Page images
PDF
EPUB

17

Childhood.-0, ever thus, from CHILDHOOD's hour,

I've seen my fondest hopes decay ;
I never loved a tree or flower,

But 'twas the first to fade away.
I never nursed a dear gazelle,

To glad me with its soft black eye,
But when it came to know me well,
And love me, it was sure to die.

MOORE, Fire Worshippers. Children.-Ah! what would the world be to us,

If the CHILDREN were no more ?
We should dread the desert behind us
Worse than the dark before.

LONGFELLOW, Children.
As CHILDREN gath'ring pebbles on the shore.

MILTON, Paradise Regained.
CHILDREN like olive plants round about thy table.

Psalm cxxviii. 3. Chinaman, John.-A cant or popular name for the Chinese. The

earliest known instance of its use is in “A Letter to the Committee

of Management of Drury Lane Theater, London, 1819." Chivalry.-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. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and
cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in, --glittering
like the morning star full of life, and splendour, and joy.
Little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters
fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men, in a nation of men of
honour and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must
have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that
threatened her with insult. But THE

That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded.-ED. BURKE, French Revolution. Christian.- A CHRISTIAN is the highest style of man.

Young, Night Thoughts. I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a CHRISTIAN.

POPE, Thoughts on Various Subjects. Christians.—HRISTIANS have burnt each other, quite persuaded That all the Apostles would have done as they did.

BYRON, Don Juan. Christmas -At CHRISTMAS play, and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year.

TUSSER, The Farmer's Diet.

AGE

OF CHIVALRY IS

GONE.

Christmas. Some say, that ever 'gainst that season comes

Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,
The bird of dawning singeth all night long:
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad;
The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.

SHAKESPERE, Hamlet. Church.--The CHURCH of England hath a Popish liturgy, a Calvin.

istic creed, and an Arminian clergy.--Ascribed to PITT. - To be of no CHURCH is dangerous. Religion, of which the

rewards are distant, and which is animated only by Faith and
Hope, will glide by degrees out of the mind, unless it be invigorated
and reimpressed by external ordinances, by stated calls to worship,
and the salutary influence of example. --JOHNSON, Life of Milton.

Who builds a CHURCH to God, and not to fame,
Will never mark the marble with his name.

POPE, Moral E-says. Circumlocution Office.--A designation made use of by Dickens in

“Little Dorrit,” in ridicule of official delays and indirectness. The CIRCUMLOCUTION OFFICE is described as the chief of "public departments in the art of perceiving how not to do it.” The name has come into popular use as a synonym for governmental routine, or “red tape,” or a roundabout way of transacting public business.

Whatever was required to be done, the CIRCUMLOCUTION OFFICE was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving how not to do it.--DICKENS, Little Dorrit.

The administrative Reform Association might have worked for ten years, without producing half of the effect which Mr. Dickens has produced in the same direction by flinging out the phrase,

“The CIRCUMLOCUTION OFFICE."--MASSON. Claes.—Gars auld CLAES look amaist as weel's the new.

BURNS, Cotter's Saturday Night. Classic Ground. For wheresoe'er I turn my ravished eyes,

Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise,
Poetic fields encompass me around,
And still I seem to tread on CLASSIC GROUND.

ADDISON, Letter from Italy. Clay.-The precious porcelain of human CLAY.-BYRON, Don Juan. Olleanliness. Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. “CLEANLINESS is indeed next to godliness.”—JOHN WESLEY.

Ev'n from the body's purity, the mind
Receives a secret sympathetic aid.-THOMSON.

Cliff.-As some tall CLIFF, that lifts its awful form,

Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,
Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread,
Eternal sunshine settles on its head.

GOLDSMITH, Deserted Village. Climb.-Fain would I climb but that I fear to fall.

SIR W. RALEIGH, Written on a pane of glass, in Queen

Elizabeth's presence.
Oloud.-Han:. Do you see yonder CLOUD that's almost in shape of a

camel ?
Pol. By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed.
Ham. Methinks it is like a weazel.
Pol. It is back'd like a weazel.
Ham. Or, like a whale ?

Pol. Very like a whale.-SHAKESPERE, Hamlet.
Cloud of witnesses.Hebrews xii. 1.

Cock and Bull Story.-An improbable story. Numerous mistakes

were made in interpreting hieroglyphic writings in the middle of the seventeenth century; the figures being so uncouth, and the rendering so unsatisfactory, that in two of the most common illustrations, it was alleged of some translators " they had mistaken a cock for a bull."

Cocker, According to.--Arithmetically correct. COCKER published a

treatise on arithmetic, which, notwithstanding its great original popularity, is now obsolete. “According to Hoyle,” needs no

explanation. Cockney School, or Cockney Poets.-A name given by some of the

English critics to a literary coterie whose productions were said “to consist of the most incongruous ideas in the most uncouth language.” In this sect were included Leigh Hunt, Shelley, Keats, and others; and the Quarterly Review (April, 1818) charged

the first with aspiring to be the “hierophant” of it. Coffee.-COFFEE, which makes the politician wise, And see through all things with his half-shut eyes.

POPE, Rape of the Lock, Cogitation. His cogitative faculties immers'd

In cogibundity of COGITATION.-HENRY CAREY, Chronon. Coincidence.-A “ strange COINCIDENCE,” to use a phrase

By which such things are settled nowadays. —BYRON, Don Juan Cold.—The COLD in clime are cold in blood,

Their love can scaroe deserve the name.--Ibid., The Giaorso,

Colossus.--Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world

Like a COLOSSUS; and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates;
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

SHAKESPERE, Julius Cesar. Come one, come all!—COME ONE, COME ALL! this rock shall ily

From its firm base as soon as I.-SCOTT, Lady of the Lake. Commandments.- Set my ten COMMANDMENTS in your face.

SHAKESPERE, Henry VI. Selimus, Emperor of the Turks, 1594.

Westward Ho! 1607. ERASMUS, Apophthegms.
Commentators.-Oh! rather give me COMMENTATORS plain,

Who with no deep researches vex the brain;
Who from the dark and doubtful love to run,
And hold their glimmering tapers to the sun.

CRABBE, The Parish Register.
How COMMENTATORS each dark passage shun,
And hold their farthing candle to the sun.

YOUNG, Love of Fame. Comparisons.-COMPARISONS are odious.—BURTON, Anat. of Mel.

HEYWOOD, A Woman killed with Kindness. HERBERT, Jacula
Prudentum.

Are odorous.-SHAKESPERE, Much Ado.
Are offensive.-Don Quixote.

She and COMPARISONS are odious.—Dr. JOHN DONNE.
Concatenation.-A CONCATENATION accordingly.

GOLDSMITH, She Stoops. Conduct.-His CONDUCT still right, with his argument wrong.

Retaliation. Confidence.-CONFIDENCE is a plant of slow growth in an aged

bosom.-W. PITT.
Confusion.--CONFUSION now hath made his master-piece.

Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
The Lord's anointed temple, and stole thence
The life o' the building.--SHAKESPERE, Macbeth.

With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout,

CONFUSION worse confounded.-MILTON, Paradise Lost. Conscience.-A man's own CONSCIENCE is his sole tribunal: and he

should care no more for that phantom “ opinion” than he should
fear meeting a ghost if he cross the churchyard at dark.-LYTTON.

A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet CONSCIENCE.--SHAKESPERE, Henry VIII.

Ibid.,

Conscience..-CONSCIENCE doth make cowards of us all.

SHAKESPERE, Hamlet.
My CONSCIENCE hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,

And every tale condemns me for a villain.-Ibid., Richard III. Consent.-And whispering, “I will ne'er CONSENT,” consented.

BYRON, Don Juan Consideration.-CONSIDERATION, like an angel, came And whipp'd th' offending Adam out of him.

SHAKESPERE, Henry V. Constable. Friend Ralph, thou hast

Outrun the CONSTABLE at last.—BUTLER, Hudibras. Contented. I would do what I pleased, and doing what I pleased, I

should have my will, and having my will, I should be CONTENTED;
and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired ; and
when there is no more to be desired, there is an end of it.-CER-

VANTES, Don Quixote.
Contentment.-The noblest mind the best CONTENTMENT has.

SPENSER, Faerie Queene Corporations.-CORPORATIONS cannot commit treason, nor be out

lawed nor excommunicate, for they have no souls.—Sir EDWARD

COKE.
Correspondent. I will be CORRESPONDENT to command,

And do my spriting gently.-SHAKESPERE, Tempest.
Counsel.-COUNSEL may stop awhile what will not stay.

Ibid., Lover's Complaint. Counsels.—Ah, gentle dames ! it gars me greet,

To think how monie COUNSELS Sweet,
How monie lengthened sage advices,

The husband frae the wife despises.-BURNS, Tam OʻShanter.
Counsellors.--In the multitude of COUNSELLORS there is safety.

Proverbs xi. 14 Country.–Our COUNTRY! in her intercourse with foreign nations,

may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong. -
STEPHEN DECATUR, Toast at Norfolk, 1816.
There's no glory like his who saves his COUNTRY.

TENNYSON, Queen Mary. 'Twas for the good of my COUNTRY that I should be abroad.

FARQUHAR, Beaux Stratagem. Coward.-When all the blandishments of life are gone,

The COWARD sneaks to death, the brave live on.—Dr. SEWELL. Oowards.-COWARDS die many times before their deaths ; The valiant never taste of death but once.

SHAKESPERE, Julius Cæsar.

« PreviousContinue »