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Thoughtless of beauty, she was Beauty's self.
THOMSON-Seasons. Autumn. L. 209.
Edition, 1650) The Triumph of Assurance.
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
In bed we laugh, in bed we cry;
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.
BUTLER—Hudibras. 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.
(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 HURDIS—The Village Curate.
The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world.
Alas! how little can a moment show
Of an eye where feeling plays
In ten thousand dewy rays;
She Grew in Sun and Shower. 14 True beauty dwells in deep retreats,
Whose veil is unremoved
And the lover is beloved.
Let Other Bards of Angels Sing.
The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee;
His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Of clovers and of noon!
And the poor beetle that we tread upon,
Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 79.
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? POPE—Essay 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 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;
(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.
Der wahre Bettler ist
The real beggar is indeed the true and only king LESSING-Nathan der Weise. II. 9.
Qui timide rogat,
He who begs timidly courts a refusal.
(See also HERRICK)
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 DEFFAND—Letter to d'Alembert,
July 7, 1763. See also GIBBON—Decline and
(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.
Capisti melius quam desinis. Ultima primis cedunt.
Thou beginnest better than thou endest. The last is inferior to the first. OVID-Heroides. IX. 23.
Principiis obsta: sero medicina paratur,
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:
Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 437.
Deficit omne quod nascitur.
Everything that has a beginning comes to an end. QUINTILIAN–De Institutione Oratoria. V. 10.
There is no unbelief;
He trusts in God.
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying
The Jew Apella may believe this, not I.
C'est le commencement de la fin.
It is the beginning of the end.
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)
The years of slavery are past,
National Anthem. Written during the
Their belief a believing in nothing at all,
LOWELL-Fable for Critics. L. 851.
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.
(See also YOUNG)
And when religious sects ran mad,
He held, in spite of all his learning,
It will not be improved by burning.
The Vicar. St. 9.
No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, could ever compel the soul of man to believe
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 The Brides of Enderby."
A thing that nobody believes cannot be proved too often.
BERNARD SHAW—Devil's Disciple. Act III.
WORDSWORTH-Excursion. Bk. I. St. 12.
I call the Living—I mourn the Dead-
Schaffhausen- also on that of the Church of
The cheerful Sabbath bells, wherever heard,
LAMB—The Sabbath Bells.
What ardently we wish, we soon believe.
(See also CÆSAR)
They sound so woundy great,
And they troul so merrily.
For bells are the voice of the church;
The hearts of young and old.
Seize the loud, vociferous bells, and
That all-softening, overpowering knell,
BYRON-Don Juan. Canto V. St. 49.
These bells have been anointed,
How soft the music of those village bells,
COWPER-Task. Bk. VI. L. 6.
He heard the convent bell,
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,
Shriller than trumpets under the Law.
24 Your voices break and falter in the darkness, Bell, thou soundest merrily, Break, falter, and are still.
When the bridal party BRET HARTE—The 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.
It cometh into court and pleads the cause
Of creatures dumb and unknown to the laws;