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Some folks call it a Silver Sword, and some a

Pearly Crown.
But the only thing I think it is, is Main Street,





The stars, heav'n sentry, wink and seem to die. LEETheodosius. Probably inspired CAMP


MONTGOMERY, NORRIS) 11 Just above yon sandy bar,

As the day grows fainter and dimmer, Lonely and lovely, a single star

Lights the air with a dusky glimmer.

LONGFELLOW-Chrysor. St. 1. Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of

heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of

the angels. LONGFELLOW_Evangeline. Pt. I. St. 3.

(See also DE LA MARE, MOIR)

So sinks the day-star in the ocean-bed,
And yet anon repairs his drooping head,
And tricks his beams, and with new-spangled ore
Flames in the forehead of the morning sky.
MILTONLycidas. L. 168.

Brightest seraph, tell
In which of all these shining orbs hath man
His fixed seat, or fixed seat hath none,
But all these shining orbs his choice to dwell.
MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. III. L. 667.

At whose sight all the stars
Hide their diminish'd heads.
MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 34.

(See also POPE)

Now glowed the firmament
With living sapphires; Hesperus, that led
The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon,
Rising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light,
And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw.
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 604.

The starry cope
Of heaven.
MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 992.

And made the stars,
And set then in the firmament of heav'n,
T' illuminate the earth, and rule the day
In their vicissitude, and rule the night.

MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. VÜ. L. 348.






The night is calm and cloudless,

And still as still can be,
And the stars come forth to listen

To the music of the sea.
They gather, and gather, and gather,

Until they crowd the sky,

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Would that I were the heaven, that I might be
All full of love-lit eyes to gaze on thee.
PLATOTo Stella. In Anthologia Palat. Vol.
V. P. 317.

(See also COLERIDGE)


Led by the light of the Mæonian star.

POPE—Essay on Criticism. Pt. III. L. 89.

The unfolding star calls up the shepherd.

Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 218. 24

Look how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold: There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-ey'd cherubins: Such harmony is in immortal souls; But whilst this muddy vesture of decay Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it. Merchant of Venice. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 58.

(“Pattens” in Folio.)


Ye little stars, hide your diminish'd rays. POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. III. L. 282.

(See also MILTON)



Starry Crowns of Heaven

Set in azure night! Linger yet a little

Ere you hide your light:Nay; let Starlight fade away, Heralding the day!


These blessed candles of the night.

Merchant of Venice. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 220.


13 No star is ever lost we once have seen, We always may be what we might have been.

ADELAIDE A. PROCTER—Legend of Provence.

O that my spirit were yon heaven of night, Which gazes on thee with its thousand eyes. SHELLEY-Revolt of Islam. IV. 36.

(See also COLERIDGE)
He that strives to touch a star,

Oft stumbles at a straw.
SPENSER—Shepherd's Calendar. July.



One naked star has waded through

The purple shallows of the night,
And faltering as falls the dew

It drips its misty light.

Clamorem ad sidera mittunt.

They send their shout to the stars.
STATIUSThebais. XII. 521.

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As shaking terrors from his blazing hair,
A sanguine comet gleams through dusky air.
Tasso Jerusalem Delivered. HOOLE's trans.
L. 581.

(See also BUTLER)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star!
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
ANNE TAYLOR-Rhymes for the Nursery. The

Each separate star Seems nothing, but a myriad scattered stars Break up the Night, and make it beautiful.

BAYARD TAYLOR-Lars. Bk. III. Last lines.

One sun by day, by night ten thousand shine;
And light us deep into the Deity;
How boundless in magnificence and might.

. Thoughts. Night IX. L. 728.
Who rounded in his palm these spacious orbs
Numerous as gliterring gems of morning dew,
Or sparks from populous cities in a blaze,
And set the bosom of old night on fire.
YOUNG-Night Thoughts Night IX. L.




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The stars shall be rent into threds of light,
And scatter'd like the beards of comets.
JEREMY TAYLOR-Sermon I. Christ's Advent
to Judgment.

(See also BUTLER)



Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro'

the mellow shade, Glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a

silver braid. TENNYSON-Locksley Hall. St. 5.

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.

BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in France. Learn to think imperially. JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN-Speech at Guildhall.

Jan. 19, 1904.

(See also HAMILTON, LOWELL, ROOSEVELT) No statesman e'er will find it worth his pains To tax our labours and excise our brains.

CHURCHILL-Night. L. 271.




She saw the snowy poles and moons of Mars,

That marvellous field of drifted light In mid Orion, and the married starsTENNYSONPalace of Art. Unfinished lines withdrawn from later editions. Appears in

foot-note to Ed. of 1833. 7

But who can count the stars of Heaven? Who sing their influence on this lower world?

THOMSON-Seasons. Winter. L. 528.


The twilight hours, like birds flew by,

As lightly and as free; Ten thousand stars were in the sky,

Ten thousand on the sea.

For every wave with dimpled face

That leap'd upon the air,
Had caught a star in its embrace

And held it trembling there.
AMELIA B. WELBY--Musings. Twilight at

Sea. St. 4.

The people of the two nations (French and English) must be brought into mutual dependence by the supply of each other's wants. There is no other way of counteracting the antagonism of language and race. It is God's own method of producing an entente cordiale, and no other plan is worth a farthing. RICHARD COBDENLetter to M. Michel Che

valier. Sept., 1859. “Entente cordiale," used by QUEEN VICTORIA to LORD JOHN RUSSELL, Sept. 7, 1848. Littré (Dict.) dates its use to speech in The Chamber of Deputies, 1840-41. Phrase in a letter written by the Dutch Governor-General at Batavia to the Bewinikebbers (directors) at Amster. dam, Dec. 15, 1657. See Notes and Queries, Sept. 11, 1909. P. 216. Early examples given in Stanford Dict. COBDEN probably first user to make the phrase popular. Quoted also by LORD ABERSEEN. Phrase appeared in the Foreign Quarterly Rerieu. Oct., 184. Used by Louis PHILIPPE in a speech from the throne, Jan., 1843, to express friendly relations between France

and England. La cordiale entente qui existe entre le gouvernement français et celui de la GrandeBretagne.

The cordial agreement which exists between the governments of France and Great Britain. Le Charivari. Jan. 6, 1844. Review of

Speech by Guizot. Si l'on n'a pas de meilleurs moyen de séduction a lui offrir, l'entente cordiale nous paraît fort compromise.

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If one has no better method of enticement to offer, the cordial agreement seems to us to be the best compromise. Le Charivari. Vol. XV. No. 3. P. 4.

(1846), referring to the ambassador of

Morocco, then in Paris. I have the courage of my opinions, but I have not the temerity to give a political blank cheque to Lord Salisbury.

GOSCHEN. In Parliament, Feb. 19, 1884.
Spheres of influence.
Version of EARL GRANVILLE's phrase.
"Spheres of action,” found in his letter to

Count MÜNSTER, April 29, 1885. HERTS-
LET's Map of Africa by Treaty. P. 596.
Trans. May 7, 1885. See also phrase used
in Convention between Great Britain and
France, Aug. 10, 1889, in same. P. 562.

Why don't you show us a statesman who can rise up to the emergency, and cave in the emergency's head.

ARTEMUS WARD—Things in New York.



Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation?-Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground?-Why by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humour or caprice? WASHINGTONFarewell Address. Sept. 17,




Gli ambasciadori sono l'occhio e l'orecchio degli stati.

Ambassadors are the eye and ear of states.
GUICCIARDINI–Storia d'Italia.


'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign worldso far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it. WASHINGTONFarewell Address. Sept. 17, 1796.

(See also JEFFERSON)

Learn to think continentally.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON. Paraphrase of his

words in a Speech to his American fellow





Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances with pone. Thos. JEFFERSONFirst Inaugural Address. March 4, 1801.



Nursed by stern men with empires in their brains. LOWELL-Biglow Papers. Mason and Slidell.



Statesman, yet friend to truth; of soul sincere,
In action faithful, and in honour clear;
Who broke no promise, serv'd no private end,
Who gain’d no title, and who lost no friend;
Ennobled by himself, by all approv'd,
And prais'd, unenvy'd, by the Muse he lov'd.

POPE-Epistle to Addison. L. 67.



Tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound your adversaries. WOTTON—Advice to a young diplomat.

(See also SMITH) Legatus est vir bonus peregre missus ad mentien

dem rei publicæ causæ. An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie

abroad for the commonwealth. WOTTON. In the autograph album of CHRIS

TOPHER FLECKAMORE. (1604) Eight years later JASPER SCIOPPIUS published it with malicious intent. WOTTON apologized, but insisted on the double meaning of lie as a jest. A leiger is an ambassador. So used by BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. II. III. 139. Also by FULLER—Holy State. P. 306.

STORM Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm. ADDISONThe Campaign.

(See also MILTON) I have heard a greater storm in a boiling pot. ATHENÆUS-Deipnosophistæ. VIII. 19. Dorian,

a flutist, ridiculing Timotheos, a zither player, who imitated a storm at sea.

(See also CICERO) The earth is rocking, the skies are riven

Jove in a passion, in god-like fashion, Is breaking the crystal urns of heaven. ROBERT BUCHANANHoratius Cogitandibus.

St. 16.
A storm in a cream bowl.
JAMES BUTLER, First Duke of Ormond, to the

EARL OF ARLINGTON, Dec. 28, 1678. Ormond
MSS. Commission New Series. Vol. IV.
P. 292.

(See also CICERO)

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Excitabat enim fluctus in simpulo.

As far as I could ken thy chalky cliffs, He used to raise a storm in a teapot.

When from thy shore the tempest beat us back, CICERODe Legibus. III. 16. ERASMUS I stood upon the hatches in the storm.

Adagia Occulta. P. 548. (Ed. 1670) BER- Henry VI. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 101.
NARD BAYLE-Storm in a Teacup. Come-
dietta performed March 20, 1854, Princess A little gale will soon disperse that cloud
Theatre, London.

for every cloud engenders not a storm. (See also ATHENÆUS, BUTLER, PAUL)

Henry VI. Pt. III. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 9. Bursts as a wave that from the clouds impends, I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds And swell’d with tempests on the ship descends; Have riv'd the knotty oaks, and I have seen White are the decks with foam; the winds aloud The ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam, Howl o'er the masts, and sing through every To be exalted with the threat'ning clouds shroud:

But never till to-night, never till now, Pale, trembling, tir'd, the sailors freeze with Did I go through a tempest dropping fire. fears;

Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 5.
And instant death on every wave appears.
HOMERIliad. Bk. XV. L. 752. POPE's Blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!

The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.

Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 67.
Roads are wet where'er one wendeth,
And with rain the thistle bendeth,

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! And the brook cries like a child!

You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Not a rainbow shines to cheer us;

Till you have drench'd our steeples.
Ah! the sun comes never near us,

King Lear. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 1.
And the heavens look dark and wild.
MARY HOWITT-The Wet Summer. From the

Merciful Heaven, German.

Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt
Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak

Than the soft myrtle.
Ride the air

Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc.2. L. 114. In whirlwind. MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. II. L. 545.

Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; (See also ADDISON)

Brief as the lightning in the collied night,

That in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, C'est une tempête dans un verre d'eau.

And ere a man hath power to say "Behold" It is a tempest in a tumbler of water.

The jaws of darkness do devour it up. Paul, GRAND-DUC DE RUSSIE–Of the insur- Midsummer Night's Dream. Act I. Sc. 1. rection in Geneva.

L. 144. (See also ATHENÆUS)


His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last,
The winds grow high;

For violent fires soon burn out themselves;
Impending tempests charge the sky;

Small showers last long, but sudden storms are The lightning flies, the thunder roars;

short. And big waves lash the frightened shores.

Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 33. PRIORThe Lady's Looking-Glass.

When clouds appear, wise men put on their Lightnings, that show the vast and foamy deep, cloaks;

The rending thumders, as they onward roll, When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand; The loud, loud winds, that o'er the billows When the sun sets, who doth not look for night? sweep

Untimely storms make men expect a dearth. Shake the firm nerve, appal the bravest soul! Richard III. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 32. Mrs. RADCLIFFE—Mysteries of Udolpho. The Mariner. St. 9.

At first, heard solemn o'er the verge of Heaven,

The Tempest growls; but as it nearer comes,
Der Sturm ist Meister; Wind und Welle spielen And rolls its awful burden on the wind,
Ball mit dem Menschen.

The Lightnings flash a larger curve, and more The storm is master. Man, as a ball, is The Noise astounds; till overhead a sheet tossed twixt winds and billows.

Of livid flame discloses wide, then shuts, SCHILLER—Wilhelm Tell. IV. 1. 59.

And opens wider; shuts and opens still

Expansive, wrapping ether in a blaze. Loud o'er my head though awful thunders roll, Follows the loosen'd aggravated Roar, And vivid lightnings flash from pole to pole, Enlarging, deepening, mingling, peal on peal, Yet 'tis Thy voice, my God, that bids them fly, Crush'd, horrible, convulsing Heaven and Earth. Thy arm directs those lightnings through the sky. THOMSON-Seasons. Summer. L. 1,133. Then let the good Thy mighty name revere, And hardened sinners Thy just vengeance fear. For many years I was self-appointed inspector SCOTT-On a Thunderstorm. Written at the of snow-storms and rain-storms and did my duty

age of twelve. Found in LOCKHART's Life faithfully. of Scott. Vol. I. Ch. III.









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