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They order," said I, “this matter better in France.”
Sentimental Journey. Line 1.
I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and
6. 'Tis all barren.” Sentimental Journey. In the Street. Calais.
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.*
Wherever God erects a house of
prayer, The devil always builds a chapel there.
The Trueborn Englishman. Lines 1, 2.
* “ To a close shorne sheepe,
Herbert's Jacula Prudentum. t No sooner is a temple built to God, but the devil builds a chapel hard by.”—Herbert's Facula Prudentum.
“For where God hath a temple the devil will have a chapel."—Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. section iv. memb. 1, subsec. 1.
O, could I low like thee, and make thy stream
Cooper's Hill. Lines 188-191.
How wonderful is death !
Queen Mab. Lines 1, 2.
D Y ER.
A little rule, a little sway,
* An invocation to the river Thames.
For his chaste muse employ'd her hear'n-taught lyre,
Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanus.
int heart ne'er won fair lady.
Orpheus and Eurydice. Line 134.
A pin a day will fetch a groat a year.
Art of Cookery. Line 404.
He would beat the bushes without catching the birds ; thought the moon was made of green cheese, and
* These lines refer to Thomson, who, in addition to “ The Seasons," wrote several plays, which, however, are seldom or never acted on the modern stage. The prologue, from which the above extract is made, was spoken by Quin the actor.
that everything was gold that glitters. He would sooner go to the mill than to the mass ; took a bit in the morning to be better than nothing all day; would eat his cake and have his cake, and was better fed than taught. He always looked a given horse in the mouth; would tell a tale of a tub ; throw the helm after the hatchet ; when the steed was stolen would shut the stable door, and bring his hogs to a fair market; by robbing Peter he paid Paul ; he kept the moon from wolves, and was ready to catch larks if ever the heavens should fall. He did make of necessity virtue.*
The devil was sick, the devil a monk would be,
It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the Dauphiness, at Versailles ; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision.
* These extracts are for the most part proverbial expressions anterior to the period of Rabelais. They are to be found in a translation of Rabelais' works published in
vols. 12mo, by “T. Evans, in the Strand, 1784."
I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.
On the Revolution in France.*
SIR EDWARD BULWER LYTTON.
One after one, the lords of time advance,
The New Timon. Part 1, Stanza 6.
LORD JOHN MANNERS.
Let wealth and commerce, laws and learning, die,
England's Trust. Part 111. Lines 227, 228.
* See vol. v. page 149, of Burke's works, the 8vo edition, published in 1826.