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Estne Dei sedes nisi terra, et pontus, et aer, Expedit esse deos: et, ut expedit, esse putemus. Et ccelum, et virtus? Superos quid quærimus It is expedient there should be gods, and as ultra?

it is expedient, let us believe them to exist. Jupiter est, quodcunque vides, quodcunque mo

OVID-Ars Amatoria. Bk. I. L. 637. Acveris.

cording to TERTULLIAN-Ad Nationes. Bk. Has God any habitation except earth, and II. Ch. 2, DIOGENES said, “I do not know, sea, and air, and heaven, and virtue? Why do

only there ought to be gods.” we seek the highest beyond these? Jupiter is

(See also TILLOTSON under God) wheresoever you look, wheresoever you move. LUCANUS-Pharsalia. Bk. IX. 578.

Vilia miretur vulgus; mihi flavus Apollo

Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua. A boy of five years old serene and gay,

Let the crowd delight in things of no value; Unpitying Hades hurried me away.

to me let the golden-haired Apollo minister Yet weep not for Callimachus: if few

full cups from the Castalian spring (the founThe days I lived, few were my sorrows too.

tain of Parnassus). LUCIAN—In Greek Anthology.

OVID—Amorum. Bk. I. 15. 35.

Motto on title-page of Shakespeare's "Venus Apparet divom numen, sedesque quietæ;

and Adonis." Another reading: "Castaliæ Quas neque concutiunt ventei, nec nubila nim

aquæ,” of the Castalian spring. beis. Aspergunt, neque nix acri concreta pruina The god we now behold with opened eyes, Cana cadens violat; semper sine nubibus æther A herd of spotted panthers round him lies Integer, et large diffuso lumine ridet.

In glaring forms; the grapy clusters spread The gods and their tranquil abodes appear,

On his fair brows, and dangle on his head. which no winds disturb, nor clouds bedew with

OVID-Metamorphoses. Bk. III. L. 789. ADshowers, nor does the white snow, hardened by

DISON's trans.
frost, annoy them; the heaven, always pure, is
without clouds, and smiles with pleasant light Jocos et Dii amant.

Even the gods love jokes.
LUCRETIUS—De Rerum Natura. III. 18. PLATO—Cratylus. (Trans. from Greek.)





No wonder Cupid is a murderous boy;
A fiery archer making pain his joy.
His dam, while fond of Mars, is Vulcan's wife,
And thus 'twixt fire and sword divides her life.

MELEAGER—In Greek Anthology.

The Graces sought some holy ground,

Whose sight should ever please;
And in their search the soul they found

Of Aristophanes.
PLATO--In Greek Anthology.




Deus ex machina.

A god from a machine (artificial or mechan-
ical contrivance).
MENANDER. (From the Greek.) Theop. 5.

LUCAN —Hermo. PLATO Bratylus. 425.
Quoted by SOCRATES.

Who knows not Circe,
The daughter of the Sun, whose charmed cup
Whoever tasted, lost his upright shape,
And downward fell into a groveling swine?

MOTON—Comus. L. 50.

Di nos quasi pilas homines habent.

The gods play games with men as balls.
PLAUTUS—Captivi Prologue. XXII.

(See also KING LEAR)
Cui homini dii propitii sunt aliquid objiciunt

The gods give that man some profit to whom
they are propitious.
PLAUTUS-Persa. IV. 3. 1.

Miris modis Di ludos faciunt hominibus.

In wondrous ways do the gods make sport
with men.
PLAUTUS—Rudens. Act III. 1. 1; Mercator.

Act II. (See also KING LEAR)

That moly That Hermes once to wise Ulysses gave.

MILTON—Comus. L. 637.







Keep what goods the Gods provide you. A glimpse of Breidablick, whose walls are light PLAUTUS–Rudens. Act IV. Sc. 8. RILEY'S As e'en the silver on the cliff it shone; trans.

Of dark blue steel its columns azure height

And the big altar was one agate stone. Dum homo est infirmus, tunc deos, tunc ho It seemed as if the air upheld alone minem esse se meminit: invidet nemini, neminem Its dome, unless supporting spirits bore it, miratur, neminem despicit, ac ne sermonibus Studded with stars Odin's spangled throne, quidem malignis aut attendit, aut alitur.

A light inscrutable burned fiercely o'er it; When a man is laboring under the pain of In sky-blue mantles, any distemper, it is then that he recollects Sat the gold-crowned gods before it. there are gods, and that he himself is but a TEGNER—Fridthjof's Saga. Canto XXIII. man; no mortal is then the object of his envy, St. 13. his admiration, or his contempt, and having no malice to gratify, the tales of slander excite Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and Spirit with not his attention.

Spirit can meet; PLINY THE YOUNGER—Epistles. VII. 26. Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than 3

hands and feet. Themistocles told

the Adrians that he brought TENNYSON–Higher Pantheism. two gods with him, Persuasion and Force. They replied: "We also, have two gods on our side, Poverty and Despair.”

But a bevy of Eroses apple-cheeked PLUTARCH—Herodotus.

In a shallop of crystal ivory-beaked.

TENNYSON—The Islet. Thamus uttered with a loud voice

Here comes to day his message, "The great Pan is dead."

Pallas and Aphrodite, claiming each PLUTARCH—Why the Oracles cease to give An This meed of fairest. swers.

TENNYSON- Enone. St. 9.

18 Or ask of yonder argent fields above Why Jove's satellites are less than Jove.

Or sweet Europa's mantle blew unclasped
POPE—Essay on Man. I. 42.

From off her shoulder backward borne;
From one hand drooped a crocus: one hand

Mundus est ingens deorum omnium templum. The mild bull's golden horn.

The world is the mighty temple of the gods. TENNYSONPalace of Art. St. 30.
SENECAEpistolae Ad Lucilium. X.

Or else flushed Ganymede, his rosy thigh
The basest horn of his hoof is more musical Half buried in the Eagle's down,
than the pipe of Hermes.

Sole as a flying star, shot thro' the sky, Henry V. Act III. Sc. 7. L. 17.

Above the pillared town.

TENNYSON-Palace of Art. St. 31.
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods;
They kill us for their sport.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 38.

Atlas, we read in ancient song,
(See also PLAUTUS)

Was so exceeding tall and strong,

He bore the skies upon his back, The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices

Just as the pedler does his pack; Make instruments to plague us.

But, as the pedler overpress'd
King Lear. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 170.

Unloads upon a stall to rest,
Or, when he can no longer stand,

Desires a friend to lend a hand,
This senior-junior, giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid: So Atlas, lest the ponderous spheres
Regent of love-rhymes, lord of folded arms, Should sink, and fall about his ears,
The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans, Got Hercules to bear the pile,
Liege of all loiterers and malcontents.

That he might sit and rest awhile.
Love's Labour's Lost. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 182.

SWIFT-Atlas; or, the Minister of State. 11

21 Cupid is a knavish lad,

Volente Deo.
Thus to make poor females mad.
Midsummer Night's Dream. Act III. Sc. 2.

The god so willing

VERGILÆneid. 1. 303. L. 440.






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Stronger than thunder's winged force
All-powerful gold can speed its course;
Through watchful guards its passage make,
And loves through solid walls to break.

CIS' trans.


The lust of gold succeeds the rage of coriquest; The lust of gold, unfeeling and remorseless! The last corruption of degenerate man.

SAMUEL JOHNSON–Irene. Act I. Sc. 1.


Jamque dies, ni fallor adest quem semper acer

bum Semper honoratum (sic dii voluistis) habeo.

That day I shall always recollect with grief; with reverence also, for the gods so willed it.

VERGIL-Æneid. V. 49.
Vocat in certamina Divos.

He calls the gods to arms.
VERGIL—Æneid. VI. 172.

Habitarunt Di quoque sylvas.

The gods also dwelt in the woods.

VERGILEclogues. II. 60. Oh, meet is the reverence unto Bacchus paid! We will praise him still in the songs of our father

land, We will pour the sacred wine, the chargers lade, And the victim kid shall unresisting stand, Led by his horns to the altar, where we turn The hazel spits while the dripping entrails burn. VERGIL-Georgics. Bk. II. št. 17. L. 31.

H. W. PRESTON's trans.

L'or donne aux plus laids certain charme pour

plaire, Et que sans lui le reste est une triste affaire. Gold gives to the ugliest thing a certain charm

ing air, For that without it were else a miserable affair. MOLIÈRE-Sganarelle. I.


Aurea nunc vere sunt sæcula; plurimus auro
Venit honos; auro conciliatur amor.

Truly now is the golden age; the highest honour comes by means of gold;' by gold love is procured. OVIDArs Amatoria. Bk. II. 277.



Not Philip, but Philip's gold, took the cities of Greece. PLUTARCH-Life of Paulus Æmilius. Quoted

as a common saying. It refers to PHILIP II. of Macedon.


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Their bones with industry:
For this they have engrossed and pil'd up
The canker'd heaps of strange-achieved gold;
For this they have been thoughtful to invest
Their sons with arts and martial exercises.

Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 66.


Every honest miller has a golden thumb. CHAUCER-Canterbury Tales. Old saying,

referred to No. 7. For gold in phisik is a cordial; Therefore he lovede gold in special. CHAUCER— Canterbury Tales. Prologue. L.

443. 10 Gold begets in brethren hate; Gold in families debate; Gold does friendship separate; Gold does civil wars create.

COWLEY-Anacreontics. Gold. L. 17.

11 What female heart can gold despise? What cat's averse to fish?

GRAY-On the Death of a Favorite Cat.

12 That is gold which is worth gold.

HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.

13 Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold.

HOOD-Miss Kilmansegg. Her Moral.

Thou that so stoutly hast resisted me,
Give me thy gold, if thou hast any gold;
For I have bought it with an hundred blows.

Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5. L. 79.


Commerce has set the mark of selfishness,
The signet of its all-enslaving power
Upon a shining ore, and called it gold;
Before whose image bow the vulgar great,
The vainly rich, the miserable proud,
The mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings,
And with blind feelings reverence the power
That grinds them to the dust of misery.
But in the temple of their hireling hearts
Gold is a living god, and rules in scorn
All earthly things but virtue.

SHOLLEY-Driven Mab. Pt. V. St. 4.

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How near to good is what is fair!
BEN JONSON-Love Freed from Ignorance and



Rari quippe boni: numero vix sunt totidem quot Thebarum portæ, vel divitis ostia Nili.

The good, alas! are few: they are scarcely as many as the gates of Thebes or the mouths of the Nile. JUVENALSatires. · XIII. 26.


Doing good, Disinterested good, is not our

COWPERT'ask. Bk. I. The Sofa. L. 673.
Now, at a certain time, in pleasant mood,
He tried the luxury of doing good.
CRABBE—Tales of the Hall. Bk. III.

Who soweth good seed shall surely reap;
The year grows rich as it groweth old,
And life's latest sands are its sands of gold!

JULIA C. R. DORRTo thé "Bouquet Club." Look around the habitable world, how few Know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.

DRYDEN- Jwenal. Satire X.



Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever;

Do noble things, not dream them all day long; And so make life, death, and that vast forever

One grand, sweet song.



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Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever;

Do lovely things, not dream them, all day long; And so make Life, and Death, and that For Ever,

One grand sweet song.
CHARLES KINGSLEY-Farewell. Version in ed.

of 1889. Also in Life. Ed. by his wife. Vol.
I. P. 487, with line: "And so make Life,
Death, and that vast For Ever.



For all their luxury was doing good.
SAMUEL GARTH-Cleremont. L. 149.

(See also CRABBE) Ein guter Mensch, in seinem dunkeln Drange, Ist sich des rechten Weges wohl bewusst.

A good man, through obscurest aspirations Has still an instinct of the one true way. GOETHE-Faust. Prolog im Himmel.

Weiss Dass alle Länder gute Menschen tragen.

Know this, that every country can produce good men. LESSINGNathan der Weise. II. 5.




Segnius homines bona quam mala sentiunt.

Men have less lively perception of good than of evil. Live-Annales. XXX. 21.

The soil out of which such men as he are made is good to be born on, good to live on, good to die for and to be buried in. LOWELL-Among my Books. Second Series. Garfield.

Si veris magna paratur Fama bonis, et si successu nuda remoto Inspicitur virtus, quicquid laudamus in ullo Majorum, fortuna fuit.

If honest fame awaits the truly good; if setting aside the ultimate success of excellence alone is to be considered, then was his fortune as proud as any to be found in the records of our ancestry. LUCANPharsalia. IX. 593.

And learn the luxury of doing good.
GOLDSMITHThe Traveller. L. 22.

(See also CRABBE) 11 Impellid with steps unceasing to pursue Some fleeting good, that mocks me with the view, That, like the circle bounding earth and skies, Allures from far, yet, as I follow, flies.

GOLDSMITH-The Traveller. L. 25.

If goodness leade him not, yet wearinesse
May tosse him to my breast.
HERBERTThe Pulley. St. 4.

Vir bonus est quis?
Qui consulta patrum, qui leges juraque servat.

Who is a good man? He who keeps the decrees of the fathers, and both human and divine laws. HORACE—Epistles. I. 16. 40.

14 God whose gifts in gracious flood

Unto all who seek are sent,
Only asks you to be good

And is content.
VICTOR HUGO-God whose Gifts in Gracious




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