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2. Ask of thy mother earth, why oaks are made
Taller or stronger than the weeds they shade;
Or, ask of yonder argent fields above,
Why Jove's satellites are less than Jove?

POPE'S Essay on Man.
3. Order is heaven's first law; and, this confest,
Some are, and must be, greater than the rest.
POPE'S Essay on Man.

4. None but thyself can be thy parallel.

5. To cope with thee, would be about as vain As for a brook to cope with ocean's flood.

6. As some fierce comet of tremendous size,
To which the stars did rev'rence as it pass'd,
So he through learning and through fancy took
His flight sublime, and on the loftiest top
Of fame's dread mountain sat.

BYRON'S Don Juan.

POLLOK'S Course of Time.

7. For mountains issue out of plains, and not
Plains out of mountains; and so, likewise, kings
Are of the people, not the people of kings.


BAILEY'S Festus.

1. For he that once hath missèd the right way, The further he doth go, the further he doth stray, SPENSER'S Fairy Queen.

2. More proselytes and converts use t'accrue
To false persuasions than the right and true,
For error and mistakes are infinite,
While truth has but one way to be i' the right.


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3. Even so, by tasting of that fruit forbid,

Where they sought knowledge, they did error find;
Ill they desir'd to know, and ill they did,
And to give passion eyes, made reason blind.
DAVIES' Immortality of the Soul.

4. Truth, crush'd to earth, shall rise again:
The eternal years of God are hers;
But Error, wounded, writhes with pain,
And dies among his worshippers.



Love is not love,

When it is mingled with respects, that stand
Aloof from the entire point..

2. For all true love is grounded on esteem.

3. O, why is gentle love


A stranger to that mind,

Which pity and esteem can move,
Which can be just and kind?


5. She attracts me daily with her gentle virtues, So soft, and beautiful, and heavenly.




4. Take
my esteem, if you on that can live
But, frankly, sir, 't is all I have to give.



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O, that a man might know
The end of this day's business, ere it come,
But it sufficeth that the day will end;
And then the end is known.

Beyond is all abyss,

Eternity, whose end no eye can reach.


MILTON'S Paradise Lost.

3. Too curious man! why dost thou seek to know
Events, which, good or ill, foreknown, are woe?
Th' all-seeing power, that made thee mortal, gave
Thee every thing a mortal state should have.

4. Sure there is none but fears a future state;
And when the most obdurate swear they do not,
Their trembling hearts belie their boasting tongues.


7. Ohin that future let us think

To hold each heart the heart that shares;
With them the immortal waters drink,

And, soul in soul, grow deathless theirs!


5. Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought!
Through what variety of untried beings-
Through what new scenes and changes must we pass !
The wide, th' unbounded prospect lies before me,
But shadows, clouds, and darkness rest upon it.


6. Heaven from all creatures hides the book of fate, All but the page prescrib'd, their present state. POPE'S Essay on Man.



8. Shall I be left forgotten in the dust,

When Fate, relenting, lets the flower revive!
Shall Nature's voice, to man alone unjust,

Bid him, though doom'd to perish, hope to live?
Is it for this fair Virtue oft must strive
With disappointment, penury and pain?

No heaven's immortal spring shall yet arrive,


And man's majestic beauty bloom again,

Bright thro' the eternal years of Love's triumphant reign.
BEATTIE'S Minstrel.



1. Fit for the mountains and the barbarous caves, Where manners ne'er were preach'd.


He was the mildest manner'd man,
That ever scuttled ship, or cut a throat.

BYRON'S Don Juan.

3. To all she was polite without parade ;
To some she show'd attention of that kind
Which flatters, but is flattery convey'd

In such a sort as cannot leave behind
A trace unworthy.


BYRON'S Don Juan.

4. There's nothing in the world like etiquette
In kingly chambers, or imperial halls,
As also at the race, and county balls.

BYRON'S Don Juan.

5. There was a general whisper, toss, and wriggle, But etiquette forbade them all to giggle.

BYRON'S Don Juan.

6. All smiles, and bows, and courtesy was he.





1. No

age hath been, since Nature first began
To work Jove's wonders, but hath left behind
Some deeds of praise for mirrors unto man,

Which, more than threatful laws, have men inclin'd;
To thread the paths of praise excites the mind;
Mirrors tie thoughts to virtue's due respects;
Example hastens deeds to good effects.

Mirror for Magistrates.

2. A fault doth never with remorse
Our minds so deeply move,
As when another's guiltless life
Our error doth reprove.

For as the light

Not only serves to show, but renders us
Mutually profitable: so our lives,
In acts exemplary, not only win
Ourselves good names, but do to others give
Matter for virtuous deeds, by which we live.



4. 'Tis thus the spirit of a single mind

Makes that of multitudes take one direction,
As roll the water to the breathing wind,

Or roams the herd beneath the bull's protection.
BYRON'S Don Juan.

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