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I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.
SWIFT—Polite Conversation. Dialogue II.
She waits for me, my lady Earth,
Smiles and waits and sighs;
Then take her by surprise.
In a never-ending sheet!
How it soaks the passer's feet!
How it rumples up the lawn!
From darkness until dawn.
ROSSITER JOHNSON—Rhyme of the Rain.
LONGFELLOW-An April Day.
And, lo! in the dark east, expanded high, The rainbow brightens to the setting Sun.
BEATTIE-The Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 30.
"Tis sweet to listen as the night winds creep From leaf to leaf; 'tis sweet to view on high The rainbow, based on ocean, span the sky.
BYRON—Don Juan. Canto I. St. 122.
Triumphal arch, that fill'st the sky
CAMPBELL—To the Rainbow.
And the hooded clouds, like friars,
Year. St. 4.
Over her hung a canopy of state,
GILES FLETCHER—The Rainbow. L. 33.
O beautiful rainbow;--all woven of light!
MRS. SARAH J. HALE—Poems.
It is not raining rain to me,
It's raining daffodils;
Wild flowers on distant hills.
in Harper's Mag. May, 1901. Erroneously
(See also Eliot under ROSE)
God loves an idle rainbow,
No less than laboring seas.
RALPH HODGSON--Three Poems. II. There was an awful rainbow once in heaven; We know her woof, her texture; she is given In the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings.
KEATS-Lamia, Pt. II. L. 231.
He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass.
Psalms. LXXII. 6.
Pride of the dewy morning,
The swain's experienced eye From thee takes timely warning,
Nor trusts the gorgeous sky.
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore!”
And the Raven, never flitting,
Still is sitting, still is sitting Is the Shepherd's warning;
On the pallid bust of Pallas But a rainbow at night
Just above my chamber door; Is the Shepherd's delight.
And his eyes have all the seeming Old Weather Rhyme.
Of a demon's that is dreaming, 2
And the lamplight o'er him streaming What skilful limner e'er would choose
Throws his shadow on the floor, To paint the rainbow's varying hues,
And my soul from out that shadow, Unless to mortal it were given
That lies floating on the floor, To dip bis brush in dyes of heaven?
Shall be lifted-nevermore.
PoeThe Raven. St. 18.
The croaking raven doth bellow for revenge.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 264.
13 The raven himself is hoarse 4
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements.
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 40. of Arthur. L. 401. 5 Hung on the shower that fronts the golden West,
O, it comes o'er my memory,
As doth the raven o'er the infected house, The rainbow bursts like magic on mine eyes! In hues of ancient promise there imprest;
Boding to all.
Othello. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 20.
Did ever raven sing so like a lark, 6
That gives sweet tidings of the sun's uprise?
Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to And minds the covenant between all and One. the body. As by the one, health is preserved, VAUGHAN—The Rainbow.
strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept
alive, cherished, and confirmed. RAVEN 7
ADDISON—The Tatler. No. 147. That Raven on yon left-hand oak (Curse on his ill-betiding croak)
Reading maketh a full man.
Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest. 8
Book of Common Prayer. Collect for the Second The Raven's house is built with reeds, —
Sunday in Advent.
In science, read, by preference, the newest High on the hollow tree;
works; in literature, the oldest. The classic litAnd the Raven himself, telling his beads erature is always modern. In penance for his past misdeeds,
BULWER-LYTTON—Caxtoniana. Hints on MenUpon the top I see.
tal Culture, Thos. DARCY McGEE—The Penitent Raven.
9 The raven once in snowy plumes was drest,
If time is precious, no book that will not inWhite as the whitest dove's unsullied breast,
prove by repeated readings deserves to be read
at all. Fair as the guardian of the Capitol, Soft as the swan; a large and lovely fowl
CARLYLE—Essays. Goethe's Hclena. His tongue, his prating tongue had changed him quite
We have not read an author till we have seen To sooty blackness from the purest wbite. his object, whatever it may be, as he saw it. Ovm-Metamorphoses. Story of Coronis. Ad
CARLYLE—Essays. Goethe's Helena. DISON's trans. 10
The mind, relaxing into needful sport, Ghastly, grim, and ancient Raven, wandering Should turn to writers of an abler sort, from the Nightly shore,
Whose wit well managed, and whose classic style, Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Give truth a lustre, and make wisdom smile. Plutonian shore!
COWPER—Retirement. L. 715.
But truths on which depends our main concern,
(See also HABAKKUK) 2
The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age. İSAAC D'ISRAELI–Literary Character of Men
of Genius. Ch. XXII. I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven. I should as soon think of swimming across the Charles river when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals, when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.
EMERSON—Essays. Books. 4
If we encountered a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he read. EMERSON—Letters and Social Aims. Quota
tion and Originality. 5
Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature. EMERSON-Letters and Social Aims. Quota
tion and Originality. My early and invincible love of reading,
* I would not exchange for the treasures of India.
The sagacious reader who is capable of reading between these lines what does not stand written in them, but is nevertheless implied, will be able to form some conception. GOETHE-Autobiography. Bk. XVIII. Truth
I love to lose myself in other men's minds.
tached Thoughts on Books and Reading.
Zwar sind sie an das Beste nicht gewöhnt,
ter, But then, alas! they've read an awful deal. GOETHE-Faust. Vorspiel auf dem Theater. L.
13. BAYARD TAYLOR's trans.
Seria cum possim, quod delectantia malim
Thou art the cause, () reader, of my dwelling on lighter topics, when I would rather handle serious ones. MARTIAL-Epigrams. V. 16. 1.
In a polite age almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the Press than the Pulpit. GOLDSMITH—The Citizen of the World. Letter
The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one. GOLDSMITH—The Citizen of the World. Letter
His classical reading is great: he can quote
heart, And his taste is refined. OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton) — Lucile. Canto II. Pt. IV.
Who reads Incessantly, and to his reading brings not A spirit and judgment equal or superior, (And what he brings what need he elsewhere
seek?) Uncertain and unsettled still remains, Deep versed in books and shallow in himself,
Mais la raison n'est pas ce qui règle l'amour.
But it is not reason that governs love.
He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not, is a slave. WILLIAM DRUMMOND-Academical Question. End of preface.
Two angels guide The path of man, both aged and yet young, As angels are, ripening through endless years, On one he leans: some call her Memory, And some Tradition; and her voice is sweet, With deep mysterious accords: the other, Floating above, holds down a lamp which streams A light divine and searching on the earth,
La parfaite raison fuit toute extremité, Et veut que l'on soit sage avec sobriété.
All extremes does perfect reason flee, And wishes to be wise quite soberly. MOLIÈRE—Le Misanthrope. I. 1.
Say first, of God above or man below,
POPE—Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 17.
Reason, bowever able, cool at best,
Pope-Essay on Man. Ep. III. L. 85.
POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. I. L. 117. Omnia sunt risus, sunt pulvis, et omnia nil sunt: Res hominum cunctæ, nam ratione carent. Al is but a jest, all dust, all not worth two
peason: For why in man's matters is neither rime nor
His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you find them; and when you have them, they are not worth the search.
Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 16.
15 I have no other but a woman's reason I think him so because I think him so.
Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act I, Sc. 2. L. 23
16 While Reason drew the plan, the Heart inform’d The moral page and Fancy lent it grace.
THOMSON—Liberty. Pt. IV. L. 262.
PUTTENHAM-Arle of English Poesie. P. 125. Attributed by him to DEMOCRITUS.
(See also MORE under POETRY)
Nam et Socrati objiciunt comici, docere eum quomodo pejorem causam meliorem faciat.
For comic writers charge Socrates with making the worse appear the better reason. QUINTILIAN—De Institutione Oratoria. II. 17. 1.
(See also DIOGENES, MILTON) On aime sans raison, et sans raison l'on bait.
We love without reason, and without reason we hate. REGNARD-Les Folies Amoureuses.
Reason progressive, Instinct is complete;
In ages they no more Could know, do, covet or enjoy.
YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night VII. L. 81.
18 And what is reason? Be she thus defined: Reason is upright stature in the soul. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VII. L. 1,526.
REBELLION (See also REVOLUTION)
The worst of rebels never arm
BUTLER-Miscellaneous Thoughts. L. 181.
Nihil potest esse diuturnum cui non subest ratio.
Nothing can be lasting when reason does not rule. QUINTUS CURTIUS RUFUS—De Rebus Gestis
Alexandri Magni. IV. 14. 19.
Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
CARLYLE—Essays. Goethe's Works.