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Hobson's Choice.-No alternative. Tobias Hobson was the first man
in England that let out hackney horses. When a man came for a horse, he was led into the stable, where there was a great choice, but he obliged him to take the horse which stood next to the stable door; so that every customer was alike well served according to his chance, from whence it became a proverb, when what ought to be your election was forced upon you, to say "HOBSON'S CHOICE."
-Spectator, No. 509. Hocus Pocus.—Legerdemain. According to Tillotson, this is a cor
ruption of hoc est corpus, as used in the service of the Mass. Hog.-The fattest nog in Epicurus' sty.-W. MASON, Heroic Epistle. Holidays.—If all the year were playing HOLIDAYS, To sport would be as tedious as to work.
SHAKESPERE, Henry IV.
Lets in new light through chinks that time has made.
E. WALLER, Verses upon his Divine Poesy. 'Tis sweet to hear the watch.dog's honest bark
Bay deep-mouthed welcome as we draw near HOME;
BYRON, Don Juan.
J. H, PAYNE, from the opera of Clar.
Our wives are as comely ; And our HOME is still home, be it ever so homely.-C. DIBDIN. Homeless.-And HOMELESS near a thousand homes I stood, And near a thousand tables pined and wanted food.
WORDSWORTH, Guilt and Sorrow. Homer.-Read HOMER once, and you can read no more,
For all books else appear so mean, so poor;
SHEFFIELD, Duke of Buckingham.
T. HEYWOOD, The Hierarchie of the Blessed Angells,
Through which the living Homer begged his bread. --ANON. Honest.–To be HONEST as this world goes, is to be one man picked
out of ten thousand.-SHAKESPERE, All's Well.
Honesty.-HONESTY is the best policy.-Don Quixote. BYRON,
The Nimmers. - HONESTY is the best policy. But be who acts on that principle is not an honest man.--Archbishop WHATELEY. HONESTY's a fool, and loses that it works for.
And drunk the milk of Paradise. --COLERIDGE, Kubla Khan.
POPE, Essay on Man. HONOUR pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour prick me off when I come on? how then ? Can honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. or take away the grief of a wound ?
HONOUR, riches, marriage-blessing,
Ibid., Richard II.
ED, BURKE. Hookey Walker.—The popular name of a Londoner, whose real
name was John Walker, and who often forms a subject of allusion when the testimony of a person of tried and well-known veracity is impeached.
John Walker was an out-door clerk at Longman, Clementi, & Co.'s, in Cheapside, where a great number of persons were employed; and • Old Jack,' who had a crooked or hooked nose, occupied the post of a spy upon their aberrations, which were manifold. Of course it wag for the interest of the surveillants [sic] to throw discredit upon all
Jack's reports to the head of the firm ; and numbers could at:est that
HOPE, for a season, bade the world farewell,
THOMAS CAMPBELL, Pleasures of Hopa.
POPE, Essay on Man.
BYRON, The Corsair.
Still, still on HOPE relies ;
Bids expectation rise. -GOLDSMITH, The Captivity.
Adorns and cheers the way;
Emits a brighter ray.-Ibid.
But earthly hope, how bright soe'er,
HEBER, On Heavenly Hope and Earthly Hope
SHAKESPERE, Richard III.
Gay, The Sick Man.
And my fell of hair
SHAKESPERE, Macbeth Horse.—A HORSE! a horse! My kingdom for a horse !
Ibid., Richard III. To look a gift HORSE in the mouth. -- RABELAIS. BUTLER, Hu.
dibras. Also quoted by ST. JEROME. Hospitable.—So saying, with despatchful looks in haste She turns, on HOSPITABLE thoughts intent.
MILTON, Paradise Lost. Hospitality.-HOSPITALITY grows best where it is most needed.
Hugh MILLER. Small cheer and great welcome make a merry feast.
SHAKESPERE, Comedy of Errore. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. -Hebrews xiii. 2.
Hour. It is the HOUR when from the boughs
The nightingale's high note is heard ;
Seem sweet in every whisper'd word.—BYRON, Parisina.
BURNS, Death and Dr. Hornbook.
Ten to the world allot, and all to heaven.—SIR W. JONES.
How sweet their memory still !
The world can never fill. - COWPER, Walking with God. House.-A man's HOUSE is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum
refugium.-SIR E. COKE, Third Institute.
The HOUSE of everyone is to him as his castle and fortress, ar well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose,
Ibid., Semayne's Case
Whitford and Mitford joined the train,
Huggins and Muggins.-It has been suggested that these names are a
corruption of Hooge en Mogende (high and mighty), words occurring
But I have sent him for a token
Although we have never felt the least inclination to indulge in conjectural etymology, we cannot refrain, for once, from noticing the curious coincidence between the name of Odin's ravens, Hugin and Munin, Mind and Memory, and those two personages who figure so often in our comic literature as Messrs. HUGGINS AND MUGGINS. ---BLACKWELL.
Humanity. Hearing oftentimes
WORDSWORTH, Tintern Abbey. Humility.-HUMILITY is a virtue all preach, none practise, and yet
everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the
laity. --SELDEN, Table Talk. Hundredth Psalm.
The musical voice of Priscilla Singing the HUNDREDTH PSALM, the grand old Puritan anthem; Music that Luther sang to the sacred words of the psalmist; Full of the breath of the Lord, consoling and comforting many.
LONGFELLOW, Miles Standish. Hurt.-Rom. Courage man; the HURT cannot be much,
Mer. No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church. door; but ’tis enough. —SHAKESPERE, Romeo and Juliet.
She who ne'er answers till a HUSBAND cools,
POPE, Moral Essays. Hypocrisy.-HYPOCRISY is a sort of homage that vice pays to virtue.
ROCHEFOUCAULD. HYPOCRISY is the necessary burden of villainy.-DR. JOHNSON. Some tbatsmile have in their hearts, I fear, millions of mischiefs
SHAKESPERE, Julius Cosar.