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Though now this grained face of mine be

In sap-consuming winter's drizzle snow,
And all the conduits of my blood froze up,
Yet hath my night of life some memory.
Comedy of Errors. Act V. Sc. 1.

What should we speak of When we are old as you ? When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December.

Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 3.
When the age is in, the wit is out.
P. Much Ado About Nothing. Act III.

Sc. 5.

You are old; Nature in you stands on the very verge Of her confine.

9. King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age ; wretched in both.

King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. Every man desires to live long ; but no man would be old. SWIFT— Thoughts on Various Subjects,

Moral and Diverting. Age, too, shines out, and garrulous recounts the feats of youth, t. THOMSON-The Seasons. Autumn.

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Give me a staff of honor for mine age,
But not a sceptre to control the world.
b. Titus Andronicus. Act 1. Sc. 2.

His silver hairs
Will purchase us a good opinion,
And buy men's voices to commend our deeds.

Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1.
Men shut their doors against a setting sun.

d. Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and

years, Pass'd over to the end they were created, Would bring white hairs unto a quiet grave. Ah, what a life were this ! Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5.

My way of life Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf : And that which should accompany old age, As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have ; but, in their stead, Curses not loud, but deep, mouth-honor,

breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, and

dare not.
f. Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 3.

O father Abbot, • An old man, broken with the storms of State,

Is come to lay his weary bones among ye;
Give him a little earth for charity.
g. Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2.

O, heavens,
If you do love old men, if your sweet sway
Allow obedience, if you yourselves are old,
Make it your cause.

h. King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.
Pray, do not mock me :
I am a very foolish fond old man,
Fourscore and upward ; and, to deal plainly,
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.

i. King Leur. Act IV. Sc. 7.

Some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time. j. King Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 2.

Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.

k. Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 2. The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show,

Of mouthed graves will give thee memory, Thou by thy dial's shady stealth maiest know,

Time's thievish progress to eternity.

1. Sonnet LXXII.
Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty ;
For in my youth I never did apply
Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood ;
Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo
The means of weakness and debility;
Therefore my age is as a lusty winter,
Frosty, but kindly.

As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 3

O good gray head which all men knew, TENNYSON- On the Death of the Duke

of Wellington. St. 4. A happy youth, and their old age Is beautiful and free.

WORDSWORTH-The Fountain.
But an old age serene and bright,
And lovely as a Lapland night,
Shall lead thee to thy grave.

w. WORDSWORTH-- To a Young Lady.
Thus fares it still in our decay,
And yet the wiser mind
Mourns less for what age takes away
Than what it leaves behind.

WORDSWORTH The Fountain. St. 9.
Shall we-shall aged men, like aged trees,
Strike deeper their vile root, and closer cling,
Still more enamour'd of their wretched soil ?
YOUNG— Night Thoughts. Night IV.

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What else remains for me?

Youth, hope, and love; To build a new life on a ruined life. 0. LONGFELLOW— Masque of Pandora.

Pt. VIII. In the Garden.


All ambitions, upward tending, Like plants in mines, which never saw the



My hour at last is come; Yet not ingloriously or passively I die, but first will do some valiant deed, Of which mankind shall hear in after time. b. BRYANT's Homer's Iliad. Bk. XXII.

Line 375. No man is born without ambitious worldly desires.

CARLYLE-- Essays. Schiller.'
Thy danger chiefly lies in acting well;
No crime's so great as daring to excel.
d. CHURCHILL-Epistle to Hogarth.

Line 51. The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.

CICERO. I had a soul above buttons. f. GEORGE COLEMAN, JR.-Sylvester Daggerwood, or New Xay at the Old

Market. Sc. 1.

Ambition has no rest. p. BULWER-LYTTON-Richelieu, Act III.

Sc. 1. The man who seeks one thing in life, and but

one, May hope to achieve it before life be done; But he who seeks all things, wherever he

goes, Only reaps from the hopes which around

him he sows. A harvest of barren regrets. 9. OWEN MEREDITH - Lucile. Pt. I.

Canto II. St. 10.

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Wit, seeking truth, from cause to cause as

cends, And never rests till it the first attain; Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends;

But never stays till it the last do gain. g. SIR JOHN DAVIESThe Immortality of

the Soul. Wild ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land. h. DRYDEN- Absalom and Achitophel.

Pt. I. Line 190.

The lover of letters loves power too.

i. EMERSON- Clubs.


Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. I.

Line 263. But what will not ambition and revenge Descend to? who aspires must down as low As high he soar'd ; obnoxious first or last To basest things. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IX.

Line 168. Here may we reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell. t. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. I.

Line 261. If at great things thou would'st arrive, Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure

heap, Not difficult, if thou hearken to me; Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand, They whom I favor thrive in wealth amain, While virtue, valor, wisdom, sit in want. MILTON— Paradise Regained. Bk. II.

Line 426. Such joy ambition finds. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IV.

Line 92. Onward, onward may we press

Through the path of duty ; Virtue is true happiness,

Excellence true beauty ; Minds are of supernal birth, Let us make a heaven of earth. JAMES MONTGOMERY-Aspirations of

Youth. St. 3. Wert thou all that I wish thee, great, glorious

and free, First flower of the earth, and first gem of the


MOORE-Remember Thee. From servants hasting to be gods. y. POLLOK – Course of Time. Bk. II.

Just and Unjust Rulers. But see how oft ambition's aims are cross'd, And chiefs contend 'till all the prize is lost! POPE-Rape of the Lock. Canto V.

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All may have, If they dare try, a glorious life or grave. j. HERPERT— The Temple. The

Church-Porch. My name is Norval ; on the Grampian hills My father feeds his flocks ; a frugal swain, Whose constant cares were to increase his

store, And keep his only son, myself, at home.

k. JOHN HOME- Douglas. Act II. Sc. 1. Studious to please, yet not asham'd to fail. 1. SAM'L JOHNSON- Prologue to the

Tragedy of Irene, I see, but cannot reach, the height That lies forever in the light.

LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden

Legend. Pt. II. A Village Church. Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. LONGFELLOW-Drift-Wood.








Men would be angels, angels would be Ill-weav'd ambition, how much art thou gods.

shrunk! POPE—Essay on Man. Ep. I.

When that this body did contain a spirit, Line 123 A kingdom for it was too small a bound ;

But now, two paces of the vilest earth Oh, sons of earth! attempt ye still to rise; Is room enough. By mountains pil'd on mountains to the j. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act. V. Sc. 4.

skies? Hear'n still with laughter the vain toil sur

It were all one veys,

That I should love a bright particular star, And buries madmen in the heaps they raise.

And think to wed it, he is so above me. b. POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. IV.

k. All's Well That Ends Well. Act. I. Line 74.

Sc. 1.

| Mark but my fall, and that that ruin'd me. Who knows but he, whose hand the light

Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambining forms,

tion, Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the

By that, sin, fell the angels; how can man storms;

then, Pours fierce Ambition in a Cæsar's mind.

The image of his Maker, hope to win by it? POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. I.

Love thyself last ; cherish those hearts that Line 157.

hate thee;

Corruption wins not more than honesty. Be always displeased at what thou art, if 1. Henry VIII. Act. III. Sc. 2. thou desire to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there

The noble Brutus thou abidest.

Hath told you Cæsar was ambitious : d. QUARLES—Emblems. Bk. IV.

If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
Emblem 3. And grievously hath Cæsar answered it.

Julius Cæsar. Act. III. Sc. 2.
A threefold measure dwells in Space-
Restless Length, with flying race ;

There is, betwixt that smile we would aspire Stretching forward, never endeth,

to, Ever widening, Breadth extendeth

That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin, Ever groundless, Depth descendeth.

More pangs and fears than war or women

have. Types in these thou dost possess ; Restless, onward thou must press,

Henry VIII. Act. III. Sc. 2. Never halt nor languor know,

The very substance of the ambitious is merely To the Perfect wouldst thou go ;

the shadow of a dream. Let thy reach with Breadth extend

Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2.
Till the world it comprehend-
Dive into the Depth to see

'Tis a common proof, Germ and root of all that be.

That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Ever onward must thy soul ;

Whereto the climber upward turns his face ; 'Tis the progress gains the goal ;

But when he once attains the upmost round, Ever widen more its bound;

He then unto the ladder turns his back, In the Full the clear is found,

Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees And the Truth-dwells under ground. By which he did ascend. SCHILLER-Sentences of Confucius.


Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1.

Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition.
Ambition is no cure for love.

q. Henry VI. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 1. f. SCOTT-- Lay of the Last Minstrel.

Canto I. St. 27. How many a rustic Milton has pass’d by,

Stilling the speechless longings of his heart, Ambition's debt is paid.

In unremitting drudgery and care ! 9. Julius Cæsar. Act. III. Sc. 1,


many a vulgar Cato has compelled I am not covetous for gold ;

His energies, no longer tameless then, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost ;

To mould a pin, or fabricate a nail ! It yearns me not if men my garments wear ;

SHELLEY - Queen Mab. Pt. V. St. 9. Such outward things dwell not in my desires:

I was born to other things. But if it be a sin to covet honor

TENNYSON-In Memoriam. Pt. CXIX.
I am the most offending soul alive.
A. Henry V. Act. IV. Sec. 3.

How like a mounting devil in the heart,
Rules the unreined ambition.

t. WILLIS- Parrhasius.
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition ; which o'erleaps itself, Mad ambition trumpeteth to all.
And falls on the other-

WILLIS- From a Poem delivered at i. Macbeth. Act. I. Sc. 7. .

Yale College in 1827.




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Press on ! for it is godlike to unloose
The spirit, and forget yourself in thought ;
Bending a pinion for the deeper sky,
And, in the very fetters of your flesh,
Mating with the pure essences of heaven !
Press on !-"for in the grave there is no work
And no device.”—Press on! while yet you

may !




In this dim world of clouding cares,

We rarely know, till 'wildered eyes See white wings lessening up the skies, The Angels with us unawares. k. GERALD MASSEY— The Ballad of Babe

Cristabel. As far as Angel's ken, 1. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. 1.

Line 59.

God will deign
To visit oft the dwellings of just men
Delighted, and with frequent intercourse
Thither will send his winged messengers
On errands of supernal grace.
MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. VII.

Line 569.
Sweetly did they float upon the wings
Of silence through the empty-vaulted night,
At every fall smoothing the raven down
Of darkness till it smiled !

MILTON -- Comus. Line 249.
The helmed Cherubim,
And sworded Seraphim,
Are seen in glittering ranks with wings

MILTON— Hymn on the Nativity. St. 110.

Angel voices sung
The mercy of their God, and strung
Their harps.
P. MOORE - Loves of the Angels. Third

Angel's Story. A guardian angel o'er his life presiding, Doubling his pleasures, and his cares


ROGERS - Human Life.
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2.



WILLIS— From a Poem delivered at

Yale College in 1827. Ambition has but one reward for all : A little power, a little transient fame, A grave to rest in, and a fading name! 6. WILLIAM WINTER— The Queen's

Domain. Line 90.

Talents angel-bright, If wanting worth, are shining instruments In false ambition's hand, to finish faults Illustrious, and give infamy renown. YOUNG-- Night Thoughts. Night VI.

Line 273. Too low they build who build beneath the stars. d. YOUNG— Night Thoughts. Night VIII.

Line 215. ANGELS. Angels for the good man's sin, Weep to record, and blush to give it in. CAMPBELL-- Pleasures of Hope. Pt. II.

Line 357. Angel visits, few and far between. CAMPBELL 1- Pleasures of Hope. Pt. II.

Line 386. O, though oft depressed and lonely,

All my fears are laid aside, If I but remember only

Such as these have lived and died !

g. LONGFELLOW-Footsteps of Angels. The good one, after every action closes His volume, and ascends with it to God. The other keeps his dreadful day-book open Till sunset, that we may repent; which doing, The record of the action fades away, And leaves a line of white across the page. Now if my act be good, as I believe, It cannot be recalled. It is already Sealed up in heaven, as a good deed accom

plished. The rest is yours. h. LONGFELLOW -- Christus, The Golden

Legend. Pt. VI. All God's angels come to us disguised ; Sorrow and sickness, poverty and death, One after other lift their frowning masks, And we behold the seraph's face beneath, All radiant with the glory and the calm Of having looked upon the front of God. i. LOWELL- On the Death of a Friend's

Child. Line 21. An angel stood and met my gaze, Through the low doorway of my tent; The tent is struck, the vision stays ;I only know she came and went.

j. LOWELL- She Came and Went.


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Anger is one of the sinews of the soul. d. FULLER-- The Holy and Profane States.

Anger. Anger wishes that all mankind had only one neck ; love, that it had only one heart ; grief, two tear-glands ; pride, two bent knees. e. RICHTER. Flower, Fruit and Thorn

Pieces. Ch. IV.

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Alas why gnaw you so your nether lip?
Some bloody passion shakes your very frame;
These are portents; but yet I hope, I hope,
They do not point on me.
f. Othello. Act V. Sc. 2.

The first men that our Saviour dear
Did choose to wait upon him here,
Blest fishers were ; and fish the last
Food was, that He on earth did taste :

I therefore strive to follow those,
Whom he to follow him hath chose.

WILLIAM BASSE- The Angler's Song.
In genial spring, beneath the quivering shade,
Where cooling vapors breathe along the

mead, The patient fisher takes his silent stand, Intent, his angle trembling in his hand; With looks, unmoy'd, he hopes the scaly

breed, And eyes the dancing cork, and bending

reed. 1. POPE - Windsor Forest. Line 135.

Anger is like A full-hot horse ; who being allow'd his way, Self

mettle tires him. g. Henry VIII. Act I, Sc. 1.

Anger's my meat ; I sup upon myself, And so shall starve with feeding.

h. Coriolanus. Act. IV. Sc. 2.

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Being once chaf'd, he cannot Be rein'd again to temperance; then he speaks What's in his heart.

i. Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 3. Come not within the measure of my wrath. j. Trco Gentlemen of Verona. Act V.

Sc. 1,

3 Fish. Master I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.

1 Fish. Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.

Pericles. Act II. Sc. 1.

If I had a thunderbolt in mine eye,
I can tell who should down.

k. As You Like II. Act I. Sc. 2.

In rage deaf as the sea, hasty as fire.

I. Richard II. Act I. Sc. 1.

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Angling is somewhat like Poetry, men are. to be born so. y. WALTON The Complete Angler. Pt. I.

Ch. I.

I am, Sir, a Brother of the angle.
WALTON The Complete Angler. Pt. I

Ch. I.


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