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and usage ; and so of other texts, here consigned to the same category, because expressed with a terse emphasis which makes them, while retaining their native stamp of sacred dignity, familiar in our mouths as household words.

The plan adopted in these pages is identical with that pursued in the compiler's previous volumes. A text is taken, and in the illustrations, annotations, and applications which he proceeds to accumulate upon it and around it, (or, as the Dunciad might suggest, about it and about it,) he allows himself such latitude as sometimes seemingly to get out of his latitude altogether; such longitude as may be got out of that term, rather as a graphical than a geographical expression.

As to what there may discoverably or conjecturally be of his own in this volume, as in foregoing ones, the proportion of that to borrowed capital is so infinitesimally small, that, on the score alike of quantity and of quality, for all practical purposes, whether of credit or debit, in the writer's balance of accounts, it had best be ignored altogether.

The onepuolóyos of the first motto on his titlepage might perhaps be worse rendered than by

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the Shakspearian phrase, a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. But all who are in the least likely to become purchasers know him of old. They have taken his measure, nor has he outgrown it. And to them he may say, at once demonstratively, deferentially, and deprecatingly, in the German rendering of the second motto, (and a lexicon may throw a sinister side-light on the significance of adoleo xiav, to any whose Greek is becoming, like Hamlet's starved steed adage, something musty,') Ihr kennet doch den Mann wolyl, und was er sagt.

A considerable number of subjects for which no space could be found in the present volume, stand over for future publication, whether in the form of a Second Series, or as a separate work.

F. J.

September, 1874.

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VII.-SHOUTED OUT THE WORLD; OR, VALEDICTORY
MALEDICTION (Prov. xi. 10).

When the wicked perish-Post-mortem insultations : Alex-
ander Janneus, Tiberius, Herod Agrippa, Sejanus, Maximin,
Richelieu, Lewis XIV.-Le Diable est mort ! .

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IX.-COUNSELLORS MANY, AND Too MANY (Prov. xi. 14 ;

xxiv. 6).

In the Multitude of Counsellors is there safety ?-Whose

safety ?-Boards and Committees .

X.—THE SURE SIDE OF SURETYSHIP (Prov. xi. 15).

Prudential proverbs-Surety for a stranger, and smarting

for it--Bill transactionsSigning one's name to a bill, ' a mere

form'-Warning examples in fiction

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XI.-BRUTE LIFE HELD IN RIGHTEOUS REGARD (Prov. xii. 10).

The merciful man merciful to his beast-Seeing after one's

steedSir Henry Lawrence and his grey Arab-Elie's destrier
MarchegayLast days of an old horse-Superannuated steeds
-Burn's auld mare Maggie-Burke in Beaconsfield Park-
Cruelty to AnimalsLegislation on their behalf; opinions of
Professor Wilson and John Stuart MillKilling for use and
killing for sport--Brutality of human brutes-Utilitarian
aspect of the question - Progress of humanity in England
and abroad—' Unreflecting devilishness'

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XII.—HOPE DEFERRED (PROV, xiii. 12).

Heart-sickness of hope deferred— Columbus at Court-Mari-

ana in the moated grange-Mary Tudor, Esther Vanhomrigh,
Wordsworth's Margaret, Crabbe's Ellen, Lytton's Lucilla, and
other weary watchers in fiction, The hope that is deferred too
long, and the fulfilment that comes too late .

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XIII.-THE HEART'S OWN SECRET OF BITTERNESS (Prov. xiv.

10).

Incommunicable sorrow: illustrations from Keble, Chateau-

briand, Jackson, Dallas, H. Reed, George Eliot, Charlotte

Brontł, Mrs. Riddell, E. Quillinan, Shelley, etc., etc. 136-141

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