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FOOTSTEPS My feet, they haul me Round the House,
The tread They Hoist me up the Stairs;
Of coming footsteps cheats the midnight watcher I only have to steer them, and
Who holds her heart and waits to hear them They Ride me Everywheres.
pause, GELETT BURGESS—My Feet.
And hears them never pause, but pass and die.
GEORGE ELIOT—The Spanish Gypsy. Bk. III. And the prettiest foot! Oh, if a man could but fasten his eyes to her feet, as they steal in
There scatter'd oft the earliest of ye Year and out, and play at bo-peep under her petti- By Hands unseen are showers of Villets found; coats!
The Redbreast loves to build and warble there, CONGREVE—Love for Love. Act I. Sc. 1. And little Footsteps lightly print the ground. (See also HERRICK)
GRAY–MS of Elegy in a Country Church
yard. Corrections made by Gray are It is a suggestive idea to track those worn feet "year" for "Spring", "showers" for "frebackward through all the paths they have trod- quent”, “redbreast” for “robin”. den ever since they were the tender and rosy little feet of a baby, and (cold as they now are)
Vestigia terrent were kept warm in his mother's hand.
Omnia te adversum spectantia, nulla retrorsum. HAWTHORNE—The Marble Faun. Vol. I. Ch. The footsteps are terrifying, all coming XXI.
towards you and none going back again.
HORACE-Ep. Bk. I. 1. 74. Quoted Vestigia Better a barefoot than none.
nulla retrorsum. HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.
And so to tread
As if the wind, not she, did walk;
Nor prest a flower, nor bow'd a stalk.
BEN JONSON—Masques. The Vision of Delight. As if they played at bo-peep Did soon draw in agen.
Her treading would not bend a blade of grass, HERRICK–Upon her Feet.
Or shake the downy blow-ball from his stalk! (See also CONGREVE, SUCKLING)
BEN JONSON—The Sad Shepherd.
A beau is one who arranges his curled locks The tumult and the shouting dies, gracefully, who ever smells of balm, and cinna- The captains and the kings depart; mon; who hums the songs of the Nile, and Ca- Still stands thine ancient sacrifice, diz; who throws his sleek arms into various atti- A humble and a contrite heart. tudes; who idles away the whole day among the Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet chairs of the ladies, and is ever whispering into Lest we forget,-lest we forget. some one's ear; who reads little billets-doux from KIPLING-Recessional Hymn. this quarter and that, and writes them in return; Perhaps of Biblical inspiration. "He smelleth who avoids ruffling his dress by contact with his the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, neighbour's sleeve, who knows with whom every- and the shouting.' body is in love; who flutters from feast to feast, Job. XXXIX. 25. who can recount exactly the pedigree of Hirpinus. What do you tell me? is this a beau, Cotilus? Then a beau, Cotilus, is a very trifling Forgotten? No, we never do forget:
We let the years go; wash them clean with tears, thing.
Leave them to bleach out in the open day, MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. III. Ep. 6.
Or lock them careful by, like dead friends'
clothes, Nature made every fop to plague his brother, Till we shall dare unfold them without pain,Just as one beauty mortifies another.
But we forget not, never can forget. POPE-Satire IV, L. 258.
D. M. MULOCK-A Flower of a Day.
Mistakes remember'd are not faults forgot.
R. H. NEWELL—The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers.
Second Series. Columbia's Agony. St. 9. This is the excellent foppery of the world. King Lear. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 128.
Intrantis medici facies tres esse videntur
Ægrotanti; hominis, Dæmonis, atque Dei. A fop? In this brave, licentious age
Cum primum accessit medicus dixitque salutem,
En Deus aut custos angelus, æger ait. To bring his musty morals on the stage?
To the sick man the physician when he enRhime us to reason? and our lives redress
ters seems to have three faces, those of a man, In metre, as Druids did the savages.
a devil, a god. When the physician first comes TUKE—The Adventures of Five Hours. Act V.
and announces the safety of the patient, then
the sick man says: “Behold a God or a guardHas death his fopperies?
ian angel! YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 231. JOHN OWEN–Works.
Etiam oblivisci quod scis interdum expedit.
It is sometimes expedient to forget what you know. SYRUS—Maxims.
She hugged the offender, and forgave the offense, Sex to the last.
DRYDEN—Cymon and Iphigenia. L. 367.
And have you been to Borderland?
Beyond the river I-forget.
And all about its waters fret-
Go, forget me why should sorrow
O'er that brow a shadow fling? Go, forget me—and to-morrow
Brightly smile and sweetly sing. Smile-though I shall not be near thee; Sing—though I shall never hear thee.
CHARLES WOLFE-Song. Go, Forget Me!
His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.
EMERSON—Letters and Social Aims. Greatness.
14 Bear and forbear.
EPICTETUS. See GELLIUS. Bk. XVII. 6.
15 The offender never pardons. HERBERT/Jacula Prudentum. No. 563.
Æquum est Peccatis veniam poscentem reddere rursus.
It is right for him who asks forgiveness for his offenses to grant it to others. HORACE-Satires. I. 3. 74. 17
Ex humili magna ad fastigia rerum Extollit, quoties voluit fortuna jocari.
Whenever fortune wishes to joke, she lifts people from what is humble to the highest extremity of affairs. JUVENAL—Satires. III. 39.
Know all and you will pardon all.
(See also DE STAËL)
The sweet forget-me-nots,
TENNYSON—The Brook. L. 172.
For 'tis sweet to stammer one letter Of the Eternal's language;-on earth it is called
Forgiveness! LONGFELLOW—The Children of the Lord's Sup per. L. 214.
These evils I deserve, and more Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon, Whose ear is ever open, and his eye Gracious to re-admit the suppliant.
MILTON-Samson Agonistes. L. 1,170.
The fairest action of our human life
Is scorning to revenge an injury;
His adversary's heart to him doth tie:
Oh Thou, who Man of baser Earth didst make, And ev'n with Paradise devise the snake;
For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man Is blackened-Man's forgiveness give and take! OMAR KHAYYAM–Rubaiyat. St. 81. (later ed.)
Stanza an interpolation of FitzGERALD'S
Forgiveness is better than revenge.
PITTACUS—Quoted by Heraclitus.
Qui pardonne aisément invite à l'offenser.
He who forgives readily only invites offense. CORNEILLE-Cinna. IV. 4.
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. Attributed to Cosmus, Duke of Florence, by
Bacon. Apothegms. No. 206. Thou whom avenging pow’rs obey, Cancel my debt (too great to pay) Before the sad accounting day. WENTWORTH DILLON-On the Day of Judg
ment. St. 11.
Humanum amare est, humanum autem ignoscere est.
To love is human, it is also human to forgive. PLAUTUS—Mercator. II. 2. 46.
(See also under ERROR) 24 Good-nature and good-sense must ever join; To err is human, to forgive, divine. POPE-Essay on Criticism. L. 522.
What if this cursed hand Were thicker than itself with brother's blood? Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens To wash it white as snow?
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 43.
That conceit, elegantly expressed by the Emperor Charles V., in his instructions to the King, his son, ''that fortune hath somewhat the nature of a woman, that if she be too much wooed she is the farther off.”
BACON-Adv. Learning. Bk. II. 10
Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune: for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
BACON—Essays. Of Fortune.
Let fortune empty her whole quiver on me.
(See also GRAY under HELL)
Neuer thinke you fortune can beare the sway,
TENHAM in his "Art of Poesie.” Bk. III.
raigne Lady wrote in defiance of Fortune." Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment. EURIPIDES-Pirithous.
(See also CLAUDIAMUS) Multa intersunt calicem et labrum summum.
Many things happen between the cup and the upper lip. AULUS GELLIUS—Trans. of Greek Proverb.
Bk. XIII. 17. 3.
Just for a handful of silver he left us,
a Just for a ribbon to stick in his coat; Found the one gift of which Fortune bereft us,
Lost all the others she lets us devote.
ferring to WORDSWORTH when he turned
(See also GOLDSMITH Under GENIUS)
You carry Cæsar and Cæsar's fortune.
times given: Cæsarem portas et fortunam
Fortune never seems so blind as to those upon whom she confers no favors. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxims. 391.
Das Glück erhebe billig der Beglückte.
It is the fortunate who should extol fortune.
GOETHE-Torquato Tasso. II. 3. 115. Ein Tag der Gunst ist wie ein Tag der Ernte, Man muss geschäftig sein sobald sie reift.
The day of fortune is like a harvest day,
Barbaris ex fortuna pendet fides.
The fidelity of barbarians depends on fortune. LIVY--Annales. XXVIII. 17.
Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune; He had not the method of making a fortune.
GRAY-On his own Character.
Fortune, men say, doth give too much to many, But yet she never gave enough to any.
SIR JOHN HARRINGTON-Epigram. Of Fortune.
Non semper temeritas est felix.
Rashness is not always fortunate. LIVY-Annales. XXVIII. 42. 16
Non temere incerta casuum reputat, quem fortuna numquam decepit.
He whom fortune has never deceived, rarely considers the uncertainty of human events. LIVY--Annales. XXX. 30. 17
Raro simul hominibus bonam fortunam bonamque mentem dari.
Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time. Live-Annales. XXX. 42.
18 Fortune comes well to all that comes not late. LONGFELLOW-Spanish Student. Act III. Sc.
5. L. 281.
The bitter dregs of Fortune's cup to drain.
HOMER—Iliad. Bk. XX. L. 85. POPE's trans.
Laudo manentem; si celeres quatit
I praise her (Fortune) while she lasts; if she shakes her quick wings, I resign what she has given, and take refuge in my own virtue, and seek honest undowered Poverty. HORACE-Carmina. III. 29.
Posteraque in dubio est fortunam quam vehat ætas.
It is doubtful what fortune to-morrow will bring. LUCRETIUS—De Rerum Natura. III. 10. 98.
Curta nescio quid semper abest rei.
Something is always wanting to incomplete fortune. HORACE—Carmina. III. 24. 64.
Quivis beatus, versa rota fortunæ, ante vesperum potest esse miserrimus.
Any one who is prosperous may by the turn of fortune's wheel become most wretched before evening. AMMIANUS MARCELLINUS—Historia. XXVI.
You are sad in the midst of every blessing. Take care that Fortune does not observe or she will call you ungrateful.
MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. VI. Ep. 79.
Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli.
Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none. MARTIAL-Epigrams. XII. 10. 2.
Horæ Momento cita mors venit aut victoria læta.
In a moment comes either death or joyful victory. HORACE-Satires. I. 1. 7.
10 Fortune, that favours fools. BEN JONSON—Alchemist. Prologue. Every
Man Out of His Humour. I. 1. GOOGE-
(See also CLAUDIANUS) Fortune aveugle suit aveugle hardiesse.
Blind fortune pursues inconsiderate rashness. LA FONTAINE-Fables. X. 14.
Audentem forsque Venusque juvant.
Fortune and Love befriend the bold. OVID--Ars Amatoria. I. 608.
(See also CLAUDIANUS)
Casus ubique valet: semper tibi pendeat hamus, Quo minime credas gurgite, piscis erit.
Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish. OVID-Ars Amatoria. III. 425. 25
Fortuna miserrima tuta est: Nam timor eventus deterioris abest.
The most wretched fortune is safe; for there is no fear of anything worse. OviD-Epistolæ Ex Ponto. I. 2. 113.
La fortune ne paraît jamais si aveugle qu'a ceux à qui elle ne fait pas de bien.