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So smile the Heavens upon this holy act
That after-hours with sorrow chide us not!
Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 6.
Suit the action to the word, the word to the



Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2.


The blood more stirs To rouse a lion, than to start a hare. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3. Things done well, And with a care, exempt themselves from fear; Things done without example, in their issue Are to be fear'd. Henry VIII.


Act I. Sc. 2.

We may not think the justness of each act Such and no other then event doth form it. Troilus and Cressida. Act II. Sc. 2.


We must not stint Our necessary actions, in the fear To cope malicious censurers.

0. Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2. Heaven never helps the men who will not act. P. Sophocles. Fragment 288.

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Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
g. As You Like It. Act. II.

Sc. 1. Then know, that I have little wealth to lose; A man I am cross'd with adversity.


Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act IV. Sc. 1. They can be meek that have no other cause, A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity, We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry.

i. Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1.

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GOLDSMITH-She Stoops to Conquer.

Act IV. 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.

LONGFELLOW-- Evangeline. Pt. II. St. 1.


Affection is a coal that must be cool'd;
Else suffer'd it will set the heart on fire.
v. SHAKESPEARE- Venus and Adonis.
Line 387.

So loving to my mother, That he might not beteem the winds of heaven

Visit her face too roughly.

w. Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. Such affection and unbroken faith As temper life's worst bitterness.

X. SHELLEY-The Cenci. Act. III. Sc. 1.

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Affliction is not sent in vain From that good God who chastens whom he loves.


SOUTHEY- Madoc. Pt. III. Line 74.
With silence only as their benediction,
God's angels come

Where in the shadow of a great affliction,
The soul sits dumb!
WHITTIER-To my friend on the death
of his sister.
Affliction is the good man's shining scene;
Prosperity conceals his brightest ray;
As night to stars, woe lustre gives to man.
f. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night IX.
Line 406.

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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.

i. BACON-Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age. avage all the j. BEATTIE--The Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 25.

To resist with success, the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart; to keep these in parallel vigor, one must exercise, study and love. k. BONSTETTEN--In Abel Stevens'

Madame de Slael. Ch. XXVI.

Old age comes on apace to clime.

No chronic tortures racked his aged limb, For luxury and sloth had nourished none for him.


BRYANT-The Old Man's Funeral.

Age shakes Athena's tower, but spares gray Marathon.

m. BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto II. St. 88.

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.

My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief
Are mine alone!

0. BYRON-On my Thirty-sixth Year.

Dark and despairing, my sight I may seal, But man cannot cover what God would reveal:

'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, And coming events cast their shadows before. p. CAMPBELL-Lochiel's Warning.

Line 53.

As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. q. CICERO. Life's shadows are meeting Eternity's day. JAMES G. CLARKE-Leona.


The spring, like youth, fresh blossoms doth produce,


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.
Boys must not have th' ambitious care of men,
Nor men the weak anxieties of age.
Roscommon)-Trans. Horace.


Of the Art of Poetry. Line 212. We do not count a man's years, until he has nothing else to count.


EMERSON-Society and Solitude.

Old Age. Old age is courteous-no one more : For time after time he knocks at the door,

But nobody says, "Walk in, sir, pray!"

Yet turns he not from the door away,
But lifts the latch, and enters with speed,
And then they cry, A cool one, indeed."



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