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Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
Remembers me of all his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;
Then, have I reason to be fond of grief?

King John. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 93.


But then the mind much sufferance doth o'er

skip, When grief hath mates.

King Lear. Act III. Sc. 6. L. 113.


27 What's


and what's past help Should be past grief. Winter's Tale. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 223.

Winter is come and gone, But grief returns with the revolving year.

SHELLEY-Adonais. St. 18. Dark is the realm of grief: but human things Those may not know of who cannot weep for

them. SHELLEY-Otho. (A projected poem.) "Oh, but," quoth she, “great griefe will not be

tould, And can more easily be thought than said." SPENSER—Faerie Queene. Bk. I. Canto VII.

St. 41. (See also LONGFELLOW)



Every one can master a grief but he that has it. Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 29.

Men Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief Which they themselves not feel; but, tasting it, Their counsel turns to passion, which before









He gave a deep sigh; I saw the iron enter into Arts and sciences are not cast in a mould, but his soul.

are found and perfected by degrees, by often STERNE-Sentimental Journey. The Captive. handling and polishing, as bears leisurely lick

their cubs into shape. Nulli jactantius morent quam qui maxime MONTAIGNE-A pology for Raimond Sebond. lætantur.

Bk. II. Ch. XII. None grieve so ostentatiously as those who

(See also VERGIL) rejoice most in heart. TACITUS—Annales. II. 77.

"Oh! what a vile and abject thing is man un3

less he can erect himself above humanity." Here Men are we, and must grieve when even the is a bon mot and a useful desire, but equally abShade

surd. For to make the handful bigger than the Of that which once was great is passed away. hand, the armful bigger than the arm, and to WORDSWORTH-On the Extinction of the Vene hope to stride further than the stretch of our tian Republic.

legs, is impossible and monstrous.


may lift himself if God lend him His hand of GROWTH (See also EVOLUTION, PROGRESS, special grace; he may lift himself by SUCCESS)

means wholly celestial. It is for our Christian What? Was man made a wheel-work to wind up,

religion, and not for his Stoic virtue, to pretend And be discharged, and straight wound up anew?

to this divine and miraculous metamorphosis. No! grown, his growth lasts; taught, he ne'er

MONTAIGNE—Essays. Bk. II. Ch. XII.

(See also WORDSWORTH) forgets; May learn a thousand things, not twice the same. ROBERT BROWNING-Ā Death in the Desert.

Heu quotidie pejus! haec colonia retroversus L. 447.

crescit tanquam coda vituli.

Alas! worse every day! this colony grows Treading beneath their feet all visible things,

backward like the tail of a calf.

PETRONIUS—Cena. 44. .
As steps that upwards to their Father's throne
Lead gradual.

16 COLERIDGE-Religious Musings.

Fungino genere est; capite se totum tegit.

He is of the race of the mushroom; he cov(See also TENNYSON)

ers himself altogether with his head. Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked.

PLAUTUSTrinummus. IV. 2. 9. Deuteronomy. XXXII. 15. 7

Post id, frumenti quum alibi messis maxima'st The lofty oak from a small acorn grows.

Tribus tantis illi minus reddit, quam obseveris. LEWIS DUNCOMBE—Translation of De Mini

Heu! istic oportet obseri mores malos, mis Maxima.

Si in obserendo possint interfieri. (See also EVERETT under ORATORY)

Besides that, when elsewhere the harvest of

wheat is most abundant, there it comes up less Man seems the only growth that dwindles here. by one-fourth than what you have sowed. GOLDSMITH-The Traveller. L. 126.

There, methinks, it were a proper place for

men to sow their wild oats, where they would It is not growing like a tree

not spring up. In bulk, doth make man better be;

PLAUTUSTrinumm Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere: Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his A lily of a day

strength. Is fairer far in May,

POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 136.
Although it falls and die that night,
It was the plant and flower of Light.

'Tis thus the mercury of man is fix'd, BEN JONSONPindaric Ode on the Death of Strong grows the virtue with his nature mix'd. Sir H. Morison.

Pope-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 178. Nor deem the irrevocable Past,

Im engen Kreis verengert sich der Sinn. As wholly wasted, wholly vain,

Es wächst der Mensch mit seinen grössern ZwecIf, rising on its wrecks, at last

ken. To something nobler we attain.

In a narrow circle the mind contracts. LONGFELLOW-Ladder of St. Augustine. Man grows with his expanded needs. (See also TENNYSON)

SCHILLER-Prolog. I. 59. 11 Our pleasures and our discontents,

Jock, when ye hae naething else to do, ye may Are rounds by which we may ascend.

be aye sticking in a tree; it will be growing, Jock, LONGFELLOW-Ladder of St. Augustine. St. 2. when ye're

sleeping. (See also LONGFELLOW under VICE)

Scott The Heart of Midlothian. Ch. VIII. 12 And so all growth that not towards God Gardener, for telling me these news of woe, Is growing to decay.

Pray God the plants thou graft'st may never GEORGE MACDONALD--Within and Without grow. Pt. I. Sc. 3.

Richard II. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 100.


mmus. IV. 4. 128.










Quo me cumque rapit tempestas deferor hospes.

Wherever the storm carries me, I go a willing guest.

HORACE-Epistles. I. 1. 15. Sometimes, when guests have gone, the host re

Sweet courteous things unsaid.
We two have talked our hearts out to the embers,
And now go hand in hand down to the dead.
MASEFIELDThe Faithful.

Unbidden guests
Are often welcomest when they are gone.

Henry VI. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 55.
Here's our chief guest.
If he had been forgotten,
It had been as a gap in our great feast.

Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 11.





"Ay," quoth my uncle Gloucester, "Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow

apace:” And since, methinks, I would not grow so fast, Because sweet flowers are slow and weeds make

Richard III. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 12.

O, my lord,
You said that idle weeds are fast in growth:
The prince my brother hath outgrown me far.

Richard III. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 102. I held it truth, with him who sings

To one clear harp in divers tones, That men may rise on stepping-stones Of their dead selves to higher things.


Low under VICE)
The great world's altar stairs
That slope through darkness up to God.

TENNYSON-In Memoriam. LV.

Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch
At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb;
Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch
Till the white-wing'd reapers come.

HENRY VAUGHANThe Seed Growing Secretly. Lambendo effingere.

Lick into shape.
VERGIL. See SUETONIUS—Life of Vergil.

Lambendo paulatim figurant. Licking a
cub into shape. PLINY-Nat. Hist. VIII. 36.

(See also MONTAIGNE) And that unless above himself he can Erect himself, how poor a thing is man. WORDSWORTH-Excursion. V. 158. (Knight's

ed.) From DANIEL's Essay XIV, in COLERIDGE-Friend. Introductory. Quam contempta res est homo, nisi super humana se

erexerit. As said by SENECA. Amator Jesu et veritatis

potest se elevare supra seipsum in spiritu. A lover of Jesus and of the truth can lift himself above himself in spirit. THOMAS À KEMPIS-Imitatio. II. 1.

(See also MONTAIGNE, TENNYSON) Teach me, by this stupendous scaffolding, Creation's golden steps, to climb to Thee. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night IX.

(See also TENNYSON)

Be bright and jovial among your guests to-night. Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 28.

See, your guests approach: Address yourself to entertain them sprightly, And let's be red with mirth.

Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 52.

Methinks a father
Is at the nuptial of his son a guest
That best becomes the table.

Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. l. L. 405.

18 You must come home with me and be my guest; You will give joy to me, and I will do All that is in my power to honour you.

SHELLEY-Hymn to Mercury. St. 5. 19 To the guests that must go, bid God's speed and brush away all traces of their steps. RABINDRANATH TAGORE-Gardener. 45.




GUILT In ipsa dubitatione facinus inest, etiamsi ad id non pervenerint.

Guilt is present in the very hesitation, even though the deed be not committed. CICERO—De Officiis. III. 8. 21

Let no guilty man escape, if it can be avoided. No personal consideration should stand in the way of performing a public duty. ÚLYSSES S. GRANT—Indorsement of a Letter

relating to the Whiskey Ring, July 29, 1875.






Hail, guest, we ask not what thou art;
If friend, we greet thee, hand and heart;
If stranger, such no longer be;
If foe, our love shall conquer thee.
Paul ELMER MORE says this is an Old Welsh

door Verse. 10 For whom he means to make an often guest, One dish shall serve; and welcome make the rest.

JOSEPH HALL_Come Dine with Me.

What we call real estate the solid ground to build a house on-is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests. HAWTHORNE—The House of the Seven Gables.

The Flight of Two Owls. How guilt once harbour'd in the conscious breast, Intimidates the brave, degrades the great. SAMUEL JOHNSON–Irene. Act IV. Sc. 8.

The gods Grow angry with your patience. 'Tis their care, And must be yours, that guilty men escape not: As crimes do grow, justice should rouse itself.

BEN JONSON—Catiline. Act III. Sc. 5.




How glowing guilt exalts the keen delight!

POPE-Eloisa to Abelard. L. 230.


Exemplo quodcumque malo committitur, ipsi
Displicet auctori. Prima est hæc ultio, quod se
Judice nemo nocens absolvitur.

Whatever guilt is perpetrated by some evil
prompting, is grievous to the author of the
crime. This is the first punishment of guilt
that no one who is guilty is acquitted at the
judgment seat of his own conscience.
JUVENAL-Satires. XIII. 1.

Ingenia humana sunt ad suam cuique levandam culpam nimio plus facunda.

Men's minds are too ingenious in palliating guilt in themselves. Live-Annales. XXVIII. 25.

Haste, holy Friar,
Haste, ere the sinner shall expire!
Of all his guilt let him be shriven,
And smooth his path from earth to heaven!
SCOTT—Lay of the Last Minstrel. Canto V.

St. 22.


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sow our habits, and we reap our characters; we

sow our characters, and we reap our destiny. A civil habit

C. A. HALL. Oft covers a good man.


MAN under THOUGHT) Act II, Sc. 3. L, 210.

Clavus clavo pellitur, consuetudo consuetuConsuetudo quasi altera natura effici.

dine vincitur. Habit is, as it were, a second nature.

A nail is driven out by another nail, habit is CICERODe Finibus Bonorum et Malorum. V.

overcome by habit. 25. Tusculanarum Disputationum. II. 17.


(See also à KEMPIS) Habit with him was all the test of truth; "It must be right: I've done it from my

A man used to vicissitudes is not easily dejected.

SAMUEL JOHNSON-Rasselas. Ch. XII. youth.” CRABBE—The Borough. Letter III.

Habits form character and character is destiny.

JOSEPH KAINES—Address. Oct. 21, 1883. Our We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; Daily Faults and Failings. we sow our actions, and we reap our habits; we

(See also HALL)





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Within the midnight of her hair, Half-hidden in its deepest deeps. BARRY CORNWALLPearl Wearers.




Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny. CHAS. READE.

(See also HALL) Consuetudo natura potentior est.

Habit is stronger than nature.

Alexandri Magni. V. 5. 21.
How use doth breed a habit in a man!
This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods,
I better brook than flourishing peopled towns.

Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act V. Sc. 4. L. 1.

12 Vulpem pilum mutare, non mores.

The fox changes his skin but not his habits. SUETONIUS—Vespasianus. 16.


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Tresses, that wear
Jewels, but to declare
How much themselves more precious are.
RICHARD CRASHAW—Wishes to his (supposed)



Inepta bæc esse, nos quæ facimus sentio;
Verum quid facias? ut homo est, ita morem geras.

I perceive that the things that we do are silly; but what can one do? According to men's habits and dispositions, so one must yield to them. TERENCEAdelphi. III. 3. 76.

She knows her man, and when you rant and

swear, Can draw you to her with a single hair. DRYDEN-Persius. Satire V. L. 246.


Quam multa injusta ac prava fiunt moribus!

How many unjust and wicked things are done from mere babit. TERENCE-Heauton timoroumenos. IV. 7. 11.

27 When you see fair hair Be pitiful.

GEORGE ELIOT—The Spanish Gypsy. Bk. IV.

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