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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.*

Book in Chap. 2.

The devil was sick, the devil a monk would be,
The devil was well, the devil a monk was he.

Chap. 24.

Book iv.


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 4

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. *


One after one, the lords of time advance,
Here Stanley meets,—how Stanley scorns the glance !
The brilliant chief, irregularly great,
Frank, haughty, rash,--the Rupert of debate.

The New Timon. Part 1. Stanza 6.


Let wealth and commerce, laws and learning, die,
But leave us still our old nobility.

England's Trust. Part III. Lines 227, 228.

* See vol. v. page 149, of Burke's works, the 8vo edition, published in 1826.

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Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.

Ibid. Book 11. Chap. 12.

“ Man proposeth, God disposeth.” – Herbert's Facula Prudentum.




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Three removes are as bad as a fire.
Preliminary Address to Poor Richard's Almanac"

for 1758.

Many a little makes a meikle.


Fools make feasts and wise men eat them. Ibid.

He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.


It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.*



She may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's.t Essay on Ranke's History of the Popes, published in

Edinburgh Review, Oct. 1840.

* Most of these extracts from Franklin are proverbial expressions long prior to his time, and, as he himself says, they are for the most part “ gleanings that I had made of the sense of all ages and nations."

+ The noble essayist alludes in this passage to the Roman Catholic Church.

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