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That golden key, That opes the palace of eternity.

To me at least was never evening yet MILTONComus. L. 13.

But seemed far beautifuller than its day. 2

ROBERT BROWNINGThe Ring and the Book. (Eternity) a moment standing still for ever.

Pompilia. L. 357. JAMES MONTGOMERY.

3 This speck of life in time's great wilderness

Hath thy heart within thee burned,

At evening's calm and holy hour?
This narrow isthmus 'twixt two boundless seas,

S. G. BULFINCH-Meditation.
The past, the future, two eternities!
MOORE-Lalla Rookh. The Veiled Prophet of It is the hour when from the boughs
Khorassan. St. 42.
(See also COWLEY)

The nightingale's high note is heard;

It is the hour when lovers' vows Those spacious regions where our fancies roam,

Seem sweet in every whispered word; Pain'd by the past, expecting ills to come,

And gentle winds, and waters near,

Make music to the lonely ear.
In some dread moment, by the fates assign'd,

Each flower the dews have lightly wet,
Shall pass away, nor leave a rack behind;
And Time's revolving wheels shall lose at last

And in the sky the stars are met,
The speed that spins the future and the past:

And on the wave is deeper blue, And, sovereign of an undisputed throne,

And on the leaf a browner hue, Awful eternity shall reign alone.

And in the heaven that clear obscure, PETRARCH—Triumph of Eternity. L. 102.

So softly dark, and darkly pure.

Which follows the decline of day, 5 The time will come when every change shall

As twilight melts beneath the moon away.

BYRONParisina. St. 1. cease, This quick revolving wheel shall rest in peace:

16 No summer then shall glow, nor winter freeze;

When day is done, and clouds are low,
Nothing shall be to come, and nothing past, And flowers are honey-dew,
But an eternal now shall ever last.

And Hesper's lamp begins to glow
PETRARCHTriumph of Eternity. L. 117.

Along the western blue; 6

And homeward wing the turtle-doves, Was man von der Minute ausgeschlagen

Then comes the hour the poet loves. Gibt keine Ewigkeit zurück.

GEORGE CROLY—The Poet's Hour. Eternity gives nothing back of what one

17 leaves out of the minutes.

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, SCHILLERResignation. St. 18.

The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea, 7

The ploughman homeward plods his weary way, The Pilgrim of Eternity, whose fame

And leaves the world to darkness and to me. Over his living head like Heaven is bent,

GRAY - Elegy, in a Country Churchyard. An early but enduring monument,

("Herd wind" in 1753 ed. Knell of partCame, veiling all the lightnings of his song

ing day" taken from DANTE.) In sorrow. SHELLEY-Adonais. XXX.

Day hath put on his jacket, and around

His burning bosom buttoned it with stars.
Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,

Stains the white radiance of eternity.


How gently rock yon poplars high In time there is no present,

Against the reach of primrose sky In eternity no future,

With heaven's pale candles stored. In eternity no past.

JEAN INGELOW_Supper at the Mill. Song. TENNYSON—The "Howand Why.

20 10

But when eve's silent footfall steals
And can eternity belong to me,

Along the eastern sky,
Poor pensioner on the bounties of an hour? And one by one to earth reveals
YOUNG--Night Thoughts. Night I. L. 66. Those purer fires on high.

KEBLE-The Christian Year. Fourth Sunday EVENING 11

After Trinity.
At the close of the day, when the hamlet is still
And mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove,

Day, like a weary pilgrim, had reached the When nought but the torrent is heard on the hill

western gate of heaven, and Evening stooped And nought but the nightingale's song in the down to unloose the latchets of his sandal shoon. grove.



Now came still evening on; and twilight gray And whiter grows the foam,

Had in her sober livery all things clad: The small moon lightens more;

Silence accompanied; for beast and bird, And as I turn me home,

They to their grassy couch, these to their nests, My shadow walks before.

Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale. ROBERT BRIDGESThe Clouds have left the Sky. MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 598.


Notissimum quodque malum maxime tolerabile.

The best known evil is the most tolerable. LIVY-Annales. XXIII. 3.

7 Evil springs up, and flowers, and bears no seed, And feeds the green earth with its swift decay, Leaving it richer for the growth of truth.

LOWELL-Prometheus. L. 263. 8

Solent occupationis spe vel impune quædam scelesta committi.

Wicked acts are accustomed to be done with impunity for the mere desire of occupation. AMMIANUS MARCELLINUSHistoria. XXX.

9. 9

It must be that evil communications corrupt good dispositions. MENANDER. Found in DUBNER's edition of

his Fragments appended to ARISTOPHANES in DiDOT's Bibliotheca Græca. P. 102. L. 101. Quoted by St. Paul. See 1 Corinthians. XV. 33. Same idea in PLATORe

public. 550. 10 Que honni soit celui qui mal y pense. MÉNAGE. Ascribed to TALLEMANT in the

Historiettes of Tallemant des Reaux. Vol. I. P. 38. Second ed. Note in Third ed., corrects this. Honi soit qui mal y pense. Evil to him who evil thinks. Motto of the Order of the Garter. Established by Edward III, April 23, 1349. See SIR WALTER

SCOTTEssay on Chivalry. 11 And out of good still to find means of evil.

MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. I. L. 165.

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Das eben ist der Fluch der bösen That,

Observe constantly that all things take place Das sie fortzeugend immer Böses muss gebären. | by change, and accustom thyself to consider

The very curse of an evil deed is that it that the nature of the Universe loves nothing must always continue to engender evil.

so much as to change the things which are, and SCHILLER-Piccolomini. V. 1.

to make new things like them.

MARCUS AURELIUS—Meditations. Ch. IV. 36. Per scelera semper sceleribus certum est iter.

The way to wickedness is always through The rise of every man he loved to trace, wickedness.

Up to the very pod O! SENECA-Agamemnon. CXV.

And, in baboons, our parent race

Was found by old Monboddo. Si velis vitiis exui, longe a vitiorum exemplis Their A, B, C, he made them speak, recedendum est.

And learn their qui, quæ, quod, O! If thou wishest to get rid of thy evil pro Till Hebrew, Latin, Welsh, and Greek pensities, thou must keep far from evil com They knew as well's Monboddo! panions.

Ballad in Blackwood's Mag. referring to the SENECAEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. CIV.

originator of the monkey theory, JAMES

BURNETT (Lord Monboddo).
Solent suprema facere securos mala.
Desperate evils generally make men safe.

A fire-mist and a planet,

A crystal and a cell,

A jellyfish and a saurian, Serum est cavendi tempus in mediis malis.

And caves where the cavemen dwell;

Then a sense of law and beauty, It is too late to be on our guard when we

And a face turned from the clodare in the midst of evils.

Some call it Evolution, SENECAThyestes. CCCCLXXXVII.

And others call it God.

W. H. CARRUTH-Each in his Own Tongue. Magna pars vulgi levis Odit scelus spectatque. Most of the giddy rabble hate the evil

There was an ape in the days that were earlier, deed they come to see.

Centuries passed and his hair became curlier; SENECATroades. XI. 28.

Centuries more gave a thumb to his wrist-
Then he was a man and a Positivist.

MORTIMER COLLINSThe British Birds. St. 5.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.

I have called this principle, by which each Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 80.

slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the

term of Natural Selection. But then I sigh;

and, with a piece of Scripture, CHARLES DARWINThe Origin of Species. Tell them that God bids us do good for evil.

Ch. III. Richard III. Act I, Sc. 3. L. 334. 10

The expression often used by Mr. Herbert We too often forget that not only is there a Spencer of the Survival of the Fittest is more "soul of goodness in things evil,” but very gen accurate, and is sometimes equally convenient. erally a soul of truth in things erroneous.

CHARLES DARWIN-The Origin of Species. SPENCER—First Principles.

Ch. III. (See also SPENCER) So far any one shuns evils, so far as he does Till o'er the wreck, emerging from the storm, good.

Immortal NATURE lifts her changeful form: SWEDENBORG—Doctrine of Life. 21.

Mounts from her funeral pyre on wings of flame,

And soars and shines, another and the same. Mala mens, malus animus.

ERASMUS DARWIN-Botanic Garden. Pt. I. A bad heart, bad designs.

Canto IV. L. 389. TERENCE-Andria. I. 1. 137. 13

Said the little Eohippus, Aliud ex alio malum.

"I am going to be a horse, One evil rises out of another.

And on my middle fingernails TERENCE-Eunuchus. V. 7. 17.

To run my earthly course! But, by all thy nature's weakness,

I'm going to have a flowing tail! Hidden faults and follies known,

I'm going to have a mane! Be thou, in rebuking evil,

I'm going to stand fourteen hands high Conscious of thine own.

On the Psychozoic plain!” WHITTIER—What the Voice Said. St. 15. CHARLOTTE P. S. GILMAN-Similar cases.



















or the preservation of favoured races in the A mighty stream of tendency.

struggle for life.” HAZLITTEssay. Why Distant Objects Please. HERBERT SPENCER-Principles of Biology. (See also ARNOLD)

Indirect Equilibration.

(See also DARWIN) Or ever the knightly years were gone With the old world to the grave,

Out of the dusk a shadow, I was a king in Babylon

Then a spark; And you were a Christian Slave.

Out of the cloud a silence, W. F. HENLEYEchoes. XXXVII.

Then a lark;

Out of the heart a rapture, Children, behold the Chimpanzee;

Then a pain; He sits on the ancestral tree

Out of the dead, cold ashes, From which we sprang in ages gone.

Life again.
I'm glad we sprang: had we held on,

We might, for aught that I can say,
Be horrid Chimpanzees to-day.

The Lord let the house of a brute to the soul of OLIVER HERFORD--The Chimpanzee.

a man,

And the man said, “Am I your debtor?" We seem to exist in a hazardous time,

And the Lord—“Not yet: but make it as clean Driftin' along here through space;

as you can, Nobody knows just when we begun,

And then I will let you a better." Or how fur we've gone in the race.

TENNYSON-By an Evolutionist. BEN KINGEvolution.

Is there evil but on earth? Or pain in every Pouter, tumbler, and fantail are from the same

peopled sphere? source; The racer and hack may be traced to one

Well, be grateful for the sounding watchword

"Evolution" here. Horse;

TENNYSONLocksley Hall Sixty Years After. So men were developed from monkeys of

L. 198. course,

Which nobody can deny,
LORD NEAVESThe Origin of Species.

Evolution ever climbing after some ideal good
And Reversion ever dragging Evolution in the

I was at Euphorbus at the siege of Troy.

TENNYSON-Locksley Hall Sixty Years After. (See also THOREAU)

L. 200. Equidem æterna constitutione crediderim nexu When I was a shepherd on the plains of Assyria. que causarum latentium et multo ante destina THOREAU. tarum suum quemque ordinem immutabili lege

(See also PYTHAGORAS) percurrere.

16 For my own part I am persuaded that every And hear the mighty stream of tendency thing advances by an unchangeable law through Uttering, for elevation of our thought, the eternal constitution and association of la A clear sonorous voice, inaudible tent causes, which have been long before pre To the vast multitude. destinated.

WORDSWORTH-Excursion. IX. 87. QUINTUS CURTIUS Rufus-De Rebus Gestis

(See also ARNOLD) Alexandri Magni. V. 11. 10.

EXAMPLE When you were a tadpole and I was a fish, in the Palæozoic time

Example is the school of mankind, and they And side by side in the sluggish tide, we sprawled will learn at no other. in the ooze and slime.

BURKE-Letter I. On a Regicide Peace. Vol. LANGDON SMITH-A Toast to a Lady. (Evo V. P. 331.

lution.) Printed in The Scrap Book, April, 1906.

Illustrious Predecessor.

BURKEThoughts on the Cause of the Present Civilization is a progress from an indefinite,

Discontents. (Edition 1775) incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.


XVI. Par. 138; also Ch. XVII. Par. 145. Why doth one man's yawning make another He summaries the same: From a relatively yawn? diffused, uniform, and indeterminate ar BURTON--Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. rangement to a relatively concentrated,

Sec. II. Memb. 3. Subsect. 2. multiform, and determinate arrangement.

This noble ensample to his sheepe he gaf This survival of the fittest, which I have here That firste he wroughte and afterward he taughte. sought to express in mechanical terms, is that CHAUCER—Canterbury Tales. Prologue. L. which Mr. Darwin has called “natural selection, 496.










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