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Quæ regio in terris nostri non plena laboris.
What region of the earth is not full of our calamities? VERGIL-Æneid. I. 460.
God's angels come
The soul sits dumb!
Talk not of wasted affection, affection never
was wasted. If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters,
returning Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill
them full of refreshment; That which the fountain sends forth returns
again to the fountain.
Venus and Adonis. L. 387.
AFFLICTION (See also ADVERSITY) Afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate. Book of Common Prayer. Prayer for all Con
ditions of Men. 7 Now let us thank th' eternal power, convinc'd That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction: That oft the cloud which wraps the present
hour, Serves but to brighten all our future days!
JOHN BROWN—Barbarossa. Act V. Sc. 3. Affliction's sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!
BURNS-A Winter Night.
9 Damna minus consueta movent.
The afflictions to which we are accustomed, do not disturb us. CLAUDIANUS—In Eutropium. II. 149.
10 Crede mihi, miseris ccelestia numina parcunt; Nec semper læsos, et sine fine, premunt.
Believe me, the gods spare the afflicted, and do not always oppress those who are unfortunate. OVID—Epistolæ Ex Ponto. III. 6. 21.
Affliction is the good man's shining scene;
braes, Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise. BURNS-Flow Gently, Sweet Afton.
AGE (See also ANTIQUITY)
Weak withering age no rigid law forbids,
Bk. II. L. 484.
What is it to grow old?
MATTHEW ARNOLD— Growing Old.
On one occasion some one put a very little wine into a wine cooler, and said that it was sixteen years old. “It is very small for its age," said Ğnathæna.
ATHENÆUS—Deipnosophists. XIII. 46.
Henceforth I'll bear Affliction till it do cry out itself, Enough, enough, and die.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 6. L. 75.
Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound Upon a wheel of fire; that mine own tears Do scald like molten lead.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7. L. 46.
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success. BACON-Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age.
Mature fieri senem, si diu velis esse senex.
You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long. CICERO—De Senectute, 10. (Quoted as an
The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth pro
duce, But autumn makes them ripe and fit for use: So Age a mature mellowness doth set On the green promises of youthful heat. SIR JOHN DENHAM-Cato Major. Pt. IV.
Old age doth in sharp pains abound;
We are belabored by the gout, Our blindness is a dark profound,
Our deafness each one laughs about. Then reason's light with falling ray
Doth but a trembling flicker cast.
Alas! my fifty years are past!
By candle-light nobody would have taken you for above five-and-twenty. BICKERSTAFF-Maid of the Mill. Act I. II.
(See also GILBERT) Age shakes Athena's tower, but spares gray Marathon.
BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto II. St. 88.
What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
brow? To view each loved one blotted from life's page,
And be alone on earth as I am now.
* Years steal Fire from the mind, as vigor from the limb; And life's enchanted cup but sparkles near the
brim. BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto III. St. 8.
10 Oh, for one hour of blind old Dandolo, Th' octogenarian chief, Byzantium's conquering
foe! BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto IV. St. 12.
11 Just as old age is creeping on apace, And clouds come o'er the sunset of our day, They kindly leave us, though not quite alone, But in good company—the gout or stone.
BYRON-Don Juan. Canto III. St. 59.
12 My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
Are mine alone!
No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace
DRYDEN-Edipus. Act IV. Sc. 1.
22 His hair just grizzled As in a green old age. DRYDEN–Edipus. Act III. Sc. 1.
(See also HOMER) Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. Ecclesiasticus. LX. 10.
(See also Bacon) Nature abhors the old.
We do not count a man's years, until he has nothing else to count.
EMERSON—Society and Solitude. Old Age.
26 Remote from cities liv'd a Swain, Unvex'd with all the cares of gain; His head was silver'd o'er with age, And long experience made him sage. Gay-Fables. Part I. The Shepherd and the
A green old age, unconscious of decays,
trans. (See also DRYDEN)
Old and well stricken in age.
Genesis. XVIII. 11.
In the dusk with a light behind her.
(See also BICKERSTAFF) Das Alter macht nicht kindisch, wie man spricht, Es findet uns nur noch als wahre Kinder.
Age childish makes, they say, but 'tis not true;
O blest retirement! friend to life's decline Retreats from care, that never must be mine How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these, A youth of labour with an age of ease!
GOLDSMITH-Deserted Village. L. 97.
Boys must not have th' ambitious care of men,
Seu me tranquilla senectus
Either a peaceful old age awaits me, or death flies round me with black wings. HORACE—Satires. Bk. II. 1. 57.
19 Ladies, stock and tend your hive, Trifle not at thirty-five; For, howe'er we boast and strive, Life declines from thirty-five; He that ever hopes to thrive Must begin by thirty-five. SAMUEL JOHNSON—To Mrs. Thrale, when
Thirty-five. L. 11. 20 Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage, Till pitying Nature signs the last release, And bids afflicted worth retire to peace. SAMUEL JOHNSON-Vanity of Human Wishes.
I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. GOLDSMITH-She Stoops to Conquer. Act I.
Sc. 1. (See also BACON) They say women and music should never be dated.
GOLDSMITH-She Stoops to Conquer. Act III. Alike all ages: dames of ancient days Have led their children thro' the mirthful maze, And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore, Has frisk'd beneath the burthen of threescore.
GOLDSMITH—The Traveller. L. 251.
L'on craint la vieillesse, que l'on n'est pas sûr de pouvoir atteindre.
We dread old age, which we are not sure of being able to attain. LA BRUYÈRE—Les Caractères. XI.
lege. St. 9.
W. E. HENLEY_Of Youth and Age. Envoy.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty
L'on espère de vieillir, et l'on craint la vieillesse; c'est-à-dire, l'on aime la vie et l'on fuit la mort.
We hope to grow old and we dread old age; that is to say, we love life and we flee from death. LA BRUYÈRE—Les Caractères. XI.
Peu de gens savent être vieux.
Few persons know how to be old.
0. W. HOLMES-On the seventieth birthday of
Julia Ward Howe, May 27, 1889.
La vieillesse est un tyran qui défend, sur peine de la vie, tous les plaisirs de la jeunesse.
Old age is a tyrant who forbids, upon pain of death, all the pleasures of youth. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maximes. 461.
You hear that boy laughing? You think he's all
fun; But the angels laugh, too, at the good he has done. The children laugh loud as they troop to his call, And the poor man that knows him laughs loud
est of all! O. W. HOLMES—The Boys. St. 9.
The sunshine fails, the shadows grow more
dreary, And I am near to fall, infirm and weary.
The course of my long life hath reached at last,
Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk. GEORGE MACDONALD—The Marquis of Lossie.
Senex cum extemplo est, jam nec sentit, nec
sapit; Ajunt solere eum rursum repuerascere.
When a man reaches the last stage of life,without senses or mentality—they say that he has grown a child again. PLAUTUS-Mercator. II. 2. 24.
17 Why will you break the Sabbath of my days? Now sick alike of Envy and of Praise.
POPE-First Book of Horace. Ep. I. L. 3. Learn to live well, or fairly make your will; You've played, and loved, and ate, and drank
What find you better or more honorable than age?
* Take the preeminence of it in everything;—in an old friend, in old wine, in an old pedigree. SHAKERLEY-MARMION—Antiquary. Act II.
Sc. 1. (See also BACON)
Walk sober off, before a sprightlier age
stage. POPE—Imitations of Horace. Bk. II. Ep. 2.
When you try to conceal your wrinkles, Polla, with paste made from beans, you deceive yourself, not me. Let a defect, which is possibly but small, appear undisguised. A fault concealed is presumed to be great.
MARTIAL—Epigrams. Bk. III. Ep. 42.
Set is the sun of my years;
I sit in my darkness and tears.
Old wood to burn! Old wine to drink! Old friends to trust! Old authors to read !Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that age appeared to be best in these four things. MELCHIOR—Floresta Española de Apothegmas o Sentencias, etc. II. 1. 20.
(See also BACON) 11
The ages roll Forward; and forward with them, draw my soul
Into time's infinite sea. And to be glad, or sad, I care no more; But to have done, and to have been, before I
cease to do and be. OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-The Wan
derer. Bk. IV. A Confession and Apology. St. 9.
Me let the tender office long engage
POPE-Prologue to the Satires. L. 408.
20 His leaf also shall not wither.
Psalms I. 3. 21
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Psalms XC. 10.
Age has now Stamped with its signet that ingenuous brow. ROGERS-Human Life. (1819)
(See also SCOTT) 2 O, roses for the flush of youth,
And laurel for the perfect prime;
Grown old before my time.
SAXE-I'm Growing Old.
Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo
All the world's a stage,
idea in JEAN DE COURCY-Le Chemin de Vaillance. Copy in British Museum, KING'S MSS. No. 14. E. II. See also HORACE-Ars Poetica. 158. (Ages given as four.) In the Mishna, the ages are given as 14, by Jehuda, son of Thema. In PLATO's (spurious) Dialog: Axiochus, SOCRATES sums up human life.
On his bold visage middle age
(1810) (See also ROGERS)
Thus aged men, full loth and slow,
Scott-Rokeby. Canto V. St. 1.
Old friends are best. King James us'd to call for his Old Shoes, they were easiest for his Feet. SELDEN—Table Talk. Friends.
(See also BACON) Nihil turpius est, quam grandis natu senex, qui nullum aliud habet argumentum, quo se probet diu vixisse, præter ætatem.
Nothing is more dishonourable than an old man, heavy with years, who has no other evidence of his having lived long
except his age. SENECA-De Tranquillitate. 3.7.
Though now this grained face of mine be hid In sap-consuming winter's drizzled snow, And all the conduits
of my blood froze up, Yet hath my night of life some memory. Comedy of Errors. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 311.
What should we speak of When we are old as you? When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December.
Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 36.
17 An old man is twice a child.
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 404.
Turpis et ridicula res est elementarius senex: juveni parandum, seni utendum est.
An old man in his rudiments is a disgraceful object. It is for youth to acquire, and for age to apply. SENECA-Epistolæ Ad Lucilium. XXXVI. 4.
Old age is an incurable disease.
AU's Well that Ends Well. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 40.
At your age, The hey-day in the blood is tame, it's humble, And waits upon the judgment.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 68.
19 Begin to patch up thine old body for heaven.
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 193.
Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty;