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By field and by fell, and by mountain gorge, Shone Hyacinths blue and clear.

LUCY HOOPER-Legends of Flowers. St. 3.


Here hyacinths of heavenly blue
Shook their rich tresses to the morn.

MONTGOMERY-The Adventure of a Star.


If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,

And from thy slender store two loaves alone to

thee are left,

Sell one, and with the dole

Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.

vaults of churches, that look as if they held up the church, but are but puppets.

Attributed to DR. LAUD by BACON-Apothegms. No. 273.


L'hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu.

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue.



For neither man nor angel can discern Hypocrisy, the only evil that walks Invisible, except to God alone,

MOSLEH EDDIN SAADI-Gulistan. (Garden of By his permissive will, through heav'n and earth. Roses.)



And the hyacinth purple, and white, and blue,
Which flung from its bells a sweet peal anew
Of music so delicate, soft, and intense,

It was felt like an odour within the sense.
SHELLEY-The Sensitive Plant. Pt. I.

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MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. III. L. 682.

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Away, and mock the time with fairest show; False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7. L. 81.


O, what may man within him hide,
Though angel on the outward side!

Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 285.


So smooth he daub'd his vice with show of virtue,

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He liv'd from all attainder of suspect. Richard III. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 29.


O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face! Did ever a dragon keep so fair a cave?


Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 73.

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For "ignorance is the mother of devotion," as all the world knows.

BURTON Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. III. Sec. IV. Memb. 1. Subsect. 2. Phrase used by DR. COLE-Disputation with the Papists at Westminster, March 31, 1559. Quoted from COLE by BISHOP JEWEL Works. Vol. III. Pt. II. P. 1202. Quoted as a "Popish maxim" by THOS. VINCENT Explicatory Catechism. Epistle to the Reader about 1622. Said by JEREMY TAYLORTo a person newly converted to the Church of England. (1657) Same found in New Custome. I. I. A Morality printed 1573. (True devotion.)

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Ignorance seldom vaults into knowledge, but passes into it through an intermediate state of obscurity, even as night into day through twilight.



Ignorance never settles a question.

BENJ. DISRAELI-Speech in House of Commons, May 14, 1866.


Mr. Kremlin himself was distinguished for ignorance, for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.

BENJ. DISRAELI-Sybil. Bk. IV. Ch. V.


For your ignorance is the mother of your devotion to me.

DRYDEN-The Maiden Queen. Act I. Sc. 2. (See also BURTON)


Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities. GEORGE ELIOT-Daniel Deronda. Bk. II. Ch. XIII.


Ignorance is the dominion of absurdity. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects. Party Politics.


Often the cock-loft is empty, in those whom nature hath built many stories high.

FULLER-Andronicus. Sec. VI. Par. 18. 1.


Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine thätige Unwissenheit.

There is nothing more frightful than an active ignorance.

GOETHE Sprüche in Prosa. III.

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Who ne'er knew salt, or heard the billows roar. HOMER Odyssey. Bk. XI. L. 153. POPE'S trans.


It was a childish ignorance,

But now 'tis little joy

To know I'm further off from heaven Than when I was a boy.

HOOD-I Remember, I Remember.


Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, in reply to the lady who asked why "pastern was defined in the dictionary as "the knee of the horse." BosWELL'S Life. (1755)


Rien n'est si dangereux qu'un ignorant ami:
Mieux vaudrait un sage ennemi.

Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is worth more. LA FONTAINE-Fables. VIII. 10.

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