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But so many books thou readest,
That thy poor head almost turns.
For that best which she discerns.
No small profit that man earns,
Who each day more surely learns
Shakespeare. 1125. EXCITEMENT. Caution against Don't catch the fidgets; you have found your place Just in the focus of a nervous race, Fretful to change, and rabid to discuss, Full of excitements, always in a fuss; Think of the patriarchs; then compare as men These lean-cheek'd maniacs of the tongue and pen! Run like a man, but don't be work'd to death ; And with new notions, - let me change the rule, Don't strike the iron till it's slightly cool.--Holmes.
By ceaseless action all that is subsists.
Are ties with which we never part;
We bear them with us in our heart :
5. Montgomery. But doth the exile's heart serenely there
In sunshine dwell? Ah ! when was exile blest? When did bright scenes, clear heavens, or summer air Chase from his soul the fever of unrest.
WEARINESS Can snore upon the flint, when resty Sloth Finds the down pillow hard. --Shakespeare.
He does allot for every exercise
1128. EXILE: impossible to the Christian. All countries are my Father's lands
Thy sun, Thy love, doth shine on all ; We may in all lift up pure hands,
And with acceptance on Thee call.
For Thou, O Christ, my Lord! art fatherland to me, My wealth and might and rest, my all I find in Thee.
Gregory of Nasianzen, tr. by Schaff.
1132. EXISTENCE. Animal
What if in prison I must dwell,
May I not there converse with Thee ? Save me from sin, Thy wrath, and hell,
Call me Thy child, and I am free.
None can confine a holy soul;
Richard Baxter. 1129. EXILE. Influence of
THERE are a number of us creep
AND they who before were strangers, Meeting in exile, became straightway as friends to
1133. EXPECTATION. Disappointed
1130. EXILE. The first Some natural tears they dropt, but wiped them soon ; | The world was all before them, where to choose Their place of rest, and Providence their guide : They hand in hand, with wand'ring steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way.--Milton.
The distant prospect always seem more fair,
Henry Kirke White,
1131. EXILE. The : his consolation.
1134. EXPECTATION. Influence of
So tedious is this day, As is the night before some festival To an impatient child that hath new robes, And may not wear them. --Shakespeare.
My home in heaven alone to me remains :
The floods of faction o'er my country sweep; For my uncertain feet, the land retains
No resting-place, no friend to weep; No child to soothe the homeless poor forlorn ; I wander day by day with trembling limbs and torn. What lot awaits me? What my mortal doom?
Where shall this jaded body find its rest ? Shall this poor trembling fesh e'er find a tomb?
By whom shall these dim eges in death be blest? Will any watch? Will any pity me? Will they be Christian watchers ? Or shall sinners
see? Or shall no grave inclose this mortal frame,
When laid a heavy breathless corpse of clay?
Or toss'd in scorn to birds and beasts of prey ?
'Tis expectation makes a blessing dear.---Pope.
1135. EXPECTATION. Promise of
OFT expectation fails, and most oft there Where most it promises : and oft it hits Where hope is coldest, and despair most sits.
Shakespare. 1136. EXPECTATION. Suspense of
Thy will be done, O Lord! That day shall spring,
When at Thy word this clay shall reappear! No death I dread but that which sin will bring ;
No fire or flood without Thy wrath I fear;
Oh how impatience gains upon the soul,
When the long-promised hour of joy draws near! How slow the tardy moments seem to roll !
What spectres rise of inconsistent fear!
Too brightly fair, too sweet to realize ;
But tamed at length by suffering, comprehends All seem but day-dreams of delight too dear! The tranquil happiness to which it tends, Strange hopes and fears in painful contest rise, Perceives the high-wrought bliss it aims to share, While the scarce-trusted bliss seems but to cheat the Demands a richer soil, a purer air ; eyes. - Mrs Tighe.
That 'tis not fitted, and would strangely grace
| The mean condition of our mortal race; 1137. EXPENDITURE. Rules for
And all we need, in this terrestrial spot,
Is calm contentment with the common lot.' Be thrifty, but not covetous: therefore give
Jane Taylor. Thy need, thine honour, and thy friend his due. Never was scraper brave man. Get to live ; | 1139. EXPERIENCE: gives authority.
Then live, and use it: else, it is not true That thou hast gotten. Surely use alone
I KNOW thy loyal heart, and prudent head;
| Upon whose hairs, time's child, experience, hangs Makes money not a contemptible stone.
A milk-white badge of wisdom ; and canst wield Never exceed thy income. Youth may make Thy tongue in senate, and thy hands in field. Even with the year: but age, if it will hit,
True Trojans. Shoots a bow short, and lessens still his stake, As the day lessens, and his life with it.
1140. EXPERIENCE: how it is gained. Thy children, kindred, friends upon thee call;
EXPERIENCE is by industry achieved, Before thy journey fairly part with all.– Herbert. And perfected by the swift course of time.
Shakespeare. 1138. EXPERIENCE. Discipline of
1141. EXPERIENCE. Learning from How false is found, as on in life we go,
'Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours ! Our early estimate of bliss and woe!
And ask them what report they bore to heaven; Some sparkling joy attracts us, that we fain
And how they might have borne more welcome news. Would sell a precious birth-right to obtain.
Their answer forms what men experience call ; There all our hopes of happiness are placed ;
If wisdom's friend, her best ; if not, worst foe. Life looks without it like a joyless waste;
Young: No good is prized, no comfort sought beside ; Prayers, tears implore, and will not be denied.
1142. EXPERIENCE. Teachings of Heaven pitying hears the intemperate, rude appeal,
To wilful men, And suits its answer to our truest weal.
The injuries that they themselves procure, The self-sought idol, if at last bestow'd,
Must be their schoolmasters.-Shakespeare. Proves, what our wilfulness required, a goad; Ne'er but as needful chastisement, is given
Experience wounded is the school The wish thus forced, and torn, and storm'd from where man learns piercing wisdom, out of smart. Heaven:
Lord Brook. But if withheld in pity, from our prayer,
Oh teach him, while your lessons last, We rave, awhile, of torment and despair,
To judge the present by the past; Refuse each proffer'd comfort with disdain,
Remind him of each wish pursued, And slight the thousand blessings that remain.
How rich it glow'd with promised good; Meantime Heaven bears the grievous wrong, and Remind him of each wish enjoy'd, waits
How soon his hopes possession cloy'd !-Scott. In patient pity till the storm abates; Applies with gentlest hand the healing balm,
1143. EXPERIENCE. Usefulness of Or speaks the ruffled mind into a calm ; Deigning, perhaps, to show the mourner soon,
EXPERIENCE join'd with common sense, 'Twas special mercy that denied the boon.
To mortals is a providence.--Green.
1144. EXTASY. When the poor mind, by fruitless efforts spent,
MELANCHOLY With food and raiment learns to be content.
Is not, as you conceive, an indisposition Bounding with youthful hope, the restless mind
Of body, but the mind's disease ; so extasy, Leaves that Divine monition far behind:
Fantastic dotage, madness, frenzy, rapture,
Of mere imagination, differ partly
Is no mean happiness to be seated
Denham. 1148. EXTREMES: to be avoided.
The man who builds and wants wherewith to pay, Provides a home from which to run away.--Young.
Mansions once Knew their own masters, and laborious hinds, That had survived the father, served the son. Now the legitimate and rightful lord Is but a transient guest, newly arrived, And soon to be supplanted. He that saw His patrimonial timber cast its leaf, Sells the last scantling, and transfers the price To some shrewd sharper ere it buds again. Estates are landscapes, gazed upon awhile, Then advertised and auctioneer'd away.-Cowper.
Avoid extremes, and shun the faults of such Who still are pleased too little, or too much.
Pope. 1149. EYES. The
Sounds which address the ear are lost and die
Those eyes, Soft and capacious as a cloudless sky, Whose azure depth their colour emulates, Must needs be conversant with upward looks: Prayer's voiceless service.-Wordsworth.
1146. EXTREMES. End of THESE violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die: like fire and powder, Which, as they meet, consume. The sweetest honey Is loathsome in its own deliciousness, And in the taste confounds the appetite. Therefore love moderately, long love doth so; Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.-Shakespeare.
Those edges soonest turn that are most keen,
1150. FACTION. SELDOM is faction's ire in haughty minds Extinguish'd but by death: it oft, like fire Suppress’d, breaks forth again, and blazes higher.
May. Avoid the politic, the factious fool, The busy, buzzing, talking, harden'd knave; The quaint smooth rogue, that sins against his reason, Calls saucy, loud sedition public zeal: And mutiny the dictates of his spirit.- Otway.
1151. FAILURE: deplored.
Let wealth come in by comely thrift,
Makes waste; Extremes have still their fault. Who gripes too hard the dry and slipp'ry sand, Holds none at all, or little, in his hand.
Herrick. 1147. EXTREMES: meet. EXTREMES, though contrary, have the like effects; Extreme heat mortifies like extreme cold ; Extreme love breeds satiety, as well As extreme hatred ; and too violent rigoui Tempts chastity as much as too much license.
Chapman. They are as sick, that surfeit with too much, As they that starve with nothing; therefore it
It is so little, and so poorly done,
Is low out in the west,
Ere I may ask for rest.
I had so many dreams when first the light
Still they are dreams unwrought;
So they remain but thought.
So now through falling mists that cling and chill, Behold, the simple did sow, and hath reaped the And deepening, purple shadows, long and still,
right harvest of his folly, Groping my way, I come ;
And the world will be gladly accused, nor will reach Within sweet meadows where the bloom is dim,
out his finger to help ; I hear the labourers chant an evening hymn,
For why should this speculative dullard be a whirlBut, Lord, my lips are dumb !
pool to all around him ?
Go to, let him sink by himself; we knew what the For I have fail'd: my day is lost and spent,
end of it would be : Thy sorrowing look, reproachful, gives assent,
For the man hath missed his mark, and his fellows I know my shame at length.
look no farther.-M. F. Tupper.
1153. FAITH. A living and a dead
To purchase pardon for His own;
Nor will a soul by grace restored
Return the Saviour words alone.
With golden bells, the priestly vest,
And rich pomegranates border'd round,
The need of holiness expressid,
And callid for fruit as well as sound.
• Easy, indeed, it were to reach As with a heaviness of heart and brain :
A mansion in the courts above, Master, behold my sheaves !
If swelling words and fluent speech Few, light and worthless—yet their trifling weight
Might serve instead of faith and love. Through all my frame a weary aching leaves ; But none shall gain the blissful place, For long I struggled with my hopeless fate,
Or God's unclouded glory see, And stay'd and toil'd till it was dark and late
Who talks of free and sov'reign grace, Yet these are all my sheaves.
Unless that grace has made him free. Full well I know I have more tares than wheat,
Cowper, Brambles and flowers, dry stalks and wither'd 1154. FAITH: and good works. leaves;
A LIVELY faith will bear aloft the mind, Wherefore I blush and weep, as at Thy feet
And leave the luggage of good works behind. I kneel down reverently and repeat,
Dryden. • Master, behold my sheaves !!
1155. FAITH: and tradition. Yet do I gather strength and hope anew ;
Faith loves to lean on time's destroying arm, For well I know Thy patient love perceives
And age, like distance, lends a double charm.
0. W. Holmes. Not what I did but what I strove to doAnd though the full ripe ears be sadly few,
1156. FAITH. Basis of Thou wilt accept my sheaves. —Elizabeth Akers. Faith, like an unsuspecting child
Serenely resting on its mother's arm, 1152. FAILURE. Scorn of
Reposing every care upon her God, ONCE more in the matter of wealth : if thou throw Sleeps on His bosom, and expects no harm. thine all on a chance,
Receives with joy the promises He makes, Men will come around thee, and wait and watch the
Nor questions of His purpose or His power ; turning of the wheel;
She does not doubting ask, 'Can this be so ?' And if, in the lottery of life, thou hast drawn a splen- 1
The Lord has said it, and there needs no more. did prize, What foresight hadst thou, and skill! yea, what | However deep be the mysterious word, enterprise and wisdom !
However dark, she disbelieves it not : But if it fall out against thee, and thou fail in thy | Where reason would examine, faith obeys, perilous endeavour,
| And 'It is written' answers every doubt.