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America is a tune. It must be sung together.
Pt. III. Ch. XII.
LONGFELLOW-Building of the Ship. L. 367.
Down to the Plymouth Rock, that had been to
their feet as a doorstep Into a world unknown,—the corner-stone of a
nation! LONGFELLOW-Courtship of Miles Standish.
Pt. V. St. 2.
Earth's biggest Country's gut her soul
No. 7. St. 21.
Young man, there is America—which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners; yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world. BURKE-Speech on Conciliation with America.
Works. Vol. II. 6
I called the New World into existence to redress the balance of the Old. GEORGE CANNING—The King's Message. Dec.
, But all for Each and each for All. EDMUND VANCE COOKE-Each for All, in The
Give it only the fulcrum of Plymouth Rock, an idea will upheave the continent. WENDELL PHILLIPS-Speech. New York, Jan.
Columbia, Columbia, to glory arise,
skies! Thy genius commands thee; with rapture be
hold, While ages on ages thy splendors unfold.
TIMOTHY DWIGHT- Columbia.
We have room but for one Language here and that is the English Language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans of American nationality and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house.
Bring me men to match my mountains,
Bring me men to match my plains,
And new eras in their brains.
(See also HOLLAND, under Man)
My country, 'tis of thee,
Of thee I sing:
Let freedom ring.
Wake up America.
been proposed for the military efficiency of this In the four quarters of the globe, who reads nation. an American book? or goes to an American WOODROW WILSON-Speech. Pittsburgh, Jan. play? or looks at an American picture or statue? 29, 1916. SYDNEY SMITH-Works. Vol. II. America. (Edinburgh Review, 1820.)
Home from the lonely cities, time's wreck, and
the naked woe, Gigantic daughter of the West
Home through the clean great waters where free We drink to thee across the flood.
men's pennants blow, For art not thou of English blood?
Home to the land men dream of, where all the TENNYSON—Hands all Round. (In the Oxford
nations go. TENNYSON.) (Appeared in the Examiner, GEORGE E. WOODBERRY—Homeward Bound. 1862; The London Times, 1880.)
(See also Van DYKE)
We must consult Brother Jonathan. So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
WASHINGTON's familiar reference to his secreMy heart is turning home again, and I long to
tary and Aide-de-camp, Col. JONATHAN be
TRUMBULL. In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,
AMUSEMENTS (See also SPORTS) Where the air is full of sunshine, and the flag is full of stars.
It was an old, old, old, old lady, HENRY VAN DYKE-America for Me.
And a boy who was half-past three; (See also WOODBERRY)
And the way they played together
Was beautiful to see.
So good things may be abused, and that which OSCAR WILDE-A Woman of no Importance. was first invented to refresh men's weary spirits. Act I.
BURTON-Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. II.
Sec. II. Mem. 4. Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but I am a great friend to public amusements; when the whole man has come over, heart and
for they keep people from vice. thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own
SAMUEL JOHNSON—Boswell's Life of Johnson. weight out of his name.
(1772) WOODROW WILSON— Address. Unveiling of the Statue to the Memory of Commodore
Play up, play up, and play the game. John Barry, Washington, May 16, 1914.
SIR HENRY NEWBOLT- Vital Lampada. 6
Just what is it that America stands for? If Hail, blest Confusion! here are met she stands for one thing more than another, it All tongues, and times, and faces; is for the sovereignty of self-governing people,
The Lancers flirt with Juliet, and her example, her assistance, her encourage
The Brahmin talks of races. ment, has thrilled two continents in this western PRAED—Fancy Ball. St. 6. world with all those fine impulses which have built up human liberty on both sides of the Where is our usual manager of mirth? water. She stands, therefore, as an example of What revels are in hand? Is there no play, independence, as an example of free institutions, To ease the anguish of a torturing hour? and as an example of disinterested international Midsummer Night's Dream. Act V. Sc. 1. action in the main tenets of justice.
L. 35. WOODROW WILSON—Speech. Pittsburgh, Jan. 29, 1916.
We cry for mercy to the next amusement,
The next amusement mortgages our fields. We want the spirit of America to be efficient; YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 131. we want American character to be efficient; we want American character to display itself in ANCESTRY (See also POSTERITY) what I may, perhaps, be allowed to call spiritual efficiency—clear, disinterested thinking and fear The wisdom of our ancestors. less action along the right lines of thought. Bacon—(According to Lord Brougham). America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us; I am a gentleman, though spoiled i' the and it can consist of all of us only as our spirits breeding. The Buzzards are all gentlemen. are banded together in a common enterprise. We came in with the Conqueror. That common enterprise is the enterprise of RICHARD BROME—The English Moor. Act II. liberty and justice and right. And, therefore, I, 4. for my part, have a great enthusiasm for rendering America spiritually efficient; and that I look upon you as a gem of the old rock. conception lies at the basis of what seems very SIR THOMAS BROWNE--Dedication to Urn far removed from it, namely, the plans that have Burial.
People will not look forward to posterity, who Primus Adam duro cum verteret arva ligone, never look backward to their ancestors.
Pensaque de vili deceret Eva colo: BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in Ecquis in hoc poterat vir nobilis orbe videri? France. Vol. III. P. 274.
Et modo quisquam alios ante locandus erir?
Say, when the ground our father Adam tillid, The power of perpetuating our property in And mother Eve the humble distaff held, our families is one of the most valuable and Who then his pedigree presumed to trace, interesting circumstances belonging to it, and Or challenged the prerogative of place? that which tends the most to the perpetuation GROBIANUS. Bk. I. Ch. IV. (Ed. 1661) of society itself. It makes our weakness sub
(See also COULANGES and P. 9111.) servient to our virtue; it grafts benevolence even upon avarice. The possession of family No, my friends, I go (always other things wealth and of the distinction which attends being equal) for the man that inherits family hereditary possessions (as most concerned in traditions and the cumulative humanities of at it,) are the natural securities for this transmission. least four or five generations. BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in 0. W. HOLMES-Autocrat of the Breakfast France. (1790) Vol. III. P. 298.
Table. Ch. I. Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some Few sons attain the praise of their great sires, preference (not exclusive appropriation) given and most their sires disgrace. to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor HOMER-Odyssey. Bk. II. L. 315. POPE's impolitic.
trans. BURKE-Reflections on the_Revolution in France. (1790) Vol. III. P. 299.
Fortes creantur fortibus et bonis;
Est in juvencis, est in equibus patrum A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud Virtus; nec imbellem feroces of his birth, is like a turnip. There is nothing Progenerant aquilæ columbam. good of him but that which is underground.
The brave are born from the brave and SAMUEL BUTLER -"Characters." A Degener- good. In steers and in horses is to be found the ate Nobleman.
excellence of their sires; nor do savage eagles (See also OVERBURY)
produce a peaceful dove. Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred.
HORACE—Carmina. Bk. IV. 4. BYRON—Ă Sketch. L. 1. (See also CONGREVE, FOOTE)
“My nobility,” said he, “begins in me, but 6 Odiosum est enim, cum a prætereuntibus
yours ends in you.” dicatur:-0 domus antiqua, heu, quam dispari
IPHICRATES. See PLUTARCH's Morals. Apo
thegms of Kings and Great Commanders. dominare domino.
Iphicrates. It is disgraceful when the passers-by exclaim, “O ancient house! alas, how unlike is
Ah, ma foi, je n'en sais rien; moi je suis mon thy present master to thy former one.”
ancetre. CICERO—De Officiis. CXXXIX.
Faith, I know nothing about it; I am my í
own ancestor. I came up-stairs into the world; for I was
JUNOT, DUC D'ABRANTES, when asked as to born in a cellar.
his ancestry. CONGREVE-Love for Love. Act. II. Sc. 1. (See also BYRON)
(See also NAPOLEON, TIBERIUS) 8 D'Adam nous sommes tous enfants,
Stemmata quid faciunt, quid prodest, Pontice, La prouve en est connue,
longo, Et que tous, nos premier parents
Sanguine censeri pictosque ostendere vultus. Ont mené la charrue.
Of what use are pedigrees, or to be thought Mais, las de cultiver enfin
of noble blood, or the display of family porLa terre labourée,
traits, O Ponticus? L'une a dételé le matin,
JUVENAL—Satires. VIII. 1. L'autre l'après-dinée. DE COULANGES—L'Origine de la Noblesse. Sence I've ben here, I've hired a chap to look (See also PRIOR for translation. Also GROBI about for me ANUS, TENNYSON).
To git me a transplantable an' thrifty fem'ly
tree. Great families of yesterday we show,
LOWELL-Biglow Papers. 2d series. No. S. And lords whose parents were the Lord knows III.
who. DANIEL DEFOE—The True-Born Englishman. Sire, I am my own Rudolph of Hapsburg. Part I. L. 372.
(Rudolph was the founder of the Hapsburg fam
ily.) Born in a Cellar, and living in a Gar NAPOLEON to the Emperor of Austria, who ret.
hoped to trace the Bonaparte lineage to a FOOTE—The Author. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 375. prince. (See also BYRON)
(See also JUNOT)
The man who has not anything to boast of but his illustrious ancestors is like a potato, the only good belonging to him is under ground. SIR THOMAS OVERBURY-Characters.
(See also BURTON) Nam genus et proavos et quæ non fecimus ipsi Vix ea nostra voco.
Birth and ancestry, and that which we have not ourselves achieved, we can scarcely call our own. OVID-Metamorphoses. XIII. 140.
3 What can ennoble sots, or slaves, or cowards? Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards.
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 215.
The Smiths never had any arms, and have invariably sealed their letters with their thumbs. SYDNEY SMITH-Lady Holland's Memoir. Vol.
I. P. 244.
Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
R. L. STEVENSON—Memories and Portraits.
'Tis happy for him that his father was born before him.
SWIFT—Polite Conversation. Dialogue III.
If there be no nobility of descent, all the more indispensable is it that there should be nobility of ascent,-a character in them that bear rule so fine and high and pure that as men come within the circle of its influence they involuntarily, pay homage to that which is the one preeminent distinction,—the royalty of virtue. BISHOP HENRY Č. POTTER–Address. Wash
ington Centennial Service in St. Paul's Chapel, New York, Apr. 30, 1889.
From yon blue heavens above us bent, The gardener Adam and his wife
Smile at the claims of long descent. Howe'er it be, it seems to me
'Tis only noble to be good. Kind hearts are more than coronets,
And simple faith than Norman blood. TENNYSON–Lady Clara Vere de Vere. St. 7. (“The Grand Old Gardener" in 1st Ed.)
(See also COULANGES) He seems to be a man sprung from himself. TIBERIUS. See Annals of Tacitus. Bk. XI.
Sc. 21. (See also JUNOT)
That all from Adam first begun,
None but ungodly Woolston doubts, And that his son, and his son's sons
Were all but ploughmen, clowns and louts. Each when his rustic pains began,
To merit pleaded equal right,
Or who went on to work till night.
(See also COULANGES)
One always retains the traces of one's origin. JOSEPH ERNEST RENAN—La Vie de Jésus. 7
Majorum gloria posteris lumen est, neque bona neque mala in occulto patitur.
The glory of ancestors sheds a light around posterity; it allows neither their good nor bad qualities to remain in obscurity. SALLUST-Jugurtha. LXXXV.
Bishop Warburton is reported to have said that high birth was a thing which he never knew any one disparage except those who had it not, and he never knew any one make a boast of it who had anything else to be proud of. WHATELY—Annot. on Bacon's Essay, Of
Stemma non inspicit. Omnes, si ad primam originem revocentur, a Diis sunt.
It (Philosophy) does not pay attention to pedigree. Ali, if their first origin be in question, are from the Gods. SENECA-Epistles. XLIV.
Qui genus jactat suum Aliena laudat.
He who boasts of his descent, praises the deeds of another. SENECA-Hercules Furens. Act. II. 340. 10
Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.
SHERIDAN—The Rivals. Act IV. Sc. 1.
In this dim world of clouding cares,
We rarely know, till 'wildered eyes See white wings lessening up the skies, The Angels with us unawares. GERALD MASSEY—The Ballad of Babe Christabel.
How sweetly did they float upon the wings
MILTON—Comus. L. 249.
But sad as angels for the good man's sin,
(See also STERNE, under OATHS)
375. (See also BLAIR, under GOODNESS, NORRIS
under Jor) Hold the fleet angel fast until he bless thee.
NATHANIEL COTTON—To-morrow. L. 36. When one that holds communion with the skies Has fill'd his urn where these pure waters rise, And once more mingles with us meaner things, 'Tis e'en as if an angel shook his wings.
COWPER—Charity. L. 439.
The helmed Cherubim,
And sworded Seraphim, Are seen in glittering ranks with wings display'd.
MILTON-Hymn on the Nativity. L. 112.
20 As far as angel's ken.
MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. I. L. 59.
What is the question now placed before society with the glib assurance which to me is most astonishing? That question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? I, my lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence those new fangled theories. BENJ. DISRAELI-Speech at Oxford Diocesan
Conference. Nov. 25, 1864.
For God will deign