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The rose looks out in the valley,
And thither will I go,

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 VICENTEThe Nightingale. BOWRING'S From the Latin of BÖETHIUS. trans.

12 -Under the linden,

Inquinat egregios adjuncta superbia mores.
On the meadow,

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.
WALTER VON DER VOGELWEIDE—Trans. in DRYDEN--Don Sebastian. Act I. Sc. 1.

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,
It flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands, Und weiss sie fest zu halten, wie ihr thut.
Like some grave mighty thought threading a A noble soul alone can noble souls attract;

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.
Its mighty, mystic stream has rolled.

HORACE-Satires. II. 3. 243.
LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Legend.
Pt. I.

Fond man! though all the heroes of your line
The higher Nilus swells,

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.

Noblesse oblige.

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

Pt. II.
Mysterious Flood,—that through the silent sands
Hast wandered, century on century,

Noble by birth, yet nobler by great deeds. Watering the length of great Egyptian lands, LONGFELLOWTales 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,
But leave us still our old nobility.
LORD JOHN MANNERS—England's Trust. Pt.

III. L. 227.
Be aristocracy the only joy:
Let commerce perish-let the world expire.

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.

This was the noblest Roman of them all:
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Cæsar;
He only, in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.

Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 68.

Better not to be at all Than not be noble.

TENNYSONThe Princess. Pt. II. L. 79.

7 Whoe'er amidst the sons
Of reason, valor, liberty, and virtue
Displays distinguished merit, is a noble
Of Nature's own creating.

THOMSON—Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 3.

Titles are marks of honest men, and wise:
The fool or knave that wears a title lies.

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 WELLSParody 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

Old Irish Song.



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.

De nihilo nihil, in nihilum nil posse reverti.

Nothing can be born of nothing, nothing can be resolved into nothing.

PERSIUS.-Satires. I, 111. 83.
Gratis anhelans, multa agendo nihil agens.
Sibi molesta, et aliis odiosissima.

Out of breath to no purpose, in doing much doing nothing. A race (of busybodies) hurtful to itself and most hateful to all others.

PHÆDRUSFables. 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

Grands Hommes.



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.
They laboriously do nothing.
SENECADe Brev. Vitæ. Bk. I. 13.


Where every something, being blent together Turns to a wild of nothing.

Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2.

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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.

TENNYSON—Two Voices.



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,
Nothing to wear but clothes,

To keep one from going nude.
BEN KINGThe Pessimist.

NOVELTY (See also News) There is nothing new except what is forgotten. MADEMOISELLE BERTIN (Milliner to Marie



Spick and span new.
CERVANTES-Don Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. LVIII.

Thos. MIDDLETONThe 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
Semine quando opus est rebus.

We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from. LUCRETIUSDe 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. LUCRETIUSDe Rerum Natura. Bk. I. 250.

Wie machen wir's, dass alles frisch und neu
Und mit Bedeutung auch gefällig sei?

How shall we plan, that all be fresh and new
Important matter yet attractive too?
GOETHE-Faust. Vorspiel auf dem Theater.

L. 15.


Dulcique animos novitate tenebo.

And I will capture your minds with sweet novelty. OVID-Metamorphoses. Bk. IV. 284.

Est natura hominum novitatis avida.

Human nature is fond of novelty.
PLINY the Elder-Historia Naturalis. XII.

5. 3.


Nothing's new, and nothing's true, and nothing matters.

Attributed to LADY MORGAN.

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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.


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Now Neptune's sullen month appears,
The angry night cloud swells with tears,
And savage storms infuriate driven,
Fly howling in the face of heaven!
Now, now, my friends, the gathering gloom
With roseate rays of wine illume:
And while our wreaths of parsley spread
Their fadeless foliage round our head,
We'll hymn th' almighty power of wine,
And shed libations on his shrine!

MOORE/Odes of Anacreon. Ode LXVIII.

The wild November come at last

Beneath a veil of rain;
The night wind blows its folds aside,

Her face is full of pain.

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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.
R. H. STODDARD-November.



The dusky waters shudder as they shine,
The russet leaves obstruct the straggling way
Of oozy brooks, which no deep banks define,
And the gaunt woods, in ragged scant array,
Wrap their old limbs with sombre ivy twine.


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

ber. 1.


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.



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In the valley of the Pegnitz, where,

Across broad meadow-lands,
Rise the blue Franconian mountains,

Nuremburg, the ancient, stands.
Quaint old town of toil and traffic,

Quaint old town of art and song,
Memories haunt thy pointed gables,

Like the rooks that round thee throng.

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