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In airy circles o'er us fly,
And at a distance die.
A noise like of a hidden brook
In the leafy month of June,
Singeth a quiet tune.
little sparrow's gone; He, just as you,
Would toy and woo,
He would hang the wing awhile,
Till at length he saw me smile, Lord! how sullen he would be!
WM. CARTWRIGHT–Lesbia and the Sparrow.
By magic numbers and persuasive sound.
CONGREVE-Mourning Bride. Act I. Sc. 1. I hear a sound so fine there's nothing lives 'Twixt it and silence. JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES-Virginius. Act
V. Sc. 2. 6 Parent of sweetest sounds, yet mute forever. MACAULAY-Enigma. “Cut off my head, etc.”
Last line. 7 And filled the air with barbarous dissonance.
MILTON-Comus. L. 550.
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. I. L. 540.
The sparrows chirped as if they still were proud Their race in Holy Writ should mentioned be. LONGFELLOW-Tales of a Wayside Inn. The
Poet's Tale. The Birds of Killingworth. St. 2. The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, That it had it head bit off by it young.
King Lear. Act I, Sc. 4. L. 235.
WORDSWORTH-The Sparrow's Nest.
Their rising all at once was as the sound
MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. II. L. 476.
To all proportioned terms he must dispense
(See also POPE)
The murmur that springs
PoE-Al Aaraaf. Pt. II. L. 124.
12 The sound must seem an echo to the sense. POPE-Essay on Criticism. L. 365.
(See also Pitr)
SPEECH I have but nine-pence in ready money, but I can draw for a thousand pounds. ADDISON, to a lady who complained of his hav
ing talked little in company. See Boswell's
Life of JOHNSON. (1773) 23
And let him be sure to leave other inen their turns to speak. BACON—Essays. Civil and Moral. Of Dis
course. No. 32. 24
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order.
Bacon-Essays. Of Discourse.
The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.
What's the business,
Macbeth. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 86.
15 Hark! from the tombs a doleful sound. Isaac Watts-Hymns and Spiritual Songs.
Bk. II. Hymn 63.
Though I say't that should not say't.
Weapons. Act II. Sc. 2.
Money. Act IV. Sc. 4.
Nullum simile quatuor pedibus currit.
It is not easy to make a simile go on all-fours. SIR EDWARD COKE. Institutes.
Revenons à nos moutons.
To return to the subject. (Lit. "to our mutton.") PIERRE BLANCHET_Pierre Pathelin. III. 2.
Same used by BRUEYS in his L'Avocat Patelin (Maître Patelin) which he says in the preface he took from BLANCHET's play. JACOB's ed. in Recueil de Farces Soties. P. 96 gives text as "Revenons a ces mouton.” PASQUIER-Recherches de la France gives “nos mouton." RABELAIS - Pantagruel. Bk. III. 34. (“Retournous” for “Revenons.")
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt.
Colossians. IV. 6.
But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge. II Corinthians. XI. 6.
(See also OTHELLO)
Tout ce qu'on dit de trop est fade et rebutant.
That which is repeated too often becomes insipid and tedious. BOILEAU—L'Art Poétique. 1. 61.
Let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace. Book of Common Prayer. Solemnization of
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech.
II Corinthians. III. 12.
17 Lo tuo ver dir m'incuora Buona umilta e gran tumor m'appiani.
The truth thy speech doth show, within my heart reproves the swelling pride. DANTE—Purgatorio. XI. 118.
18 Think all you speak; but speak not all you
think: Thoughts are your own; your words are so no Where Wisdom steers, wind cannot make you
sink: Lips never err, when she does keep the door.
For brevity is very good,
(See also PLINY)
He who does not make his words rather serve to conceal than discover the sense of his heart deserves to have it pulled out like a traitor's and shown publicly to the rabble. BUTLER-The Modern Politician.
(See also VOLTAIRE) His speech was a fine sample, on the whole, Of rhetoric, which the learn'd call "rigmarole.”
BYRON- Don Juan. Canto I. St. 174. 7
Le caur sent rarement ce que la bouche expriine.
The heart seldom feels what the mouth expresses. CAMPISTRON—Pompeia. XI. 5.
Speech is silvern, silence is golden.
Sartor Resartus. Bk. III. Ch. III.
Speak not at all, in any wise, till you have somewhat to speak; care not for the reward of your speaking, but simply and with undivided mind for the truth of your speaking.
A series of congratulatory regrets.
to Lord Harrington's resolution on the Berlin
Treaty. The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity. BENJ. DISRAELI-Speech at Guildhall. London,
November 9, 1878. 26 Miss not the discourse of the elders
Ecclesiasticus. VIII. 9
as the unreasoning answer given by Pythag
Blessed is the man who having nothing to The flowering moments of the mind say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of Drop half their petals in our speech. the fact.
HOLMES—To My Readers. St. 11.
His speech flowed from his tongue sweeter
than honey. Speech is but broken light upon the depth
HOMER-Iliad. Bk. I. 124.
He spake, and into every heart his words
Carried new strength and courage. O that grave speech would cumber our quick
HOMER-Iliad. Bk. V. L. 586. BRYANT'S souls,
trans. Like bells that waste the moments with their
loudness. GEORGE ELIOT—The Spanish Gypsy. Bk. III. 'He, from whose lips divine persuasion flows.
HOMER—Iliad. Bk. VII. L. 143. POPE's
trans. Speech is better than silence; silence is better than speech. EMERSON—Essay on Nominalist and Realist.
For that man is detested by me as the gates of
hell, whose outward words conceal his inmost When Harel wished to put a joke or witticism
thoughts. into circulation, he was in the habit of connect
HOMER-Iliad. IX. 312. ing it with some celebrated name, on the chance
(See also VOLTAIRE) of reclaiming it if it took. Thus he assigned to Talleyrand, in the "Nain Jaune,” the phrase,
Persuasive speech, and more persuasive sighs, "Speech was given to man to disguise his
Silence that spoke, and eloquence of eyes. thoughts."
HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XIV. L. 251. POPE's FOURNIER—L'Esprit dans l'Histoire.
trans. (See also VOLTAIRE)
And endless are the modes of speech, and far Mir wird von alledem so dumm,
Extends from side to side the field of words. Als ging 'mir ein Mühlrad im Kopf herum.
HOMER—Iliad. Bk. XX. L. 315. BRYANT'S I feel as stupid, from all you've said
trans. As if a mill-wheel whirled in my head. GOETHE—Faust. Act I. Schulerszene.
Brevis esse laboro, obscurus fio.
In laboring to be concise, I become obscure. Du sprichst ein grosses Wort gelassen aus.
HORACE-Ars Poetica. XXV. Thou speakest a word of great moment calmly.
I am a man of unclean lips. GOETHE-Iphigenia auf Tauris. I. 3. 88. 1. Isaiah. VI. 5.
The true use of speech is not so much to ex- That fellow would vulgarize the day of judgpress our wants as to conceal them.
ment. GOLDSMITH-The Bee. No. 3.
DOUGLAS JERROLD/A Comic Author. (See also VOLTAIRE) All the heart was full of feeling: love had ripened
Speak gently! 'tis a little thing into speech,
Dropp'd in the heart's deep well: Like the sap that turns to nectar, in the velvet
The good, the joy, that it may bring of the peach.
Eternity shall tell.
G. W. LANGFORD—Speak Gently. WM. WALLACE HARNEY—Adonais. Know when to speake; for many times it brings It is never so difficult to speak as when we Danger to give the best advice to kings.
are ashamed of our silence. ILERRICK–Hesperides. Caution in Councell.
LA ROCHEFOUCAULDMaxims. No. 178.
Abstruse questions must have abstruse answers.
Saying in PLUTARCH-Life of Alexander. Speech is like cloth of Arras opened and put abroad, whereby the imagery doth appear in figure; whereas in thoughts they lie but as in packs.
PLUTARCH-Life of Themistocles.
In their declamations and speeches they made use of words to veil and muffle their design. PLUTARCH On Hearing. V. (Of the Sophists.)
(See also VOLTAIRE)
And empty heads console with empty sound.
POPE-Dunciad. Bk. IV. L. 542.
When Adam first of men, To first of women Eve, thus moving speech, Turn'd him all ear to hear new utterance flow.
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 408.
To speak prose without knowing it.
7 Quand on se fait entendre, on parle toujours bien, Et tous vos beaux dictons ne servent de rien.
When we are understood, we always speak well, and then all your fine diction serves do purpose. MOLIÈRE-Les Femmes Savantes. II. 6.
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
Proverbs. XV. 1.
Deus ille princeps, parens rerum fabricatorque mundi, nullo magis hominem separavit a ceteris, quæ quidem mortalia sunt, animalibus, quam dicendi facultate.
God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and Architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech. QUINTILIAN—De Institutione "Oratoria. II.
Il ne rend que monosyllables. Je croy qu'il feroit d'une cerise trois morceaux.
He replies nothing but monosyllables. I believe he would make three bites of a cherry. RABELAIS-Pantagruel. Bk. V. Ch. XXVIII.
Man lernt Verschwiegenheit am meisten unter Menschen, die Keine haben—und Plauderhaftigheit unter Verschwiegenen.
One learns taciturnity best among people who have none, and loquacity among the taciturn. JEAN PAUL RICHTER—Hesperus. XII.
25 Speak after the manner of men.
Romans. VI. 19.
Verba togæ sequeris.
You follow words of the toga (language of the cultivated class). PERSIUS-Satires. 5. 14.
Was ist der langen Rede kurzer Sinn?
What is the short meaning of this long harangue? SCHILLER—Piccolomini. I. 2. 160.
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
PLATO. See PLUTARCH-Life of Pericles.
Just at the age 'twixt boy and youth,
SCOTT—Marmion. Canto II. Introduction.
Odiosa est oratio, cum rem agas, longinquum loqui.
It is a tiresome way of eaking, when you should despatch the business, to beat about the bush. PLAUTUS—Mercator. III. 4. 23.
Talis hominibus est oratio qualis vita.
Men's conversation is like their life. SENECA-Epistolæ Ad Lucilium. 114.
Sermo animi est imago; qualis vir, talis et oratio est.
Conversation is the image of the mind; as the man, so is his speech. SYRUS--Maxims.
I had a thing to say,
King John. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 25.
As is the razor's edge invisible,
Above the sense of sense; so sensible Seemeth their conference; their conceits have
wings Fleeter than arrows, bullets, wind, thought,
swifter things. Love's Labour's Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. L, 256.
3 A heavy heart bears not a humble tongue.
Love's Labour's Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 747.
It may be right; but you are i' the wrong
Measure for Measure. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 86.
Here will be an old abusing of God's patience
and the king's English. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act I. Sc. 4. L. 4.
She speaks poniards, and every word stabs. Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 255.
Rude am I in my speech, And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace;. For since these arms of mine had seven years'
pith, Till now some nine moons wasted, they have us'd Their dearest action in the tented field, And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle, And therefore little shall I grace my cause In speaking for myself. Othello. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 81.
(See also CORINTHIANS) Your fair discourse hath been as sugar, Making the hard way sweet and delectable.
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 6.
I would be loath to cast away my speech, for besides that it is excellently well penn'd, I have taken great pains to con it.
Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 183.
Nullum est jam dictum quod non dictum sit prius.
Nothing is said nowadays that has not been said before. TERENCE-Eunuchus. Prologue. XLI.
On the day of the dinner of the Oystermongers' Company, what a noble speech I thought of in the cab! THACKERAY–Roundabout Papers. On Two
Papers I intended to write. Oh, but the heavenly grammar did I hold Of that high speech which angels' tongues turn
gold! So should her deathless beauty take no wrong, Praised in her own great kindred's fit and cog
nate tongue. Or if that language yet with us abode Which Adam in the garden talked with God! But our untempered speech descends—poor heirs! Grimy and rough-cast still from Babel's brick
layers: Curse on the brutish jargon we inherit, Strong but to damn, not memorise, a spirit! A cheek, a lip, a limb, a bosom, they Move with light ease in speech of working-day; And women we do use to praise even so.
FRANCIS THOMPSON-Her Portrait.