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tempt them. But surely as to animals, he is wrong.
THE leagues Docteur Boucher, preaching in the church of Notre Dame at Paris, 1593, affirmed that the words of the Psalm lxviii. or lxix. "Eripe me, Domine, de luto, ut non infigar," were a direct and positive prophetic command to the French de se debourbouner, and not to receive a king of that family, however Catholic he might appear to be.
"I NEVER yet knew a good tongue that wanted ears to hear it."-O. FELTHAM.
""Tis a wonder to me how men can preach so little and so long;-so long a time, and so little matter. As if they thought to please by the inculcation of their vain tautologies."-Ibid.
"If we out of copper, lead, or pewter preaching can extract pure gold, 'tis no impeachment to our wise philosophy."-Ibid.
OPIATE sermons; drastic, laxative, alterative, sedative, carminative, corroborent.
"FOR you must know strange things in pulpits
Are told to please the listening dull pates." Hudibras, Redivivus, i. 12.
WHEN the elder Sheridan advertized his Attic Morning Entertainment, "that it might answer some purposes of all as well as amusement, he proposed to read part of the Liturgy, and to deliver a sermon, with strictures upon the manner in which those
acts of public worship are usually performed."-CHURCHILL, vol. i. p. 43. N.
Libertin, says the Jesuit Garasse, signifies a Huguenot and a half.
"Le cueur leur devint foye, et se rendirent."-MARTIN DU BELLAY.
WHEN a Venetian ambassador, endeavouring to dissuade Louis XII. from making war upon Venice, spoke of the wisdom of that republic, Louis replied, “J'opposerai un si grand nombre de fous à vos sages, que toute leur sagesse sera incapable de leur résister. Note to M. DU BELLAY, from FER
THE proprietor of the Imperial Magazine assures the public "that its type and paper will not shrink from the most rigorous inspection."
"As the strokes in music answer the notes that are prickt in the rules, so the words of the mouth answer to the motions and affections of the heart. The anatomists teach that the heart and tongue hang upon one string. And hence it is, that as in a clock or watch, when the first wheel is moved, the hammer striketh, so when the heart is moved with any passion or perturbation, the hammer beats upon the bell, and the mouth sounds."-FEATLEY. Clavis Mystica. p. 867.
"ABOUT sixteen years ago, I met, on the banks of the Danube, with a work in four volumes, entitled, "L'Art de la Guerre," by a Colonel Faesch, a Saxon officer. The author like every other German collector, had culled his treatise from all the books that had been written upon the subject; and he had the honesty to name them. was forcibly struck with one passage, in which he sums up the qualities of a good officer, and which the present subject has recalled to my recollection. He says that an able officer ought to be a sound mathematician, a good lawyer, an acute surgeon, an excellent historian, a good judge of beef, pork, and mutton, and a sound divine! Although his ingredients of an officer combine much taste with science, I will not go so far as to assert that all these qualifications are necessary to a British, however proper they may be to a German officer. But I will venture to affirm, that an uninstructed lad of sixteen years of age, whose mind is incapable of commanding himself, is not fit to command others."
Nash, of Bath, to the ringers of the abbey there, is contained in a codicil to his will, proved in Doctors' Commons :-'I do hereby give and bequeath to the mayor, the senior alderman, and town clerk of Bath for the time being, the sum of £50 per annum, in trust, payable out of the Bank Long AnInuities, standing in my name at the Bank of England, for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the set of ringers belonging to the Abbey Church, Bath, on condition of their ringing, on the whole peal of bells, with clappers muffled, various solemn and doleful changes (allowing proper intervals for rest and refreshment), from eight o'clock in the morning until eight o'clock in the evening, on the 14th day of May in every year, being the anniversary of my wedding day; and also the anniversary of my decease, to ring a grand bob major and merry mirthful peals unmuffled, during the same space of time, and allowing the same intervals as above mentioned, in joyful commemoration of my happy release from domestic tyranny and wretchedness, and for the full, strict, and due performance of such conditions, they, the said ringers, are to receive the sum of £50 per annum, in two payments of £25 each, on those respective days of my marriage and my decease. And now that dear divine man (to use Mrs. Nash's own words) the Rev. - of amatory labours, without enveloping him
"M. ANTONIUS, Triumvir, corporis excrementa non nisi vasis aureis excipiebat." -TEXTOR. Pref. ad Cornucopiam.
He loved Erasmus, because Erasmus, writing to Daniel Benedictus of Milan, says to him, "Dictus est Daniel vir desideriorum, quid itaque mirum si desiderius Desiderium desideras?"—Ep. p. 908.
TAMERLANE used to boast that he was descended from the tribe of Dan."-R. B. Mem. Remarks concerning the Jews, p. 29. "BA-BA, black sheep, have you any wool ?" Applied to a wicked book, from which some good may be extracted.
THE report of an Irish society tells us that Lord Chesterfield's Letters are often met with among the books used in the low Irish schools. Munster is the part spoken of.
"OF TWO EVILS CHOOSE THE LEAST.-The following singular bequest, made by Thomas
, may resume his
self in a sedan chair for fear of detection. I further will and direct that the aforesaid ringers do enter upon office (for the first time only) the very next day following after my interment, and to receive £25, one halfyear's dividend, for so doing. Written with my hand, this 14th May, 1813.-THOMAS NASH.'"
Lud. "ARE his wits safe? is he not light of brain?"
Iago. "He is, that he is :What he might be,-if what he might, he is not,
I would to Heaven he were!"
Othello, act iv. sc. 1.
IMITATIVE talent is, I believe, as common, as creative genius is rare. When Columbus had once broken the egg, there were plenty of gentlemen who could all do
The imitative poems, good in their kind, which are continually produced by persons incapable of producing any thing good of their own, prove this.
Thus too we have mimics, who can personify the best actors, but would be utterly incapable of acting any one of their parts.
Avellaneda's Don Quixote is perhaps the best example of a good imitative work ;-as to conception I mean, for what the style may be, I have no means of judging, never having seen the original. It shows also what not unfrequently accompanies this talent, a base mind, a low vile envious desire of depreciating his original; having beyond all doubt its root in a consciousness of inferiority, and an ambition with no worth to support it. Lord Byron is another instance of this.
It is very much to the credit of the Spaniards that Avellaneda's talents have not in any degree saved him from the disgraceful fame that he deserves.
TOMFOOLITES, Or Noodelitarians.
THE new press gang.
A black fellow, who had been in the
Mr. Fisher's cow. And my opinion of the guards.
man who kept his cow.
An old waterman.
And Jeremy B., with his riff-raff.
There is Jamie the great, and Jeffrey the
And there is Lord
MR. Cut-and-come-again, the surgeon. Dr. Drastic, and his apothecary, Mr. Doseum.
GENERAL civilization missionary society, the nothing at in which all religious denominations and all parties may join.
"BUT I am proof against their flashy stuff; And for their scornings, I have scorn enough."-WITHER, To the King. B. Remembrancer.
"AND I am willing to be thought A fool, that they more wisdom may be taught."-Ibid.
"I AM no statesman ;
But being set on such a middling height, When I (by God's permission) have the sight
Of many things, which they shall never
Who far above, or far below me be.
"Do you say rash or tisha when you sneeze?" said Isabel just now.
"A GENTLEMAN now resides near Exeter, who has not washed his face or hands for
forty years, and speaks of the circumstance with pleasure. He is about four-score years of age, strong, and in good health. Though he does not apply water in cleansing his skin, he is, however, in the daily habit of dry rubbing himself.”
"QUOD ad omnes res veniat dicta est Venus." She was worshipped also as the eldest of the Parcæ, and goddess of death, by the name of Libitina.
THEY have a good fashion in Valencia of to accommodate persons of different statures.
"Nis. Ay, concerning his being sent I making the chairs of unequal heights, so as
know not whither.
Dor. Why then he will come home I know not when.
You shall pardon me, I will talk no more of
This subject, but say the gods be with him
For why he is gone, or when he will return,
BEAUMONT and FLETCHER, Cupid's
"They say that we tailors are
Things that lay one another, and our geese
NEVER trust the heart of any man who wears it on the outside of his waistcoat; for what he has within his sternum or its stead, is sure to be either as hard as a pippin, or as hollow as a pumpkin.
THE morality and duty of merriment.— TH. JACKSON'S Works, vol. 3, p. 125.
RABBA saith a man is bound to make himself so mellow on the feast of Purim, that he shall not be able to distinguish between "Cursed be Haman," and "Blessed be Mordecai."
The Rabbis say "they were sweetened,"
EFFECT of diet.-SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE, for they got drunk.-Lightfoot, vol. 8, vol. 1, p. 52.
VINUM Theologicum.-HOLINSHED, vol. 1,
They say a demon called Cordicus possesses them, who are drunk with new wine. -Ibid. p. 377.