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That, bended end to end, and flerted from the
hand, Far off itself doth cast, so does the salmon vaut. And if at first he fail, his second summersaut He instantly assays and from his nimble ring, Still yarking never leaves, until himself he fing Above the streamful top of the surrounded heap.
DRAYTON—Poly-Olbion. Sixth Song. L. 45.
O scaly, slippery, wet, swift, staring wights,
bites, And drinks, and stares, diversified with boggles. LEIGH HUNT—Sonnets. The Fish, the Man,
and the Spirit. Fishes that tipple in the deepe, Know no such liberty.
LOVELACE—To Althea from Prison. St. 2.
Cut off my head, and singular I am,
MACAULAY-Enigma. On the Codfish.
O joy! that in our embers
BISHOP HEBER—Tour Through Ceylon.
MRS. HEMANS—The Better Land. And the fireflies, Wah-wah-taysee, Waved their torches to mislead him.
In pulses come and go.
His mimic bolts the firefly threw.
LOWELL—The Lesson. Now, motionless and dark, eluded search Self-shrouded: and anon, starring the sky, Rose like a shower of fire: SOUTHEY–Madoc. Pt. II. (Confounds the
firefly with the lantern-fly.) Many a night I saw the Pleiads rising thro' the
mellow shade, Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a
silver braid. TENNYSON—Locksley Hall. 9.
(See also ANGLING) Wha'll buy my caller herrin'?
The're no brought here without brave darin' Buy my caller herrin', Ye little ken their worth.
Wha'll buy my caller herrin'?
Ca' them lives o' men.
LADY NAIRN. Claimed for NEIL Gow,
(See also SCOTT) 10 “Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting
to a snail, "There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's
treading on my tail! See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all
advance: They are waiting on the shingle-will you come
and join the dance?" LEWIS CARROLL-Song in Alice in Wonderland.
11 Here when the labouring fish does at the foot
arrive, And finds that by his strength but vainly he
doth strive; His tail takes in his teeth, and bending like a bow, That's to the compass drawn, aloft himself doth
throw: Then springing at his height, as doth a little
Ye monsters of the bubbling deep,
Your Maker's praises spout; Up from the sands ye codlings peep, And wag your tails about. COTTON MATHER-Hymn.
Our plenteous streams a various race supply,
POPE-Windsor Forest. L. 141.
'Tis true, no turbots dignify my boards, But gudgeons, flounders, what my Thames
affords. POPE-Second Book of Horace. Satire II. L.
We have here other fish to fry.
RABELAIS—Works. Bk. V. Ch. 12.
It's no fish ye're buying—it's men's lives. SCOTT—The Antiquary. Ch. XI.
(See also CALLER HERRIN')
Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.
Pericles. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 29. (See also DE MORGAN, SWIFT under FLEA)
Blue, darkly, deeply, beautifully blue.
to dolphins.) BYRON erroneously quotes this
(See also BYRON under SKY)
They say fish should swim thrice * * * first If any one attempts to haul down the American it should swim in the sea (do you mind me?) flag, shoot him on the spot. then it should swim in butter, and at last, JOHN A. Dix-Speeches and Addresses. Vol. sirrah, it should swim in good claret.
II. P. 440. An Official Dispatch. Jan. 29, SWIFT-Polite Conversation. Dialogue II.
1861. All's fish they get that cometh to net.
When Freedom from her mountain height TUSSER—Five Hundred Points of Good Hus
Unfurled her standard to the air, bandry. February Abstract. GASCOIGNE
She tore the azure robe of night,
And set the stars of glory there.
American Flag. St. 1.
Flag of the free heart's hope and home!
By angel hands to valour given, And cut with finny oars the sparkling tide.
Thy stars have lit the welkin dome; VALDARNE. In THOMAS FORSTER'S Perennial
And all thy hues were born in heaven. Calendar.
JOSEPH RODMAN DRAKE–The Croakers. The FLAG
American Flag. St. 5. Uncover when the flag goes by, boys, 'Tis freedom's starry banner that you greet,
A moth-eaten rag on a worm-eaten pole,
It does not look likely to stir a man's soul. Flag famed in song and story
'Tis the deeds that were done 'neath the mothLong may it wave, old glory The flag that has never known defeat. CHARLES L. BENJAMIN AND GEORGE D. SUT
When the pole was a staff, and the rag was a flag.
GEN. SIR E. HAMLEY. Referring to the The Flag That Has Never Known
Colors of the 43rd Monmouth Light InDefeat.
14 Hats off! Along the street there comes
Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky.
HOLMES-A Metrical Essay.
Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail, Two emblems one of fame;
And give her to the God of storms,
The lightning and the gale.
HOLMES—A Metrical Essay.
your Your banner's constellation types
Oh! say can you see by the dawn's early light White freedom with its stars,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last But what's the meaning of the stripes?
gleaming, They mean your negroes' scars.
Whose stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous CAMPBELL—To the United States of North
fight, America. (1838)
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly (See also LUNT for answer to same)
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting The meteor flag of England.
in air, CAMPBELL-Ye Mariners of England.
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still (See also MILTON under WAR)
there! Ye mariners of England!
Oh! say, does that star spangled banner yet wave, That guard our native seas;
O'er the land of the free and the home of the Whose flag has braved a thousand years,
brave! The battle and the breeze!
F. S. Ker-Star-Spangled Banner. CAMPBELL-Ye Mariners of England.
To Anacreon in heaven, where he sat in full glee,
A few Sons of Harmony sent a petition, 9 Fling out, fling out, with cheer and shout,
That he their inspirer and patron would be. To all the winds Our Country's Banner!
RALPH TOMLINSON—To Anacreon in Heaven. Be every bar, and every star,
Music by JOHN STAFFORD SMITH. Tune of Displayed in full and glorious manner!
The Star-Spangled Banner (between 1770 Blow, zephyrs, blow, keep the dear ensign
and 1775) to which F. S. KEY set his words. flying! Blow, zephyrs, sweetly mournful, sighing, sigh- Praise the Power that hath made and preserved ing, sighing!
us a nation! ABRAHAM COLES—The Microcosm and other Then conquer we must when our cause it is just. Poems. P. 191.
And this be our motto, "In God is our trust!”
Might his_last glance behold the glorious ensign of the Republic still full high advanced, its arms and trophies streaming in all their original lustre. WEBSTER—Peroration of the reply to Hayne.
(See also MILTON)
"Shoot, if you must, this old gray head, But spare your country's flag,” she said.
A star for every State, and a State for every star. ROBERT C. WINTHROP-Address on Boston
“A song for our banner?”—The watchword
recall Which gave the Republic her station; "United we stand divided we fall!" It made and preserves us a nation! GEORGE P. MORRIS—The Flag of Our Union.
Probably inspired by DICKINSON. See under
(See also KEY) The flag of our Union forever!
GEORGE P. MORRIS—The Flag of Our Union. Your flag and my flag,
And how it flies today In your land and my land
And half a world away! Rose-red and blood-red
The stripes forever gleam; Snow-white and soul-white
The good forefathers' dream; Sky-blue and true-blue, with stars to gleam
arightThe gloried guidon of the day, a shelter through
the night. WILBUR D. NESBIT-Your Flag and My Flag.
10 This is the song of the wind as it came, Tossing the flags of the Nations to flame.
ALFRED NOYES-Avenue of the Alies.
That thought her like her seeming; it had been
vicious It has been well said that "the arch-flatterer To have mistrusted her. with whom all the petty flatterers have intelli Cymbeline. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 63. gence is a man's self." Quoted by BACON-Essays X. Of Love. Why should the poor be flatter'd?
Variation in Essay XXVII. Of Friendship; No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp, LIII. Of Praise. From PLUTARCH-De And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee, Adul. et Amico.
Where thrift may follow fawning.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 65. Assentatio, vitiorum adjutrix, procul amoveatur.
Let flattery, the handmaid of the vices, be By God, I cannot flatter: I do defy far removed (from friendship).
The tongues of soothers; but a braver place CICERO—De Amicitia. XXIV.
In my heart's love, hath no man than yourself;
Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord. Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 6. C. C. COLTON—Lacon. P. 127.
What drink'st thou, oft, instead of homage sweet, Of praise a mere glutton, he swallow'd what came, But poison'd flattery? And the puff of a dunce, he mistook it for fame; Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 267. Till his relish grown callous, almost to displease,
But when I tell him he hates flatterers, Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please. He says he does, being then most flattered. GOLDSMITHRetaliation. L. 109.
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 208.
No adulation; 'tis the death of virtue;
'Tis an old maxim in the schools, Who flatters, is of all mankind the lowest That flattery's the food of fools; Save he who courts the flattery.
Yet now and then your men of wit HANNAH MORE—Daniel.
Will condescend to take a bit. 9
SWIFT,Cadenus and Vanessa. L. 769. Qu se laudari gaudent verbis subdolis,
22 Sera dant panas turpes pænitentia.
Where Young must torture his invention They who delight to be flattered, pay for To flatter knaves, or lose his pension. their folly by a late repentance.
SWIFT-Poetry, a Rhapsody. L. 279.
Vitium fuit, nunc mos est, adsentatio.
Flattery was formerly a vice; it has now beAnd so obliging that he ne'er obliged.
come the fashion. POPE-Prologue to Satires. L. 207.
SYRUS-Maxims. Their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes. with their tongue.
Flatterers are the worst kind of enemies. Psalms. V. 9.
attention without intention. Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to Max O'RELL-John Bull and his Island.
bite 'em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad in From a grave thinking mouser, she was grown finitum.
The gayest flirt that coach'd it round the town. And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have Pitt-—Fable. The Young Man and His Cat.
greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater Ye belles, and ye flirts, and ye pert little things, still, and so on.
Who trip in this frolicsome round, AUGUSTUS DE MORGAN—A Budget of Para Pray tell me from whence this impertinence doxes. P. 377.
springs, (See also SWIFT, also PERICLES under Fish) The sexes at once to confound? 2
WHITEHEAD Song for Ranelagh. "I cannot raise my worth too high; Of what vast consequence am I?”
FLORENCE "Not of the importance you suppose,” Replies a Flea upon his nose;
Ungrateful Florence! Dante sleeps afar, "Be humble, learn thyself to scan;
Like Scipio, buried by the upbraiding shore. Know, pride was never made for man.”
BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto IV. St. 57. GAY-The Man and the Flea. A Blockhead, bit by fleas, put out the light,
FLOWERS (Unclassified) And chuckling cried, “Now you can't see to Sweet letters of the angel tongue, bite."
I've loved ye long and well
, In Greek Anthology.
And never have failed in your fragrance sweet 4
To find some secret spell, — It was many and many a year ago,
A charm that has bound me with witching power, In a District styled E. Č.,
For mine is the old belief, That a monster dwelt whom I came to know That midst your sweets and midst your bloom, By the name of Cannibal Flea,
There's a soul in every leaf! And the brute was possessed with no other M. M. BALLOU—Flowers.
thought Than to live and to live on me.
Take the flower from my breast, I pray thee, THOS. HOOD, JR.—The Cannibal Flea. Parody
Take the flower, too, from out my tresses; on Poe's Annabel Lee.
And then go hence; for, see, the night is fair, 5
The stars rejoice to watch thee on thy way. I do honour the very flea of his dog.
Third 'Poem in Bard of the Dimbovitza; RuBEN JONSON—Every Man in his Humour.
manian Folksongs. Collected by HÉLÈNE Act IV. Sc. 4.
VACARESCO. English by CARMEN SYLVA
and ALMA STRETTELL. (Quoted by GalsThen mimick'd my voice with satyrical sneer,
WORTHY, on fly leaf of The Dark Flower.) And sent me away with a Flea in my ear. MOCHUS—Idyl IX. Eunica. BEAUMONT AND
As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and FLETCHER—Love's Cure. Act III. Sc. 3.
valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a
garden without them, both for their own sake, Panurge auoyt la pulee en l'oreille.
and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who Panurge had a flea in his ear.
used to love them. RABELAIS—Pantagruel. Ch. XXXI. SIMON HENRY WARD BEECHER-Star Papers. A FORMAN-Notes to Marriage of Wit and
Discourse of Flowers. Wisdom.
Flowers have an expression of countenance as So, naturalists observe, a flea
much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
some have a sad expression; some are pensive And these have smaller still to bite 'em,
and diffident; others again are plain, honest And so proceed ad infinitum.
and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and Thus every poet in his kind
the hollyhock. Is bit by him that comes behind.
HENRY WARD BEECHER—Star Papers. A SWIFT—Poetry. A Rhapsody.
Discourse of Flowers. (See also DE MORGAN)
Flowers are Love's truest language; they betray, FLIRTATION (See also COQUETRY)
Like the divining rods of Magi old,
Where precious wealth lies buried, not of gold, I assisted at the birth of that most significant But love_strong love, that never can decay! word flirtation, which dropped from the most PARK BENJAMIN-Sonnet. Flowers, Love's beautiful mouth in the world, and which has Truest Language. since received the sanction of our most accurate 19 Laureate in one of his comedies.
Thick on the woodland floor CHESTERFIELD—The World. No. 101. (LADY Gay company shall be,
FRANCES SHIRLEY referred to. Poet-Laure Primrose and Hyacinth ate, COLLEY CIBBER.)
And frail Anemone,