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Childhood.-0, ever thus, from CHILDHOOD's hour,
I've seen my fondest hopes decay ;
But 'twas the first to fade away.
To glad me with its soft black eye,
MOORE, Fire Worshippers. Children.-Ah! what would the world be to us,
If the CHILDREN were no more ?
MILTON, Paradise Regained.
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
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.
OF CHIVALRY IS
Christmas. Some say, that ever 'gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,
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
Who builds a CHURCH to God, and not to fame,
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,
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
Cliff.-As some tall CLIFF, that lifts its awful form,
Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,
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
Pol. Very like a whale.-SHAKESPERE, Hamlet.
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
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.
Who with no deep researches vex the brain;
CRABBE, The Parish Register.
YOUNG, Love of Fame. Comparisons.-COMPARISONS are odious.—BURTON, Anat. of Mel.
HEYWOOD, A Woman killed with Kindness. HERBERT, Jacula
Are odorous.-SHAKESPERE, Much Ado.
She and COMPARISONS are odious.—Dr. JOHN DONNE.
GOLDSMITH, She Stoops. Conduct.-His CONDUCT still right, with his argument wrong.
Retaliation. Confidence.-CONFIDENCE is a plant of slow growth in an aged
Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
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
A peace above all earthly dignities,
Conscience..-CONSCIENCE doth make cowards of us all.
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;
VANTES, Don Quixote.
SPENSER, Faerie Queene Corporations.-CORPORATIONS cannot commit treason, nor be out
lawed nor excommunicate, for they have no souls.—Sir EDWARD
And do my spriting gently.-SHAKESPERE, Tempest.
Ibid., Lover's Complaint. Counsels.—Ah, gentle dames ! it gars me greet,
To think how monie COUNSELS Sweet,
The husband frae the wife despises.-BURNS, Tam OʻShanter.
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. -
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.