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And the end of the fight is a tombstone white

With the name of the late deceased-
And the epitaph drear: “A fool lies here

Who tried to hustle the East."
KIPLING-Naulahka. Heading of Ch. V.

What was invented two thousand years ago was the spirit of Christianity. GERALD STANLEY LEE—Crowds. Bk. II.


But chiefly Thou, Whom soft-eyed Pity once led down from Heaven To bleed for man, to teach him how to live, And, oh! still harder lesson! how to die. BISHOP PORTEUS-Death. L. 316. (See also TICKNELL under EXAMPLE)

In those holy fields. Over whose acres walk'd those blessed feet Which, fourteen hundred years ago, were nail'd For our advantage on the bitter cross.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 24.

3 And on his brest a bloodie crosse he bore, The deare remembrance of his dying Lord, For whose sweete sake that glorious badge he SPENSERFaerie Queene. Bk. I. Canto I.

St. 2.

Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought The better fight.

MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. VI. L. 29.



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Thou hast conquered, O pale Galilean;

The world has grown gray from thy breath;
We have drunken from things Lethean,

And fed on the fullness of death.
SWINBURNE-Hymn to Proserpine.

(See also JULIAN)
And so the Word had breath, and wrought

With human hands the creed of creeds
In loveliness of perfect deeds,
More strong than all poetic thoughts;
Which he may read that binds the sheaf,

Or builds the house, or digs the grave,

And those wild eyes that watch the waves In roarings round the coral reef.


6 His love at once and dread instruct our thought; As man He suffer'd and as God He taught. EDMUND WALLER— Of Divine Love. Canto

III. L. 41.

Tolle crucem, qui vis auferre coronam.

Take up the cross if thou the crown would'st gain. ŠT. PAULINUS, Bishop of Nola.

(See also QUARLES under Bliss)


Yet still a sad, good Christian at the heart.

POPE--Moral Essay. Ep. II. L. 68.


You are Christians of the best edition, all picked and culled.

RABELAIS-Works. Bk. IV. Ch. L.


Plant neighborhood and Christian-like accord In their sweet bosoms.

Henry V. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 381.

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O father Abram, what these Christians are,
Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect
The thoughts of others.
Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 162.

Christians have burnt each other, quite per

suaded. That all the Apostles would have done as they

did. BYRON--Don Juan. Canto I. St. 83.

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His Christianity was muscular.


My daughter! O, my ducats! O, my daughter! Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats.

Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 8. L. 15.


A Christian is God Almighty's gentleman.

J. C. AND A. W. HARE—Guesses at Truth.


If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife,
Become a Christian and thy loving wife.

Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 20.


Look in, and see Christ's chosen saint

In triumph wear his Christ-like chain; No fear lest he should swerve or faint;

“His life is Christ, his death is gain.” KEBLE-Christian Year. St. Luke. The Evan

gelist. Now it is not good for the Christian's health

To hustle the Aryan brown, For the Christian riles and the Aryan smiles, and

it weareth the Christian down.

This making of Christians will raise the price of hogs: if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money.

Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 24.


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Peace brooded o'er the hushed domain; Apollo, Pallas, Jove and Mars,

Held undisturbed their ancient reign,
In the solemn midnight,

Centuries ago.
ALFRED DOMETT—Christmas Hymn.



A virtuous and a Christian-like conclusion,
To pray for them that have done scathe to us.
Richard III. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 316.

Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has.

Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 88.

I thank the goodness and the grace
Which on my birth have smiled,
And made me, in these Christian days
A happy Christian child.
JANE TAYLORChild's Hymn of Praise.

(See also WATTS) Vide, inquiunt ut

invicem se diligant. See how these Christians love one another. TERTULLIAN Apologeticus. Ch. XXIX.

Claimed also for JULIAN THE APOSTATE.

How bless'd, how envied, were our life,
Could we but scape the poulterer's knife!

curs'd man, on Turkeys preys,
And Christmas shortens all our days:
Sometimes with oysters we combine,
Sometimes assist the savory chine;
From the low peasant to the lord,
The Turkey smokes on every board.

Gay-Fables. Pt. I. Fable 39.



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What babe new born is this that in a manger

cries? Near on her lowly bed his happy mother lies. Oh, see the air is shaken with white and heavenly

wingsThis is the Lord of all the earth, this is the

King of Kings. R. W. GILDER—A Christmas Hymn. St. 4.

17 As I sat on a sunny.

bank On Christmas day in the morning I spied three ships come sailing in. WASHINGTON IRVING—Sketch book. The Sun

ny Bank. From an old Worcestershire Song. High noon behind the tamarisks, the sun is hot

above us As at home the Christmas Day is breaking wan, They will drink our healths at dinner, those who

tell us how they love us, And forget us till another year be gone!

KIPLING-Christmas in India.



Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens. DANIEL WEBSTER—Speech at Plymouth. Dec.

22, 1820. Vol. I. P. 44.




A Christian is the highest style of man.
YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night IV. L. 788.

The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
The holly branch shone on the old oak wall.

Thos. HAYNES BAYLYThe Mistletoe Bough. And the Baron's retainers were blithe and gay, And keeping their Christmas holiday.

Thos. HAYNES BAYLYThe Mistletoe Bough.

Shepherds at the grange,

Where the Babe was born,
Sang with many a change,

Christmas carols until morn.
LONGFELLOW-By the Fireside. A Christmas

Carol. St. 3.




No trumpet-blast profaned
The hour in which the Prince of Peace was

No bloody streamlet stained

Earth's silver rivers on that sacred morn.
BRYANT—Christmas in 1875.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

LONGFELLOW-Christmas Bells. St. 1.



Hail to the King of Bethlehem,
Who weareth in his diadem
The yellow crocus for the gem
Of his authority!
LONGFELLOW-Christus. Golden Legend. Pt.



Christians awake, salute the happy mom Whereon the Saviour of the world was born.

John BYROM-Hymn for Christmas Day. For little children everywhere

A joyous season still we make;
We bring our precious gifts to them,

Even for the dear child Jesus' sake.
PHEBE CARY-Christmas.


“What means this glory round our feet,"

The Magi mused,"more bright than morn!" And voices chanted clear and sweet,

“To-day the Prince of Peace is born." LOWELL—Christmas Carol.



It was the calm and silent night!

Seven hundred years and fifty-three Had Rome been growing up to might

And now was queen of land and sea. No sound was heard of clashing wars,

Let's dance and sing and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
G. MACFARREN–From a Fragment. (Before

1580) (See also TUSSER)

Ring out, ye crystal spheres!
Once bless our human ears,

If ye have power to touch our senses so;
And let your silver chime
Move in melodious time,

And let the bass of Heaven's deep organ blow;
And with your ninefold harmony
Make up full consort to the angelic symphony.
MILTON-Hymn. On the Morning of Christ's


The Mahogany-Tree.

THACKERAYThe Mahogany-Tree.

10 At Christmas play, and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year. TUSSERFive Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Ch. XII.

(See also MACFARREN)



This is the month, and this the happy morn,
Wherein the Son of Heaven's eternal King,
Of wedded maid and virgin mother born,
Our great redemption from above did bring,
For so the holy sages once did sing,
That He our deadly forfeit should release,
And with His Father work us a perpetual peace.
MOLTONHymn. On the Morning of Christ's


The sun doth shake Light from his locks, and, all the way Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day.

HENRY VAUGHAN-Christ's Nativity. “Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new-born king." Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled! CHARLES WESLEY-Christmas Hymn (Al

tered from “Hark how all the welkin rings,

Glory to the King of Kings.") 13 Blow, bugles of battle, the marches of peace; East, west, north, and south let the long quarrel

cease; Sing the song of great joy that the angels began, Sing the glory to God and of good-will

to man! WHITTIER—Christmas Carmen. St. 3.


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all

through the house Not a creature was stirring,--not even a mouse: The stockings were hung by the chimney with

care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. CLEMENT C. MOORE--A Visit from St.


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Fair gift of Friendship! and her ever bright

And faultless image! welcome now thou art, In thy pure loveliness-thy robes of white,

Speaking a moral to the feeling heart; Unscattered by heats—by wintry blasts un

moved Thy strength thus tested—and thy charms im

proved. ANNA PEYRE DINNIESTo a White Chrysan



As many mince pies as you taste at Christmas' so many happy months will you have.

OU Énglish Saying.



Chrysanthemums from gilded argosy Unload their gaudy scentless merchandise.

OSCAR WILDE-Humanitad. St. 11.

England was merry England, when
Old Christmas brought his sports again.
'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale;
'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man's heart through half the year.

SCOTT—Marmion. Canto VI. Introduction.




At Christmas I no more desire a rose,
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth.

Love's Labour's Lost. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 107.

CHURCH The nearer the church, the further from God. BISHOP ANDREWS-Sermon on the Nativity be

fore James I. (1622) Proverb quoted by

FULLER—Worthies. II. 5. (Ed. 1811)
To Kerke the narre, from God more farre.
As quoted by SPENSER—Shepherd's Calendar.

(July, 1579) DOUSE MS. 52. 15. (1450)
See MURRAY, N.E.D._ Used by SWIFT
Legion Club. Note. HEYWOODProverbs.
Given also in Ray as French. Known to
Germans and Italians.

(See also BURTON)


The time draws near the birth of Christ:

The moon is hid; the night is still; The Christmas bells from hill to hill Answer each other in the mist.



Christmas is here: Winds whistle shrill, Icy and chill, Little care we: Little we fear Weather without, Sheltered about

Where Christ erecteth his church, the divell in the same church-yarde will have his chappell. BANCROFT-Anti-Puritan Sermon.

Feb. 9, 1588. MARTIN LUTHER—Von den Conciliis und Kirchen. Werke. 23. 378. (Ed. 1826) MELBANCKEPhilotimus. Sig. E. 1. CHARLES ALEYN-Historie of that Wise and Fortunate Prince Henrie. (1638) P. 136.


DR. JOHN DOVE--The Conversion of Salomon.
Attributed to ERASMUS by FRANZ HORN-
Die Poesie und Beredsamkeit der Deutschen.
Bk. I. P. 35. (1822) WILLIAM ROE
Christian Liberty. (1662) P. 2.


It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church. MATTHEW HENRY-Commentaries. Jeremiah




Oh! St. Patrick was a gentleman

Who came of decent people;
He built a church in Dublin town,

And on it put a steeple.
HENRY BENNETT-Št. Patrick Was a Gentle-





Pour soutenir tes droits, que le ciel autorise,
Abime tout plutôt; c'est l'esprit de l'Église.

To support those of your rights authorized by Heaven, destroy everything rather than yield; that is the spirit of the Church. BOILEAU—Lutrin. Chant I. 185.

No sooner is a temple built to God but the devil builds a chapel hard by. HERBERT-Jacula Prudentum.

(See also BANCROFT) When once thy foot enters the church, be bare. God is more there than thou: for thou art there Only by his permission. Then beware, And make thyself all reverence and fear.

HERBERT—The T'emple. The Church Porch. Well has the name of Pontifex been given Unto the Church's head, as the chief builder And architect of the invisible bridge That leads from earth to heaven.

LONGFELLOW-Golden Legend. V.

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.

MACAULAY-Warren Hastings.



Where God hath a temple, the devil will have a chapel. BURTON—Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. III. Sec. IV. Memb. 1. Subsec. I.

(See also BANCROFT)


An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches in flat countries with spire steeples, which, as they cannot be referred to any other object, point as with silent finger to the sky and stars. COLERIDGE—The Friend.

(See also WORDSWORTH) 5 "What is a church?" Let Truth and reason

speak, They would reply, "The faithful, pure and meek, From Christian folds, the one selected race, Of all professions, and in every place.”

CRABBEThe Borough. Letter II. L. 1.

A beggarly people,
A church and no steeple.
Attributed to MALONE by SWIFT. See Prior's

Life. (1860) 381. Of St. Ann's Church,


It was founded upon a rock.

Matthew. VII. 25.



What is a church?–Our honest sexton tells, 'Tis a tall building, with a tower and bells.

CRABBEThe Borough. Letter II. L. 11.

As like a church and an ale-house, God and the devell, they manie times dwell neere to ether. NASHE-Works. III. Have with you to Saffron

Walden. Same idea in his Christ's Teares. Works. IV. 57. DEKKER—Rauens Almanacke. Works. IV. 221.

(See also BANCROFT) 18

There can be no church in which the demon will not have his chapel. CARDINAL PALEOTTI

, according to K. H. DIGBY-Compitum. Vol. II. P. 297.

(See also BANCROFT)

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I never weary of great churches. It is my favourite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.

STEVENSONInland Voyage.

2 Boni pastoris est tondere pecus non deglubere.

A good shepherd shears his flock, not flays them. SUETONIUS. Attributed by him to TIBERIUS CÆSAR-Life. 32.

(See also POPE Plus II) 3 The itch of disputation will break out Into a scab of error. ROWLAND WATKYNSThe new Illiterate late Teachers.

(See also WOTTON) See the Gospel Church secure,

And founded on a Rock! All her promises are sure;

Her bulwarks who can shock? Count her every precious shrine;

Tell, to after-ages tell,
Fortified by power divine,

The Church can never fail.

St. 9.
Disputandi pruritus ecclesiarum scabies.

The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches. SIR HENRY WOTTON-A Panegyric to King

Charles. (Inscribed on his tomb.) (See also WATKYNS; also WALTON under EPITAPHS)

CIRCLES Circles and right lines limit and close all bodies, and the mortal right-lined circle must conclude and shut up all.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE-Hydriotaphia. Ch. V. 7

A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one.

Isaac D'ISRAELI—Miscellanies. 8

The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world.

EMERSON—Essays. Circles.
As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;
The centre mov'd, a circle straight succeeds,
Another still, and still another spreads.

POPEEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 364.

10 As on the smooth expanse of crystal lakes The sinking stone at first a circle makes; The trembling surface by the motion stirr'd, Spreads in a second circle, then a third; Wide, and more wide, the floating rings advance, Fill all the watery plain, and to the margin dance. POPE-Temple of Fame. L. 436.

11 I'm up and down and round about, Yet all the world can't find me out; Though hundreds have employed their leisure, They never yet could find my measure. SwirtOn a Circle.


Epicureans, that ascribed the origin and frame of the world not to the power of God, but to the fortuitous concourse of atoms. BENTLEY—Sermons. II. Preached in 1692.

See also Review of SIR ROBERT PEEL'S
Address. Attributed later to SIR JOHN
RUSSELL. See CROKER—Papers. Vol. II.


Scott, WEBSTER) And circumstance, that unspiritual god, And miscreator, makes and helps along Our coming evils, with a critch-like rod, Whose touch turns hope to dust—the dust we

all have trod. BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto IV. St. 125.

Men are the sport of circumstances, when
The circumstances seem the sport of men.
BYRON—Don Juan. Canto V. St. 17.

(See also DISRAELI)


I am the very slave of circumstance
And impulse borne away with every breath.

BYRON—Sardanapalus. Act IV. Sc. 1.


Odd instances of strange coincidence.
QUEEN CAROLINE's Advocate in the House
of Lords, referring to her association with


The long arm of coincidence.



Nulla cogente natura, sed concursu quodam fortuito. CICERO—De Nat. Deorum. Bk. I. 24. Adapt

ed by him to:
Fortuito quodam concursu atomorum.

By some fortuitous concourse of atoms.
Same in QUINTILIAN. 7. 2. 2.

(See also BENTLEY)

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