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If there is anything good about nobility it is To the rosy vale, where the nightingale
that it enforces the necessity of avoiding degenSings his song of woe.
eracy. GIL VICENTE—The Nightingale. BOWRING'S From the Latin of BÖETHIUS. trans.
12 -Under the linden,
Inquinat egregios adjuncta superbia mores.
The noblest character is stained by the Where our bed arranged was,
addition of pride. There now you may find e'en
CLAUDIANUS—De Quarto Consulatu Honorii In the shadow
Augustii Panegyris. 305. Broken flowers and crushed grass. - Near the woods, down in the vale,
Ay, these look like the workmanship of heaven; Tandaradi!
This is the porcelain clay of human kind, Sweetly sang the nightingale.
And therefore cast into these noble moulds.
The Minnesinger of Germany. Under the
O lady, nobility is thine, and thy form is the
reflection of thy nature! Last night the nightingale woke me,
EURIPIDES-Ion. 238. Last night, when all was still
. It sang in the golden moonlight,
15 From out the woodland hill.
There are epidemics of nobleness as well as CHRISTIAN WINTHER-Sehnsucht. Trans. used epidemics of disease. by MARZIALS in his song. Last Night.
FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects.
Ein edler Mensch zieht edle Menschen an,
And knows alone, as ye, to hold them. LEIGH HUNT—Sonnet. The Nile.
GOETHE—Torquato Tasso. I. 1. 59. 5 Son of the old moon-mountains African!
Il sangue nobile è un accidente della forStream of the Pyramid and Crocodile!
tuna; le azioni nobili caratterizzano il grande. We call thee fruitful, and that very while
Noble blood is an accident of fortune; A desert fills our seeing's inward span.
noble actions characterize the great. KEATS-Sonnet. To the Nile.
GOLDONI–Pamela. I. 6. (See also SHELLEY) The Nile, forever new and old,
Par nobile fratrum. Among the living and the dead,
A noble pair of brothers.
HORACE-Satires. II. 3. 243.
Fond man! though all the heroes of your line
Bedeck your halls, and round your galleries shine The more it promises; as it ebbs, the seedsman
In proud display; yet take this truth from me Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain,
Virtue alone is true nobility! And shortly comes the harvest.
JUVENALSatire VII). L. 29. GIFFORD'S Antony and Cleopatra. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 23.
trans. "Virtus sola nobilitat," is the Latin Whose tongue
of last line. Outvenoms all the worms of Nile. Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 33.
There are obligations to nobility. O'er Egypt's land of memory floods are level, COMTE DE LABORDE, in a notice to the French And they are thine, O Nile! and well thou Historical Society in 1865, attributes the knowest
phrase to DUC DE LEVIS, who used it in 1808, The soul-sustaining airs and blasts of evil,
apropos of the establishment of the nobility And fruits, and poisons spring where'er thou 21 flowest.
Be noble in every thought SHELLEY-Sonnet. To the Nile.
And in every deed! (See also KEATS)
LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Legend. 10
Noble by birth, yet nobler by great deeds. Watering the length of great Egyptian lands, LONGFELLOW—Tales of a Wayside Inn. Pt. Which were not, but for thee.
III. The Student's Tale. Emma and EginBAYARD TAYLOR-To the Nile.
hard. L. 82.
1 Be noble! and the nobleness that lies In other men, sleeping, but never dead, Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.
Let wealth and commerce, laws and learning die,
III. L. 227.
Modern Gulliver's Travels. P. 192. (Ed. 1796)
4 His nature is too noble for the world: He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, Or Jove for's power to thunder.
Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 255.
Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 68.
Better not to be at all Than not be noble.
TENNYSON—The Princess. Pt. II. L. 79.
7 Whoe'er amidst the sons
THOMSON—Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 3.
Titles are marks of honest men, and wise:
YOUNG-Love of Fame. Satire I. L. 145.
NONSENSE A little nonsense now and then Is relished by the wisest men. ANONYMOUS.
(See also WALPOLE) 10 He killed the noble Mudjokivis. Of the skin he made him mittens, Made them with the fur side inside, Made them with the skin side outside. He, to get the warm side inside, Put the inside skin side outside; He, to get the cold side outside, Put the warm side fur side inside. That's why he put the fur side inside, Why he put the skin side outside, Why he turned them inside outside. Given as Anon, in CAROLYN WELLS—Parody Anthology. P. 120.
(See also STRONG) When Bryan O'Lynn had no shirt to put on, He took him a sheep skin to make him a' one. "With the skinny side out, and the wooly side in, "Twill be warm and convanient,” said Bryan
NOSE Jolly nose! there are fools who say drink hurts
the sight, Such dullards know nothing about it; 'Tis better with wine to extinguish the light Than live always in darkness without it. Paraphrase of OLIVIER BASSELIN's Vaux-de
vire. Quoted by AINSWORTH in Jack Shep
pard. Vol. I. P. 213. 2
As clear and as manifest as the nose in a man's face. BURTON—Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. III.
Sec. III. Memb. 4. Subsec. I.
Nothing can be born of nothing, nothing can be resolved into nothing.
PERSIUS.-Satires. I, 111. 83.
Out of breath to no purpose, in doing much doing nothing. A race (of busybodies) hurtful to itself and most hateful to all others.
PHÆDRUS—Fables. Bk. II. 5. 3. 14
It is, no doubt, an immense advantage to have done nothing, but one should not abuse it. RIVAROL-Preface to Petit Almanach de nos
Nothing, thou elder brother e'en to shade.
ROCHESTER—Poem on Nothing.
Give me a man with a good allowance of
nose, when I want any good head-work done I choose a man-provided his education has been suitable with a long nose. NAPOLEON. Related in Notes on Noses. P. 43.
(Ed. 1847) Plain as a nose in a man's face. RABELAIS—Works. The Author's Prologue to
the Fifth Book.
Operose nihil agunt.
Where every something, being blent together Turns to a wild of nothing.
Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2.
NOTHINGNESS Nothing proceeds from nothingness, as also nothing passes away into non-existence.
MARCUS AURELIUS-Meditations. IV. 4.
A life of nothing's nothing worth, From that first nothing ere his birth, To that last nothing under earth.
Why and Wherefore set out one day,
To hunt for a wild Negation. They agreed to meet at a cool retreat On the Point of Interrogation.
7 Nothing to do but work,
Nothing to eat but food,
To keep one from going nude.
NOVELTY (See also News) There is nothing new except what is forgotten. MADEMOISELLE BERTIN (Milliner to Marie
Spick and span new.
Thos. MIDDLETON—The Family of Love.
Act IV. Sc. 3. 21 There is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes. I. 9.
Nil actum credens, dum quid superesset agendum.
Believing nothing done whilst there remained anything else to be done. LUCANUS-Pharsalia. Bk. II. 657.
Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us.
Ecclesiastes. I. 10.
Nil igitur fieri de nilo posse putandum es
We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from. LUCRETIUS—De Rerum Natura. Bk. I. L. 206.
10 Haud igitur redit ad Nihilum res ulla, sed omnes Discidio redeunt in corpora materiai.
Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements. LUCRETIUS—De Rerum Natura. Bk. I. 250.
Wie machen wir's, dass alles frisch und neu
How shall we plan, that all be fresh and new
Dulcique animos novitate tenebo.
And I will capture your minds with sweet novelty. OVID-Metamorphoses. Bk. IV. 284.
Human nature is fond of novelty.
Nothing's new, and nothing's true, and nothing matters.
Attributed to LADY MORGAN.
What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable. DANIEL WEBSTER. At Marshfield. Sept. 1,
1848. Criticism of the platform of the Free Soil party. Phrase used in Edinburgh Review by LORD BROUGHAM in an article on the work of DR. THOMAS YOUNG,
The dead leaves their rich mosaics
Of olive and gold and brown Had laid on the rain-wet pavements,
Through all the embowered town. SAMUEL LONGFELLOW-November.
Now Neptune's sullen month appears,
MOORE/Odes of Anacreon. Ode LXVIII.
Beneath a veil of rain;
Her face is full of pain.
The latest of her race, she takes
The Autumn's vacant throne: She has but one short moon to live,
And she must live alone.
The dusky waters shudder as they shine,
Wrapped in his sad-colored cloak, the Day, like
a Puritan, standeth Stern in the joyless fields, rebuking the lingering
color,Dying hectic of leaves and the chilly blue of the
asters, Hearing, perchance, the croak of a crow on the
desolate tree-top. BAYARD TAYLOR-Home Pastorals. Novem
Dry leaves upon the wall,
Which flap like rustling wings and seek escape,
A single frosted cluster on the grape Still hangs—and that is all.
Across broad meadow-lands,
Nuremburg, the ancient, stands.
Quaint old town of art and song,
Like the rooks that round thee throng.