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The sum of earthly bliss.
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. VIII. L. 522.
Cani panula rotundifolia
GEORGE MacDONALD-Wild Flowers.
15 Oh! roses and lilies are fair to see; But the wild bluebell is the flower for me.
LOUISA A. MEREDITH-The Bluebell. L. 178.
Bliss in possession will not last;
MONTGOMERY—The Little Clou.
POPE—Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 21. Condition, circumstance, is not the thing; Bliss is the same in subject or in king.
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 57.
BLUEBIRD “So the Bluebirds have contracted, have they,
for a house? And a next is under way for little Mr. Wren?". Hush, dear, hush! Be quiet, dear! quiet
mouse. These are weighty secrets, and we must whisper
LONGFELLOW_Hiawatha. Pt. XXI.
We thinke no greater blisse than such
X. Ch. LIX. St. 68.
The hue of May.
why, Thou too, whose song first told us of the
The spider's most attenuated thread
BLOOD Le sang qui vient de se répandre, est-il donc si pur?
Was the blood which has been shed then so pure? ANTOINE BARNAVE, on hearing a criticism of
the murder of FOULON and BARTIER. (1790) 10 Blut ist ein ganz besondrer Saft.
Blood is a juice of rarest quality.
Scott Guy Mannering. Ch. XXXVIII. Hands across the sea Feet on English ground, The old blood is bold blood, the wide world
round. BYRON WEBBER-Hands across the Sea.
BLUSHES An Arab, by his earnest gaze,
Has clothed a lovely maid with blushes;
And into words his longing gushes.
and Reaping Roses.
Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive, Half wishing they were dead to save the shame. The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow; They have drawn too near the fire of life, like
gnats, And flare up bodily, wings and all. E. B. BROWNING-Aurora Leigh. Bk. II. L.
732. 21 So sweet the blush of bashfulness, E'en pity scarce can wish it less!
BYRON—Bride of Abydos. Canto 1. St. 8
22 Blushed like the waves of hell.
BYRON—Devil's Drive. St. 5.
Blood is thicker than water.
Eleventh Ed. of Encyclopedia Britannica in
'Tis not on youth's smooth cheek the blush alone,
which fades so fast, But the tender bloom of heart is gone, ere youth
itself be past. BYRON-Stanzas for Music.
Pure friendship's well-feigned blush.
stand Them. St. 12. 2 We griev'd, we sigh’d, we wept; we never blushed before. COWLEY-Discourse concerning the Government
of OLIVER CROMWELL. Works. P. 60.
William Cobbett. (See also P. 7078.)
COWPER-Conversation. L. 347.
Lay by all nicety and prolixious blushes,
By noting of the lady I have mark'd
shames. In angel whiteness beat away those blushes. Much Ado About Nothing. Act.IV. Sc. 1.
Passionate Pilgrim. Pt. XIX. L. 351.
Where now I have no one to blush with me,
Once he saw a youth blushing, and addressed him, “Courage, my boy; that is the complexion of virtue.”
DIOGENES LAERTIUS—Diogenes. VI.
A blush is no language: only a dubious flagsignal which may mean either of two contradictories. GEORGE ELIOT—Daniel Deronda. Bk. V.
Ch. XXXV. The rising blushes, which her cheek o'er-spread, Are opening roses in the lily's bed.
Gay-Dione. Act II. Sc. 3.
Two red fires in both their faces blazed;
Rape of Lucrece. Line 1, 353.
And bid the cheek be ready with a blush
Troilus and Cressida. Act I, Sc. 3. L. 228.
Bello è il rossore, ma è incommodo qualche volta.
The blush is beautiful, but it is sometimes inconvenient. GOLDONI–Pamela. I. 3.
Come, quench your blushes and present yourself That which you are, mistress o' the feast.
Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 67.
22 Erubuit: salva res est.
He blushes: all is safe.
TERENCE-Adelphi. IV. 5. 9.
YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night VII. L. 496.
Blushing is the colour of virtue.
Such a blush
Just parted from the shore,
Soft moves the dipping oar!
the Bonnie Boat.
Les hommes rougissent moins de leur crimes que de leurs faiblesses et de leur vanité.
Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity. LA BRUYÈRE-Les Caractères. II.
Innocence is not accustomed to blush.
Like the watermen that row one way and look another. BURTON—Anatomy of Melancholy. Democritus to the Reader.
(See also MONTAIGNE, PLUTARCH)
While mantling on the maiden's cheek
On the ear Drops the light drip of the suspended oar.
BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto III. St. 86.
75 An arrowed scratch as with a tool of steel. JOHN DAVIDSON–In a Music-Hall and Other The crack-brained bobolink courts his crazy Poems. For Lovers. L. 17.
Poised on a bulrush tipsy with his weight. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
0. W. HOLMES--Spring. In a beautiful pea-green boat. EDWARD LEAR—The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. Out of the fragrant heart of bloom, 2
The bobolinks are singing; And all the way, to guide their chime,
Out of the fragrant heart of bloom With falling oars they kept the time..
The apple-tree whispers to the room, ANDREW MARVELL-Bermudas.
"Why art thou but a nest of gloom 3
While the bobolinks are singing?” Like the watermen who advance forward W. D. HOWELLS—The Bobolinks are Singing. while they look backward. MONTAIGNE-Bk. II. Ch. XXIX. Of Profit BOOKS (See also AUTHORSHIP, PRINTING, PUBand Honesty.
LISHING, READING) (See also BURTON)
Books are the legacies that a great genius Faintly as tolls the evening chime,
leaves to mankind, which are delivered down Our voices keep tune and our oars keep time, from generation to generation, as presents to Soon as the woods on shore look dim,
the posterity of those who are yet unborn. We'll sing at St. Ann's our parting hymn;
ADDISON—Spectator. No. 166. Row, brothers, row, the stream runs fast, The rapids are near and the daylight's past! That is a good book which is opened with exMOORE—Canadian Boat Song.
pectation and closed with profit. 5
ALCOTT—Table Talk. Bk. I. Learning-Books. Gracefully, gracefully glides
our bark On the bosom of Father Thames,
Homo unius libri. And before her bows the wavelets dark
A man of one book. Break into a thousand gems.
THOMAS AQUINAS. Thos. NOEL-A Thames Voyage.
(See also D'ISRAELI, SOUTHEY, TAYLOR) Like watermen who look astern while they row
Books are delightful when prosperity happily the boat ahead.
smiles; when adversity threatens, they are inPLUTARCH-Whether 'twas rightfully said, Live
separable comforters. They give strength to concealed.
human compacts, nor are grave opinions brought (See also BURTON)
forward without books. Arts and sciences, the
benefits of which no mind can calculate, depend Learn of the little nautilus to sail, Spread the thin oar, and catch the driving gale.
RICHARD AUNGERVYLE (Richard De Bury) POPE—Essay on Man. Ep. III. L. 177.
Philobiblon. Ch. I.
You, O Books, are the golden vessels of the temWhich to the tune of flutes kept stroke.
ple, the arms of the clerical militia with which Antony and Cleopatra. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 199.
the missiles of the most wicked are destroyed; fruitful olives, vines of Engaddi, fig-trees know
ing no sterility; burning lamps to be ever held BOBOLINK
in the hand. Modest and shy as a nun is she;
RICHARD AUNGERVYLE (Richard De Bury)One weak chirp is her only note;
Philobiblon. Ch. XV.
But the images of men's wits and knowledges BRYANT- Robert of Lincoln.
remain in books, exempted from the wrong of
time, and capable of perpetual renovation. Robert of Lincoln is gayly drest,
BACON-Advancement of Learning. Bk. I. Wearing a bright black wedding-coat;
Advantages of Learning. White are his shoulders and white
his crest. BRYANT-Robert of Lincoln.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swal
lowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. 11
BACON---Essay. Of Studies. One day in the bluest of summer weather,
(See also FULLER) Sketching under a whispering oak, I heard five bobolinks laughing together,
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences Over some ornithological joke.
books. C. P. CRANCH-Bird Language.
Bacon—Proposition touching Amendment of
Are not companions—they are solitudes: There flew a Bobolinkon.
We lose ourselves in them and all our cares. C. P. CRANCH–The Bobolinks.
BAILEY-Festus. Sc. A Village Feast. Evening.
In you the FUTURE as the Past is given-
Some said, John, print it, others said, Not so; Some said, It might do good, others said, No.
BUNYAN--Apology for his Book. L. 39.
That place that does contain My books, the best companions, is to me A glorious court, where hourly I converse With the old sages and philosophers; And sometimes, for variety, I confer With kings and emperors, and weigh their coun
sels. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—The Elder Brother. Act I. Sc. 2.
We get no good By being ungenerous, even to a book, And calculating profits so much help By so much reading. It is rather when We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's profound, Impassioned for its beauty, and salt of truth'Tis then we get the right good from a book. E. B. BROWNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. I. L. 700.
Books, books, books! I had found the secret of a garret room Piled high with cases in my father's name; Piled high, packed large, -where, creeping in
and out Among the giant fossils of my past, Like some small nimble mouse between the ribs Of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there At this or that box, pulling through the gap, In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, The first book first. And how I felt it beat Under my pillow, in the morning's dark, An hour before the sun would let me read! My books!
At last, because the time was ripe, I chanced upon the poets. E. B. BROWNING--Aurora Leigh. Bk. I. L.
Go now, my little book, to every place
(See also SOUTHEY)
BURNS-Death and Dr. Hornbook.
Laws die, Books never.
Hark, the world so loud, And they, the movers of the world,
so still! BULWER-LYTTON—The Souls of Books. St. 3.
All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men. CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship. Lecture
In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream. CARLYLE—Heroes and Hero Worship. The
Hero as a Man of Letters.
We call some books immortal! Do they live ?
The true University of these days is a collection of Books. CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship. The
Hero as a Man of Letters. 20
“There is no book so bad," said the bachelor, "but something good may be found in it."
CERVANTES-Don Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. III.
All books grow homilies by time; they are
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
In you are sent The types of Truths whose life is THE TO COME; In you soars up the Adam from the fall;
Go, litel boke! go litel myn tregedie!
Crescide. Bk. V. L. 1,800.
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!
O little booke, thou art so unconning,
CHAUCER-Flower and the Leaf. L. 591.
3 And as for me, though than I konne but lyte, On bokes for to rede I me delyte, And to hem yeve I feyth and ful credence, And in myn herte have hem in reverence So hertely, that ther is game noon, That fro my bokes maketh me to goon, But yt be seldome on the holy day. Save, certeynly, when that the monthe of May Is comen, and that I here the foules synge, And that the floures gynnen for to sprynge, Farwel my boke, and my devocion. CHAUCER-Legende of Goode Women. Pro
logue. L. 29. It is saying less than the truth to affirm that an excellent book (and the remark holds almost equally good of a Raphael as of a Milton) is like a well-chosen and well-tended fruit tree. Its fruits are not of one season only. With the due and natural intervals, we may recur to it year after year, and it will supply the same nourishment and the same gratification, if only we ourselves return to it with the same healthful appetite. COLERIDGE—Literary Remains. Prospectus of
There is no frigate like a book
Of prancing poetry.
Without oppress of toll;
That bears a human soul.
Homo unius libri, or, cave ab homine unius libri.
Beware of the man of one book. ISAAC D'ISRAELI, quoted in Curiosities of Literature.
(See also AQUINAS) 14 Not as ours the books of oldThings that steam can stamp and fold; Not as ours the books of yoreRows of type, and nothing more. AUSTIN DOBSON—To a Missal of the 13th
Books should, not Business, entertain the Light; And Sleep, as undisturb'd as Death, the Night.
The spectacles of books.
DRYDEN-Essay on Dramatic Poetry.
Books cannot always please, however good; Minds are not ever craving for their food. CRABBE — The Borough. Letter XXIV.
Schools. L. 402. 7 The monument of vanished mindes. SIR. WM. DAVENANT-Gondibert. Bk. II.
Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Ecclesiastes. XII. 12.
Books are the best things, well used: abused, among the worst.
Give me a book that does my soul embrace
Such pleasing books more taketh me
Give me a look, give me a face,
That makes simplicity a grace. BEN JONSON-Silent Woman. Act I. Sc. 1.
In every man's memory, with the hours when life culminated are usually associated certain books which met his views. EMERSON—Letters and Social Aims. Quota
tion and Originality.
Books should to one of these four ends conduce, For wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
SIR JOHN DENHAM Of Prudence.
There are many virtues in books, but the essential value is the adding of knowledge to our stock by the record of new facts, and, better, by the record of intuitions which distribute facts, and are the formulas which supersede all histories. EMERSON—Letters and Social Aims. Persian
He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
Nor that his frame was dust.
And this bequest of wings
We prize books, and they prize them most who are themselves wise. EMERSON—Letters and Social Aims. Quota
tion and Originality.