hi^land Widow*

Introductory, Chap. 4»

We talk of a credulous vulgar without
always recollecting that there is a vulgar
incredulity, which in historical matters, as
well as in those of religion, flnds it easier to
doubt than to examine.

Fair Maid of Pertli. Introductory.

A torturer of phrases into sonnets.

JInchiDdraoe. ActS^ 1.

HI fares it with the flock
If shepherds wrangle when the wolf is nigh.
HaUdonHilL Act I, 2,

• Ste Rowe (p. 9M) : "At length the morn and
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A dinner lubricates business. Sayings :
Quoted in BonceWt Life ofJohtuon,

The elegant simplicitj of the three per

eents. CampbeWi Chaneellors.

VoL 10, ehap. tit,

[Sir] C. SCROPE (1649-1680).
Thon canst hurt no man's fame with thj

ill word;
Thy pen is full as harmless as thy sword.

On the Earl of Roohaster.

[Sir] OWEN SEAMAN (b. 1861)
There must be something good in you, I

Or why does everyone abuse jcn so ?

In Praise of Fog.

Yet in a hundred scenes, all much the same,
I know that weekly half a million men

(Who nerer actually played the game),
Hustiing like cattle herded in a i>en,
Look on and shout,

While two-and-twenty hirelings hack a
hall about. The People*s Sport.

She looked him frankly in the face.
And told a wicked, wicked lie.

A Vitfo Street Edo^e.

C Oxford ! of whom the poet said
That one of your unwritten laws is

To back the weaker side, and wed
Tour gallant heart to wobbling causes.

The Scholar Farmer.

Great is adrertisement with little men.

Ode to Spring in the Metropolis.

New Art would better Nature's best.
But Nature knows a thing or two.

Ars Postera.

[Sir] CHARLES SEDLEY (c. 1639-

When change itself can give no more,

Tis easy to be true.

Reasons for Constancy.

Let fools the name of loyalty divide :
Wise men and gods are on the strongest
side. Death of Marc Antony. Act /, f .

rRs cruel to prolong a pain, and to defer a

ioiB^ ** Love still hat eomething of the sea,*'

FiuUk VB my only joy. Scn^.

What shall bocome of man so wise.

When he dies ?

None can tell
Whether be goee to bearen or hell.

Ont of Lycophron.

. Out of our reach the gods have laid

Of time to come th' event.
And laugh to see the fools afraid

Of what the knaves invent. Ji.

JOHN SELDEN (1684-1664).

Scrutamini Scripturas, Tliese two words
have undone the world.

Table Talk. Bible, Scripture,

Ceremony keeps up all things. Ceremony,

To preach long^ loud, and Damnation, is
the way to be cned up. We love a man
that Damns us, and we run after him to
save us. Batnnation,

Equity is a Boguish thing . . . Equiij
is according to Conscience of him that is
Chancellor^ and as that is larger or narrower,
so is Equity. . . . One Ci^suicellor has a
lon^ foot, another a short foot, a third an
indifferent foot. 'Tis the same thing in the
Chanoellor*s Conscience. Equity,

Old friends are best. Friends,

Commonly we say a Judgment falls upon
a man for somethmg in uiem we cannot
abide. Judgment,.

No man is the wiser for his leaming.^
. Wit and wisdom are bom with a man.
More solid things do not show the com-
plexion of the times so well as Ballads andi
labels.* LibeU,

Marriage is nothing but a civil contract.

There is not a thing in the world more-
abused than this sentence, Salu* poptUi
suprema lex esto, People,

The parish makes the Constable, anci
when the Constable is made he governs the
Parish. lb,

'Tis the most pleasing flattery to like
what other men like. Pleasure,

The Pope sends for him . . . and (says
he), We wiU be merry as we were before, for
thou little thinkest what a little Foolery
governs the whole world.f Fope,

Syllables govern the world. Power, State,

Preachers say. Do as I say, not as I do.

Why does the nurse tell the child of Raw-
head and Bloody-bones ? To keep it in awe.
Priests of Rome,
Women and princes must trust somebody.


* Libels = pamphlets (h'MZum, a small book).

t " Yon do not know, mj son, with how little
wisdom men are gOTemcd."— Saying of Count
Axel Oxenstiema to bin son. Set Bliscellaneons,
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(of Mattadktttettt) (1748-1808).
No pent-up Utica contracts your powers,
But the wnole boundless continent is jours.
Epilogue to Cato.

WILLIAM H. SEWARD (1801-1872).
There Ib a higher law than the Constitu-
tion. Speech. March 11^ 1850,

[Dr.] GEORGE SEWELL (a. 1726).

When all the blandishments of life are gone,

The coward sneaks to death; the brave

lire on. The Suicide.

From Martial^ Book 11, Epigram 66.

THOMAS SHADWELL (1642-1692).

Instantly, in the twinkling of a bedstaff.

Words may be false and full of art :
Sighs are the natural language of tae heart.
Psyche. Act S.
The fond fantastic thing, called conscience,
Which serves for nothing, but to make men
cowards. The Libertine. Act 1, 1.


What care these roarers for the name of

king P The Tempett Act 2, 1.

He hath no drowning mark upon him ; his
complexion is perfect gallows. lb.

The wills above be done I but I would fain
die a dry death. lb.

In the dark backward and abysm of time.

Act i, t.
Set all hearts i' the state
To what tune pleased his ear. lb,

I, thus neglecting worldly ends, all

To closeness, and the bettering of my mind.

Made such a sinner of his memory,
To credit his own lie. lb.

Your tale, sir, would cure deafnees. lb,

Mv library
Was dukedom large enough. lb.

The yeaj rats
Instioctively had qmt it. lb.

From the stUl-yezed Bermoothes. lb,

I will be oorrespondent to command
And do my spnting* gently . lb.

Gome unto these vellow sands,

And then take nands :
Curtsied when you have, and kissed

The wild waves whist. lb.

* " SplrltiDg," in some editioDP

The strain of strutting chanticleer.


Full fathom five thy father Hes ;

Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyee ;

Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea change
Into something rich and strange. lb.

The fring^ curtains of thine eye advance.

There's nothing ill can dwell in such a

tem|)le ;
If the ill spirit have so fair a house,
Gh>od things will strive to dwell with *t. lb.

Thou shall be as free
As mountain winds. R,

He receives comfort like cold porridge.

Act f , 1.

A very aneient and fish-like smell. Act f , £.

Misery acquaints a man with Strang
bedfeUowi. lb.

For she had a tongue with a tang. R,

Ferd: Here's my hand.
Miranda : And mine, with my heart in*t.

Act 3, 1.
He that dies pays all debts. Act S, t.

Travellers ne'er did lie.
Though fools at home condenm 'em.

Act 5, S.
I'll seek him deeper than e'er plummet

sounded. lb.

Our revels now are ended. These our

As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air ;
And like the baseless fabric of this vision
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous

The solemn temples, the great globe itself.
Tea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve.
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded.
Leave not a rack behind. We are such

As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. Act 4, 1.

For aye thy foot-licker. lb,

I do begin to have bloody thoughts. lb.

With foreheads villainous low. lb.

Now does my project gather to a head.

Act 5, U
Where the bee sucks, there suck I ;
In a cowslip's bell I lie :
There I couch when owls do cry ;
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer, merrily. lb.

Let us not burden our remembrance with
An heaviness that's gone. Jh


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Hame-keepong yoath huTO ever homelj wits.
The Two 0«iitt«meB of Tcrona. Act 1, 1,

To bt in loTB, where ecom ia bought with

Coy looks, with heart-sore sighs. lb,

I have no other bnt a woman's reason :
I think him so, because I think him so. lb.

Since maids, in modesty, saj " No," to that
Whidi they wonld have the profferer
"•^Ay." lb.



how this spring of lore resembleth
The nnoertam gloiy of an April day 1

lire, that is closest kept, bums most of all.

Act i, f .

They lore least, that let men know their

love. Jb,

And yet another yet. Act f , I.

A jest unseen, inscmtable, invisible
As a noee on a man's face, or a weather-
cock on a steeple I lb.

I hare received my proportion, like the
prodigions son. Act t, 8,

1 have done penance for contemning love.

Act f , 4,
She is mine own ;
And I as rich in having such a Jewel,
As twenty seas, if all ti^eir sand were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.


The current that with gentle murmur glides,

Thou know'st, being stopped, impatiently

doth rage. Act f , 7.

Didst thou but know the inl^r touch of love,
Thou wouldst as soon go londle fire with

As seek to quench the fire of love with
words. Ih.

Flatter and praise, commend, extol their

Though ne'er so black, say they have angels'

That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no

If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.

Act J, 1.
Except I be by Sylvia in tiie night,
Hiere is no music in the nightingale ;
Except I look on Sylvia in the day,
There is no day for me to look upon. lb.

Win her with gifts, if she respect not words :
Dumb jewels often, in their silent kind,
More quid^ than words, do move a woman's

n >I Bq , lb,

Tbne is the none and breeder of all good.

Hope is a lover's staff. lb.

Ay, much is the force of heaven-bred poesy.

Aet S, f .
A man I am, crossed with adversity.

Who is Sylvia P what is she.
That aU our swains commend her P

Is she kind, as she is fair P Aet4,i,

Love doth to her eyes repair
To help him of lus blindness. Aet 4, 4.

Is she not passing fair P lb.

How use doth breed a habit in a man !

Aet 5. 4,
Were man
But constant, he were perfect. lb.

I hold him but a fool that will endanger
His body for a girl that loves him not. lb,

I will make a Star- Chamber matter of it.
The Merry Wives of Windsor. Aet 1, 1,

All his successors, gone before him, have
done't ; and all his ancestors that come after
him, may, lb.

It is a familiar beast to man, and signifies —
love. lb.

Seven hundred pounds, and possibilities,
is good gifts. lb.

Lastly and finally, mine host of the (barter.


Word of denial, froth and scum, thou

liest! lb.

I had rather than forty shillings, I had mv
book of songs and sonnets here. lb,

II there be no great love in the beginning,
yet heaven may decrease it upon better
acquaintance, when we are married, and
have more occasion to know one another ; I
hope upon familiarity will grow more
contempt. lb.
There's the humour of it.* lb,

"Convey" the wise it call. "Steal!"
fob ! a fico for the phrase. Aet i, S,

Tester I'll have in pouch, when thou shalt

Base Phrygian Turk I lb.

Thou art the Mars of malcontents; I
second thee; troop on! lb.

Here will be an old abudng of God's
patience, and the King's English.

Aet 1,4'^

His worst fault is that he is given to
prayer ; he is something peevish that way ;
but nobody but has his fault ; but let that
pass. I^'

*Th1s was inserted bj Theobald from the


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We bum daylight

The Merry Wivti of Windsor. Act t, 1,

They do no more adhere and keep pace

together than the hundredth psahn to the

tune of ** Green Sleeves." lb.

Faith thou hast some crotchets in thy head
now. Ih.

If money go before, all ways do lie open.

Act f , t.
Why, then the world's mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open. lb.

Lore like a shadow flies when substance love

Pursuing that that flies, and flying what

pursues. lb.

Hiding mine honour in my necessity. lb.

Marry, this is the short and the long of it.


Unless experience be a jewel ; that I have

purchased at an infinite rate. lb.

Like a fair house built on another man's
ground. lb,

^7 KB'* de herring is no dead, so as I will
kill him. Act ft, S,

Ah, sweet Anne Page ! Act S, 1,

I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.

Act 3, t.

O, what a world of vile, ill-favoured faults

Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a
year. Act 5, ^

If it be my luck, so ; if not, happy man

be his dole I lb.

If I be served such another trick, I'll have

my brains taken out and buttered, and give

them to a dog for a new year's gift.

Act S, 5,

I have a kind of alacrity in sinking. lb.

The rankest compound of villainous smell
that ever offended nostrlL lb,

A man of my kidney. lb.

Your husband is in bis old lunas again.

Act 4, t.

Life is a shuttle. Act 5, 1.

The]r B&7 there is divinity in odd numbers,
either in nativity, chance, or death. lb.

Better a little chiding than a great deal of
heart-break. Act 6, S,

Let the sky rain potatoes ! let it thunder
to the tune of ''Green Sleeves!" Act 6^6,

What cannot be eschewed, must be
embraced. lb.

Ford; And one that is as slanderous as
Page : And as poor as Job ?
Ford : And as wicked as his wife P lb.

O powerful love ! that in some respecti
makes a beast a man; in some other, a
man a beast. lb.

Heaven doth with ns as we with torches do,
Not light them for themselves.

Measure for Measura. Act 2, !•

I love the people.
But do not like to stage me to their eyes ,
Though it do well, I do not relish well
Their loud applause and ave$ vehement';
Nor do I think the man of safe discretion.
That does affect it. lb.

He was ever precise in promise-keeping.

Act i, f .

And liberty plucks justice by the nose.

I hold you as a thing ensky'd and sainted.

Act 1,6.

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might

By fearing to attempt. Ib^

And let him learn to know when maidens

Men give like gods. Ih.

We must not make a scarecrow of the law,
Setting it up to fear tiie birds of prey, —
And let it keep one shape, till custom make it
Their perch, and not their terror. Act if 1.

'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus.
Anotiier thing to fall. I do not deny,
The jury* passing on the prisoner's Ufe,
May, in a sworn twelve, have a thief or two
Guiltier than him they tiy. lb.

The jewel that we find, we stoop and take it.
Because we see it ; but what we do not see
We tread upon, and never think of it. lb.

This will last out a night in Bussia,

When nights are longest there. lb.

At war 'twixt will and will not. Act f , f .

Condemn the fault and not the actor of it ?

No ceremony that to g^reat ones longs.
Not the King's crown, nor the deputed

The marshal's truncheon, nor the judge*8

Become them with one half so good a grace
As mercy does. lb,

O ! it is excellent

To have a giant's strength; but it ia


To use it like a giant. A£t f , f .

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But man, proud man I
DiQft in a tittle brief authority, —
Most ignorant of what he's most assured,
His glassy essence, — ^like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tzickB before high

As make the angels weep.

Measure for Meaiure. Act f , f .
That in the captain's but a choleric word.
Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy. lb.

Our comx>elled sins
Stand more for number than for acoompt.

Act f , 4.

pardon me, my lord ; it oft falls out.

To have what we would have, we speak not
what we mean. lb.

The miserable have

No other medicine but only hope. Act 3, 1.
Serrile to all the skyey influences. Ih.

Palsied eld. lb.

Dar'st thou die ?
The sense of death is most in apprehension ;
And the poor beetle, that we tre»d upon,
In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great
As when a giant dies. lb,

% If I must die,

1 win enoounter darkness as a bride.

And hug it in mine arms. lb.

Ay, but to die, and go we know not where ;
To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot ;
This sensible warm motion to become
A kneaded clod ; and the delighted spirit
To bathe in fiery floods, or to reside
In thrilling region* of thick- ribbM ice ;
To be imprisoned in the yiewless winds,
And blown with restless riolence round about
The pendent worid. lb.

The weariest and most loathed worldly life
That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment
Can lay on nature, is a paradise
To what we fear of death. lb.

Virtue is bold, and goodness neyer fearful.

Act 5, 1.
A Tery superficial, ignorant, unweighing

feUow. Act 5, i.

Back- wounding calumny
The whitest Tirtue strikes. lb,

iShame to him, whose cruel striking
EiUs for faults of his own liking ! lb.

When rich villains have need of poor ones,
Poor one* may make what price tney wilL

Act 3, 3.
Take, oh, take thoee lips away,

That so sweetly were forswom.t Act 4y i.

• In ■omc editions " reglona," . , ,

t TbJs ■taoza, with an additional one, is found

In Bcanmont and Fletcher's " BoUo," Act 6. 2.

The song U possibly a ballad current in Shakes-

peare's fime, but Malone and other editors prefer

to l>di«Te that it Is by Shakespeare.

Seals of love, but sealed in vain,
Sealed in vain.


Every true man's apparel fits your thief.

Act 4, i.
A forted residence '^[amst the tooth of time.
And razure of oblivion. Act 5, 1,

My business in this state
Made me a looker-on here in Vienna. lb.

They say best men are moulded out of

And, for the most, become much more than

For being a little bad. lb.

For trutlf is truth
To th' end of the reckoning. lb.

What's mine is your's, and what is yours is
mine. lb.

The pleasing punishment that women bear. ~
The Comedy of Errors. Act 1, 1.

A wretched soul bruised with adversity.

Act «, 1,
They brought one Pinch, a hungry, lean-
faced villain
A mere anatomy, a mountebank,
A threadbare juggler, and a fortune-teller,
A needy, hollow - eyed, sharp - looking

A living dead man. Act 6, 1.

He hath, indeed, better bettered expecta-
tion, than you must expect of me to tell
you how.

Much Ado about Nothing. Act i, 1.

He is a very valiant trencher-man. lb.

They never meet but there iA a skirmish
of wit between them. lb.

He wears his faith but as the fashion of
his bat. lb.

I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your
books. lb.

What my dear lady Disdain ! lb.

Shall I never see a bachelor of three-score
again P lb.

In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.}

Benedick the married man. lb.

There live we as merry as the day is long.

How many fools serve mad jealousy 1 lb.
Speak low, if you speak love. lb,

% Thos. Watson (1560-1691) has a sonnet with
the line t " In tiine the bull is brought to bear
the yoke." Ovid ("TristU," 4, 6, 1) has : "Tern-
pore roricoln patieos fit tauros aratri."


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Friendship is constant in all other things,
Sare in the office and affairs of love ;
Therefore, all hearts in love use their own

Let every eye negotiate for itself,
And trust no agent ; for beauty is a witch,
Against whose charms faith melteth into


' Maoh Ado about Hothing. Act t, 1,

Silence is the perfected herald of joy ; I
were but little hap|^, if I could say how
much. 2b,

Every why hath a wherefore. (Proverb.)

He was wont to speak plaiif^ and to the
purpose, like an honest man and a soldier ;
and now is he turned orthographer ; his
words are a very fantastical banquet. Just
■o many strange dishes. Act r, 5.

Note this before my notes.
There is not a note of mine that*s worth the
noting. Ibm

8i^ no more ladies, sigh no more,

Hen were deceivers ever ;
One foot in sea, and one on shore ;

To one thing constant never. Ib»

Sits the wind in that comer P Ih,

Man loves the meat in his youth that he
cannot endure in his old age, lb.

Shall quips, and sentences, and these paper
bullets of the brain, awe a man from the
career of his humour P lb.

When I said I would die a bachelor, I did
not think I should live till I were married.

Of this matter
Is little Cupid^s crafty arrow made,
That only wounds by hearsay. Act 5, 1,

So turns she every man the wrong wav out ;

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