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Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
The sapless habit daily to bedew,
JOHN ARMSTRONG-On Preserving
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.
No chronic tortures racked his aged limb, For luxury and sloth had nourished none for him.
BRYANT-The Old Man's Funeral.
Pass'd over to the end they were created,
e. Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5.
Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf:
Which the poor heart would fain deny, and
Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 3.
O father Abbot,
An old man, broken with the storms of State,
Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2.
King Lear. Act II.
Pray, do not mock me:
I am a very foolish fond old man,
Fourscore and upward; and, to deal plainly,
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.
King Lear. Act IV.
Some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time.
j. King Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 2.
Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
k. Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 2.
Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty ;
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 3
WORDSWORTH-To a Young Lady.
Thus fares it still in our decay,
And yet the wiser mind
Mourns less for what age takes away
WORDSWORTH-The Fountain. St. 9.
Shall we shall aged men, like aged trees,
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.
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.
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
But what will not ambition and revenge
8. 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,
Not difficult, if thou hearken to me;
Such joy ambition finds.
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.
Wert thou all that I wish thee, great, glorious
First flower of the earth, and first gem of the
From servants hasting to be gods.
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. Line 108
When that this body did contain a spirit,
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 ambition,
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 hate thee;
Corruption wins not more than honesty.