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The old human fiends, Power exercised with violence has seldom With one foot in the grave, with dim eyes, been of long duration, but temper and modstrange

eration generally produce permanence in all To tears save drops of dotage, with long things. white

i. SENECA, And scanty hairs, and shaking hands, and heads

The most imperious masters over their As palsied as their hearts are hard, they

own servants are at the same time the most council,

abject slaves to the servants of other masters. Cabal, and put men's lives out, as if life

J. SENECA. Were no more than the feelings long extin

guish'd In their accursed bosoms.

Bleed, bleed, poor country! a. BYRONThe Two Foscari. Act II.

Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure,
Sc. 1.

For goodness dares not check thee!

k. Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 3. Think'st thon there is no tyranny but that Of blood and chains ? The despotism of vice

For what is he they follow? truly gentlemen, The weakness and the wickedness of luxury

A bloody tyrant, and a homicide; The negligence-the apathy-the evils

One rais'd in blood, and one in blood estab

lish'd; Of sensual sloth-produce ten thousand

One that made means to come by what he tyrants, Whose delegated cruelty surpasses

hath, The worst acts of one energetic master,

And slaughter'd those that were the means to However harsh and hard in his own bearing.

help him;

A base foul stone, made precious by the b. BYRON— Sardanapalus. Act I. Sc. 2.

foil Tyranny is far the worst of treasons. Dost

Of England's chair, where he is falsely set; thou deem

One that hath ever been God's enemy. None rebels except subjects? The prince

l. Richard III, Act V, Sc. 3. who Neglects or violates his trust is more

He hath no friends but what are friends for A brigand than the robber-chief.

fear; C. BYRONThe Tico Foscari. Act II. Which in his dearest need, will fly from

Sc. 1.


Richard III. Act V. Sc. 2.

What Are a few drops of human blood?—'tis false, The blood of tyrants is not human; they

How can tyrants safely govern home, Like to incarnate Molochs, feed on ours,

Unless abroad they purchase great alliance? Until 'tis time to give them to the tombs

Henry VI. Pt. III. Act III. Sc. 3. Which they have made so populous.-Oh world!

I grant him bloody,
Oh men! what are ye, and our best designs, Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
That we

must work by crime to punish Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin crime?

That has a name. d. BYRON- Marino Fuliero. Act IV.

Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 3.

Sc. 2. He who strikes terror into others is him- I knew him tyrannous, and tyrants' fears self in continual fear.

Decrease not, but grow faster than the years. CLAUDIANUS.


Pericles. Act I. Sc. 2. Of all the evils that infest a state,

0, it is excellent A tyrant is the greatest: there the laws

To have a giant's strength; but it is tyran. Hold not one common tenor; his sole will

nous Commands the laws, and lords it over them. To use it like a giant. f. EURIPIDES-Supp. 429.

9. Measure for Measure. Act II, Sc. 2.

Necessity, The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds.

O nation miserable, 9. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IV.

With an untitled tyrant bloody scepter'd, Line 393.

When shalt thou see thy wholesome days

again? O mighty father of the gods! when once

Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 3. dire lust, dyed with raging poison, has fired their minds, vouchsafe to punish cruel Sith 'twas my fault to give the people scope, tyrants in no other way than this, that they 'Twould be my tyranny to strike and gall see virtue and pine away at having forsaken

them her.

For what I bid them do. h. PERSIUS.

Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 1.



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UNBELIEF. Man's Unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his Greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning, he cannot quite bury under the Finite. e. CARLYLE-Sartor Resartus. Bk. II.

Ch. IX. The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself. CARLYLE-Sartor Resartus. Bk. II.

Ch. VII. There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve. g. GEORGE MacDoNALD The Marquis of

Lossie. Ch. XLII.


Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.

Maria LOVELL- Translation of

Ingomar the Barbarian. Act II. 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:
Then lands were fairly portioned;

Then spoils were fairly sold:
The Romans were like brothers
In the brave days of old.
MACAULAY— Lays of Ancient Rome.

Horatius. St. 32.
The union of lakes-the union of lands-
The union of States none can sever--
The union of hearts—the union of hands-
And the flag of our Union for ever!
p. GEORGE P. MORRIS--The Flag of our

Union. So we grew together, Like to a double cherry, seeming parted, But yet a union in partition; Two lovely berries moulded on one stem: So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart; Two of the first, like coats in heraldry, Due but to one, and crowned with one crest. 9. Midsummer Night's Dream. Act III.

Sc. 2.

Unbelief is blind.

h. MILTON— Comus. Line 519.

Better had they ne'er been born,
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.

i. Scott— The Monastery. Ch. XII.

More strange than true. I never may be

lieve These antique fables, nor these fairy toys. 1. Midsummer Night's Dream. Act V.

Sc. 1.

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Bv uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.

k, John DICKINSON— The Liberty Song. Our two lives grew like two buds that kiss At lightest thrill from the bee's swinging

chime, Because the one so near the other is. 1. GEORGE ELIOT-- Brother and Sister.

Pt. I. St. 1. Our Union is river, lake, ocean, and sky: Man breaks not the medal, when God cuts

the die! Though darkened with sulphur, though

cloven with steel, The blue arch will brighten, the waters will

HOLMES-Brother Jonathan's Lament

for Sister Caroline,

UNKINDNESS, As “unkindness has no remedy at law," let its avoidance be with you a point of honor.

Hosea BalLOU- MSS. Serinons. Unkind language is sure to produce the fruits of unkindness,--that is, suffering in the bosom of others.

Hard Unkindness' alter'd eye,
That mocks the tear it forced to flow.
t. Gray--Eton College. St. 8.

Unkindness may do much;
And his unknindness may defeat my life,
But never taint my love.

น. Othello. Act IV. Sc. 2. In nature there's no blemish but the mind; None can be call'd deform’d, but the unkind.

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Apollo has peeped through the shutter,
And awaken'd the witty and fair;
The boarding-school belle's in a flutter,
The twopenny post's in despair;
The breath of the morning is flinging
A magic on blossom and spray,
And cockneys and sparrows are singing
In chorus on Valentine's day.
h. PRÆD-14th of February.

Saint Valentine is past; Begin these wood-birds but to couple now? i. Midsummer Night's Dream. Act IV.

Sc. 1. To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day

All in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window,

To be your Valentine. )

Hamlet. Act IV. Sc. 5. The fourteenth of February is a day sacred to St. Valentine! It was a very odd notion, alluded to by Shakespeare, that on this day birds begin to couple; hence, perhaps, arose the custom of sending on this day letters containing professions of love and affection. k. Noah WEBSTER.

Now all Nature seem'd in love
And birds had drawn their Valentines.



No popular respect will I omit
To do the honour on this happy day,
When every loyal lover tasks his wit
His simple truth in studious rhymes to pay,
And to his mistress dear his hopes convey.
Rather than know it I would still outrun
All calendars with Love's, whose date alway
Thy bright eyes govern better than the sun,
For with thy favour was my life begun:
And still I reckon on from smiles to smiles,
And not by Suminers, for I thrive on none
But those thy cheerful countenance compiles.
Oh! if it be to choose and call thee mine
Love, thou art every day my Valentine!
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Oh! cruel heart! ere these posthumous

papers Have met thine eyes, I shall be out of

breath; Those cruel eyes, like two funereal tapers,

Have only lighted me the way to death. Perchance thou wilt extinguish them in

vapours, When I ain gode, and green grass covereth Thy lover, lost; but it will be in vainIt will not bring the vital spark again. f. Hood- - A Valentine.


O friends, be men, and let your hearts be

strong, And let no warrior in the heat of fight Do what may bring him shame in other's

eyes; For more of those who shrink from shame

are safe Than fall in battle, while with those who flce Is neither glory nor reprieve from death. Bryant's Homer's Iliad. Bk. V.

Line 657. There is always safety in valor.

EMERSON— The Times." Valor consists in the power of self-recovery. P. EMERSON Essays. Circles.

In vain doth valour bleed, While Avarice and Rapine share the land. 9. MILTON-Sonnet. To the Lord

General Fairfar.

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Hail to thy returning festival, old Bishop Valentine! Great is thy name in the rubric. Like unto thee, assuredly, there is no other mitred father in the calendar. 9.





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He's truly valiant, that can wisely suffer The worst that man cau breathe; and make His outsides; wear them like his raiment,

carelessly: And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart, To bring it into danger.

Timon of Athens. Act III. Sc. 5. Methought, he bore him in the thickest

troop ds doth a lion in a herd of neat: Or as a bear, encompass'd round with dogs; Who, having pinch'd a few, and made them

cry, The rest stand all aloof, and bark at him.

6. Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 1. Muster your wits: stand in your defence; Or hide ycur heads like cowards, and fly

Love's Labour's Lost. Act V. Sc. 2.

What's brave, what's noble,
Let's do it after the high Roman fashion,
And make death proud to take us.
d. Antony and Cleopatra. Act IV. Sc. 13.

When valour preys on reason, It eats the sword it fights with. Antony and Cieopatra. Act III. Sc. 2.

VANITY. Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference As tenderness is under the love which it cannot return. f. GEORGE ELIOT - Daniel Deronda.

Bk. I. Ch. XI. Those who live on vanity must not unreasonably expect to die of mortification. 9. Mrs. ELLIS- Pictures of Private Life.

Second Series. The Pains of

Pleusing. Ch. III. What is your sex's earliest, latest care, Your heart's supreme ambition ? To be fair.

h. LORD LYTTLETON— Advice to a Lady. Not a vanity is given in vain. i. PoPE--Essay on Man. Ep. II.

Line 290. Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.

j. Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. Where doth the world thrust forth a vanity That is not qnickly buzz'd into his ears?

k. Richard 11. Act II, Sc. 1.

The groves of Eden, vanish'd now so long, Live in description, and look green in song: These, were my breast inspir'd with equal

flame, Like them in beauty, should be like in fame. Here hills and vales, the woodland and the

plain, Here earth and water seem to strive agaid; Not chaos-like together crush'd and bruis’d, But, as the world, harmoniously confus'd, Where order in variety we see, And where, though alt things differ, all

agree. p. POPE- Windsor Forest. Line 13.

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Variety's the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavor.
1. CowPER -- The Taske. Bk. II.

Line 606.
Variety's the source of joy below,
From which still fresh revolving pleasures

flow; In books and love, the mind one end pur

sues, And only change the expiring flame renews.

GAY-- Epistles.

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A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.

t. Vuch Ado About Nothing. Act I, Sc. 1.

I came, saw, and overcame,

U. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 3.

The heart resolves this matter in a trice, “Men only feel the Smart, but not the Vice." d. POPE-Second Book of Horace. Ep. II.

Line 216. Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace. POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. II.

Line 217. We do not despise all those who have Vices, but we despise all those who have not a single Virtue. ji ROCHEFOUCAULD.

Why is there nó man who confesses his Vices? It is because he has not yet laid them aside. It is a waking man only who can tell his dreams. g. SENECA.

0, dishonest wretch! Wilt thon be made a man out of my vice?

h. Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 1. There is no vice so simple, but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

i. Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2. Vice repeated is like the wand'ring wind, Blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself. ).

Pericles. Act I. Sc. 1,

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