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Abandon.-ABANDON all hope, ye who enter here. -DANTE, Inferno. Abdiel.-[Heb. Servant of God.] The name of an angel mentioned
by the Jewish cabalists. He is represented by Milton as one of the
Among the faithless, faithful only he:
His loyalty he kept, his love, his zeal.- Paradise Lost. Abide.—ABWE with me; fast falls the eventide ;
The darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide !'
ABIDE with me from morn till eve,
For without Thee I dare not die. - KEBLE, Evening.
Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!—T. H. BAYLEY, Isle of Beauty. Abstracts. They are the ABSTRACTS and brief chronicles of the time.
-SHAKESPERE, Hamlet. Abundance. For out of the ABUNDANCE of the heart the mouth
speaketh.—Matthew, chap. xii., 34. Accident.—The ACCIDENT of an accident.--Lord THURLOW, Reply to
the Duke of Grafton. Account.—A beggarly ACCOUNT of empty boxes. —SHAKESPERE, Ro
meo and Juliet.
Acquaintance.—Should auld ACQUAINTANCE be forgot,
And never brought to min'?
Burns, Auld Lang Syne.
WORDSWORTH, The Borderers. - Suit the ACTION to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature.
SHAKESPERE, Hamlet. - When our souls shall leave this dwelling, the glory of one fair and virtuous ACTION is above all the scutcheons on our tomb, or
silken banners over us. --J. SHIRLEY, 1666. Actions.-ACTIONS of the last age are like almanacs of the last year.
-DENHAM, The Sophy. - Only the ACTIONS of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in the dust. --J. SHIRLEY, 1666.
After a well-graced ACTOR leaves the stage,
Thinking his prattle to be tedious.--SHAKESPERE, Richard II. Acts. That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered ACTS
Of kindness and of love. --WORDSWORTII, Tintern Abbey.
Milton, Paradise Lost. Addle Parliament.--A name given to the English Parliament which
assembled at London, April 5, 1614, and was dissolved on the 6th of the following June. It was so called because it remonstrated
with the king on his levying “benevolences," and passed no Acts. Admirable Doctor.-Lat. Doctor Mirabilis.] A title bestowed upon
Roger Bacon (1214-1292), an English monk, who, by the power of his genius and the extent of his learning, raised himself above his time, made many astonishing discoveries in science, and contributed
much to the extension of real knowledge. Admire.—Where none ADMIRE, 'tis useless to excel ; Where none are beaux, 'tis vain to be a belle.
LYTTELTON, Soliloquy on a Beauty. Adorn.-A Poet, Naturalist, and Historian,
Who left scarcely any style of writing untouched,
DR. JOHNSON, On Goldsmith. Adullamites.-Politicians who combine to desert their Party at a crisis.
This nickname originated in the discussions on a Reform Bill introduced by Earl Russell's Government in 1866, when Mr. Bright referred to the powerful opposition among the supporters of the Government as a “ cave of Adullam," into which went “everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented,” gathering themselves under the leadership of two of the ablest spirits in their party. This opposition from their “candid friends” wrecked the Government, which imme
diately resigned. The reference is to 1 Samuel xxii., 2. Adversity.-If thou faint in the day of ADVERSITY, thy strength is
small. — Proverbs, xxiv. 10.
- In the ADVERSITY of our best friends we often find something
which does not displease us. -ROCHEFOUCAULD, Maxim 245. - In all cases of heart-ache, the application of another man's dis
appointment draws out the pain and allays the irritation. —
Sweet are the uses of ADVERSITY,
SHAKESPERE, As You Like It.
Ibid., Lover's Complaint. Affections.-Alas! our young AFFECTIONS run to waste,
Or water but the desert. - BYRON, Childe Harold.
Where patience, honour, sweet humanity, .
MALLET AND THOMSON.
BURNS, A Winter's Night. Age.--AGE cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety.-SHAKESPERE, Ant. and Cleo.
But an old Age serene and bright,
Age.- Good old AGE.— Genesis, xv. 15.
His hair just grizzled
And keep awhile one parent from the sky.-POPE. To Arbuthnot. Ages.-Alike all AGES: dames of ancient days
Have led their children through the mirthful maze;
TENNYSON, Locksley Hall. Agree.-Where they do AGREE on the stage, their unanimity is
wonderful.-SHERIDAN, The Critic.
Thy God's, and truth's.-SHAKESPERE, Henry VIII.
The pealing anthem swells the note of praise.-GRAY, Elegy.
SHAKESPERE, Winter's Tale. Allegory.-As headstrong as an ALLEGORY on the banks of the Nile.
(Mrs. Malaprop.)-SUERIDAN, The Ricals. Alliteration. Apt ALLITERATION's artful aid.
CHURCHILL, Prophecy of Famine. All-the-Talents Administration.-An ADMINISTRATION formed by
Lord Grenville on the death of Mr. Pitt (June 23. 1806). The friends of this ministry gave it the appellation of " All the Talents," which, being echoed in derision by the opposition, became fixed upon it ever after. The death of Mr. Fox, one of the members, Sept. 13, 1806, led to various changes, and this ministry was
finally dissolved in March, 1807. Almighty Dollar.-A personification of the supposed object of Ameri
can idolatry, intended as a satire upon the prevailng passion for gain. The expression originated with Washington Irving :-“ THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these
peculiar villages.”—The Creole Village. Alone.-ALONE, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide, wide sea.-COLERIDGE, Ancient Mariner.