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He, perfect dancer, climbs the rope, And balances your fear and hope.
PRIOR-Alma. Canto II. L. 9.
Taraxacum Dens-leonis You cannot forget if you would those golden kisses all over the cheeks of the meadow, queerly called dandelions. HENRY WARD BEECHER-Star Papers. A
Discourse of Flowers.
Without a sound of warning,
And held it in the morning.
No cheer our dreams invaded,
On the green slopes paraded.
Once on a time, the wight Stupidity
RUSKIN—The Invention of Quadrilles.
3 We are dancing on a volcano. COMTE DE SALVANDY. At a fête given to the King of Naples. (1830)
They have measured many a mile, To tread a measure with you on this grass.
Love's Labour's Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 186.
Dear common flower, that grow'st beside the
way, Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold, First pledge of blithesome May, Which children pluck, and, full of pride,
uphold, High-hearted buccaneers, o'erjoyed that they
An Eldorado in the grass have found,
Which not the rich earth's ample round May match in wealth, thou art more dear to me Than all the prouder summer-blooms may be.
LOWELL—To the Dandelion.
For you and I are past our dancing days. Romeo and Juliet. Act 1. Sc. 5.
(See also BEAUMONT)
On a hedge-side,
Who'll be my bride?
With a sweet air,
Miss Daisy fair.
DANGER Anguis sub viridi herba. There's a snake in the grass. Bacon. Quoted in Essays. Of a King.
(See also VERGIL)
While his off-heel, insidiously aside, Provokes the caper which he seems to chide.
SHERIDAN-Pizarro. The Prologue.
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for.
the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Psalms. XCI. 6.
Passato il pericolo (or punto) gabbato il santo.
When the danger's past the saint is cheated. RABELAIS-Pantagruel. IV. 24. Quoted as a
3 Quo tendis inertem Rex periture, fugam? Nescis heu, perdite!
nescis Quem fugias; hostes incurris, dum fugis hostem. Incidis in Scyllam cupiens vitare Charybdim.
Where, o king, destined to perish, are you directing your unavailing flight? Álas, lost one, you know not whom you flee; you are running upon enemies, whilst you flee from your foe. You fall upon the rock Scylla desiring to avoid the whirlpool Charybdis. PAILLIPPE GAULTIER DE LILLE ("D. Chatil
lon”). Alexandriad. Bk. V. 298. Found in the Menagiana. Ed. by BERTRAND DE LA MONNOIE. (1715) Source said to be QUINTUS CURTIUS. See ANDREWS — Antient and Modern Anecdotes. P. 307. (Ed.
1790) See also HOMER-Odyssey. Bk. XII. L. 85.
MERCHANT OF VENICE. III. 5)
Ægrotat Dæmon; monachus tunc esse volebat,
(See also BOWER)
With sport above and death below, Where mischief lurks in gay disguise
Thus lightly touch and quickly go. PIERRE CHARLES Roy. Lines under a picture
of skaters, a print of a painting by LANCRET. Trans. by SAMUEL JOHNSON. See Piozzi, Anecdotes.
For all on a razor's
edge it stands. HOMER—Iliad. Bk. X. L. 173. Same use in
HERODOTUS. VI. 11. THEOCRITUS—Idyl.
XXII. 6. THEOGENES. 557. 5
Periculosæ plenum opus aleæ Tractas, et incedis per ignes Suppositos cineri doloso.
You are dealing with a work full of dangerous hazard, and you are venturing upon fires overlaid with treacherous ashes. HORACE-Odes. Bk. II. 1. 6.
The following line (authorship unknown) is sometimes added: “Si morbum fugiens incidis in medicos" In fleeing disease you fall into the hands of the doctors. Quid quisque vitet nunquam homini satis Cautum est in horas.
Man is never watchful enough against dangers that threaten him every hour. HORACE-Carmina. II. 13. 13.
Scit eum sine gloria vinci, qui sine periculo vincitur.
He knows that the man is overcome ingloriously, who is overcome without danger. SENECA-De Providentia. III.
Contemptum periculorum assiduitas periclitandi dabit.
Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them. SENECA-De Providentia. IV.
Il n'y a personne qui ne soit dangereux pour quelqu'un.
There is no person who is not dangerous for MME. DE SÉVIGNÉ—Lettres.
17 For though I am not splenitive and rash, Yet have I something in me dangerous.
Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 285.
Multos in summa pericula misit
The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger. LUCAN—Pharsalia. VII. 104.
Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower,
safety. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 3.
'Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant, But over its terrible edge there had slipped
A Duke and full many a peasant, So the people said something would have to be
done, But their projects did not at all tally.
We have scotched the snake, not killed it:
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 13,
When I shun Scylla, your father, I fall into Wer nichts waget der darf nichts hoffen.
Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing. Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 18. SCHILLER-Don Carlos. Same idea in Theoc(See also GAULTIER)
ritus. XV. 61. PLAUTUS-Asin. I. 3. 65. Some of us will smart for it.
16 And dar'st thou then Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. Sc. 1. L. To beard the lion in his den, 109.
The Douglas in his hall?
Scott-Marmion-Canto VI. St. 14.
I dare do all that may become a man: Othello. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 166.
Who dares do more, is none.
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7. L. 47.
Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear, The Tragedy of Locrine. (1595) III. II. 39. The arm'd rhinoceros, or the Hyrcan tiger, Shakespeare Apocrypha.
Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves 5
Shall never tremble. It is no jesting with edge tools.
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 99
Same in BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER-Little
Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum.
No one reaches a high position without 6 Caret periculo qui etiam tutus cavet.
daring. He is safe from danger who is on his guard
SYRUS—Maxims. even when safe.
Audendum est; fortes adjuvat ipsa Venus. 7
Dare to act! Even Venus aids the bold. Citius venit periculum, cum contemnitur.
TIBULLUS—Carmina. I. 2. 16.
21 Si cadere necesse est, occurendum discrimini. Dark as pitch.
If we must fall, we should boldly meet the BUNYAN-Pilgrim's Progress. Pt. I. danger.
22 TACITUS—Annales. II. 1. 33.
The waves were dead; the tides were in their 9 Qui legitis flores et humi nascentia fraga,
grave, Fridigus, O pueri, fugite hinc; latet anguis in
The Moon, their Mistress, had expired before; herba.
The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air, O boys, who pluck the flowers and straw
And the clouds perish'd; darkness had no need berries springing from the ground, flee hence;
Of aid from them she was the Universe. a cold snake lies hidden in the grass.
BYRON—Darkness. VERGIL-Eclogues. III. 92. (See also BACON)
Darkness which may be felt. 10
Exodus. X. 21. Time flies, Death urges, knells call, Heaven in 24 vites,
Darkness of slumber and death, forever sinking Hell threatens.
and sinking. YOUNGNight Thoughts. Night II. L. 291. LONGFELLOW_Evangeline. Pt. II. V. L. 108.
DARING (See also BRAVERY, COURAGE)
Lo! darkness bends down like a mother of grief
Yet from those flames
rather darkness visible. Milton-Paradise Lost. Bk. I. L. 62.
A decent boldness ever meets with friends.
HOMER-Odyssey. Pope's trans. Bk. 7. L. 67.
12 And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.
HOMER-Odyssey. Pope'strans. Bk. II. L.312.
13 And what they dare to dream of, dare to do. LOWELL-Ode Recited at the Harvard Com
memoration. July 21, 1865. St. 3. 14 Who dares this pair of boots displace, Must meet Bombastes face to face. WILLIAM B. RHODES-Bombastes Furioso. Act
I. Sc. 4.
Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
The charm dissolves apace, And as the morning steals upon the night, Melting the darkness, so their rising senses Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason,
Tempest. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 64.
TENNYSON-In Memoriam. CXXIV.
So here hath been dawning
Another blue day; Think, wilt thou let it
Slip useless away?
Out of eternity
This new day is born, Into eternity
At night will return.
DAY 3 Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn! Look to this Day! For it is Life, The very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the Varieties And Realities of your Existence; The Bliss of Growth, The Glory of Action, The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And Tomorrow is only a Vision; But Today well lived Makes every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this Day! Such is the Salutation of the Dawn.
Salutation of the Dawn. From the Sanscrit.
That from the East glad message brings.
All comes out even at the end of the day. Quoted by WINSTON CHURCHILL. Speech at the Highbury Athenæum, Nov. 23, 1910.
(See also HAWES)
Day of wrath that day of burning,
Thesaurus Hymnology. Vol. II. P. 103,
Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day, Live till to-morrow, will have pass'd away.
COWPER-Needless Alarm. L. 132.
The long days are no happier than the short ones. BAILEY-Festus. Sc. A Village Feast. Evening.
Virtus sui gloria. Think that day lost whose (low) descending sun Views from thy hand no noble action done. JACOB BOBART-In David Krieg's Album in
British Museum. Dec. 8, 1697. (See also STANIFORD—Art of Reading. 3d Ed. P. 27. (1803)
(See also PIBRAC, TITUS, YOUNG) From fibers of pain and hope and trouble
And toil and happiness, - one by one,
Hope shall cheer though the chain be galling;
Faith will list for the Master calling Our hearts to his rest,—when the day is done. A. B. BRAGDON—When the Day is done.
Yet, behind the night, Waits for the great unborn, somewhere afar, Some white tremendous daybreak.
RUPERT BROOKE-Second Best.
Days, that need borrow
Daughters of Time, the hypocrite Days,
Is not every meanest day the confluence of two eternities? CARLYLE-French Revolution. Pt. I. Bk. VI.
The days are ever divine as to the first Aryans. They are of the least pretension, and of the greatest capacity of anything that exists. They come and go like muffied and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party; but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.
EMERSON–Works and Days.
After the day there cometh the derke night;
As given in Percy Society Ed. Ch. XLII.
old Latin hymn.
GEORGE TANKERFIELD. (1555) Same in
ments. Vol. VII. P. 346. Ed. 1828
MATTHEW HENRY--Commentaries. Genesis III.
Well, this is the end of a perfect day,
Near the end of a journey, too;
With a wish that is kind and true.
With colors that never fade,
The soul of a friend we've made.
CARRIE JACOBS-BOND--A Perfect Day.
For there is no day however beautiful that is not followed by night. On thetombstoneof JEAN D'ORBESAN at Padua.
12 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle.
Job. VII. 6.
13 Clearer than the noonday.
Job. XI. 17.
14 Days should speak and multitude of years
should teach wisdom. Job. XXXII. 7.
Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky, The dew shall weep thy fall to-night;
For thou must die.
Out of the shadows of night,
It is daybreak everywhere.
I think the better day, the better deed.
Ascribed to WALKER in Woods Dict. of
O summer day beside the joyous sea!
LONGFELLOW-Summer Day by the Sea.
Truditur dies die,
Novæque pergunt interire lunæ. Day is pushed out by day, and each new moon hastens to its death. HORACE—Carmina. Bk. II. 18. 15.
Hide me from day's garish eye.
MILTON— Il Penseroso. L. 141.
Cressa ne careat pulchra dies nota.
Let not a day so fair be without its white chalk mark. HORACE--Carmina. Bk. I. 36. 10.
Inter spem curamque, timores inter et iras, Omnem crede diem tibi diluxisse supremum: Grata superveniet, quæ non sperabitur, hora.
In the midst of hope and anxiety, in the midst of fear and anger, believe every day that has dawned to be your last; happiness which comes unexpected will be the more welcome. HORACE—Epistles. Bk. I. 4. 13.
How troublesome is day!
Our promises to pay.
Cease not to learn until thou cease to live;
no letter, To make thyself learneder, wiser, better. GUY DE Faur PIBRAC—Collections of Quatrains
No. 31. Trans. by JOSHUA SYLVESTER. (About 1608) Reprinted by M. A. LEMERRE. (1874)
(See also BOBART)