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Thus neither the praise nor the blame is our own.
COWPER—Letter to Mr. Newton.
2 Circumstances beyond my individual control.
DICKENS—David Copperfield. Ch. 20.
3 Man is not the creature of circumstances, Circumstances are the creatures of men, BENJ. DISRAELI–Vivian Grey. Vol. II. Bk. VI. Ch. 7.
(See also BYRON) It is circumstances (difficulties) which show what men are. EPICTETUS. Ch. XXIV. Quoted from OVID
—Tristia. IV. 3. 79.Sc. 1. LONG's trans.
To what fortuitous occurrence do'we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives. GOLDSMITH-Vicar of Wakefield. Ch. XXI.
(See also BENTLEY) Circumstances alter cases.
HALIBURTON—The Old Judge. Ch. XV.
Man, without religion, is the creature of circumstances. Thos. HARDY–Griesses at Truth. Vol. I.
(See also OWEN)
Thus we see, too, in the world that some persons assimilate only what is ugly and evil from the same moral circumstances which supply good and beautiful results—the fragrance of celestial flowers—to the daily life of others. HAWTHORNE — Mosses from an Old Manse.
The Old Manse.
How comes it to pass, if they be only moved by chance and accident, that such regular mutations and generations should be begotten by a fortuitous concourse of atoms. J. SMITH — Select Discourses. III. P. 48.
(Ed. 1660) Same phrase found in MarcusMinucius Felix his Octavius. Preface. (Pub. 1695)
(See also BENTLEY) 21 In all distresses of our friends We first consult our private ends; While Nature, kindly bent to ease us, Points out some circumstance to please us. Swift—Paraphrase of Rochefoucauld's Maxim.
(See also under ADVERSITY) Aliena nobis, nostra plus aliis placent.
The circumstances of others seem good to us, while ours seem good to others. SYRUS-Marims.
The changeful chance of circumstances.
Et mihi res, non me rebus, subjungere conor.
And I endeavour to subdue circumstances to myself, and not myself to circumstances. HORACE-Epistles. I. 1. 191.
Quid velit et possit rerum concordia discors.
What the discordant harmony of circumstances would and could effect. HORACE—Epistles. I. 12. 19. 11
For these attacks do not contribute to make us frail but rather show us to be what we are. Thos. À KEMPIS-Imitation of Christ. DiB
DIN's trans. Bk. I. Ch. XVI. 12
Consilia res magis dant hominibus quam homines rebus.
Men's plans should be regulated by the circumstances, not circumstances by the plans. LIVY—Annales. XXII. 39.
13 Man is the creature of circumstances. ROBERT OWEN—The Philanthropist.
(See also HARDY) Acodental and fortuitous concourse of atoms. LORD ALMERSTON. Of the combination of
Parties led by Disraeli and Gladstone, March 5, 1857
(See also BENTLEY) Condition, circumstance is not the thing.
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. IV L. 57.
And grasps the skirts of happy chance,
TENNYSON—In Memoriam. Pt. LXIII. St. 2. This fearful concatenation of circumstances. DANIEL WEBSTER–Argument. The Murder
of Captain Joseph White. (1830) Vol. VI.
P. 88. (See also BENTLEY) F. M. the Duke of Wellington presents his compliments to Mr. and declines to interfere in circumstances over which he has no control. WELLINGTON. See G. A. SALA-Echoes of the
Week in London IUustrated News, Aug. 23,
(See also DICKENS)
Who does the best that circumstance allows, Does well, acts nobly, angels could no more. YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 90.
(Compare Habakkuk. II. 2)
Not for us are content, and quiet, and peace of CITIES
For we go seeking cities that we shall never find. Smyrna, Rhodos, Colophon, Salamis, Chios,
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is Argos, Athens—these seven cities contend as
set on a hill cannot be hid. to being the birthplace of the illustrious Homer. Matthew. V. 14. (The second line sometimes runs "Orbis de patria certat, Homere, tua.")
Towered cities please us then, ANON. Tr. from Greek. Same in Antipater of And the busy hum of men. Sidon.
MILTON-L'Allegro. L. 117. (See also HEYWOOD, SEWARD)
Nisi Dominus frustra. A rose-red city half as old as Time.
Unless the Lord keep the city the watchman JOHN W. BURGON—Petra. See LIBBEY and
waketh in vain (lit., unless the Lord in vain). HOSKINS—Jordan Valley and Petia.
Motto of City of Edinburgh, adapted from (See also ROGERS under TIME)
Psalms. CVII. 1. Vulgate. 3 I live not in myself, but I become
Fields and trees are not willing to teach me Portion of that around me; and to me High mountains are a feeling, but the hum
anything; but this can be effected by men re Of human cities torture.
siding in the city.
PLATO—Works. Vol. III. The Phædrus. BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto III. St. 72. (See also MILTON)
I dwelt in a city enchanted, This poor little one horse town.
And lonely indeed was my lot; S. L. CLEMENS—The Undertaker's Story.
Though the latitude's rather uncertain, God made the country, and man made the town.
And the longitude also is vague, COWPER—The Task. Bk. I. L. 749.
The persons I pity who know not the City (See also VARRO; also COWLEY under GARDENS)
The beautiful City of Prague.
W. J. PROWSE—The City of Prague. ("Little The first requisite to happiness is that a man
Village on Thames.") be born in a famous city. EURIPIDES—Encomium on Alcibiades. (Prob Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole
ably quoted.) See PLUTARCH-Life of earth, is Mount Zion, .. the city of the great Demosthenes.
Psalms. XLVIII. 2.
Small town, great renown.
RABELAIS-Pantagruel. Bk. V. Ch. XXXV. Seven cities warr'd for Homer being dead,
Of Chinon, Rabelais's native town.
Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 200.
Great Homer's birthplace seven rival cities claim, The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through
Too mighty such monopoly of Fame. the centre of each and every town or city.
THOMAS SEWARD-Ön Shakespeare's MonuHOLMES—The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.
ment at Stratford-upon-Avon. VI.
(See also first quotation under topic, and (See also HOLMES under BOSTON)
HEYWOOD) Far from gay cities, and the ways of men. Urbem lateritiam accepit, mamoream relinquit. HOMEROdyssey. Bk. 14. L. 410. POPE's
He (Cæsar Augustus) found a city built of trans.
brick; he left it built of marble.
SUETONIUS. (Adapted.) Cæsar Augustus. 28.
The city of dreadful night.
Divina natura dedit agros, ars humana ædi
ficavit urbes. Friends and loves we have none, nor wealth, Divine Nature gave the fields, human art nor blest abode
built the cities. But the hope, the burning hope, and the road, VARRO—De Re Rustica. III. 1. the lonely road.
(See also COWPER)
I'll purge and leave sack and live cleanly. Though outwardly a gloomy shroud,
Is bright and shining: The doctrines of religion are resolved into I therefore turn my clouds about carefulness; carefulness into vigorousness; vigor- And always wear them inside out ousness into guiltlessness; guiltlessness into To show the lining. abstemiousness; abstemiousness into cleanliness; ELLEN THORNEYCROFT FOWLER (Mrs. A. L. cleanliness into godliness.
Felton) - Wisdom of Folly. Talmud. Division of Mishna, as translated by DR. A. S. BETTELHEIM. Religious zeal
The clouds,—the only birds that never sleep. leads to cleanliness, cleanliness to purity,
VICTOR HUGO—The Vanished City. purity to godliness, godliness to humility to the fear of sin. RABBI PINHASBEN-JAÏR - Commentary on the lines from the Tal There ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, mud. See also Talmudde Jerusalem, by like a man's hand. SCHWAB. IV. 16. Commentary on the I Kings. XVIII. 44. treatise Schabbath. SCHUL-Sentences of Proverbes du Talmud et du Midrasch. 463.
See yonder little cloud, that, borne aloft
So tenderly by the wind, floats fast away Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch
Over the snowy peaks! At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb;
LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Legend. Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch,
Pt. V. L. 145. Till the white-winged reapers come.
21 HENRY VAUGHAN—The Seed Growing Secretly.
By unseen hands uplifted in the light
Of sunset, yonder solitary cloud Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. "Cleanliness
Floats, with its white apparel blown abroad, is indeed next to godliness.”
And wafted up to heaven. JOHN WESLEY-Sermon XCII. On Dress.
LONGFELLOW-Michael Angelo. Pt. II. 2.
But here by the mill the castled clouds
E. L. MASTERS Spoon River Anthology.
Isaiah Beethoven. Have you ever, looking up, seen a cloud like to a Centaur, a Pard, or a Wolf, or a Bull? Was I deceiv'd, or did a sable cloud ARISTOPHANES—Clouds. GERARD's trans. Turn forth her silver lining on the night? (Compare Hamlet. III. 2)
MILTON—Comus. L. 22. Rocks, torrents, gulfs, and shapes of giant size
There does a sable cloud And glitt'ring cliffs on cliffs, and fiery ramparts Turn forth her silver lining on the night, rise.
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove. BEATTIE–Minstrel. Bk. I.
MILTON—Comus. L. 223.
Once I beheld a sun, a sun which gilt
YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night VII. L. 815.
Choose a firm cloud before it fall, and in it Catch, ere she change, the Cynthia of this
minute. POPE—Moral Essays. Ep. 2. L. 19.
7 Who maketh the clouds his chariot.
Psalms. CIV. 3.
8 Do you see yonder cloud, that's almost in shape
of a camel?
(See also ARISTOPHANES) Yon towers, whose wanton tops do buss the
clouds. Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 220.
Trifolium Where the wind-rows are spread for the butter
fly's bed, And the clover-bloom falleth around. ELIZA COOK-Journal. Vol. VII. St. 2.
Song of the Haymakers.
By the garden gate,
Coming with the May!
I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
In their noonday dreams.
The sweet buds every one,
As she dances about the sun.
And whiten the green plains under,
feathery curtains, Stretching o'er the sun's bright couch. SHELLEY-Queen Mab. Bk. II.
Far clouds of feathery gold,
fertile golden islands, Floating on a silver sea.
SHELLEY – Queen Mab. Bk. II.
The clover blossoms kiss her feet,
Alone. 21 Flocks thick-nibbling through the clovered vale.
THOMSON—The Seasons. Summer. L. 1,235.
22 What airs outblown from ferny dells And clover-bloom and sweet brier smells.
WHITTIER—Last Walk in Autumn. St. 6.
CLYDE (RIVER) How sweet to move at summer's eve
By Clyde's meandering stream, When Sol in joy is seen to leave
The earth with crimson beam; When islands that wandered far
Above his sea couch lie,
Reopes its sparkling eye.
They have most satisfaction in themselves, and consequently the sweetest relish of their creature comforts. MATTHEW HENRY_Commentaries. Psalm
XXXVII. 14 Is there no balm in Gilead?
Jeremiah. VIII. 22.
Spelled also "truacle" or "tryacle" in the
While the cock with lively din
The early village cock Hath twice done salutation to the morn.
Richard III. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 209.
Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 384.
Miserable comforters are ye all.
Job. XVI. 2.
From out the throng and stress of lies,
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms. XXIII. 4.
And He that doth the ravens feed,
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 43.
COLOGNE In Köln, a town of monks and bones, And pavement fang'd with murderous stones, And rags and hags, and hideous wenches, I counted two-and-seventy stenches, All well defined, and several stinks! Ye nymphs that reign o'er sewers and sinks, The River Rhine, it is well known, Doth wash your city of Cologne; But tell me, nymphs! what power divine Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine? COLERIDGE—Cologne.
BRYANT-To the Fringed Gentian.
That comfort comes too late;
Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 119.
Skirting the rocks at the forest edge
O columbine, open your folded wrapper,
Where two twin turtle doves dwell!
That hangs in your clear green bell!