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Gently running made sweet music with the When we speak of the commerce with our enameled stones and seemed to give a gentle colonies, fiction lags after truth, invention is unkiss to every sedge he overtook in his watery fruitful, and imagination cold and barren. pilgrimage.
BURKE-Speech on the Conciliation of America. Seven Champions. Pt. III. Ch. XII.
In matters of commerce the fault of the Dutch He makes sweet music with the enameled stones,
Is offering too little and asking too much. Giving a gentle kiss to every sedge,
The French are with equal advantage contentHe overtaketh in his pilgrimage.
So we clap on Dutch bottoms just 20 per cent. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act II. Sc. 7.
GEORGE CANNING's dispatch to SIR CHARLES
Bagot, Jan. 31, 1826. See Notes and Queries, 3
Oct. 4, 1902. P. 270. Claimed for MAR• I chatter, chatter, as I flow
VELL in London Morning Post, May 25, To join the brimming river,
1904. For men may come and men may go,
In making of treaties the fault of the Dutch, But I go on forever.
Is giving too little and asking too much. TENNYSON—The Brook.
Given as a verbatim copy of the dispatch. Brook! whose society the poet seeks, Intent his wasted spirits to renew;
Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee. And whom the curious painter doth pursue
Light gains make heavy purses. 'Tis good to be Through rocky passes, among flowery creeks,
merry and wise.
GEORGE CHAPMAN-Eastward Ho. Act I. And tracks thee dancing down thy water-breaks. WORDSWORTH-Brook! Whose Society the Poet
Sc. 1. (Written by CHAPMAN, JONSON and Seeks.
Despatch is the soul of business.
CHESTERFIELD-Letters. Feb. 5, 1750.
You foolish man, you don't even know your
own foolish business. BUSINESS
CHESTERFIELD to John Anstis, the Garter Nation of shopkeepers.
King of Arms. Attributed to him in JESSE'S Attributed to SAMUEL ADAMS—Oration, said Memories of the Courts of the Stuartsto have been delivered at Philadelphia State
Nassau and Hanover.
(See also MAULE, WESTBURY)
, London. (1776). According to W. V.
This business will never hold water.
Not. Act IV.
They (corporations) cannot commit treason, printed in 1778, perhaps at Berne; the place nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they of publication is not given.”
have no souls. (See also NAPOLEON under ENGLAND)
COKE-Reports. Vol. V. The Case of Sutton's
Hospital. CAMPBELL-Lives of the Lords 6
Chancellors. Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly.
(See also HAZLITT, HONE, THURLOW) On a placard placed by ALDUS on the door of
A business with an income at its heels. his printing office. See DIBDIN— Introduc
COWPER-Retirement. L. 614. tion. Vol. I. P. 436.
19 Business tomorrow.
Swear, fool, or starve; for the dilemma's even; Founded on the words of ARCHIAS OF THEBES.
A tradesman thou! and hope to go to heaven?
DRYDEN-Persius. Sat. V. L. 204. 8 Come home to men's business and bosoms.
The greatest meliorator of the world is selfish, BACON-Essays. Dedication of edition 9. To
huckstering trade. the Duke of Buckingham. Also in Ed. 1668.
EMERSON–Work and Days.
21 The soul's Rialto hath its merchandise,
In every age and clime we see, I barter curl for curl upon that mart.
Two of a trade can ne'er agree. E. B. BROWNING--Sonnets from the Portu GAY-Fables. Rat-Catcher and Cats. L. 43. guese. XIX.
(See also HESIOD) 10
Business dispatched is business well done, but A manufacturing district business hurried is business ill done.
as it were, suckers into all its neighborhood. BULWER-LYTTON—Caxtoniana. Essay XXVI. HALLAM-View of the State of Europe during Readers and Writer.
the Middle Ages. Ch. IX.
* sends out,
Mr. Howel Walsh, in a corporation case tried at the Tralee assizes, observed that a corporation cannot blush. It was a body, it was true; had certainly a head-a new one every year an annual acquisition of intelligence in every new lord mayor. Arms he supposed it had, and very long ones too, for it could reach at anything. Legs, of course, when it made such long strides. A throat to swallow the rights of the community, and a stomach to digest them. But who ever yet discovered, in the anatomy of any corporation, either bowels or a heart? HONE. In his Table-Book.
(See also COKE)
Quod medicorum est Promittunt medici, tractant fabrilia fabri.
Physicians attend to the business of physicians, and workmen handle the tools of work
There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business. LOWELL-Among My Books. New England
Two Centuries Ago. 20 Everybody's business is nobody's business. MACAULAY-Essay on Hallam's Constit. Hist. Quoted as an old maxim.
(See also WALTON) As touching corporations, that they were invisible, immortal and that they had no soul, therefor no supana lieth against them, because they have no conscience or soul. SIR ROGER MANWOOD, Chief Baron of the
Exchequer. (1592) See Dictionary of National Biography.
(See also COKE) You silly old fool, you don't even know the alphabet of your own silly old business. Attributed to JUDGE MAULE.
(See also CHESTERFIELD) A blind bargain. Merrie Tales of the Madmen of Gottam. (1630)
HORACE—Epistles. II. 1. 115.
Aliena negotia curo, Excussus propriis.
I attend to the business of other people, having lost my own. HORACE-Satires. II. 3. 19.
Whose merchants are princes.
Isaiah. XXIII. 8.
Curse on the man who business first designed,
OLDHAM-Complaining of Absence. 11.
Who wishes to give himself an abundance of business let him equip these two things, a ship and a woman. For no two things involve more business, if you have begun to fit them out. Nor are these two things ever sufficiently adorned, nor is any excess of adornment enough for them. PLAUTUS–Pænulus. I. 2. Le
The sign brings customers.
Bk. VII. Fable 15.
Non enim potest quæstus consistere, si eum Par negotiis neque supra. sumptus superat.
Neither above nor below his business. There can be no profit, if the outlay exceeds TACITUS-Annales. VI. 39. it.
16 PLAUTUS—Pænulus. I. 2. 74.
Omnibus nobis ut res dant sese, ita magni at
que humiles sumus. Nam mala emptio semper ingrata est, eo We all, according as our business prospers naxime, quod exprobrare stultitiam domino ide or fails, are elated or cast down. tur.
TERENCE-Hecyra. III. 2. 20. For a dear bargain is always annoying, par 17 ticularly on this account, that it is a reflection Cujuslibet tu fidem in pecunia perspiceres, on the judgment of the buyer.
Verere ei verba credere? PLINY the Younger Epistles. I. 24.
Do you fear to trust the word of a man, 3
whose honesty you have seen in business? The merchant, to secure his treasure,
TERENCE-Phormio. I. 2. 10. Conveys it in a borrow'd name. PRIOR-Ode. The Merchant, to Secure his Did you ever expect a corporation to have a Treasure.
conscience, when it has no soul to be damned,
and no body to be kicked? We demand that big business give people a LORD THURLOW. See ALISON-History of square deal; in return we must insist that when Europe, and POYNDER-Literary Extracts. any one engaged in big business honestly en Corporations. WILBERFORCE—Life of Thurdeavors to do right, he shall himself be given a low. Vol. II. Appendix. square deal.
(See also COKE)
19 ROOSEVELT. Written when Mr. Taft's administration brought suit to dissolve the
Keep your shop, and your shop will keep you. Steel Trust.
SIR WILLIAM TURNER.
STEELE in Spectator No. 509.
That which is everybody's business, is noAntony and Cleopatra. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 20.
IZAAK WALTON-Compleat Angler. Pt. I. Ch. 6 I'll give thrice so much land
A silly old man who did not understand even I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.
his silly old trade. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 137.
LORD WESTBURY, of a witness from the Her
alds' College. 7 Bad is the trade that must play fool to sorrow.
(See also CHESTERFIELD)
22 King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 40.
The way to stop financial "joy-riding" is to 8
arrest the chauffeur, not the automobile. To things of sale a seller's praise belongs.
WOODROW WILSON. See RICHARD LINTHILove's Labour's Lost. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 240.
CUM—Wit and Wisdom of Woodrow Wilson. Losses,
BUTCHERING That have of late so huddled on his back,
23 Enow to press a royal merchant down
Whoe'er has gone thro' London street, And pluck commiseration of his state
Has seen a butcher gazing at his meat, From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint.
And how he keeps Merchant of Venice. Act Iỹ. Sc. 1. L. 27. Gloating upon a sheep's
Or bullock's personals, as if his own; 10 It is a man's office, but not yours.
How he admires his halves Much Ado about Nothing. Act IV. Sc. 1. L.
And quarters and his calves,
As if in truth upon his own legs grown. 268.
Who finds the heifer dead and bleeding fresh
And sees fast by a butcher with an axe, 12 Traffic's thy god; and thy god confound thee!
But will suspect 'twas he that made the slaugh
ter? Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 246.
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 188. 13 There's two words to that bargain.
Why, that's spoken like an honest drovier; so SWIFT—Polite Conversation. Dialogue III. 14
Omnia inconsulti impetus cæpta, initiis valida, 201. spatio languescunt.
26 All inconsiderate enterprises are impetuous The butcher in his killing clothes. at first, but soon languish.
Waut WHITMAN--The Workingmen. Pt. VI. TACITUS—Annales. III. 58.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L.
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, bright-eyed and bold,
JULIA C. R. DORR-Centennial Poem. L. 165.
Fair is the kingcup that in meadow blows, Fair is the daisy that beside her grows.
Gar-Shepherd's Week. Monday. L. 43.
With the rose the butterfly's deep in love,
A thousand times hovering round; But round himself, all tender like gold,
The sun's sweet ray is hovering found.
HEINE-Book of Songs. New Spring. No. 7. Far out at sea,—the sun was high,
While veer'd the wind and flapped the sail,
Far out at sea.
And over the waterside wander'd and wove
As heedless and idle as clouds that rove And drift by the peaks of perpetual snow. JOAQUIN MILLER—Songs of the Sun-Lands.
Isles of the Amazons. Pt. III. St. 41.
The buttercups across the field
D. M. MULOCK-A Silly Song.
Mach converse do I find in thee,
WORDSWORTH–To a Butterfly.
When buttercups are blossoming,
The poets sang, 'tis best to wed:
CANARY Thou should'st be carolling thy Maker's praise, Poor bird! now fetter'd, and here set to draw, With graceless toil of beak and added claw, The meagre food that scarce thy want allays! And this to gratify the gloating gaze Of fools, who value Nature not a straw, But know to prize the infraction of her law And hard perversion of her creatures' ways! Thee the wild woods await, in leaves attired, Where notes of liquid utterance should engage Thy bill, that now with pain scant forage earns. JULIAN FANE-Poems. Second Edition, with
Additional Poems. To a Canary Bird.
Nihil est autem tam volucre, quam male dictum; nihil facilius emittitur; nihil citius excipitur, latius dissipatur.
Nothing is so swift as calumny; nothing is more easily uttered; nothing more readily received; nothing more widely dispersed. CICERO_Oratio Pro Cnæo Plancio. XXIII.
Sing away, ay, sing away,
Merry little bird
You ne'er sung nor heard;
E. C. STEDMAN—The Songster. St. 2.
Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 38. 8
Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 138.
No might nor greatness in mortality
Lobelia Cardinalis Whence is yonder flower so strangely bright?
Would the sunset's last reflected shine
Dark with passion is its lifted line,
CARDS (See also GAMBLING)
Patience and shuffle the cards.
With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
ing. L. 217.
DRYDEN—The Spanish Friar. Act II. Sc. 2.