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Axe.-When I see a merchant over-polite to his custcxiers, begging
them to taste a little brandy, and throwing half his goods on tiis
No hammers fell, no ponderous AXES rung ;
No man saw the building of the New Jerusalem, the workmen crowded together, the unfinished walls and unpaved streets ; no man heard the clink of trowel and PICK-AXE; it descended OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD.--Ecce Homo, last sentence.
Babe.--Oh! when a Mother meets on high
The BABE she lost in infancy,
The day of woe, the watchful night,
An over-payment of delight?-SOUTHEY, Curse of Kehama. Back.-BACK and side go bare, go bare,
Both foot and hand go cold;
Whether it be new or old.-STILL, Gammer Gurton.
The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind !
POPE, Essay on Man.
SHAKESPERE, Henry IV. Ballads.--BALLADS are the gipsy children of song, born under green
hedge-rows, in the leafy lanes and by-paths of literature, in the
genial summer-time.—LONGFELLOW. - I knew a very wise man that believed that, if a man were per
mitted to make all the BALLADs, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.
FLETCHER OF SALTOUN, Letter to Montrose,
Ballads.--And tell prose writers, stories are so stale,
BRETON, Pasquil, 1600.
As snow-flakes fall upon the sod;
Can shield you;-'tis the BALLOT-BOX.-J. PIERPONT.
SHAKESPERE, Midsummer Night's Dreana Barbarians.—There were his young BARBARIANS all at play,
There was their Dacian mother,-he, their sire,
Butcher'd to make a Roman holiday.-BYRON, Childe Harold. Barebones Parliament.—A nickname conferred upon the PARLIAMENT
convened by Cromwell, July 4, 1653. It was composed of 139 persons, who resigned their authority Dec. 12, 1653 ; and it was so called from a leather-seller named Praise-God BAREBONE, who was
one of the principal members. Barleycorn, Sir John.-In England and Scotland, a jocular name for
ale or beer, which is made of barley. Sir John is the subject of a
Inspiring bold JOHN BARLEYCORN,
JOHN BARLEYCORN has given his very heart to this liquor (the “ Archdeacon "): it is a superior kind of ale, the Prince of Ales, with a richer flavour and a mightier spirit than you can find else
where in this weary world.-HAWTHORNE. Barren. I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and
cry, 'Tis all BARREN.-STERNE, Sentimental Journey. Bashfulness.-BASHFULNESS is an ornament to youth, but a reproach
to old age.-ARISTOTLE. Bastion.--And topples round the dreary west A looming BASTION fringed with fire.
TENNYSON, In Memoriam.
BYRON, Childe Harold.
Battle of the Books.—The subject of a satirical composition by Swift,
entitled the “Battle between the Ancient and Modern Books in St. James's Library," alluding to the controversy regarding the respec.
tive merits of ancient and modern learning. Battles.-Sooth'd with the sound, the king grew vain;
Fought all his BATTLES o'er again ;
DeYDEN, Alexander's Feast. Beard. And dar'st thou then
TO BEARD the lion in his den,
The Douglas in his hall ?-Scott, Marmion.
What wood a cudgel's of by th' blow!
A shoe be Spanish or neat's leather.—BUTLER, Hudibras.
Its loveliness increases ; it will never
SHAKESPERE, P. Pilgrim.
KEATS, On a Grecian Urn. BEAUTY is valuable or worthless according as you invest the property to the best advantage.-LYTTON, Lady of Lyons.
SHAKESPERE, Flenry VI.
POPE, Rape of the Lock.
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
BYRON, Hebrer Melodies.
Beauty.-Who hath not proved how feebly words essay
To fix one spark of BEAUTY's heavenly ray ?
BYRON, Bride of Abydos. Bed.-He that will to BED go sober,
Falls with the leaf still in October.-ROLLO, Duke of Normandy.
He who goes to BED, and goes to BED sober,
Holy angels guard thy BED !
Gently falling on thy head.--WATTS, Cradle Hymn.
Improve each shining hour,
From every opening flower.-Ibid., Song xx.
And oh! the old English roast beef.--FIELDING. Beer.—What two ideas are more inseparable than BEER and Britannia !
What event more awfully important to an English colony than the
erection of its first brewhouse ?-Sydney Smith. Begging the Question. This is a common logical fallacy, petitio
principii ; and the first explanation of the phrase is to be found in Aristotle's Topica, viii. 13, where the five ways of BEGGING the QUESTION are set forth. The earliest English work in which the expression is found is “The Arte of Logike planlie set forth in our
English Tongue, &c., 1584.” Behaviour.-BEHAVIOUR is a mirror, in which everyone shows his
image.-GOETHE. Belief.—'Tis good to doubt the worst,
We may in our BELIEF be too secure.-WEBSTER AND ROWLEY, Bell.--The BELL strikes one. We take no note of time,
But from its loss.-YOUNG, Night Thoughts.
TENNYSON, In Memoriam.
Bells.-Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
The eager heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
MOORE, Those Evening I
And there a chancellor in embryo.—SHENSTONE.
SHAKESPERE, Henry Bible.-Just knows, and knows no more, her BIBLE true,
A ruth the brilliant Frenchman never knew.--COWPER, Truth. Bigotry.—BIGOTRY murders religion, to frighten fools with
ghost.–COTTON. Biography.–BIOGRAPHY is the most universally pleasant, universa
profitable of all reading.—CARLYLE.
To tempt its new-fledg'd offspring to the skies,
GOLDSMITH, Deserted Villag
The soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
And cometh from afar;
And not in utter darkness,
From God, who is our home :
WORDSWORTH, Intimations of Iinmortality.
YOUNG, Night Thoughts.