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His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
SIIAKESPERE, As you Like It, act ii. sc. 7.
T. HEYWOOD, Apology for Actors, 1612.
TENNYSON, In Memoriam, liv. Stalking Horse. A decoy. Horses and other animals are trained to
pretend to be eating while sportsmen shoot at their game from the
Now the top of heaven doth hold.-MILTON, Comus.
WORDSWORTH, London, 1802. Stars.
At whose sight all the STARS
POPE, Moral Essays.
THOMAS CAMPBELL, The Soldier's Dream. State.-A thousand years scarce serve
to form a STATE; An hour may lay it in the dust.–BYRON, Childe Harold. Greatest scandal waits on greatest STATE.
State. What constitutes a STATE?
Men who their duties know,
O'er thrones and globes elate,
SIR W. JONES, Ode in Imitation of Alcæus.
Steal.—Convey, the wise it call. STEAL? foh! a fico for the phrase !
SHAKESPERE, Merry Wives, act i. sc. 3. STEAL! to be sure they may, and, egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children, disfigure them to make 'em
pass for their own.-SHERIDAN, The Critic, act i. sc. 1. Steel.--My man's as true as STEEL.
SHAKESPERE, Romeo and Juliet, act ii. sc. 4. Stenches.-I counted two-and-seventy STENCHES,
All well defined, and several stinks.-COLERIDGE, Cologne.
His breeches cost him but a crown;
SHAKESPERE, Othello, act ii, sc. 3. Stone. The hand that rounded Peter's dome,
And groined the aisles of Christian Rome,
EMERSON, The Problem.
TUSSER, Good Husbandry. Storm.-Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are,
That bide the pelting of this pitiless STORM,
SHAKESPERE, King Lear, act iii. sc. 4 Story.-Aye free, aff-han' your STORY tell,
When wi' a bosom crony;
Story.–STORY! God bless you! I have none to tell, sir.
G. CANNING, The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder.
Stranger.—He that is surety for a STRANGER shall smart for it.
Proverbs xi. 15.
Streamlet.—No check, no stay, this STREAMLET fears
How merrily it goes !
And flow as now it flows.-WORDSWORTH, The Fountain.
To speak in public on the stage;
D. EVERETT, Lines written for a School Declamation. Strength.,
O! it is excellent
SHAKESPERE, Measure for Measure, act ii. sc. 2. Strike.-STRIKE—for your altars and your fires ;
Strike-for the green graves of your sires;
FITZ-GREENE HALLECK, Marco Bozzaris.
Eurybiades lifting up his staff as if he was going to strike, Themistocles said, “Strike, if you will, but hear.”—PLUTARCH, Life of Themistocles.
STRIKE while the iron is hot. ---JOHN WEBSTER, Westward Ho,
act ii. sc. 1. FARQUHAR, The Beaux Strategem, act iv. sc. 1. Strings.-—'Tis good in every case, you know, To have two STRINGS unto your bow.
CHURCHILL, The Ghost, book iv. Strokes. Many STROKES, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest-timber'd oak.
SHAKESPERE, King Henry VI., part iii. act ii. sc. 1. Stump Orator.—A vulgar speaker. An American expression, derived
from Congress candidates addressing the electors from the stumps of trees. The tub-orators, who spoke from inverted casks in
Swift's time, is an equivalent English phrase. Style.-STYLE is the dress of thoughts.—CHESTERFIELD, Letter, Nov,
Style.-Such laboured nothings, in so strange a STYLE,
POPE, Essay on Criticism, part ii. 1. 126. Sublime.-The SUBLIME and the ridiculous are often so nearly related
that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous
makes the sublime again. –T. PAINE, Age of Reason, part ii, Success.—'Tis not in mortals to command SUCCESS, But we'll do more, Sempronius; we'll deserve it.
ADDISON, Cato, act i. sc. 2. Sunbeams.—He had been eight years upon a project for extracting
SUNBEAMS out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement
summers.-SWIFT, Gulliver's Travels. Sunless.—How fast has brother followed brother, From sunshine to the SUNLESS land !
WORDSWORTH, On the Death of Hogg. Sunshine.-SUNSHINE, broken in the rill, Though turned astray, is sunshine still.
MOORE, The Fire Worshippers. Sweetness. The two noblest things, which are SWEETNESS and light.
SWIFT, Battle of the Books. Sweets,-SWEETS to the sweet: farewell !
SHAKESPERE, Hamlet, act v. sc. 1.
Gay, The Beggars' Opera, act ii. sc. 2. Swithin, St. - Bishop of Winchester, and tutor to King Alfred,
canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. He is said to have wrought many miracles, the most celebrated being a rain of forty days' continuance, by which he testified his displeasure at an attempt of the monks to bury him in the chancel of the minster, instead of the open churchyard, as he had directed. Hence the popular superstition, that if it rain on St. Swithin's day (July 15),
it will rain foi forty days thereafter. Swore.-"Our armies SWORE terribly in Flanders," cried my uncle
Toby, “but nothing to this."-STERNE, Tristram Shandy, vol. üi.
chap. xi. Syllables.-SYLLABLES govern the world.—SELDEN, Poror.
Taffy. A sobriquet for a Welshman, or for the Welsh collectively.
The word is a corruption of David, one of the most common of
Welsh names. Taken.—When TAKEN
To be well shaken. --G. COLMAN, The Newcastle Apothecary.
And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot,
SHAKESPERE, As You Like It, act ii. sc. 7.
Ibid., l'aming of the Shrew, act iv. sc. 1.
POPE, Odyssey, bk. xii. last line.
SHAKESPERE, Hamlet, act. i. sc. 5.
A TALE in everything. --WORDSWORTH, Simon Lee.
I can fly, or I can run.-MILTON, Comus, line 1012.
LONGFELLOW, The Village Blacksmith.
female-tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wink-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moments of my life, let me fali prostrate.-COLLEY CIBBER, The Lady's Last Stake, act i. sc. 1.