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Cold blows the wind against the hill,
And cold upon the plain;
The violets come again.
A vi'let on the meadow grew,
Earth whirls, and all but to prosper
A poor little violet.
MONTGOMERY—The Adventure of a Star.
Because of its birth?
For growing near earth?
Steals timidly away,
A blossom of returning light,
An April flower of sun and dew; The earth and sky, the day and night
Are melted in her depth of blue!
Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
snow. R. H. NEWELL (Orpheus C. Kerr)-Spring
Violets under the Snow.
FRANCES S. OSGOOD—Garden Gossip. St. 3.
The modest, lowly violet
And gaze on the stars high above.
The violets whisper from the shade
of the Field.” L. 13.
The eyes of spring, so azure,
Are peeping from the ground;
That I in nosegays bound.
You doe bring
In the spring, And wait upon her.
HERRICK —To Violets.
Who are the violets now That strew the green lap of the new come spring.
Richard II. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 46.
The violet is a nun.
The sweet sound, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour!
Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 5. 21
Violets dim, But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes. Or Cytherea's breath.
Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 120.
And the violet lay dead while the odour flew On the wings of the wind o'er the waters blue
We are violets blue,
For our sweetness found Careless in the mossy shades,
Looking on the ground. Love's dropp'd eyelids and a kiss, Such our breath and blueness is. LEIGH HUNT—Songs and Chorus of the Flowers. Violets.
And shade the violets, That they may bind the moss in leafy nets.
KEATS—I Stood Tiptoe Upon a Litile Hill.
11 Violet! sweet violet! Thine eyes are full of tears;
Are they wet
12 Winds wander, and dews drip earthward;
Rains fall, suns rise and set;
Oh! faint delicious spring-time violet,
Thine odor like a key,
A thought of sorrow free.
W. W. STORY—The Violet.
Pour'd back into my empty soul and frame The times when I remembered to have been
Joyful and free from blame.
TENNYSON--Dream of Fair Women. St. 20. And from his ashes may be made The violet of his native land.
TENNYSON-In Memoriam XVIII.
The violets of five seasons reappear And fade, unseen by any human eye.
Nam quæ voluptate, quasi mercede aliqua, ad officium impellitur, ea non est virtus sed fallax imitatio simulatioque virtutis.
That which leads us to the performance of duty by offering pleasure as its reward, is not virtue, but a deceptive copy and imitation of virtue. CICERO-Academici. IV. 46.
Honor is the reward of virtue.
(See also PLAUTUS) Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi præditi esse, quam videri volunt.
Fewer possess virtue, than those who wish us to believe that they possess it. CICERO—De Amicitia. XXVI.
VIRTUE 7 Curse on his virtues! they've undone his country.
ADDISON—Cato. Act IV. Sc. 4.
If there's a power above us, (and that there is
all nature cries aloud Through all her works) he must delight in virtue.
ADDISON--Cato. Act V. Sc. 1.
9 Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man!
ADDISON—Cato. Act V. Sc. 4.
10 One's outlook is a part of his virtue. Amos BRONSON ALCOTT—Concord Days. April
Outlook. 11 Virtue and sense are one; and, trust me, still A faithless heart betrays the head unsound. ARMSTRONG--Art of Preserving Health. Bk.
IV. L. 265. 12 Virtue, the strength and beauty of the soul, Is the best gift of Heaven: a happiness That even above the smiles and frowns of fate Exalts great Nature's favourites: a wealt That ne'er encumbers, nor can be transferr'd. ARMSTRONG--Art of Preserving Health. Bk.
IV. L. 284.
Est haec sæculi labes quædam et macula virtuti invidere, velle ipsum florem dignitatis infringere.
It is the stain and disgrace of the age to envy virtue, and to be anxious to crush the very flower of dignity. CICERO—Gratio Pro Lucio Cornelio Balbo. VI.
Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason. CICERO-Rhetorical Invention. Bk. II. Sc.
LIII. 25 Ipsa quidem pretium virtus sibi.
Virtue is indeed its own reward.
The virtuous nothing fear but life with shame, And death's a pleasant road that leads to fame. GEO. GRANVILLE (Lord Lansdowne). Verses
written 1690. L. 47.
CLAUDIANUS—De Consulatu Malli. Theodorii Panegyris. V. I.
(See also PLAUTUS) Vile latens virtus.
Virtue when concealed is a worthless thing. CLAUDIANUS—De Quarto Consulatu Honorii
Augusti Panegyris. 222. Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.
COLLINS-Eclogue I. L. 5. Selim. 3
Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! virtue is at hand.
CONFUCIUS-Analects. Bk. I. Ch. IV. 4
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
CONFUCIUS-Analects. Bk. IV. Ch. XXV. 5
Toutes grandes vertus conviennent aux grands hommes.
All great virtues become great men. CORNEILLE—Notes de Corneille par La Roche
The only amaranthine flower on earth Is virtue.
COWPER—Task. Bk. III. L. 268.
And he by no uncommon lot
COWPER—To the Rev. William Bull. L. 19.
8 Virtue alone is happiness below.
CRABBE—The Borough. Letter XVI.
Virtutem incolumem odimus, Sublatam ex oculis quærimus.
We hate virtue when it is safe; when removed from our sight we diligently seek it. HORACE—Carmina. III. 24. 31.
Mea virtute me involvo.
I wrap myself up in my virtue.
Virtue consists in avoiding vice, and is the highest wisdom.
HORACE—Epistles. I. 1. 41.
Silver is less valuable than gold, gold than virtue. HORACE—Epistles. I. 1. 52.
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm. DRYDEN— Imitation of Horace. Bk. I. Ode
XXIX. L. 87.
The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
EMERSON—Essays. First Series. Self-Reliance.
Shall ignorance of good and ill
GAY—The Father and Jupiter.
14 Yet why should learning hope success at court? Why should our patriots' virtues cause support? Why to true merit should they have regard? They know that virtue is its own reward. Gay-Epistle to Methuen. L. 39.
(See also PLAUTUS)
Some of 'em (virtues) like extinct volcanoes, with a strong
memory of fire and brimstone. DOUGLAS JERROLD—The Catspaw. Act III.
His virtues walked their narrow round,
Nor made a pause, nor left a void;
The single talent well employed.
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
GOLDSMITH–The Deserted Village. L. 163.
Où la vertu va-t-elle se nicher?
Where does virtue go to lodge?
Probitas laudatur et alget.
Virtue is the only and true nobility.
The thirst for fame is much greater than that for virtue; for who would embrace virtue itself if you take away its rewards? JUVENAL—Satires. X. 140.
I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice. MONTAIGNE—Essays. That we Taste Nothing
Some virtue is needed, but not too much.
Moment. Quoted by DESAUGIERS. See
FOURNIER—L'Esprit des Autres. Ch. XXXV. Judice te mercede caret, per seque petenda est Externis virtus incomitata bonis.
In your judgment virtue requires no reward, and is to be sought for itself, unaccompanied by external benefits. OVID-Epistolæ ex Ponto. Bk. II. 3. 35.
(See also PLAUTUS) Virtutem videant, intabescantque relicta.
Let them (the wicked) see the beauty of virtue, and pine at having forsaken her. PERSIUS-Satires. III. 38.
Semita certe Tranquillæ per virtutem patet unica vitæ.
The only path to a tranquil life is through virtue. JUVENAL—Satires. X. 363.
To be discontented with the divine discontent, and to be ashamed with the noble shame, is the very germ of the first upgrowth of all virtue. Chas. KINGSLEY-Health and Education. The
Science of Health.
God sure esteems the growth and completing of one virtuous person, more than the restraint of ten vicious. MILTON—Areopagitica. A Speech for the Lib
erty of Unlicensed Printing. Virtue could see to do what Virtue would By her own radiant light, though sun and moon Were in the flat sea sunk.
MILTON—Comus. L. 373.
10 Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt, Surprised by unjust force, but not inthralled; Yea, even that which mischief meant most harm Shall in the happy trial prove most glory.
MILTON—Comus. L. 589.
Virtus præmium est optimum. Virtus omnibus rebus anteit profecto. Libertas, salus, vita, res, parentes, Patria et prognati tutantur, servantur; Virtus omnia in se habet; omnia assunt bona,
quem penes est virtus.
Virtue is the highest reward. Virtue truly goes before all things. Liberty, safety, life, property, parents, country and children are protected and preserved. Virtue has all things in herself; he who has virtue has all things that are good attending him. PLAUTUS—Amphitruo. Act II. 2. _17. (See also CICERO, CLAUDIANUS, DIOGENES,
Gay, OVID, SILIUS)
He who dies for virtue, does not perish.
choose high or low degree, 'Tis just alike to virtue, and to me; Dwell in a monk, or light upon a king, She's still the same belov’d, contented thing.
POPE-Epilogue to Satires. Dialogue I. L. 137. But sometimes virtue starves while vice is fed. What then? Is the reward of virtue bread?
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 149. The soul's calm sunshine and the heartfelt joy, Is virtue's prize.
POPE—Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 168.
Or, if Virtue feeble were,
MILTON—Comus. L. 1,022.
12 J'aime mieux un vice commode Qu'une fatigante vertu.
I prefer an accommodating vice to an obstinate virtue. MOLIÈRE-Amphitryon. I. 4.
Birth is nothing where virtue is not.
Know then this truth (enough for man to know) “Virtue alone is happiness below."
POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 309.
Court-virtues bear, like gems, the highest rate, According to his virtue let us use him,
Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 76.
His virtues POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. I. L. 141. Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
The deep damnation of his taking-off. Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour,
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7. L. 18. Content to dwell in decencies forever. POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. II. L. 163. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 215. 3
17 There is nothing that is meritorious but virtue
The trumpet of his own virtues. and friendship; and indeed friendship itself is
Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. Sc. 2. L.87. only a part of virtue. POPE-On his Death-Bed. JOHNSON'S Life of
I hold it ever, Pope.
Virtue and cunning were endowments greater
Than nobleness and riches: careless heirs
May the two latter darken and expend;
But immortality attends the former,
Making a man a god. 5
Pericles. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 27. Virtus, etiamsi quosdam impetus a natura sumit, tamen perficienda doctrina est.
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied; Although virtue receives some of its excel
And vice sometimes by action dignified. lencies from nature, yet it is perfected by edu Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 21. cation.
20 QUINTILIAN-De Institutione Oratoria. XII.
Virtue that transgresses is but patched with 2. 1.
sin; and sin that amends is but patched with
virtue. Nihil tam alte natura constituit quo virtus non Twelfth Night. Act I, Sc. 5. L. 52. possit eniti.
Nature has placed nothing so high that vir- Explorant adversa viros. Perque aspera dura tue can not reach it.
Nititur ad laudem virtus interrita clivo. QUINTUS CURTIUS RUFUS--De Rebus Gestis
Adversity tries men; but virtue struggles Alexandri Magni. VII. 11. 10.
after fame regardless of the adverse heights. Divitiarum et formæ gloria fluxa atque fragilis;
SILIUS ITALICUS-Punica. IV. 605.
22 virtus clara æternaque habetur. The glory of riches and of beauty is frail
Ipsa quidem virtus sibimet pulcherrima merces.
Virtue herself is her own fairest reward, and transitory; virtue remains bright and eter
SILIUS ITALICUS-Punica. Bk. XIII. L. 663. nal. SALLUST—Catilina. I.
DRYDEN-Tyrannic Love. Act II. Se. 3.
HENRY MOORE-Cupid's Conflict. PRIORMarcet sine adversario virtus.
Ode in Imitation of Horace. III. Ode 2. L. Virtue withers away if it has no opposition. 146. PLATO-Republic. SENECA—De Providentia. II.
(See also PLAUTUS)
23 Virtus secundum naturam est; vitia inimica et Virtue often trips and falls on the sharp-edged infesta sunt.
rock of poverty. Virtue is according, to nature; vices are hos EUGÈNE SUE. tile and dangerous. SENECA—Epistles. L.
Virtue, the greatest of all monarchies.
SWIFT- Ode. To the Hon. Sir William Temple. 10 To show virtue her own feature, scorn her own
25 image, and the very age and body of the time
Non tamen adeo virtutum sterile seculum, ut his form and pressure.
non et bona exempla prodiderit. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 25.
Yet the age was not so utterly destitute of
virtues but that it produced some good exam11
ples. For in the fatness of these pursy times
TACITUS-Annales. Bk. I. 2. Virtue itself of vice must pardon beg.
26 Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 153.
Forgive what seem'd my sin in me; 12
What seem'd my worth since I began. Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
TENNYSON–In Memoriam. Introduction. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 160.
(See also YOUNG) My heart laments that virtue cannot live What, what is virtue, but repose of mind, Out of the teeth of emulation.
A pure ethereal calm, that knows no storm; Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 13.
Above the reach of wild ambition's wind,