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One thing is certain and the rest is lies;
at shut of evening flowers. MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IX. L. 278.
11 The foxglove, with its stately bells Of purple, shall adorn thy dells; The wallflower, on each rifted rock, From liberal blossoms shall breathe down, (Gold blossoms frecked with iron-brown) Its fragrance; while the hollyhock, The pink, and the carnation vie With lupin and with lavender, To decorate the fading year;, And larkspurs, many-hued, shall drive Gloom from the groves, where red leaves lie, And Nature seems but half alive. D. M. MOIR-The Birth of the Flowers. St.
14. 12 Anemones and seas of gold,
And new-blown lilies of the river,
Their buds on Camadera's quiver.
He bore a simple wild-flower wreath:
Narcissus, and the sweet brier rose; Vervain, and flexile thyme, that breathe
Rich fragrance; modest heath, that glows With purple bells; the amaranth bright,
That no decay, nor fading knows,
And every purest flower, that blows
When spring on summer's confines presses.
to I. L. 107.
In Eastern lands they talk in flowers,
And they tell in a garland their loves and cares; Each blossom that blooms in their garden bowers,
On its leaves a mystic language bears.
Here blushing Flora paints th' enamellid ground.
Sweet is the broome-flowre, but yet sowre enough; And sweet is moly, but his root is ill.
SPENSER-Amoretti. Sonnet XXVI.
Roses red and violets blew, . And all the sweetest flowres that in the forrest
grew. SPENSER—Faerie Queene. Bk. III. Canto VI.
SWIFT—Answer to a Scandalous Poem. L. 150.
the Cloven Pine. L. 57.
These flowers are like the pleasures of the world.
Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 296.
When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
Do paint the meadows with delight.
In emerald tufts, flowers purple, blue, and white; Like sapphire, pearl and rich embroidery.
Merry Wives of Windsor. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 74.
The aquilegia sprinkled on the rocks
A scarlet rain; the yellow violet
Held spikes of purple flame in meadows wet, And all the streams with vernal-scented reed Were fringed, and streaky bells of miskodeed. BAYARD TAYLOR-Home and Travel. Mon
Da-Min. St. 17.
The silver birch its buds of purple shows,
But when they had unloosed the linen band, Which swathed the Egyptian's body,-lo! was
found, Closed in the wasted hollow of her hand,
A little seed, which, sown in English ground, Did wondrous snow of starry blossoms bear, And spread rich odours through our springtide air.
OSCAR WILDE-Athanasia. St. 2.
2 The very flowers are sacred to the poor.
FLY We see spiders, flies, or ants entombed and preserved forever in amber, a more than royal tomb. BACON-Historia Vitæ et Mortis.
(Same idea under ANT, BEE) It was prettily devised of Æsop: The fly sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot-wheel, and said, What a dust do I raise! BACON-Of Vain-Glory, attributed to ÆSOP
but found in Fables of LAURENTIUS ABSTEMIUS.
(See also LA FONTAINE) We see how flies, and spiders, and the like, get a sepulchre in amber, more durable than the monument and embalming of the body of any king. BACON-Sylvia Sylvarum. Century I. Experiment 100.
(Same idea under ANT, BEE)
To me the meanest flower that blows can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
WORDSWORTH-Intimations of Immortality.
Haceos miel, y paparos han moscas.
Make yourself honey and the flies will devour you.
CERVANTES—Don Quixote. II. 43.
15 The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets. Gay-The Beggar's Opera. Act. II. Sc. 2.
And 'tis my faith that every flower
WORDSWORTH-Lines Written in Early Spring. The flower of sweetest smell is shy and lowly. WORDSWORTH-Sonnet. Not Love, Not War,
Nor, etc. 6 Hope smiled when your nativity was cast, Children of Summer! WORDSWORTH-Staffa Sonnets. Flowers on the
Top of the Pillars at the Entrance of the Cave. 7 The mysteries that cups of flowers infold And!all the gorgeous sights which fairies do be
hold. WORDSWORTH-Stanzas written in Thomson's
Castle of Indolence.
To a boiling pot flies come not.
(See also BACON)
The Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt.
Isaiah. VII. 18.
There bloomed the strawberry of the wilderness; The trembling eyebright showed her sapphire
blue, The thyme her purple, like the blush of Even; And if the breath of some to no caress Invited, forth they peeped so fair to view, All kinds alike seemed favourites of Heaven. WORDSWORTH–The River Druddon. Flowers.
Pansies, lilies, kingcups, daisies,
WORDSWORTH-To the Small Celandine.
A fly sat on the chariot wheel
(See also BACON)
WILLIAM OLDYS—The Fly.
23 Oh! that the memories which survive us here Were half so lovely as these wings of thine! Pure relics of a blameless life, that shine Now thou art gone. CHARLES (TENNYSON) TURNER-On Finding a
Small Fly Crushed in a Book.
FOLLY The folly of one man is the fortune of another.
Bacon-Of Fortune. Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.
A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him. BOILEAU-L'Art Poétique. I. 232.
3 Fool me no fools. BULWER-LYTTON—Last Days of Pompeii. Bk.
III. Ch. 6.
The solemn fog; significant and budge;
amongst fools a judge.
(See also SMITH, YOUNG) L'exactitude est le sublime des sots.
Exactness is the sublimity of fools. Attributed to FONTENELLE, who disclaimed it. 19
A fool and a wise man are alike both in the starting-place their birth, and at the posttheir death; only they differ in the race of their lives. FULLER—The Holy and Profane States. Of
Natural Fools. Maxim IV.
Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame.
R. B. Sheridan. L. 68.
A rational reaction against irrational excesses and vagaries of skepticism may
readily degenerate into the rival folly of credulity, GLADSTONE-Time and Place of Homer. Introductory.
He is a fool Who only sees the mischiefs that are past. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XVII. L. 39. BRYANT'S
Mas acompañados y paniguados debe di tener la locura que la discrecion.
Folly is wont to have more followers and comrades than discretion. CERVANTES-Don Quixote. II. 13. 9
Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools. GEO. CHAPMAN-AU Fools. Act V. Sc. 1.
L. 292. (See also METCALF)
The shortest follies are the best.
Fool beckons fool, and dunce awakens dunce.
CHURCHILL-Apology. L. 42.
All places are filled with fools.
Fears of the brave and follies of the wise.
SAMUEL JOHNSON. Vanity of Human Wishes. 26
Un fat celui que les sots croient un homme de mérite.
A fool is one whom simpletons believe to be a man of merit. LA BRUYÈRE—Les Caractères. XII.
Culpa enim illa, bis ad eundem, vulgari reprehensa proverbio est.
To stumble twice against the same stone, is a proverbial disgrace. CICERO—Epistles. X. 20. 14
Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough majority in any town? S. L. CLEMENS (Mark Twain)Huckleberry
Finn. Ch. 26.
Hélas! on voit que de tout temps
Alas! we see that the small have always suffered for the follies of the great. LA FONTAINE-Fables. II. 4.
Ce livre n'est pas long, on le voit en une heure; La plus courte folie est toujours la meilleure.
This book is not long, one may run over it in an hour; the shortest folly is always the best. LA GIRANDIÈRE-Le Recueil des Voyeux Epi
grammes. (See also CHARRON)
A fool must now and then be right by chance.
COWPER Conversation. L. 96.