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Et qui nolunt occidere quemquam
Posse volunt.

Those who do not wish to kill any one, wish they had the power. JUVENAL-Satires. X. 96.

Without his rod revers'd,
And backward mutters of dissevering power.

MILTON--Comus. L. 816.
Ut desint vires tamen est laudanda voluntas.

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.
Nunquam est fidelis cum potente societas.

A partnership with men in power is never safe.
PHÆDRUS—–Fables. I. 5. *1.

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. TACITUSAnnales. 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.


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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?
Wächst mir ein Kornfeld in der flachen Hand?

Can I summon armies from the earth?
Or grow a cornfield on my open palm?
SCHILLER-Die Jungfrau von Orleans. I. 3.

Ich fühle eine Armee in meiner Faust.

I feel an army in my fist.
SCHILLER-Die Rauber. II. 3.

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. SENECATroades. 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.
The awful shadow of some unseen Power
Floats, tho' unseen, amongst us.

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.


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,
Pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame
A mechanized automaton.

SHELLEY-Queen Mab. Pt. III.

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The sweeter sound of woman's praise. MACAULAYLines 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.

MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. V. L. 197.

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Lætus sum
Laudari me abs te, pater, laudato viro."

I am pleased to be praised by a man so praised as you, father. [Words used by Hector.) Quoted by CICEROTusc. 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.

COWPERThe Task. Bk. II. L. 235.



Of whom to be disprais'd were no small praise.

MILTONParadise 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.


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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.
POPEFirst Epistle of Second Book of Horace.

Delightful praise!—like summer rose,
That brighter in the dew-drop glows,
The bashful maiden's cheek appear'd,
For Douglas spoke, and Malcolm heard.

SCOTTLady 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,
And praise is only praise when well address'd.

GAY. Ep. I. L. 29.

10 Good people all, with one accord,

Lament for Madame Blaize,
Who never wanted a good word-

From those who spoke her praise.
GOLDSMITH-Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaize.

Praise me not too much,
Nor blame me, for thou speakest to the Greeks
Who know me.
HOMERIliad. Bk. X. L. 289. BRYANT'S

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.

Laudator temporis acti.

A eulogist of past times.
HORACEArs Poetica. - 173.

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,
In working out a pure intent.

Yet will I pray, for thou wilt hear.
WORDSWORTH-Ode. Imagination ne'er before BYRON-Prayer of Nature.

Father of Light! great God of Heaven!
With faint praises one another damn.

Hear'st thou the accents of despair? WYCHERLEY---Plain Dealer. Prologue.

Can guilt like man's be e'er forgiven?
(See also POPE under SATIRE)

Can vice atone for crimes by prayer?
The love of praise, howe'er conceal’d by art, BYRON—Prayer of Nature.
Reigns more or less, and glows, in ev'ry

YOUNGThe Love of Fame. Satire I. L. 51. Pray to be perfect, though material leaven

Forbid the spirit so on earth to be;
I grant the man is vain who writes for praise. But if for any wish thou darest not pray,
Praise no man e'er deserved who sought no more. Then pray to God to cast that wish away.
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night V. L. 3.

.) 5

Prayer. The most pleasing of all sounds that of your own praise.

He prayeth best who loveth best XENOPHONHiero. 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.
Whilst in the confidence of pray'r

COLERIDGE-Ancient Mariner. Pt. VII.
My soul took hold on thee.
ADDISON-Miscellaneous Poems. Divine Ode, The saints will aid if men will call:

made by a Gentleman on the Conclusion of his For the blue sky bends over all.
Travels. Verse 6.

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

22 face,

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

therefore let


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. DICKINSONThe 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 BROWNINGInstans 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. BURNSThe Cotter's Saturday Night. St. 6.

(See also COLDSMITH)







Grant folly's prayers that hinder folly's wish,
And serve the ends of wisdom.

GEORGE ELIOTThe 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!

Poet's Prayer.
Though I am weak, yet God, when prayed,
Cannot withhold his conquering aid.

EMERSONThe Nun's Aspiration.

To Thy great multitude a way to peace;
Give them to HIM.
JEAN INGELOW-A Story of Doom. Bk. LX.

St. 6.
Is there never a chink in the world above
Where they listen for words from below?

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)



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My brother kneels, so saith Kabir,
To stone and brass in heathen-wise,
But in my brother's voice I hear
My own unanswered agonies.
His God is as his fates assign
His prayer is all the world's—and mine.
KIPLING—Song of Kabir.

(See also Don MARQUIS under WORSHIP)
I ask and wish not to appear

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
Be, too, for light,--for strength to bear
Our portion of the weight of care,
That crushes into dumb despair

One half the human race.
LONGFELLOW-Goblet of Life. St. 10.



At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
His looks adorn'd the venerable place;
Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway,
And fools, who came to scoff, remain'd to pray.
GOLDSMITH-The Deserted Village. L. 177.

(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,
Maketh two nights to every day!
HERBERT Temple. The Church. Charms

and Knots. St. 4.


Resort to sermons, but to prayers most:
Praying's the end of preaching.

HERBERT_Temple. The Church Porch. St.

Like one in prayer I stood.
LONGFELLOW—Voices of the Night. Prelude.

St. 11.
Vigilate et orate.

Watch and pray.
Mark. XIII. 33. (From the Vulgate.)

O Domine Deus! speravi in te;
O care mi Jesu! nunc libera me.
In dura catena, in misera poena,
Disidero te.
Languendo, jemendo, et genuflectendo,
Adoro, imploro, ut liberes me!
O Lord, my God,

I have trusted in Thee;
O Jesu, my dearest One,

Now set me free.
In prison's oppression,
In sorrow's obsession,

I weary for Thee.
With sighing and crying,

Bowed down in dying,
I adore Thee, I implore Thee, set me free.
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS. Written in her Book

of Devotion before her execution. Trans. by SWINBURNE, in Mary Stuart.


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But that from us aught should ascend to Heav'n
So prevalent as to concern the mind
Of God, high-bless'd, or to incline His will,
Hard to belief may seem; yet this will prayer.
MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. XI. L. 143.

And if by prayer
Incessant I could hope to change the will
Of Him who all things can, I would not cease
To weary Him with my assiduous cries.

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

Notre Père.
C. A. RICHMOND—Lord's Prayer.




Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,

Cttered or unexpressed,
The motion of a hidden fire

That trembles in the breast.
JAMES MONTGOMERY-Original Hymns. What

is Prayer?


Prayer moves the arm
Which moves the world,
And brings salvation down.


At the muezzin's call for prayer,
The kneeling faithful thronged the square,
And on Pushkara's lofty height
The dark priest chanted Brahma's might.
Amid a monastery's weeds
An old Franciscan told his beads;
While to the synagogue there came
A Jew to praise Jehovah's name.
The one great God looked down and smiled
And counted each His loving child;
For Turk and Brahmin, monk and Jew
Had reached Him through the gods they knew.
HARRY ROMAINE-Ad Cælum. In unsey's

Mag. Jan. 1895.
I pray the prayer the Easterners do,
May the peace of Allah abide with you;
Wherever you stay, wherever you go,
May the beautiful palms of Allah grow;
Through days of labor, and nights of rest,
The love of Good Allah make you blest;
So I touch my heart--as the Easterners do,
May the peace of Allah abide with you.
Salaam Alaikum. (Peace be with you).

Author unknown.


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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,
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take.
New England Primer. (1814)

Nulla res carius constat quam quæ precibus empta est.

Nothing costs so much as what is bought by prayers. SENECA-De Beneficiis. II. 1.

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