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Thoughtless of beauty, she was Beauty's self.

THOMSON-Seasons. Autumn. L. 209.
All the beauty of the world, 'tis but skin deep.
RALPH VENNINGOrthodoxe Paradoxes. (Third

Edition, 1650) The Triumph of Assurance.
P. 41. (See also HENRY)


Gratior ac pulchro veniens in corpore virtus.

Even virtue is fairer when it appears in a beautiful person. VERGIL-Æneid. V. 344.


Théâtre des ris et des pleurs
Lit! où je nais, et où je meurs,
Tu nous fais voir comment voisins
Sont nos plaisirs et chagrins.

In bed we laugh, in bed we cry;
And born in bed, in bed we die;
The near approach a bed may show
Of human bliss to human woe.

trans. 18

To rise with the lark, and go to bed with the lamb. NICHOLAS BRETON—Court and County. (1618

reprint.) P. 183. 19 Like feather-bed betwixt a wall And heavy brunt of cannon ball.

BUTLERHudibras. Pt. I. Canto II. L. 871.

20 O bed! O bed! delicious bed! That heaven upon earth to the weary head.

Hood-Miss Kilmansegg. Her Dream.

Nimium ne crede colori.

Trust not too much to beauty.
VERGIL--Ecloge. II. 17.

And as pale sickness does invade
Your frailer part, the breaches made
In that fair lodging still more clear
Make the bright guest, your soul, appear.
WALLER—A la Malade.

(See also OLDHAM)



The yielding marble of her snowy breast.

On a Lady Passing through a Crowd of People.

Rise with the lark and with the lark to bed.

JAMES HURDISThe Village Curate.



The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world.


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Alas! how little can a moment show

Of an eye where feeling plays

In ten thousand dewy rays;
A face o'er which a thousand shadows go!

And beauty born of murmuring sound.

She Grew in Sun and Shower. 14 True beauty dwells in deep retreats,

Whose veil is unremoved
Till heart with heart in concord beats,

And the lover is beloved.

Let Other Bards of Angels Sing.

The pedigree of honey

Does not concern the bee;
A clover, any time, to him

Is aristocracy.
EMILY DICKINSONPoems. V. (Ed. 1891)


His labor is a chant,

His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee's experience

Of clovers and of noon!

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And the poor beetle that we tread upon,
In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great
As when a giant dies.

Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 79.


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As busie as a Bee.

LYLY-Euphues and his England. P. 252.

The bee is enclosed, and shines preserved, in a tear of the sisters of Phaëton, so that it seems enshrined in its own nectar. It has obtained a worthy reward for its great toils; we may suppose that the bee itself would have desired such a death. MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. IV. Ep. 32. (For

same idea see Ant, FLY, SPIDER; also POPE,

under WONDERS.) In the nice bee, what sense so subtly true From pois'nous herbs extracts the healing dew? POPEEssay on Man. Ep. I. 219.

For so work the honey-bees, Creatures that by a rule in nature teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king and officers of sorts, Where some, like magistrates, correct at home, Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad, Others like soldiers, armed in their stings, Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds,


Let the back and side go bare.

Old English Folk Song. In CECIL SHARPE'S

Folk Songs from Somerset. 20 Beggars must be no choosers. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER-Scornful Lady.

Act V. Sc. 3.



Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did "go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him." BURTON-Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec.

II. Mem. 4. Subsect. 6.


Set a beggar on horseback, and he will ride a

gallop. BURTON—Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. II.

Sec. III. Memb. 2.

Incipe; dimidium facti est cæpisse. Supersit
Dimidium: rursum hoc incipe, et efficies.

Begin; to begin is half the work. Let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished. AUSONIUSEpigrams. LXXXI. 1.



Set a beggar on horse backe, they saie, and hee

will neuer alight. ROBERT GREENE-Card of Fancie. HEYWOOD

-Dialogue. CLAUDIANUS–Eutropium. I. 181. SHAKESPEARE—True Tragedy of Richard, Duke of York. Sc. 3. Henry VI. IV. 1. BEN JONSON-Staple of News. Act IV. See also collection of same in BEBEL-Proverbia Germanica, Suringar's ed. (1879) No. 537. (See also BURTON)


Incipe quidquid agas: pro toto est prima operis pars.

Begin whatever you have to do: the beginning of a work stands for the whole. AUSONIUS-Idyllia. XII. Inconnexa. 5.

Il n'y a que le premier obstacle qui coûte à vaincre la pudeur.

It is only the first obstacle which counts to conquer modesty. BOSSUET-Pensées Chrétiennes et Morales. IX.

(See also Du DEFFAND) 17 Omnium rerum principia parva sunt.

The beginnings of all things are small. CICERO_De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum. V.





To get thine ends, lay bashfulnesse aside;
Who feares to aske, doth teach to be deny'd.
HERRICK—No Bashfulnesse in Begging.

(See also SENECA) Mieux vaut goujat debout qu'empereur enterré.

Better a living beggar than a buried emperor. LA FONTAINE-La Matrone d'Ephèse.

5 Borgen ist nicht viel besser als betteln.

Borrowing is not much better than begging.
LESSING-Nathan der Weise. II. 9.

Der wahre Bettler ist
Doch einzig und allein der wahre König.

The real beggar is indeed the true and only king LESSING-Nathan der Weise. II. 9.

A beggar through the world am I,
From place to place I wander by.
Fill up my pilgrim's scrip for me,
For Christ's sweet sake and charity.

LOWELL-The Beggar.
A pampered menial drove me from the door.
THOMAS Moss-The Beggar. (Altered by
GOLDSMITH from “A Liveried Servant,etc.)

Qui timide rogat,
Docet negare.

He who begs timidly courts a refusal.
SENECAHippolytus. II. 593.

(See also HERRICK)
Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks.

Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 281.

In omnibus negotiis prius quam aggrediare, adhibenda est præparatio diligens.

In all matters, before beginning, a diligent preparation should be made. CICERO—De Officiis. I. 21.

La distance n'y fait rien; il n'y a que le premier pas qui coûte.

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that costs. MME. DU DEFFANDLetter to d'Alembert,

July 7, 1763. See also GIBBONDecline and
Fall of the Roman Empire. Ch. XXXIX.
N. 100. Phrase “C'est le premier pas qui
coûte” attributed to CARDINAL POLIGNAC.

(See also Bossuet, VOLTAIRE) Et redit in nihilum quod fuit ante nihil.

It began of nothing and in nothing it ends. CORNELIUS GALLUS. Translated by BURTON

in Anat. Melan. (1621) Dimidium facti qui cæpit habet.

What's well begun, is half done.
HORACE-Epistles. 1. 2. 40. (Traced to








Capisti melius quam desinis. Ultima primis cedunt.

Thou beginnest better than thou endest. The last is inferior to the first. OVID-Heroides. IX. 23.


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Principiis obsta: sero medicina paratur,
Cum mala per longas convaluere moras.

Resist beginnings: it is too late to employ medicine when the evil has grown strong by inveterate habit. OVID-Remedia Amoris. XCI.




I see, Sir, you are liberal in offers:
You taught me first to beg; and now, methinks,
You teach me how a beggar should be answer'd.

Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 437.

Deficit omne quod nascitur.

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end. QUINTILIANDe Institutione Oratoria. V. 10.

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There is no unbelief;
Whoever plants a seed beneath the sod
And waits to see it push away the clod,

He trusts in God.
Eliz. YORK CASEUnbelief.

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying

Credat Judæus Apella non ego.

The Jew Apella may believe this, not I.
HORACE-Satires. I. 5. 100.

C'est le commencement de la fin.

It is the beginning of the end.
Ascribed to TALLEYRAND in the Hundred Days.
Also to GEN. AUGEREAU. (1814)




Better trust all and be deceived,

And weep that trust, and that deceiving, Than doubt one heart that, if believed,

Had blessed one's life with true believing. FANNY KEMBLE.



O thou, whose days are yet all spring,

Faith, blighted once, is past retrieving; Experience is a dumb, dead thing;

The victory's in believing.


They believed—faith, I'm puzzled--I think I

Le premier pas, mon fils, que l'on fait dans le

monde, Est celui dont dépend le reste de nos jours.

The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days. VOLTAIRE-L'Indiscret. I. 1.

(See also Du DEFFAND)

Après des siècles d'esclavage,
Le Belge sortant du tombeau,
A reconquis par son courage,
Son nom, ses droits et son drapeau,
Et ta main souveraine et fière,
Peuple désormais indompté,
Grava sur ta vieille bannière
Le Roi, la loi, la liberté.

The years of slavery are past,
The Belgian rejoices once more;
Courage restores to him at last
The rights he held of yore.
Strong and firm his grasp will be-
Keeping the ancient flag unfurled
To fling its message on the watchful world:
For king, for right, for liberty.
Louis DECHEZ-La Brabançonne. Belgian

National Anthem. Written during the
Revolution of 1830. Music by François van
Campenhout. Trans. by FLORENCE AT-

may call

Their belief a believing in nothing at all,
Or something of that sort; I know they all went
For a general union of total dissent.

LOWELL-Fable for Critics. L. 851.

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Incrédules les plus crédules. Ils croient les miracles de Vespasien, pour ne pas croire ceux de Moïse.

The incredulous are the most credulous. They believe the miracles of Vespasian that they may not believe those of Moses. Pascal-Pensées. II. XVII. 120.



Fere libenter homines id, quod volunt, credunt.

Men willingly believe what they wish.
CÆSAR-Bellum Gallicum. III. 18.

(See also YOUNG)

And when religious sects ran mad,

He held, in spite of all his learning,
That if man's belief is bad,

It will not be improved by burning.
PRAEDPoems of Life and Manners. Pt. II.

The Vicar. St. 9.


No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, could ever compel the soul of man to believe

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The old mayor climbed the belfry tower,

The ringers ran by two, by three; "Pull, if ye never pulled before;

Good ringers, pull your best," quoth he.
“Play uppe, play uppe, O Boston bells!
Ply all your changes, all your swells,

Play uppe The Brides of Enderby."
JEAN ÎNGELOW-High Tide on the Coast of


A thing that nobody believes cannot be proved too often.

BERNARD SHAW—Devil's Disciple. Act III.
There littleness was not; the least of things
Seemed infinite; and there his spirit shaped
Her prospects, nor did he believe, -He saw.

WORDSWORTH-Excursion. Bk. I. St. 12.
I have believed the best of every man,
And find that to believe it is enough
To make a bad man show him at his best,
Or even a good man swing his lantern higher.




I call the Living—I mourn the Dead-
I break the Lightning.
Inscribed on the Great Bell of the Minster of

Schaffhausen- also on that of the Church of
Art, near Lucerne.



The cheerful Sabbath bells, wherever heard,
Strike pleasant on the sense, most like the voice
Of one, who from the far-off hills proclaims
Tidings of good to Zion.

LAMB—The Sabbath Bells.


What ardently we wish, we soon believe.
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VII. Pt.
II. L. 1311.

(See also CÆSAR)

Hark! the bonny Christ-Church bells,
One, two, three, four, five, six;

They sound so woundy great,
So wound'rous sweet,

And they troul so merrily.
DEAN ALDRICH-Hark the Merry Christ-

Church Bells.

For bells are the voice of the church;
They have tones that touch and search

The hearts of young and old.
LONGFELLOW-Bells of San Blas.


Seize the loud, vociferous bells, and
Clashing, clanging to the pavement
Hurl them from their windy tower!
LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Legend.



That all-softening, overpowering knell,
The tocsin of the soul-the dinner bell.

BYRON-Don Juan. Canto V. St. 49.



These bells have been anointed,
And baptized with holy water!
LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Legend.



How soft the music of those village bells,
Falling at intervals upon the ear
In cadence sweet; now dying all away,
Now pealing loud again, and louder still,
Clear and sonorous, as the gale comes on!
With easy force it opens all the cells
Where Memory slept.

COWPER-Task. Bk. VI. L. 6.

He heard the convent bell,
Suddenly in the silence ringing.
For the service of noonday.
LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Legend.

Pt. II.

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The church-going bell.

The bells themselves are the best of preachers, COWPER—Verses supposed to be written by Their brazen lips are learned teachers, Alexander Selkirk.

From their pulpits of stone, in the upper air,

Sounding aloft, without crack or flaw,
The vesper bell from far

Shriller than trumpets under the Law.
That seems to mourn for the expiring day. Now a sermon and now a prayer.
DANTE-Purgatorio. Canto 8. L. 6. CARY's LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Legend.

Pt. III.

24 Your voices break and falter in the darkness, Bell, thou soundest merrily, Break, falter, and are still.

When the bridal party BRET HARTEThe Angelus.

To the church doth hie! 13

Bell, thou soundest solemnly, Bells call others, but themselves enter not into When, on Sabbath morning, the Church.

Fields deserted lie! HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.

LONGFELLOW (quoted)-Hyperion. Bk. III.

Ch. III.
Dear bells! how sweet the sound of village bells
When on the undulating air they swim!

It cometh into court and pleads the cause
HOOD-Ode to Rae Wilson.

Of creatures dumb and unknown to the laws;



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