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Affliction is enamour'd of thy parts,
Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 3.
Henceforth I'll bear Affliction till it do cry out itself, Enough, Enough, and die.
6. King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 6.
Thou art a soul in bliss ; but I am bound
Affliction is not sent in vain
God's angels come
The soul sits dumb !
of his sister.
Age shakes Athena's tower, but spares gray
BYRON-On my Thirty-sixth Year.
James G. CLARKE—Leona.
Sir John DENHAM - Cato Major. Pt. IV.
Of the Art of Poetry. Line 212.
GOETHE- Old Age.
GOLDSMITH - The Traveller. Line 251. O blest retirement! friend to life's declineHow blest is he who crowns, in shades like
these, A youth of labour with an age of ease! GOLDSMITH – The Deserted Village.
g. ELIZABETH AKERS— Rock Me to Sleep. Weak withering age no rigid law forbids With frugal nectar, smooth and slow with
balm The sapless habit daily to bedew, And give the hesitating wheels of life Glibblier to play. h. JOHN ARMSTRONG- On Preserving
Health. Bk. II. Line 486 Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
i Bacon-Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age. Old age comes on apace to ravage all the
clime. j. BEATTIE--The Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 25.
To resist with success, the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart; to keep these in parallel vigor, one must exercise, study and love. BONSTETTEN -- In Abel Stevens'
Madame de Stael. Ch. XXVI.
a. GRAY--Ode on Eton College. St. i. When he forsaken,
Withered and shaken,
so may'st thou live till like ripe fruit thou
Through the sequester'd vale of rural life,
PORTEUS-Death. Line 109.
Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,
Wishes. Line 308.
Age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress And as the evening twilight fades away, The sky is filled with stars, invisible by
day d. LONGFELLOW- Morituri Salutamus.
Line 284. And the bright faces of my young compan.
ions Are wrinkled like my own, or are no more. LONGFELLOW - Spanish Student.
Act III. Sc. 3. How far the gulf-stream of our youth may
ficw Into ihe arctic regions of our lives, Where little else than life itself survives. f. LONGFELLOW- Morituri Salutamus.
Line 250. The course of my long life hath' reached at
last, In fragile bark o'er a tempestuous sea, The common harbor, where must rendered
be, Account of all the actions of the past. g.
LONGFELLOW-- Old Age. The sunshine fails, the shadows grow more
dreary, And I am near to fall, infirm and weary.
Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. i. LONGFELLOW-Morituri Salutamus.
Line 264. Age is not all decay ; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk. j. GEORGE MacDONALD— The Marquis of
Lossie. Ch. XL. Set is the sun of my years ; And over a few poor ashes,
I sit in my darkness and tears. k. GERALD MASSEY-A Wail.
The ages roll Forward ; and forward with them, draw my
Into time's infinite sea. And to be glad, or sad, I care no more : But to have done, and to have been, before
I cease to do and be. 2. OWEN MEREDITH — The Wanderer.
Bk. IV. A Confession and Apology. St. 9.
What makes old age so sad is, not that oui joys, but that our hopes cease.
CHRISTINA G. ROSSETTI — Song. St. 1.
As you are old and reverend, should be wise y. King Lear. Act I. Sc. 4.
At your age, The hey-day in the blood is tame, it's humble And waits upon the judgment.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. Begin to patch up thine old body for heaven Henry IV. Pt. II. Act II.
Though now this grained face of mine be
What should we speak of
Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 3.
You are old ;
9. King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.
Moral and Diverting.
For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees
His silver hairs
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1.
d. Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and
Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5.
My way of life
O father Abbot,
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7.
Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
ki Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 2. The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show,
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory,
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
As You Li It. Act II. Sc. 3
O good gray head which all men knew,
of Wellington. St. 4.
WORDSWORTH - The Fountain.
WORDSWORTH -- To a Young Lady.
WORDSWORTH - The Fountain. St. 9.
What else remains for me?
Youth, hope, and love; To build a new life on a ruined life. 0. LONGFELLOW— Masque of Pandora.
Pt. VIII. In the Garden.
Ambition has no rest. p. BULWER-LYTTON-Richelieu. Act III.
All ambitions, upward tending, Like plants in mines, which never saw the
My hour at last is come; Yet not ingloriously or passively I die, but first will do some valiant deed, Of which mankind shall hear in after time. b. BRYANT's Homer's Iliad. Bk. XXII.
Line 375. No man is born without ambitious worldly desires.
c. CARLYLE- Essays. Schiller. Thy danger chiefly lies in acting well; No crime's so great as daring to excel. d. CHURCHILL— Epistle to Hogarth.
Line 51. The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
CICERO. I had a soul above buttons. f. GEORGE COLEMAN, JR. - Sylvester Daggerwood, or New Hay at the Old
Market. Sc. 1.
The man who seeks one thing in life, and but
one, May hope to achieve it before life be done; But he who seeks all things, wherever he
goes, Only reaps from the hopes which around
him he sows. A harvest of barren regrets. 9. OWEN MEREDITH-Lucile. Pt. I.
Canto II. St. 10.
Wit, seeking truth, from cause to cause as
cends, And never rests till it the first attain; Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends;
But never stays till it the last do gain. g. SIR JOHN DAVIES—The Immortality of
Wild ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land. h. DRYDEN-- Absalom and Achitophel.
Pt. I. Line 190.
The lover of letters loves power too.
i. EMERSON— Clubs.
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 263. But what will not ambition and revenge Descend to? who aspires must down as low As high he soar'd ; obnoxious first or last To basest things. MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. IX.
Line 168. Here may we reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell. t. MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 261. If at great things thou would'st arrive, Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure
heap, Not difficult, if thou hearken to me; Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand, They whom I favor thrive in wealth amain, While virtue, valor, wisdom, sit in want. MILTON— Paradise Regained. Bk. II.
Line 426. Such joy ambition finds. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IV.
Line 92. Onward, onward may we press
Through the path of duty ; Virtue is true happiness,
Excellence true beauty ; Minds are of supernal birth, Let us make a heaven of earth. JAMES MONTGOMERY— Aspirations of
Youth. St. 3. Wert thou all that I wish thee, great, glorious
and free, First flower of the earth, and first gem of the
MOORE- Remember Thee. From servants hasting to be gods. y POLLOK – Course of Time. Bk. II.
Just and Unjust Rulers. But see how oft ambition's aims are cross'd, And chiefs contend 'till all the prize is lost! POPE-Rape of the Lock. Canto V.
All may have, If they dare try, a glorious life or grave. j. HERPERT- The Temple. The
My name is Norval; on the Grampian hills My father feeds his flocks; a frugal swain, Whose constant cares were to increase his
store, And keep his only son, myself, at home.
k. John HOME- Douglas. Act II. Sc. 1. Studious to please, yet not asham'd to fail. 1. SAM'L JOHNSON- Prologue to the
Tragedy of Irene, I see, but cannot reach, the height That lies forever in the light.
LONGFELLOW - Christus. The Golden
Legend. Pt. II. A Village Church. Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. LONGFELLOW--Drift-Wood.
Ill-weav'd ambition, how much art thou
shrunk ! When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom for it was too small a bound ; But now, two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough. j. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act. V. Sc. 4.
It were all one That I should love a bright particular star, And think to wed it, he is so above me. k. All's Well That Ends Well. Act. I.
Sc. 1. Mark but my fall, and that that ruin'd me. Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambi
tion, By that, sin, fell the angels; how can man
then, The image of his Maker, hope to win by it? Love thyself last ; cherish those hearts that
The noble Brutus
Julius Cæsar. Act. III. Sc. 2.
to, That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin, More pangs and fears than war or women
Henry VIII. Act. III. Sc. 2.
the shadow of a dream.
"Tis a common proof,
p. Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition.
9. Henry VI. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 1. How many a rustic Milton has pass'd by, Stifling the speechless longings of his heart, In unremitting drudgery and care! How many a vulgar Cato has compelled His energies, no longer tameless then, To mould a pin, or fabricate a nail !
SHELLEY – Queen Mab. Pt. V. St. 9. I was born to other things.
TENNYSON- In Memoriam. Pt. CXIX. How like a mounting devil in the heart, Rules the unreined ambition.
t. WILLIS- Parrhasius. Mad ambition trumpeteth to all. WILLIS— From a Poem delivered at
Yale College in 1827.
A threefold measure dwells in Space-
Never halt nor languor know,
To the Perfect wouldst thou go ;-
Space. Ambition is no cure for love. f. SCOTT-- Lay of the Last Minstrel.
Canto I. St. 27.
Ambition's debt is paid.
g. Julius Cæsar. Act. III. Sc. 1.
I am not covetous for gold ; Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost ; It yearns me not if men my garments wear ; Such outward things dwell not in my desires: But if it be a sin to covet honor I am the most offending soul alive. h. Henry V. Act. IV. Sec. 3.
I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition ; which o'erleaps itself, And falls on the other
i. Macbeth. Act. I. Sc. 7.