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Do not believe what I tell you here any more than if it were some tale of a tub.
RABELAIS—Works. Bk. IV. Ch. XXXVIII.
("Tale of a Tub," title of a work of SWIFT's.) Stands not within the prospect of belief.
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 74.
A thing that nobody believes cannot be proved too often.
BERNARD SHAW—Devil's Disciple. Act III.
WORDSWORTH-Excursion. Bk. I. St. 12.
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VII. Pt.
While the steeples are loud in their joy,
HOOD-Song for the Million.
The ringers ran by two, by three;
Good ringers, pull your best," quoth he.
Play uppe The Brides of Enderby.”
II. L. 1311. (See also CÆSAR)
The church-going bell.
The bells themselves are the best of preachers, COWPER- Verses supposed to be written by Their brazen lips are learned teachers, Alexander Selkirk.
From their pulpits of stone, in the upper air,
Sounding aloft, without crack or flaw,
Shriller than trumpets under the Law.
Hear the sledges with the bells,
Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night,
With a crystalline delight:
In a sort of Runic rhyme
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bellsFrom the jingling and the tingling of the bells.
PoE-The Bells. St. 1.
Hark, how chimes the passing bell!
SHIRLEY—The Passing Bell.
Hear the mellow wedding bells,
Through the balmy air of night
And all in tune
What a liquid ditty floats "To the turtle dove that listens while she gloats
On the moon!
With deep affection
Those Shandon bells,
Their magic spells.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace.
TENNYSON— In Memoriam. Pt. CVI.
And the Sabbath bell, That over wood and wild and mountain dell Wanders so far, chasing all thoughts unholy With sounds most musical, most melancholy.
SAMUEL ROGERS—Human Life. L. 517.
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
A feather in hand is better than a bird in the air. HERBERT—Jacula Prudentum.
(See also CERVANTES) Better one byrde in hand than ten in the wood. HEYWOOD-Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI.
(See also CERVANTES) 17 The nightingale has a lyre of gold,
The lark's is a clarion call, And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute,
But I love him best of all.
Qui dedit beneficium taceat; narret, qui accepit.
Let him that hath done the good office conceal it; let him that hath received it disclose it. SENECA-De Beneficiis. II. 11.
5 Inopi beneficium bis dat, qui dat celeriter.
He gives a benefit twice who gives quickly. SYRUS, in the collection of proverbs known as
the Proverbs of Seneca. Beneficia usque eo læta sunt dum videntur exsolvi posse; ubi multum antevenere pro gratia odium redditur.
Benefits are acceptable, while the receiver thinks he may return them; but once exceeding that, hatred is given instead of thanks. TACITUS-Annales. IV. 18.
For his song is all the joy of life,
And we in the mad spring weather, We two have listened till he sang
Our hearts and lips together.
When the swallows homeward ily,
Betula Rippling through thy branches goes the sun
shine, Among thy leaves that palpitate forever, And in thee, a pining nymph had prisoned The soul, once of some tremulous inland river, Quivering to tell her woe, but ahl dumb, dumb
forever. LOWELL—The Birch Tree.
Do you ne'er think what wondrous beings these? Do you ne'er think who made them, and who
taught The dialect they speak, where melodies
Alone are the interpreters of thought? Whose household words are songs in many keys,
Sweeter than instrument of man e'er caught! LONGFELLOW—Tales of a Wayside Inn. The
Poet's Tale. The Birds of Killingworth.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. CERVANTES—Don Quixote. Pt. I. Ch. IV. (See also HERBERT, HEYWOOD, PLUTARCH)
Every bird that upwards swings
As this auspicious day began the race Bears the Cross upon its wings.
Of ev'ry virtue join'd with ev'ry grace; Ascribed to JOHN MASON NEALE.
May you, who own them, welcome its return,
Till excellence, like yours, again is born. He is a fool who lets slip a bird in the hand
The years we wish, will half your charms imfor a bird in the bush.
pair; PLUTARCH–Of Garrulity.
The years we wish, the better half will spare;
The victims of your eyes will bleed no more, (See also CERVANTES)
But all the beauties of your mind adore. Hear how the birds, on ev'ry blooming spray,
JEFFREY-Miscellanies. To a Lady on her
Birthday. With joyous musick wake the dawning day!
13 POPE-Pastorals. Spring. L. 23.
Believing hear, what you deserve to hear:
Your birthday as my own to me is dear. A little bird told me.
Blest and distinguish'd days! which we should King Henry IV. Pt. II. Last lines. See also
prize Mahomet's pigeon, the “pious lie”, Life of The first, the kindest bounty of the skies. Mahomet in Library of Useful Knowledge. But yours gives most; for mine did only lend Note p. 19. ARISTOPHANES—Aves. See Me to the world; yours gave to me a friend. Robinson's Antiquities. Greek, Bk. III. MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. IX. Ep. 53. Ch. XV. ad init. Ecclesiastes. X. 20.
My birthday!-what a different sound That byrd ys nat honest
"That word had in my youthful ears; That fylythe hys owne nest.
And how each time the day comes round,
Lest, selling that noble inheritance for a poor groves with sweet complainings.
mess of perishing pottage, you never enter into SOMERVILLE—The Chace.
His eternal rest. (See also GRAY)
PENN-No Cross no Crown. Pt. II. Ch. XX.
(See also Genesis) Those golden birds that, in the spice-time, drop Man alone at the very moment of his birth, About the gardens, drunk with that sweet food
cast naked upon the naked earth, does she Whose scent hath lur'd them o'er the summer
abandon to cries and lamentations. flood;
PLINY The Elder-Natural History. Bk. VII. And those that under Araby's soft sun
Sec. II. Build their high nests of budding cinnamon.
(See also BURTON) MOORE-Lalla Rookh. The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan.
Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear;
'Tis but the funeral of the former year. BIRTH; BIRTHDAY
POPE-To Mrs. M. B. L. 9. He is born naked, and falls a whining at the first.
The dew of thy birth is of the womb of the BURTON—Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. morning. II. Mem. 3. Subsect. 10.
The Psalter. Psalms. CX. 3. (See also PLINY, WISDOM OF SOLOMON; and 19 TENNYSON, under BABYHOOD)
"Do you know who made you?" "Nobody,
as I knows on," said the child, with a short Esaw selleth his byrthright for a messe of potage, laugh. The idea appeared to amuse her considChapter heading of the Genevan version and
erably; for her eyes twinkled, and she added Matthew's Bible of Genesis XXV. (Not in
“I 'spect I growed. Don't think nobody authorized version.)
never made me. (See also PENN)
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE–Uncle Tom's
Cabin. Ch. XXI. A birthday:--and now a day that rose
20 With much of hope, with meaning rife As some divinely gifted man, A thoughtful day from dawn to close:
Whose life in low estate began, The middle day of human life.
And on a simple village green; JEAN INGELOW-A Birthday Walk.
Who breaks his birth's invidious bar. 11
TENNYSON-In Memoriam. Canto 64. And show me your nest with the young ones in it,
When I was born I drew in the common air, I will not steal them away;
and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature, I am old! you may trust me, linnet, linnet and the first voice which I uttered was crying, I am seven times one to-day.
as all others do. JEAN INGELOW-Songs of Seven. Seven Times Wisdom of Solomon. VII. 3. One.
(See also BURTON)
Thanking God, whose boundless wisdom makes
the flowers of poesy bloom In the forge's dust and cinders, in the tissues of
the loom. LONGFELLOW—Nuremberg. L. 34. Under a spreading chestnut tree
The village smithy stands:
With large and sinewy hands;
Are strong as iron bands.
BLACKBIRD The birds have ceased their songs, All save the blackbird, that from yon tall ash, 'Mid Pinkie's greenery, from his mellow throat, In adoration of the setting sun, Chants forth his evening hymn.
MOIR-An Evening Sketch.
Lo, the peep of day;
Let thy loud and welcome lay
3 A slender young Blackbird built in a thorn-tree: A spruce little fellow as ever could be; His bill was so yellow, his feathers so black, So long was his tail, and so glossy his back, That good Mrs. B., who sat hatching her eggs, And only just left them to stretch her poor legs, And pick for a minute the worm she preferred, Thought there never was seen such a beautiful
bird. D. M. MULOCK—The Blackbird and the Rooks.
As great Pythagoras of yore,
LONGFELLOW-To a Child. L. 175.
And he sang: "Hurra for my handiwork!"
And the red sparks lit the air; Not alone for the blade was the bright steel
made; And he fashioned the first ploughshare. CHAS. MACKAY—Tubal Cain. St. 4.
O Blackbird! sing me something well:
While all the neighbors shoot thee round, I keep smooth plats of fruitful ground, Where thou may'st warble, eat and dwell.
In other part stood one who, at the forge Labouring, two massy clods of iron and brass Had melted.
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. XI. L. 564.
I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus, The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool.
King John. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 193.
The paynefull smith, with force of fervent heat,
BLASPHEMY (See OATHS, SWEARING)
BLACKSMITH 5 Curs'd be that wretch (Death's factor sure) who
brought Dire swords into the peaceful world, and taught Smiths (who before could only make The spade, the plough-share, and the rake) Arts, in most cruel wise Man's left to epitomize! ABRAHAM COWLEY-In Commendation of the
Time we live under, the Reign of our gracious
King, Charles II. Come, see the Dolphin's anchor forged; 'tis at a
white heat now: The billows ceased, the flames decreased; though
on the forge's brow The little flames still fitfully play through the
sable mound; And fitfully you still may see the grim smiths
ranking round, All clad in leathern panoply, their broad hands
only bare; Some rest upon their sledges here, some work
the windlass there. SAMUEL FERGUSON—The Forging of the An
chor. St. 1.
BLESSINGS 'Tis not for mortals always to be blest. ARMSTRONG—Art of Preserining Health. Bk.
IV. L. 260.
The smith and his penny both are black.
And the smith his iron measures hammered to
the anvil's chime;
For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
CONGREVE-Mourning Bride. Act. V. Sc. 3.