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Though now this grained face of mine be
What should we speak of When we are old as you ? When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December.
Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 3.
You are old; Nature in you stands on the very verge Of her confine.
9. King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age ; wretched in both.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. Every man desires to live long ; but no man would be old. SWIFT— Thoughts on Various Subjects,
Moral and Diverting. Age, too, shines out, and garrulous recounts the feats of youth, t. THOMSON-The Seasons. Autumn.
Give me a staff of honor for mine age,
His silver hairs
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1.
d. Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and
years, Pass'd over to the end they were created, Would bring white hairs unto a quiet grave. Ah, what a life were this ! Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5.
My way of life Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf : And that which should accompany old age, As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have ; but, in their stead, Curses not loud, but deep, mouth-honor,
breath, Which the poor heart would fain deny, and
O father Abbot, • An old man, broken with the storms of State,
Is come to lay his weary bones among ye;
h. King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.
i. King Leur. Act IV. Sc. 7.
Some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time. j. King Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 2.
Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
k. Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 2. The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show,
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory, Thou by thy dial's shady stealth maiest know,
Time's thievish progress to eternity.
1. Sonnet LXXII.
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 3
O good gray head which all men knew, TENNYSON- On the Death of the Duke
of Wellington. St. 4. A happy youth, and their old age Is beautiful and free.
w. WORDSWORTH-- To a Young Lady.
WORDSWORTH — The Fountain. St. 9.
What else remains for me?
Youth, hope, and love; To build a new life on a ruined life. 0. LONGFELLOW— Masque of Pandora.
Pt. VIII. In the Garden.
All ambitions, upward tending, Like plants in mines, which never saw the
My hour at last is come; Yet not ingloriously or passively I die, but first will do some valiant deed, Of which mankind shall hear in after time. b. BRYANT's Homer's Iliad. Bk. XXII.
Line 375. No man is born without ambitious worldly desires.
CARLYLE-- Essays. Schiller.'
Line 51. The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
CICERO. I had a soul above buttons. f. GEORGE COLEMAN, JR.-Sylvester Daggerwood, or New Xay at the Old
Market. Sc. 1.
Ambition has no rest. p. BULWER-LYTTON-Richelieu, Act III.
Sc. 1. The man who seeks one thing in life, and but
one, May hope to achieve it before life be done; But he who seeks all things, wherever he
goes, Only reaps from the hopes which around
him he sows. A harvest of barren regrets. 9. OWEN MEREDITH - Lucile. Pt. I.
Canto II. St. 10.
Wit, seeking truth, from cause to cause as
cends, And never rests till it the first attain; Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends;
But never stays till it the last do gain. g. SIR JOHN DAVIES—The Immortality of
the Soul. Wild ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land. h. DRYDEN- Absalom and Achitophel.
Pt. I. Line 190.
The lover of letters loves power too.
i. EMERSON- Clubs.
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 263. But what will not ambition and revenge Descend to? who aspires must down as low As high he soar'd ; obnoxious first or last To basest things. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IX.
Line 168. Here may we reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell. t. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 261. If at great things thou would'st arrive, Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure
heap, Not difficult, if thou hearken to me; Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand, They whom I favor thrive in wealth amain, While virtue, valor, wisdom, sit in want. MILTON— Paradise Regained. Bk. II.
Line 426. Such joy ambition finds. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IV.
Line 92. Onward, onward may we press
Through the path of duty ; Virtue is true happiness,
Excellence true beauty ; Minds are of supernal birth, Let us make a heaven of earth. JAMES MONTGOMERY-Aspirations of
Youth. St. 3. Wert thou all that I wish thee, great, glorious
and free, First flower of the earth, and first gem of the
MOORE-Remember Thee. From servants hasting to be gods. y. POLLOK – Course of Time. Bk. II.
Just and Unjust Rulers. But see how oft ambition's aims are cross'd, And chiefs contend 'till all the prize is lost! POPE-Rape of the Lock. Canto V.
All may have, If they dare try, a glorious life or grave. j. HERPERT— The Temple. The
Church-Porch. My name is Norval ; on the Grampian hills My father feeds his flocks ; a frugal swain, Whose constant cares were to increase his
store, And keep his only son, myself, at home.
k. JOHN HOME- Douglas. Act II. Sc. 1. Studious to please, yet not asham'd to fail. 1. SAM'L JOHNSON- Prologue to the
Tragedy of Irene, I see, but cannot reach, the height That lies forever in the light.
LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden
Legend. Pt. II. A Village Church. Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. LONGFELLOW-Drift-Wood.
Men would be angels, angels would be Ill-weav'd ambition, how much art thou gods.
shrunk! POPE—Essay on Man. Ep. I.
When that this body did contain a spirit, Line 123 A kingdom for it was too small a bound ;
But now, two paces of the vilest earth Oh, sons of earth! attempt ye still to rise; Is room enough. By mountains pil'd on mountains to the j. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act. V. Sc. 4.
skies? Hear'n still with laughter the vain toil sur
It were all one veys,
That I should love a bright particular star, And buries madmen in the heaps they raise.
And think to wed it, he is so above me. b. POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. IV.
k. All's Well That Ends Well. Act. I. Line 74.
| Mark but my fall, and that that ruin'd me. Who knows but he, whose hand the light
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambining forms,
tion, Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the
By that, sin, fell the angels; how can man storms;
then, Pours fierce Ambition in a Cæsar's mind.
The image of his Maker, hope to win by it? POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. I.
Love thyself last ; cherish those hearts that Line 157.
Corruption wins not more than honesty. Be always displeased at what thou art, if 1. Henry VIII. Act. III. Sc. 2. thou desire to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there
The noble Brutus thou abidest.
Hath told you Cæsar was ambitious : d. QUARLES—Emblems. Bk. IV.
If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
Julius Cæsar. Act. III. Sc. 2.
There is, betwixt that smile we would aspire Stretching forward, never endeth,
to, Ever widening, Breadth extendeth
That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin, Ever groundless, Depth descendeth.
More pangs and fears than war or women
have. Types in these thou dost possess ; Restless, onward thou must press,
Henry VIII. Act. III. Sc. 2. Never halt nor languor know,
The very substance of the ambitious is merely To the Perfect wouldst thou go ;
the shadow of a dream. Let thy reach with Breadth extend
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2.
'Tis a common proof, Germ and root of all that be.
That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Ever onward must thy soul ;
Whereto the climber upward turns his face ; 'Tis the progress gains the goal ;
But when he once attains the upmost round, Ever widen more its bound;
He then unto the ladder turns his back, In the Full the clear is found,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees And the Truth-dwells under ground. By which he did ascend. SCHILLER-Sentences of Confucius.
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1.
Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition.
q. Henry VI. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 1. f. SCOTT-- Lay of the Last Minstrel.
Canto I. St. 27. How many a rustic Milton has pass’d by,
Stilling the speechless longings of his heart, Ambition's debt is paid.
In unremitting drudgery and care ! 9. Julius Cæsar. Act. III. Sc. 1,
many a vulgar Cato has compelled I am not covetous for gold ;
His energies, no longer tameless then, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost ;
To mould a pin, or fabricate a nail ! It yearns me not if men my garments wear ;
SHELLEY - Queen Mab. Pt. V. St. 9. Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
I was born to other things. But if it be a sin to covet honor
TENNYSON-In Memoriam. Pt. CXIX.
How like a mounting devil in the heart,
t. WILLIS- Parrhasius.
WILLIS- From a Poem delivered at i. Macbeth. Act. I. Sc. 7. .
Yale College in 1827.
I have no spur
Press on ! for it is godlike to unloose
In this dim world of clouding cares,
We rarely know, till 'wildered eyes See white wings lessening up the skies, The Angels with us unawares. k. GERALD MASSEY— The Ballad of Babe
Cristabel. As far as Angel's ken, 1. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. 1.
God will deign
MILTON -- Comus. Line 249.
Angel voices sung
Angel's Story. A guardian angel o'er his life presiding, Doubling his pleasures, and his cares
ROGERS - Human Life.
Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2.
WILLIS— From a Poem delivered at
Yale College in 1827. Ambition has but one reward for all : A little power, a little transient fame, A grave to rest in, and a fading name! 6. WILLIAM WINTER— The Queen's
Domain. Line 90.
Talents angel-bright, If wanting worth, are shining instruments In false ambition's hand, to finish faults Illustrious, and give infamy renown. YOUNG-- Night Thoughts. Night VI.
Line 273. Too low they build who build beneath the stars. d. YOUNG— Night Thoughts. Night VIII.
Line 215. ANGELS. Angels for the good man's sin, Weep to record, and blush to give it in. CAMPBELL-- Pleasures of Hope. Pt. II.
Line 357. Angel visits, few and far between. CAMPBELL 1- Pleasures of Hope. Pt. II.
Line 386. O, though oft depressed and lonely,
All my fears are laid aside, If I but remember only
Such as these have lived and died !
g. LONGFELLOW-Footsteps of Angels. The good one, after every action closes His volume, and ascends with it to God. The other keeps his dreadful day-book open Till sunset, that we may repent; which doing, The record of the action fades away, And leaves a line of white across the page. Now if my act be good, as I believe, It cannot be recalled. It is already Sealed up in heaven, as a good deed accom
plished. The rest is yours. h. LONGFELLOW -- Christus, The Golden
Legend. Pt. VI. All God's angels come to us disguised ; Sorrow and sickness, poverty and death, One after other lift their frowning masks, And we behold the seraph's face beneath, All radiant with the glory and the calm Of having looked upon the front of God. i. LOWELL- On the Death of a Friend's
Child. Line 21. An angel stood and met my gaze, Through the low doorway of my tent; The tent is struck, the vision stays ;I only know she came and went.
j. LOWELL- She Came and Went.
Anger is one of the sinews of the soul. d. FULLER-- The Holy and Profane States.
Anger. Anger wishes that all mankind had only one neck ; love, that it had only one heart ; grief, two tear-glands ; pride, two bent knees. e. RICHTER. Flower, Fruit and Thorn
Pieces. Ch. IV.
Alas why gnaw you so your nether lip?
The first men that our Saviour dear
I therefore strive to follow those,
WILLIAM BASSE- The Angler's Song.
mead, The patient fisher takes his silent stand, Intent, his angle trembling in his hand; With looks, unmoy'd, he hopes the scaly
breed, And eyes the dancing cork, and bending
reed. 1. POPE - Windsor Forest. Line 135.
Anger is like A full-hot horse ; who being allow'd his way, Self
mettle tires him. g. Henry VIII. Act I, Sc. 1.
Anger's my meat ; I sup upon myself, And so shall starve with feeding.
h. Coriolanus. Act. IV. Sc. 2.
Being once chaf'd, he cannot Be rein'd again to temperance; then he speaks What's in his heart.
i. Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 3. Come not within the measure of my wrath. j. Trco Gentlemen of Verona. Act V.
3 Fish. Master I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
1 Fish. Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.
Pericles. Act II. Sc. 1.
If I had a thunderbolt in mine eye,
k. As You Like II. Act I. Sc. 2.
In rage deaf as the sea, hasty as fire.
I. Richard II. Act I. Sc. 1.
Angling is somewhat like Poetry, men are. to be born so. y. WALTON — The Complete Angler. Pt. I.
I am, Sir, a Brother of the angle.