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Quod sors feret feremus æquo animo.

I am the very pink of courtesy. Whatever chance shall bring, we will bear Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 61. with equanimity. TERENCE-Phormio. I. 2. 88.

That's too civil by half.

SHERIDANThe Rivals. Act III. Sc. 4. Who stemm'd the torrent of a downward age. 16 THOMSONThe Seasons. Summer. L. 1,516. High erected thoughts seated in a heart of

courtesy. COURTESY


Par. II.
A moral, sensible, and well-bred man
Will not affront me, and no other can.

COWPER—Conversation. L. 193.

To laugh, to lie, to flatter to face,

Foure waies in court to win men's grace.
Life is not so short but that there is always time ROGER ASCHAMThe Schoolmaster.
enough for courtesy.
EMERSON-Social Aims.

A mere court butterfly,
That flutters in the pageant of a monarch.

BYRON-Sardanapalus. Act V. Sc. 1.
How sweet and gracious, even in common speech,

To shake with laughter ere the jest they hear, Wholesome as air and genial as the light,

To pour at will the counterfeited tear; Welcome in every clime as breath of flowers,

And, as their patron hints the cold or heat, It transmutes aliens into trusting friends,

To shake in dog-days, in December sweat. And gives its owner passport round the globe. SAMUEL JOHNSON—London. L. 140. JAMES T. FIELDS— Courtesy.

There is, betwixt that smile we would aspire to, Their accents firm and loud in conversation, That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin,

Their eyes and gestures eager, sharp and quick More pangs and fears than wars or women have. Showed them prepared on proper provocation Henry VIII. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 368.

To give the lie, pull noses, stab and kick! And for that very reason it is said

At the throng'd levee bends the venal tribe: They were so very courteous and well-bred. With fair but faithless smiles each varnish'd o'er, John HOOKHAM FREREProspectus and Spec- Each smooth as those that mutually deceive, imen of an Intended National Work.

And for their falsehood each despising each.

THOMSONLiberty. Pt. V. L. 190.
When the king was horsed thore,
Launcelot lookys he upon,
How courtesy was in him more

Than ever was in any mon.

Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness. MORTE D'ARTHUR-Harleian Library. (Brit- MARLOWEThe Jew of Malta. Act I. Sc. 2. ish Museum.) MS. 2,252.

Quicquid servatur, cupimus magis: ipsaque In thy discourse, if thou desire to please;

furem All such is courteous, useful, new, or wittie: Cura vocat. Pauci, quod sinit alter, amant. Usefulness comes by labour, wit by ease;

We covet what is guarded; the very care Courtesie grows in court; news in the citie.

invokes the thief. Few love what they nay HERBERT—Church. Church Porch. St. 49.


OVIDAmorum. III. 4. 25.
Shepherd, I take thy word,
And trust thy honest offer'd courtesy,

Verum est aviditas dives, et pauper pudor.
Which oft is sooner found in lowly sheds

True it is that covetousness is rich, modWith smoky rafters, than in tap'stry halls,

esty starves. And courts of princes.

PHÆDRUS-Fables. II. 1. 12.
MILTON—Comus. L. 322.

Alieni appetens sui profusus.
The thorny point

Covetous of the property of others and
Of bare distress hath ta'en from me the show prodigal of his own.
Of smooth civility.

SALLUST—Catilina. V. As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 94.

I am not covetous for gold,

Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; The Retort Courteous.

It yearns me not if men my garments wear; As You Like It. Act V. Sc. 4. L. 76.

Such outward things dwell not in my desires:

But if it be a sin to covet honor Dissembling courtesy! How fine this tyrant I am the most offending soul alive. Can tickle where she wounds!

Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 24. Cymbeline. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 84.

When workmen strive to do better than well, The mirror of all courtesy.

They do confound their skill in covetousness. Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 53.

King John. Act IV. Sc. 2 L. 28.














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COW I never saw a Purple Cow,

I never hope to see one; But I can tell you, anyhow

I'd rather see than be one.

GELETT BURGESSThe Purple Cow. The Moo-cow-moo's got a tail like a rope

En it's ravelled down where it grows,
En it's just like feeling a piece of soap

All over the moo-cow's nose.

You may rezoloot till the cows come home.
JOHN HarLittle Breeches. Banty Tim.

(See also SWIFT) A curst cow hath short horns.

HERBERT Jacula Prudentum. 5

A cow is a very good animal in the field; but we turn her out of a garden. SAMUEL JOHNSONBoswell's Life of Johnson.

The friendly cow all red and white,

I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might

To eat with apple-tart.
STEVENSONChild's Garden of Verses. The


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I warrant you lay abed till the cows came home. SWIFT– Polite Conversations. Dialog. 2.

(See also HAY)

Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet.

A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites. QUINTUS CURTIUS RUFUSDe Rebus Gestis

Alexandri Magni. VII. 4. 13. When all the blandishments of life are gone, The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on.

DR. SEWELL—The Suicide.



Thank you, pretty cow, that made Pleasant milk to soak my bread.


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Ilk cowslip cup shall kep a tear.

BURNS-Elegy on Capt. Matthew Henderson.



The nesh yonge coweslip bendethe wyth the

dewe. THOMAS CHATTERTONRowley Poems. Ælla.

Dost thou now fall over to my foes?
Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it for shame,
And hang a calf's skin on those recreant limbs.
King John. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 127.

Milk-liver'd man!
That bear'st a cheek for blows, a head for wrongs,
Who hast not in thy brows an eye discerning
Thine honor from thy suffering.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 50.

Wouldst thou have that
Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting "I dare not” wait upon, “I would”;
Like the poor cat i' the adage?

Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7. L. 41.


The cowslip is a country wench.



22 The first wan cowslip, wet With tears of the first morn. OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Ode to a





How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false Through tall cowslips nodding near you,
As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins Just to touch you as you pass.
The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars, OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Song.
Who, inward search’d, have livers white as milk.
Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 83.

Thus I set my printless feet
That which in mean men we entitle patience

O'er the cowslip's velvet head,

That bends not as I tread. Is pale cold cowardice in noble breasts.

MILTON-Comus. Song. Richard II. Act I, Sc. 2. L. 33.


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CREATION Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.


2 For we also are his offspring. ARATUS—Phænomena. Said to be the passage

quoted by St. Paul. Acts. XVII. 28. You own a watch the invention of the mind, Though for a single motion 'tis designed, As well as that which is with greater thought With various springs, for various motions

wrought. BLACKMOREThe Creation. Bk. III. The

creation and the watch. HALLAM-Literature of Europe. II. 385, traces its origin to CICERO—De Natura Deorum. Found also in HERBERT OF CHERBURY's treatise De Religione Gentilium. HALE-Primitive Origination of Mankind. BOLINGBROKE, in a letter to POUILLY. PALEY used the illustration, which he took from NIUWENTYT.

(See also VOLTAIRE)


What cause
Moved the Creator in his holy rest
Through all eternity so late to build
In chaos, and, the work begun, how soon

MILTON--Paradise Lost. Bk. VII. L. 90.


I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Psalms. CXXXIX. 14.


Wie aus Duft und Glanz gemischt
Du mich schufst, dir dank ich's heut.

As thou hast created me out of mingled air and glitter, I thank thee for it. RÜCKERT- Die Sterbende Blume. St. 8.




No man saw the building of the New Jerusalem, the workmen crowded together, the unfinished walls and unpaved streets; no man heard the clink of trowel and pickaxe; it descended out of heaven from God. SEELEY-Ecce Homo. Ch. XXIV.

(See also HEBER under ARCHITECTURE) When I consider everything that grows Holds in perfection but a little moment; That this huge stage presenteth nought but

shows, Whereon the stars in secret influence comment; Then the conceit of this inconstant stay Sets you most rich in youth before my sight.


Are we a piece of machinery that, like the Æolian harp, passive, takes the impression of the passing accident? Or do these workings argue something within us above the trodden clod? BURNSLetter to Mrs. Dunlop. New Year

Day Morning, 1789.
Creation is great, and cannot be understood.

CARLYLE-Essays. Characteristics.

[This saying of Alphonso about Ptolemy's astronomy, that] "it seemed a crank machine; that it was pity the Creator had not taken advice." CARLYLE-History of Frederick the Great. Bk., II. Ch. VII.

(See also ALPHONSO) 7 And what if all of animated nature Be but organic harps diversely framed, That tremble into thought, as o'er them sweeps, Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze, At once the soul of each, and God of all?

COLERIDGEThe Eolian Harp. (1795)

8 From harmony, from heavenly harmony,

This universal frame began:
From harmony, to harmony

Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
The diapason closing full in man.
DRYDEN-A Song for St. Cecilia's Day. L. 11.


Vitality in a woman is a blind fury of creation.

BERNARD SHAW-Man and Superman. Act I.



Through knowledge we behold the world's

creation, How in his cradle first he fostered was; And judge of Nature's cunning operation, How things she formed of a formless mass. SPENSER—Tears of the Muses. Urania. L. 499.

Each moss, Each shell, each drawling insect, holds a rank Important in the plan of Him who fram'd This scale of beings; holds a rank which, lost Would break the chain, and leave behind a gap Which Nature's self would rue. BENJAMIN STILLINGFLEET Miscellaneous

Tracts relating to Natural History. P. 127. (Ed. 1762)

(See also WALLER)


Two urns by Jove's high throne have ever stood, The source of evil, one, and one of good.

HOMER-Iliad. Bk. 24. L. 663. POPE's trans.



Nature they say, doth dote,
And cannot make a man
Save on some worn-out plan,
Repeating us by rote.
LOWELL- Ode at the Harvard Commemoration,

July 21, 1865. VI.

One God, one law, one element,
And one far-off divine event,
To which the whole creation moves.
TENNYSON-In Memoriam. Conclusion. Last


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