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Anglica gens est optima flens et pessima ridens.

The English race is the best at weeping and the worst at laughing.

(The English take their pleasures sadly.) THOMAS HEARNE-Reliquia Hearniana. Ed. 1857. Vol. I. P. 136. (Source referred to CHAMBERLAYNE-Anglica Notitia. (1669) From old Latin saying quoted in KORNMANNUS-De Linea Amoris. Ch. II. P. 47. (Ed. 1610) BINDER Novus The-. saurus Adagiorum Latinorum. No. 2983. NEANDER'S Ethic Vetus et Sapiens (1590) (With "sed" not "et," "Rustica" not "Anglica."


(See also FROISSART)

What have I done for you,
England, my England?
What is there I would not do,
England, my own?

W. E. HENLEY-England, My England.

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Let us hope that England, having saved herself by her energy, may save Europe by her example.

WILLIAM PITT. In his last Speech, made at the Lord Mayor's Banquet at Guildhall. (Nov. 9, 1805) As reported by MACAULAY -Misc. Writings. Vol. II. P. 368. But Europe is not to be saved by any single man. England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example. STANHOPE'S-Life of Pitt. Vol. IV. P. 346. Reported as told him by the DUKE OF WELLINGTON. (1838) Neither the Morning Herald, nor the Times of Nov. 11, 1805 mention these words in comment on the speech. The London Chronicle and St. James's Chronicle give different versions.


[King Edward] was careful not to tear England violently from the splendid isolation in which she had wrapped herself.

POINCARE Speech at Cannes. (April 13, 1912) (See also FOSTER)


Oh, when shall Britain, conscious of her claim,
Stand emulous of Greek and Roman fame?
In living medals see her wars enroll'd,
And vanquished realms supply recording gold?
POPE-Moral Essays. Epistle to Addison.
L. 53.


Dieu et mon droit.

God and my right.

Password of the day given by RICHARD I, to his

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Lumine Acon dextre, capta est Leonilla sinistre,
Et potis est forma vincere uterque dees:
Blande puer, lumen quod habes concede sorori,
Sic tu cæcus Amor, sic erit illa Venus.
Acon his right, Leonilla her left eye
Doth want; yet each in form, the gods out-vie.
Sweet boy, with thine, thy sister's sight im-

So shall she Venus be, thou God of Love.
Epigram said to be the "most celebrated of
modern epigrams," by WARTON, in his
Essay on Pope. I. P. 299. (Ed. 1772)
Trans. as given in a Collection of Epigrams.
Vol. I. No. 223.


Unlike my subject, I will make my song. It shall be witty, and it shan't be long. CHESTERFIELD. See note by CROKER in BosWELL'S Life of Johnson, July 19, 1763. (When SIR THOMAS ROBINSON asked for an epigram on his friend LONG.)


This picture, plac'd the busts between
Gives Satire all its strength;

Wisdom and Wit are little seen
While Folly glares at length.

Epigram on the portrait of BEAU NASH placed between the busts of POPE and NEWTON in the Pump Room at Bath, England. Attributed to LORD CHESTERFIELD by DR. MATTHEW MATY in his Memoirs of Chesterfield. Sec. IV, prefixed to second ed. of Miscellaneous Works of the Earl of Chesterfield. LOCKER-LAMPSON credits only four of the lines of the whole epigram to Chesterfield. JANE BRERETON given credit for them. (See poems. 1744.) A copy of the poems of HENRY NORRIS (1740) in the British Museum contains the lines. See Notes and Queries, Feb. 10, 1917. P. 119; also Aug., 1917. P. 379.

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