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'Tis better to have loved and lost,
In Memoriam Stanza 27.
Sae true his heart, sae smooth his speech,
His breath like caller air ;
foot has music in't,
The Sailor's Wife.
Man proposes, but God disposes.*
Imitation of Christ. Book 1.
Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.
Ibid. Book III. Chap. 12.
“ Man proposeth, God disposeth.” — Herbert's Jacula Prudentum.
No stealth of time has thinned my flowing hair,
You give too much for whistle.
The Whistle. A True Story.
saved is two pence clear ; A pin a day's a groat a year.
Hints to those that would be rich.
God helps them that help themselves.
Early to bed, and early to rise,
Continual dropping wears away stones.
* “A pin a day will fetch a groat a year.”—Sec Quotations from King.
Three removes are as bad as a fire.
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.
There is no flock however watched and tended,
But one dead lamb is there ;
But has one vacant chair. Resignation.
Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate ;
A Psalm of Life.
A gentle knight was pricking on the plaine,
Yet gold all is not that doth golden seeme.
I was promised on a time
promised to him
rosebuds while ye may,
To the Virgins to make much of time.
Let those love now who never loved before ;
The Vigil of Venus. Lines 1, 2.
* The authenticity of these lines is doubted, though they are generally attributed to Spenser.
† From the Pervigilium Veneris, written in the time of Julius Cæsar, and by some ascribed to Catullus.