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614. COURAGE : displayed in affliction. And add a smile to what was sweet before,
The human race are sons of sorrow born, He may possess the joys he thinks he sees,
And each must have his portion. Vulgar minds Lay his old age upon the lap of ease,
Refuse or cranch beneath their load : the brave Improve the remnant of his wasted span, And, having lived a trifler, die a man.-Cowper.
Bear theirs without repining.
Mallet and Thomson. Oh friendly to the best pursuits of man, Friendly to thought, to virtue, and to peace,
615. COURAGE: does not court danger needDomestic life in rural leisure pass'd !
lessly. Few know thy value, and few taste thy sweets,
A VALIANT man Though many boast thy favours, and affect
Ought not to undergo or tempt a danger,
But worthily, and by selected ways,
He undertakes by reason, not by chance.
His valour is the salt t' his other virtues, 'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
They're all unseasoned without it.-Jonson. And open face of heaven, to breathe a prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament.- Keats.
616. COURAGE: ensures safety. Leave the mere country to mere country swains,
The wise and active conquer difficulties,
By daring to attempt them : sloth and folly
Shiver and shrink at sight of toil and hazard, 611. COURAGE. Christian
And make the impossibility they fear.-Rowe. STAND but your ground, your ghostly foes will fly, - |
Be not dismay'd, -fear nurses up a danger ; Hell trembles at a heaven-directed eye;
And resolution kills it in the birth.—Phillips. Choose rather to defend than to assail,
Errors not to be recall'd do find Self-confidence will in the conflict fail :
Their best redress from presence of the mind; When you are challenged, you may dangers meet,
Courage our greatest failings does supply. True courage is a fix'd, not sudden heat ;
Waller Is always humble, lives in self-distrust, And will itself into no danger thrust.
617. COURAGE. Field of Devote yourself to God, and you will find
Not to the ensanguined field of death alone God fights the battles of a will resign'd.
Is valour limited ; she sits serene Love Jesus ! love will no base fear endure;
In the deliberate council, sagely scans Love Jesus ! and of conquest rest secure. -Ken.
The source of action ; weighs, prevents, provides;
And scorns to count her glories from the feats 612. COURAGE: defined.
Of brutal force alone.-Smollett.
618. COURAGE: gives happiness. But he whose noble soul its fear subdues,
BRAVE spirits are a balsam to themselves, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.
There is a nobleness of mind, that heals
Wounds beyond salves.-Cartwright.
619. COURAGE. Marks of true 613. COURAGE. Demand for
He's truly valiant that can suffer
The worst that man can breathe; and make his Thy life's a warfare, thou a soldier art,
wrongs Satan's thy foeman, and a faithful heart
His outsides ; to wear them like his raiment, careThy two-edged weapon ; patience is thy shield, Heaven is thy chieftain, and the world thy field.
And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart, To be afraid to die, or wish for death,
To bring it into danger. --Shakespeare. Are words and passions of despairing breath. Who doth the first, the day doth faintly yield ; The brave man seeks not popular applause, And who the second, basely flies the field. - Quarles. | Nor, overpower'd with arms, deserts his cause;
When desperate ills demand a speedy cure,
Johnson. That all men would be cowards if they dare, Some men have had the courage to declare.
It is the curse of kings to be attended
625. CREATION : absurdity of Atheism.
628. CREATION. Conservation of
Adam. These are Thy glorious works, Parent of
good, Almighty, Thine this universal frame, Thus wondrous fair ; Thyself how wondrous then ! Unspeakable, who sitt'st above these heavens To us invisible, or dimly seen In these Thy lowest works; yet these declare Thy goodness beyond thought, and power Divine. Speak, ye who best can tell, ye sons of light, Angels ; for ye behold Him, and with songs And choral symphonies, day without night, Circle His throne rejoicing; ye in heaven, On earth join, all ye creatures, to extol Him first, Him last, Him midst, and without end.
632. CREED: of the future. 'I DON'T believe in either God or Man. | Conscious Automata, we nothing can,
Save as our atoms feel tyrannic chance,
And, albeit she wander outcast now, I see around
her throng Troops of beautiful, tall angels, to enshield her from
all wrong. Backward look across the ages and the beacon
moments see, That, like peaks of some sunk continent, jut through
Oblivion's sea; Not an ear in court or market for the low foreboding
cry Of those Crises, God's stern winnowers, from whose
feet earth's chaff must fly ; Never shows the choice momentous till the judgment
hath pass'd by:- Lowell.
"Good, my dear sir !—but we must wait, I doubt,
633. CREED. The first
UXCURSED by doubt, our earliest creed we take;
Holmes. 634. CRISIS. A Nation's
635. CRISIS. A Soul's
THERE is a time, we know not when,
A point, we know not where,
To glory or despair.
That crosses every path ;
God's patience and His wrath.
To die as if by stealth ;
Nor pale the glow of health.
ONCE to every man and nation comes the moment
to decide, In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good
or evil side; Some great cause, God's new Messiah, offering each
the bloom or blight, Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep
upon the right, And the choice goes by for ever 'twixt that darkness
and that light.
The conscience may be still at ease,
The spirit light and gay,
And care be thrust away.
By which our path is cross'd ?
That he who goes is lost.
How long will God forbear?
The confines of despair ?
Ye that from God depart,
7. A. Alexander. 636. CRISIS. The important
At every motion of our breath
Hast thou chosen, O my people, on whose party
thou shalt stand, Ere the Doom from its worn sandals shakes the dust
against our land ? Though the cause of Evil prosper, yet 'tis Truth
alone is strong,
Conscious of guilt, and fearful of the light;
639. CRITICISM. Laws of
A moment usher'd us to birth, Heirs to the commonwealth of earth; Moment by moment years are past, And one ere long will be our last. 'Twixt that, long fled, which gave us light, And that which soon shall end in night, There is a point no eye shall see, Yet on it hangs eternity. This is that moment, —who can tell Whether it leads to heaven or hell ? This is that moment,--as we choose, The immortal soul we save or lose. Time past and time to come are not ; Time present is our only lot : O God ! henceforth our hearts incline To seek no other love than Thine.
James Montgomery: 637. CRITICS.
MANY knotty points there are, Which all discuss, but few can clear.-Prior.
WHOEVER thinks a faultless piece to see,
Let those teach others who themselves excel ; And censure freely, who have written well.
Pope. Those heads, as stomachs, are not sure the best, Which nauseate all, and nothing can digest.
Pope. Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer ; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike : Alike reserved to blame or to commend; A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend.- Pope.
A perfect judge will read each work of wit
Survey the whole, nor seek slight faults to find, | Where nature moves, and rapture charms the mind.
Ah! ne'er so dire a thirst of glory boast,
Prune the luxuriant, the uncouth refine,
The gen'rous critic fann'd the poet's fire,
I Pope. To observations which ourselves we make, We grow more partial for the observer's sake.
Pope. 638. CRITICISM. Bitter A critic was of old a glorious name, Whose sanction handed merit up to fame ; Beauties as well as faults he brought to view : His judgment great, and great his candour too. No servile rules drew sickly taste aside ; Secure he walk'd, for Nature was his guide. But now, O strange reverse ! our critics brawl In praise of candour with a heart of gall.
Great wits sometimes may gloriously offend, And rise to faults true critics dare not mend.
Pope. Some beauties yet no precepts can declare ; For there's a happiness as well as care : Music resembles poetry ; in each Are nameless graces, which no methods teach, And which a master-hand alone can reach.
Pope. 640. CROSS. Kneeling at the O JESUS! sweet the tears I shed,
Whilst at Thy cross I kneel,
And all Thy sorrows feel.