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Yet shall thy grave with rising flow'rs be dressed, And the green turf lie lightly on thy breast; There shall the morn her earliest tears bestow, There the first roses of the year shall blow. POPEElegy on an Unfortunate Lady. L. 65.

(See also HALLECK)



The grave unites; where e'en the great find rest, And blended lie th' oppressor and th' oppressed!

POPE-Windsor Forest. L. 317.


Ruhe eines Kirchhofs!

The churchyard's peace.
SCHILLER-Don Carlos. III. 10. 220.


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I see their scattered gravestones gleaming white
Through the pale dusk of the impending night.
O'er all alike the imperial sunset throws
Its golden lilies mingled with the rose;
We give to each a tender thought and pass
Out of the graveyards with their tangled grass.

LONGFELLOW-Morituri Salutamus. L. 120. Take them, O Grave! and let them lie

Folded upon thy narrow shelves,
As garments by the soul laid by,

And precious only to ourselves!

(See also MacDONALD, PEARSON) There are slave drivers quietly whipped under

ground, There bookbinders, done up in boards, are fast

bound, There card-players wait till the last trump be

played, There all the choice spirits get finally laid, There the babe that's unborn is supplied with a

berth, There men without legs get their six feet of

earth, There lawyers repose, each wrapped up in his

case, There seekers of office are sure of a place, There defendant and plaintiff get equally cast, There shoemakers quietly stick to the last.

LOWELL-Fables for Critics. L. 1,656.
As life runs on, the road grows strange

With faces new,-and near the end
The milestones into headstones change:-

'Neath every one a friend.
LOWELL. Written on his 68th birthday.

We should teach our children to think no more of their bodies when dead than they do of their hair when cut off, or of their old clothes when they have done with them. GEORGE MacDONALD—Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood. P. 481.

(See also LONGFELLOW) Your seventh wife, Phileros, is now being buried in your field. No man's field brings him greater profit than yours, Phileros.

MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. X. Ep. 43. And so sepulchred in such pomp dost lie; That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.

MILTON-Epitaph on Shakespeare. There is a calm for those who weep,

A rest for weary pilgrims found, They softly lie and sweetly sleep

Low in the ground. MONTGOMERYThe Grave. (Bodies) carefully to be laid up in the wardrobe of the grave. BISHOP PEARSON-Exposition of the Creed. Article IV.

(See also LONGFELLOW) Pabulum Acheruntis.

Food of Acheron. (Grave.)
PLAUTUS—Casina. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 11.

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Has this fellow no feeling of his business that he sings at grave-making?

Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness.

Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 73.

21 Gilded tombs do worms infold.

Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 69.

Let's choose executors and talk of wills:
And yet not so, for what can we bequeath
Save our deposed bodies to the ground?

Richard II. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 148.

23 Taking the measure of an unmade grave.

Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 70.

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The great man who thinks greatly of himself, is not diminishing that greatness in heaping fuel on his fire. ISAAC D'ISRAELI---Literary Character of Men

of Genius. Ch. XV.



So let his name through Europe ring!

A man of mean estate,
Who died as firm as Sparta's king,

Because his soul was great.

of the Buffs.

There is an acre sown with royal seed.
JEREMY TAYLOR Holy Living and Dying.

Ch. I. (See also BEAUMONT)
Kings have no such couch as thine,
As the green that folds thy grave.

TENNYSON-A Dirge. St. 6.

4 Our father's dust is left alone And silent under other snows.

TENNYSON-In Memoriam. Pt. CV.

5 Hark! from the tombs a doleful sound. WATTSHymns and Spiritual Songs. Funeral

Thoughts. Bk. II. Vol. IX. Hymn 63.

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But the grandsire's chair is empty,

The cottage is dark and still;
There's a nameless grave on the battle-field,

And a new one under the hill.

Nature never sends a great man into the planet, without confiding the secret to another soul. EMERSON—Uses of Great Men. 19

He who comes up to his own idea of greatness, must always have had a very low standard of it in his mind. HAZLITTTable Talk. Whether Genius is Con

scious of its own Power.



In shepherd's phrase With one foot in the grave. WORDSWORTH-Michael.

(See also ERASMUS)

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Ajax the great *
Himself a host.
HOMERIliad. Bk. III. L. 293. POPE's

For he that once is good, is ever great.

BEN JONSONThe Forest. To Lady Aubigny.



Nothing can cover his high fame but heaven;
No pyramids set off his memories,
But the eternal substance of his greatness, —
To which I leave him.

Act II. Sc. 1.


Man's Unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his Greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite. CARLYLE-Sartor Resartus. The Everlasting

Yea. Bk. II. Ch. IX.

Urit enim fulgore suo qui prægravat artes
Intra se positas; extinctus amabitur idem.

That man scorches with his brightness, who overpowers inferior capacities, yet he shall be revered when dead. HORACEEpistles. II. 1. 13.

24 Greatnesse on goodnesse loves to slide, not stand, And leaves, for fortune's ice, vertue's firme land. RICHARD KNOLLES-Turkish History. Under a portrait of Mustapha I. L. 13.

(See also DRYDEN under AMBITION) Great is advertisement! 'tis almost fate;

But, little mushroom-men, of puff-ball fame. Ah, do you dream to be mistaken great

And to be really great are just the same? RICHARD LE GALLIENNE-Alfred Tennyson.


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The great man is the man who can get himself made and who will get himself made out of anything he finds at hand. GERALD STANLEY LEE-Crowds. Bk. II.

Ch. XV.



Great men stand like solitary towers in the city of God. LONGFELLOWKavanagh. Ch. I.


A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.

LOWELL-My Study Windows. Garfield.

I have touched the highest point of all my great

ness: And, from that full meridian of my glory, I haste now to my setting.

Henry VIII. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 223. Farewell! a long farewell, to all my greatness! This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth The tender leaves of hope; to-morrow blossoms, And bears his blushing honours thick upon him: The third day comes a frost, a killing frost, And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root, And then he falls, as I do.

Henry VIII. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 351. Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves. Julius Cæsar. Act I, Sc. 2. L. 135.


The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart.

MENCIUS—Works. Bk. IV. Pt. II. Ch. XII.

5 That man is great, and he alone, Who serves a greatness not his own,

For neither praise nor pelf:
Content to know and be unknown:

Whole in himself.
OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-A Great



Are yet two Romans living such as these? The last of all the Romans, fare thee well!

Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 98.


But thou art fair, and at thy birth, dear boy, Nature and Fortune join'd to make thee great.

King John. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 51.

Are not great Men the models of nations? OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Lucile. Pt.

II. Canto VI. St. 29. 7

Les grands ne sont grands que parceque nous, les portons sur nos épaules; nous n'avons qu' à les secouer pour en joncher la terre.

The great are only great because we carry them on our shoulders; when we throw them off they sprawl on the ground. MONTANDRÉPoint de l'Ovale.


Your name is great In mouths of wisest censure.

Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 192.

20 They that stand high have many blasts to shake

them; And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.

Richard III. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 259.



Lives obscurely great.

HENRY J. NEWBOLDT—Minora Sidera.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 5. L. 157. Not that the heavens the little can make great, But many a man has lived an age too late.

R. H. STODDARD—To Edmund Clarence Sted



man. 23

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

SwiftThoughts on Various Subjects.


The world knows nothing of its greatest men. HENRY TAYLOR-Philip Van Artevelde. Act

I. Sc. 5.


Les grands ne sont grands que parceque nous sommes à genoux: relevons nous. The great

are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise up. PRUD'HOMME-Révolutions de Paris. Motto.

As if Misfortune made the throne her seat,
And none could be unhappy but the great.
NICHOLAS ROWE-Fair Penitent. Prolog.

(See also YOUNG)
Es ist der Fluch der Hohen, dass die Niedern
Sich ihres offnen Ohrs bemächtigen.

The curse of greatness:
Ears ever open to the babbler's tale.
SCHILLER— Die Braut von Messina. I.

Si vir es, suspice, etiam si decidunt, magna conantes.

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail. SENECA-De Brevitate. XX.

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Such is the aspect of this shore;
'Tis Greece, but living Greece no more!
So coldly sweet, so deadly fair,
We start, for soul is wanting there.

BYRON—The Giaour. L. 90.



To Greece we give our shining blades.

MOORE—Evenings in Greece. First Evening.




The only cure for grief is action.
G. H. LEWESThe Spanish Drama. Life of

Lope De Vega. Ch. II.
Oh, well has it been said, that there is no grief
like the grief which does not speak!
LONGFELLOW-Hyperion. Bk. II. Ch. II.

(See also SPENSER) Illa dolet vere qui sine teste dolet.

She grieves sincerely who grieves unseen.

MARTIAL-Epigrams. I. 34. 4. There is a solemn luxury in grief.

WM. MASONThe English Garden, L. 596.

Se a ciascun l'interno affanno
Si leggesse in fronte scritto,
Quanti mai, che invidia fanno,
Či farebbero pietà!

If our inward griefs were seen written on our brow, how many would be pitied who are now envied! METASTASIO–Giuseppe Riconosciuto. I.


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What need a man forestall his date of grief,
And run to meet what he would most avoid?

MILTON-Comus. L. 362.

Great, good, and just, could I but rate
My grief with thy too rigid fate,
I'd weep the world in such a strain
As it should deluge once again;
But since thy loud-tongued blood demands sup-

More from Briareus' hands than Argus' eyes,
I'll sing thy obsequies with trumpet sounds
And write thy epitaph in blood and wounds.
MONTROSE. On Charles I.

(See also IBN EZRA) Strangulat inclusus dolor, atque exæstuat intus, Cogitur et vires multiplicare suas.

Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. OVID-Tristium. V. 1. 63.



In all the silent manliness of grief.

GOLDSMITH-Deserted Village. L. 384.

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Alas, poor man! grief has so wrought on him, He takes false shadows for true substances.

Titus Andronicus. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 79.



But I have That honourable grief lodg'd here which burns Worse than tears drown.

Winter's Tale. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 110.

I am not mad; I would to heaven I were! For then, 'tis like I should forget myself: 0, if I could, what grief should I forget!

King John. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 48. Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me, Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words, Remembers me of all his gracious parts, Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form; Then, have I reason to be fond of grief? King John. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 93.

14 But then the mind much sufferance doth o'er

skip, When grief hath mates.

King Lear. Act III. Sc. 6. L. 113.

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“Oh, but," quoth she, “great griefe will not be

tould, And can more easily be thought than said.” SPENSERFaerie Queene. Bk. I. Canto VII.

St. 41. (See also LONGFELLOW)

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