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They are idols of hearts and of households;

They are angels of God in disguise; His sunlight still sleeps in their tresses, His glory still gleams in their

eyes; Those truants from home and from Heaven

They have made me more manly and mild; And I know now how Jesus could liken

The kingdom of God to a child.



When the lessons and tasks are all ended,

And the school for the day is dismissed, The little ones gather around me,

To bid me good-night and be kissed;
Oh, the little white arms that encircle

My neck in their tender embrace
Oh, the smiles that are halos of heaven,

Shedding sunshine of love on my face.

Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow. GEORGE ELIOT--Mill on the Floss. Bk. I.

Ch. X.

Another tumble! that's his precious nose!

HooD-Parental Ode to My Son.

17 Oh, when I was a tiny boy My days and nights were full of joy.

My mates were blithe and kind!
No wonder that I sometimes sigh
And dash the tear drop from my eye

To cast a look behind!
Hoon-Retrospective Review.

Children, ay, forsooth, They bring their own love with them when they

But if they come not there is peace and rest;
The pretty lambs! and yet she cries for more:
Why, the world's full of them, and so is heaven-
They are not rare.

JEAN INGELOW-Supper at the Mill.
Nil dictu fædum visuque hæc limina tangat
Intra quæ puer est.

Let nothing foul to either eye or ear reach those doors within which dwells a boy. JUVENAL-Satires. XIV. 44.




Wynken, Blynken and Nod one night

Sailed off in a wooden shoe
Sailed on a river of crystal light

Into a sea of dew.
EUGENE FIELD-Wynken, Blynken and Nod.


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Les enfants n'ont ni passé ni avenir; et, ce qui ne nous arrive guère, ils jouissent du présent.

Children have neither past nor future; and that which seldom happens to us, they rejoice in the present. LA BRUYÈRE-Les Caractères. XI.

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Mais un fripon d'enfant (cet âge est sans pitié).

But a rascal of a child (that age is without pity). LA FONTAINE–Fables. IX. 2.


By sports like these are all their cares beguild, The sports of children satisfy the child.

GOLDSMITH-The Traveller. L. 153.

Alas! regardless of their doom,

The little victims play;
No sense have they of ills to come,

Nor care beyond to-day.
Gray-On a Distant Prospect of Eton College.

St. 6.
But still when the mists of doubt prevail,
And we lie becalmed by the shores of

We hear from the misty troubled shore
The voice of the children gone before.

A babe is fed with milk and praise. LAMBThe First Tooth. In Poetry for Children by CHARLES and Mary LAMB.

(See also SHELLEY)

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There was a little girl,
And she had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead;
When she was good she was very, very good,
When she was bad she was horrid.

TUCKER-MACHETTAHome Life of Longfel-

Ah, il n'y a plus d'enfant.

Ah, there are no children nowadays. MOLIÈRE—Le Malade Imaginaire. II. 2. Parentes objurgatione digni sunt, qui nolunt liberos suos severa lege proficere.

Parents deserve reproof when they refuse to benefit their children by severe discipline. PETRONIUS ARBITER—Satyricon. IV.

The wildest colts make the best horses.

PLUTARCH-Life of Themistocles.
Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law,
Pleas'd with a rattle, tickled with a straw.

POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 275.



A wise son maketh a glad father.

Proverbs. X. 1.


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. St. 4.

Perhaps there lives some dreamy boy, untaught
In schools, some graduate of the field or street,
Who shall become a master of the art,
An admiral sailing the high seas of thought
Fearless and first, and steering with his fleet
For lands not yet laid down in any chart.

Who can foretell for what high cause
This darling of the gods was born?
ANDREW MARVELL-Picture of T. C. in a

Prospect of Flowers.
Each one could be a Jesus mild,
Each one has been a little child,
A little child with laughing look,
A lovely white unwritten book;
A book that God will take, my friend,
As each goes out at journey's end.

MASEFIELD-Everlasting Mercy. St. 27.

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs. XXII. 6.


Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Proverbs. XXXI. 29.


Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.

Psalms. CXXVII. 5. 20

Thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

Psalms. CXXVIII. 3.


And he who gives a child a treat
Makes Joy-bells ring in Heaven's street,
And he who gives a child a home
Builds palaces in Kingdom come,
And she who gives a baby birth,
Brings Saviour Christ again to Earth.

MASEFIELD-Everlasting Mercy. St. 50.


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There is nothing more to say,
They have all gone away.
From the house on the hill.

Edwin A. ROBINSONThe House on the Hill. Pointing to such, well might Cornelia say, When the rich casket shone in bright array, “These are my Jewels!” Well of such as he, When Jesus spake, well might the language be, “Suffer these little ones to come to me!”

SAMUEL ROGERSHuman Life.. L. 202.

L'enfance est le sommeil de la raison.

Childhood is the sleep of reason.

24 Glücklicher Säugling! dir ist ein unendlicher

Raum noch die Wiege, Werde Mann, und dir wird eng die unendliche


Happy child! the cradle is still to thee a vast space; but when thou art a man the boundless world will be too small for thee. SCHILLERDas Kind in der Wiege.



Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

Matthew. II. 18; Jeremiah. XXXI. 15. Ay, these young things lie safe in our hearts just

so long As their wings are in growing; and when these

are strong They break it, and farewell! the bird flies! OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Lucile.

Canto VI. Pt. II. St. 29. 10 The childhood shows the man, As morning shows the day. MILTONParadise Regained. Bk. IV. L. 220.

(See also WORDSWORTH) As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore.

MILTON— Paradise Regained. Bk. IV. L. 330.

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And children know, Instinctive taught, the friend and foe.

SCOTT-Lady of the Lake. Canto II. St. 14.

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We have no such daughter, nor shall ever see That face of her again. Therefore begone Without our grace, our love, our benizon.

King Lear. Act I, Sc. 1. L. 266.


Fathers that wear rags

Do make their children blind;
But fathers that bear bags

Shall see their children kind.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 48.



Children are the keys of Paradise,
They alone are good and wise,
Because their thoughts, their very lives, are

R. H. STODDARD The Children's Prayer.
If there is anything that will endure
The eye of God, because it still is pure,
It is the spirit of a little child,
Fresh from his hand, and therefore undefiled.

R. H. STODDARD- The Children's Prayer. “Not a child: I call myself a boy,"

Says my king, with accent stern yet mild; Now nine years

have brought him change of joy~ “Not a child.” SWINBURNE—Not a Child. St. 1.

17 But still I dream that somewhere there must be The spirit of a child that waits for me. BAYARD TAYLORThe Poet's Journal. Third


It is a wise father that knows his own child. Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 80.

Oh, 'tis a parlous boy; Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable; He's all the mother's from the top to toe.

Richard III. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 154.



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Behold, my lords, Although the print be little, the whole matter And copy of the father, eye, nose, lip, The trick of’s frown, his forehead, nay, the valley, The pretty dimples of his chin and cheek; his

smiles; The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger.

Winter's Tale. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 98.


Nam qui mentiri, aut fallere insuerit patrem, aut
Audebit: tanto magis audebit cæteros.
Pudore et liberalitate liberos
Retinere satius esse credo, quam metu.

For he who has acquired the habit of lying or deceiving his father, will do the same with less remorse to others. I believe that it is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect, and by gentleness, than by fear.

TERENCE-Adelphi. 1. 1. 30. Ut quisque suum vult esse, ita est.

As each one wishes his children to be, so they are. TERENCE-Adelphi. III. 3. 46.


A little child born yesterday
A thing on mother's milk and kisses fed.
SHELLEY-Homer's Hymn to Mercury. St. 69.

(See also LAMB)
It is very nice to think

The world is full of meat and drink
With little children saying grace

In every Christian kind of place.
STEVENSON—Child's Garden of Verses. A



Birds in their little nests agree:
And 'tis a shameful sight,
When children of one family
Fall out, and chide, and fight.




In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
STEVENSON——Child's Garden of Verses. Bed in


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In books, or work, or healthful play,

Let my first years be past, That I may give for every day

Some good account at last.

ISAAC WATTS-Against Idleness. Oh, for boyhood's time of June, Crowding years in one brief moon, When all

things I heard or saw, Me, their master, waited for.

WHITTIERThe Barefoot Boy. St. 3. The sweetest roamer is a boy's young heart.


24 The child is father of the man.

WORDSWORTH--My Heart Leaps Up. (See also MILTON; also DRYDEN under MAN)


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The difficulty in life is the choice.
GEORGE MOORE—Bending of the Bough. Act

Or fight or fly,
This choice is left ye, to resist or die.

POPE-Homer's Odyssey. Bk. XXII. L. 79.




Of harmes two the less is for to chose. CHAUCER—Troilus and Criseyde. Bk. II. L. 470.

(See also quotations under Evil) What voice did on my spirit fall

, Peschiera, when thy bridge I crost? "Tis better to have fought and lost Than never to have fought at all!


(See also TENNYSON under LOVE) Life often presents us with a choice of evils, rather than of goods.

C. C. COLTON-Lacon. P. 362.

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Devine, si tu peux, et choisis, si tu l'oses.

Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.
CORNEILLE-Héraclius. IV. 4.

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice. GEORGE ELIOT—Daniel Deronda. Bk. VI.


Which of them shall I take?
Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoy'd,
If both remain alive.

King Lear. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 57.
I will not choose what many men desire,
Because I will not jump with common spirits,
And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.

Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 9. L. 31.



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God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.

EMERSON—Essay. Intellect.

13 Betwixt the devil and the deep sea. ERASMUS-Adagia. Ch. III. Cent. IV. 94.

Quoted from the Greek. Proverb in HazLITT-English Proverbs. CLARKEParæmiologia. (1639) Said by Col. MONROE—Expedition and Observations. Pt. III. P. 55.

(Ed. 1637) 14 Inter sacrum et sazim.

Between the victim and the stone knife. ERASMUSLetter to Pirkheimer. PLAUTUS

Captivi. 3. 4. 84. Also said by APPULEIUS.

“Thy royal will be done 'tis just,” Replied the wretch, and kissed the dust;

Since, my last moments to assuage,
Your Majesty's humane decree
Has deigned to leave the choice to me,

I'll die, so please you, of old age.”
HORACE ŚMITH-The Jester Condemned to










Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of Fra Lippo, we have learned from thee Cathay.

A lesson of humanity: TENNYSONLocksley Hall. St. 92.

To every mother's heart forlorn,

In every house the Christ is born. When to elect there is but one,

R. W. GILDER-A Madonna of Fra Lippo 'Tis Hobson's Choice; take that or none.

Thos. WARD-England's Reformation. Canto
IV. L. 896. ("Hobson's Choice

In darkness there is no choice. It is light plained in Spectator. No. 509.)

that enables us to see the differences between things; and it is Christ that gives us light.

J. C. AND A. W. HARE-Guesses at Truth. 3

Great God! I'd rather be A Pagan, suckled in a creed outworn;

12 So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,

Who did leave His Father's throne, Have glimpses that would make me less for To assume thy flesh and bone? lorn;

Had He life, or had He none? Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea,

If he had not liv'd for thee, Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

Thou hadst died most wretchedly WORDSWORTH---Miscellaneous Sonnets. Pt. I.

And two deaths had been thy fee. Sonnet XXXIII.

HERBERT—The Church. Business. (See also MOORE under CHRISTIANITY; HOLMES under Music)

Vicisti, Galliloæ.

Thou hast conquered, O Galilæan. A strange alternative *

Attributed to JULIAN the APOSTATE. MONMust women have a doctor or a dance?

TAIGNE — Essays. Bk. II. Ch. XIX. YOUNG–Love of Fame. Satire V. L. 189. Claim dismissed by German and French

scholars. EMPEROR JUSTINIAN at the dediCHRIST

cation of the Cathedral of St. Sophia, built

on the plan of the Temple of Jerusalem, There is a green hill far away,

said: “I have vanquished thee, O Solomon.” Without a city wall,

(See also SWINBURNE) Where the dear Lord was crucified Who died to save us all.

All His glory and beauty come from within, CECIL FRANCES ALEXANDERThere is a and there He delights to dwell, His visits there Green Hill.

are frequent, His conversation sweet, His com

forts refreshing; and His peace passing all underHail, O bleeding Head and wounded,

standing. With a crown of thorns surrounded,

THOMAS À KEMPISImitation of Christ. Bk. Buffeted, and bruised and battered,

II. Ch. I. Dibdin's trans.
Smote with reed by striking shattered,
Face with spittle vilely smeared!

Into the woods, my Master went,
Hail, whose visage sweet and comely,

Clean forspent, forspent. Marred by fouling stains and homely,

Into the woods my Master came, Changed as to its blooming color,

Forspent with love and shame. All now turned to deathly pallor,

But the olives they were not blind to Him, Making heavenly hosts affeared!

The little gray leaves were kind to Him: ST. BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX-Passion Hymn. The thorn-tree had a mind to Him, ABRAHAM COLES' trans.

When into the woods He came. 7

SIDNEY LANIER—A Ballad of Trees and the In every pang that rends the heart

Master. The Man of Sorrows had a part. MICHAEL BRUCE Gospel Sonnets. Christ As God never gave man a thing to do concerning

cended. Attributed to JOHN LOGAN, who which it were irreverent to ponder how the Son issued the poems with emendations of his of God would have done it.

GEORGE MACDONALDThe Marquis of Lossie. "Every pang that rends the heart."

Vol. II. Ch. XVII. See also GOLDSMITHThe Captivity.

The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air 8

Lovely was the death have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to Of Him whose life was Love! Holy with power, lay his head. He on the thought-benighted Skeptic beamed Matthew. VIII. 20. Manifest Godhead.

18 COLERIDGE–Religious Musings. L. 29. The Pilot of the Galilean Lake.

MILTONLycidas. L. 109. A pagan heart, a Christian soul had he.

19 He followed Christ, yet for dead Pan he sighed, Near, so very near to God, As if Theocritus in Sicily

Nearer I cannot be; Had come upon the Figure crucified,

For in the person of his Son And lost his gods in deep, Christ-given rest.

I am as near as he. MAURICE FRANCIS EGAN—Maurice de Guerin. CATESBY PAGET-Hymn.






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