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Et qui nolunt occidere quemquam
Those who do not wish to kill any one, wish they had the power. JUVENAL-Satires. X. 96.
Without his rod revers'd,
MILTON--Comus. L. 816.
Though the power be wanting, yet the wish is praiseworthy. OviD-Epistolæ Ex Ponto. III. 4. 79.
4 A cane non magno sæpe tenetur aper.
The wild boar is often held by a small dog.
OviD-Remedia Amoris. 422.
A partnership with men in power is never safe.
Male imperando summum imperium amittitur.
The highest power may be lost by misrule.
Suspectum semper invisumque dominantibus qui proximus destinaretur.
Rulers always hate and suspect the next in succession. TACITUS--Annales. I. 21. 18
Imperium flagitio acquisitum nemo unquam bonis artibus exercuit.
Power acquired by guilt was never used for a good purpose. TACITUS-Annales. I. 30. 19
Imperium cupientibus nihil medium inter summa et præcipitia.
In the struggle between those seeking power there is no middle course. TACITUS—Annales. II. 74. 20
Potentiam cautis quam acribus consiliis tutius haberi.
Power is more safely retained by cautious than by severe councils. TACITUS—Annales. XI. 29.
Cupido dominandi cunctis affectibus flagrantior est.
Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions. TACITUS-Annales. XV. 53.
Kann ich Armeen aus der Erde stampfen?
Can I summon armies from the earth?
I feel an army in my fist.
11 Quod non potest vult posse, qui nimium potest.
He who is too powerful, is still aiming at that degree of power which is unattainable. SENECA-Hippolytus. 215.
12 Minimum decet libere cui multum licet.
He who has great power should use it lightly. SENECA—Troades. 336.
13 No pent-up Utica contracts your powers, But the whole boundless continent is yours. JONATHAN SEWALL-Epilogue to ADDISON'S
Cało. Written for the performance at the
Bow Street Theatre, Portsmouth, N. H.
SHELLEY-Hymn to Intellectual Beauty.
I thought that my invincible power would hold the world captive, leaving me in a freedom undisturbed. Thus night and day I worked at the chain with huge fires and cruel hard strokes. When at last the work was done and the links were complete and unbreakable, I found that it held me in its grip.
RABINDRANATH TAGORE-Gitanjali. 31.
23 He never sold the truth to serve the hour, Nor paltered with Eternal God for power. TENNYSON-Ode on the Death of the Duke of
Wellington. 24 Et errat longe, mea quidem sententia, Qui imperium credat esse gravius, aut stabilius, Vi quod fit, quam illud quod amicitia adjungitur.
And he makes a great mistake, in my opinion at least, who supposes that authority is firmer or better established when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection. TERENCE-Adelph. Act I. 1. L. 40.
25 Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo.
If I can not influence the gods, I shall move all hell. VERGIL-Æneid. VII. 312. 26
An untoward event. (Threatening to disturb the balance of power.) WELLINGTON. On the destruction of the Turk
ish Navy at the battle of Navarino, Oct. 20, 1827. (See also BURKE)
Power, like a desolating pestilence,
SHELLEY-Queen Mab. Pt. III.
The sweeter sound of woman's praise. MACAULAY—Lines Written on the Night of 30th
of July, 1847. Join voices, all ye living souls: ye birds, That singing up to heaven-gate ascend, Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise.
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. V. L. 197.
I am pleased to be praised by a man so praised as you, father. [Words used by Hector.) Quoted by CICERO—Tusc. Quæst. IV. 31,
67; Epist. Bk. XV. 6. Earth, with her thousand voices, praises God. COLERIDGE-Hymn Before Sunrise in the Vale
of Chamouni. Last line. Praise the bridge that carried you over. GEO. COLMAN (the Younger)-Heir-at-Law. Act I. Sc. 1.
Praise enough To fill the ambition of a private man, That Chatham's language was his mother-tongue.
COWPER—The Task. Bk. II. L. 235.
Of whom to be disprais'd were no small praise.
MILTON—Paradise Regained. Bk. III. L. 56.
Approbation from Sir Hubert Stanley is praise indeed. Thos. MORTON—Cure for the Heartache. Act
V. Sc. 2.
Solid pudding against empty praise.
POPE-Dunciad. Bk. I. Î. 54.
When needs he must, yet faintly then he praises; Somewhat the deed, much more the means he
raises: So marreth what he makes, and praising most,
dispraises. PHINEAS FLETCHER — The Purple Island.
Canto VII. St. 67.
Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise.
(See also BROADHURST)
SCOTT—Lady of the Lake. Canto II. St. 24.
Id facere laus est quod decet, non quod licet.
He deserves praise who does not what he may, but what he ought. SENECA-Octavia. 454.
Long open panegyric drags at best,
GAY. Ep. I. L. 29.
10 Good people all, with one accord,
Lament for Madame Blaize,
From those who spoke her praise.
Praise me not too much,
trans. 12 Praise from a friend, or censure from a foe, Are lost on hearers that our merits know.
HOMER-Iliad. Bk. X. L. 293. Pope's trans.
A eulogist of past times.
27 Praising what is lost Makes the remembrance dear. All's Well That Ends Well. Act V. Sc. 3.
L. 19. 28 Thou wilt say anon he is some kin to thee, Thou spend'st such high-day wit in praising him.
Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 9. L. 97.
29 Our praises are our wages.
Winter's Tale. Act I. Sc.2. L. 94.
15 We bow our heads before Thee, and we laud Father! no prophet's laws I seek,And magnify Thy name, Almighty God!
Thy laws in Nature's works appear; But Man is Thy most awful instrument,
I own myself corrupt and weak,
Yet will I pray, for thou wilt hear.
Father of Light! great God of Heaven!
Hear'st thou the accents of despair? WYCHERLEY---Plain Dealer. Prologue.
Can guilt like man's be e'er forgiven?
Can vice atone for crimes by prayer?
Forbid the spirit so on earth to be;
Prayer. The most pleasing of all sounds that of your own praise.
He prayeth best who loveth best XENOPHON–Hiero. I. 14. Watson's trans.
All things, both great and small.
COLERIDGE—Ancient Mariner. Pt. VII. PRAYER Yet then from all my grief, O Lord,
He prayeth well who loveth well Thy mercy set me free,
Both man and bird and beast.
COLERIDGE-Ancient Mariner. Pt. VII.
made by a Gentleman on the Conclusion of his For the blue sky bends over all.
COLERIDGE-Christabel. Conclusion to Pt. 1. Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth. BALLEY--Festus. Sc. Elsewhere.
But maybe prayer is a road to rise,
A mountain path leading toward the skies 8 And from the prayer of Want, and plaint of Woe,
To assist the spirit who truly tries. O never, never turn away thine ear!
But it isn't a shibboleth, creed, nor code, Forlorn, in this bleak wilderness below,
It isn't a pack-horse to carry your load, Ah! what were man, should Heaven refuse
It isn't a wagon, it's only a road. to hear!
And perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries BEATTIE–Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 29.
Is not the goal, but the exercise!
EDMUND VANCE COOKE–Prayer. The UnGod answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,
common Commoner. And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our
Not as we wanted it, A gauntlet with a gift in 't.
But as God granted it. E. B. BROWNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. II.
QUILLER COUCH-To Bearers. 10 Every wish Is like a prayer-with God.
And Satan trembles when he sees E.B. BROWNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. II.
The weakest saint upon his knees.
COWPER-Hymns. Exhortation to Prayer. Hope, he called, belief In God,—work, worship
I ask not a life for the dear ones, us pray! E. B. BROWNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. III.
All radiant, as others have done,
But that life may have just enough shadow 12 She knows omnipotence has heard her prayer
To temper the glare of the sun; And cries, “It shall be done — sometime,
I would pray God to guard them from evil, somewhere."
But my prayer would bound back to myself: OPHELIA G. BROWNING—Unanswered.
Ah! a seraph may pray for a sinner,
But a sinner must pray for himself. Just my vengeance complete,
CHARLES M. DICKINSON—The Children. The man sprang to his feet, Stood erect, caught at God's skirts, and prayed! | Our vows are heard betimes! and Heaven takes So, I was afraid!
care ROBERT BROWNING—Instans Tyrannus. VII. To grant, before we can conclude the prayer:
Preventing angels met it half the way, They never sought in vain that sought the Lord And sent us back to praise, who came to pray. aright!
DRYDEN-Britannio Rediviva. First lines. BURNS—The Cotter's Saturday Night. St. 6.
(See also COLDSMITH)
Grant folly's prayers that hinder folly's wish,
GEORGE ELIOT—The Spanish Gypsy. Bk. IV.
Almighty Father! let thy lowly child,
Strong in his love of truth, be wisely bold, A patriot bard, by sycophants reviled,
Let him live usefully, and not die old!
EMERSON—The Nun's Aspiration.
To Thy great multitude a way to peace;
JEAN INGELOW-Supper at the Mill.
O God, if in the day of battle I forget Thee, do not Thou forget me. WILLIAM King attributes the prayer to a sol
dier, in his Anecdotes of his own time. P 7. (Ed. 1818)
My brother kneels, so saith Kabir,
(See also Don MARQUIS under WORSHIP)
More beauteous, rich or gay: Lord, make me wiser every year, And better
every day. LAMB-A Birthday Thought.
You know I say Just what I think, and nothing more nor less, And, when I pray, my heart is in my prayer. I cannot say one thing and mean another: If I can't pray, I will not make believe! LONGFELLOW-Christus. Pt. III. Giles Corey.
Act II. Sc. 3.
So a good prayer, though often used, is still fresh and fair in the ears and eyes of Heaven. FULLER—Good Thoughts in Bad Times. Med
itations on all kinds of Prayers. XII.
O Lord of Courage grave,
O Master of this night of Spring! Make firm in me a heart too brave
To ask Thee anything.
Let one unceasing, earnest prayer
One half the human race.
At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
(See also DRYDEN)
He that will learn to pray, let him go to Sea.
HERBERT Jacula Prudentum. No. 89.
Who goes to bed, and doth not pray,
and Knots. St. 4.
Resort to sermons, but to prayers most:
HERBERT_Temple. The Church Porch. St.
Like one in prayer I stood.
Watch and pray.
I have trusted in Thee;
Now set me free.
I weary for Thee.
Bowed down in dying,
of Devotion before her execution. Trans. by SWINBURNE, in Mary Stuart.
But that from us aught should ascend to Heav'n
And if by prayer
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. XI. L. 307.
They were ordinary soldiers, just the common
Jean and Hans, One from the valley of the Rhine and one from
fair Provence. They were simple-hearted fellows--every night
each said his prayer: The one prayed Vater Unser and the other
Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Cttered or unexpressed,
That trembles in the breast.
Prayer moves the arm
At the muezzin's call for prayer,
Mag. Jan. 1895.
In vota miseros ultimus cogit timor.
Fear of death drives the wretched to prayer. SENECA-Agamemnon. 560.
Now I lay me down to take my sleep,
Nulla res carius constat quam quæ precibus empta est.
Nothing costs so much as what is bought by prayers. SENECA-De Beneficiis. II. 1.