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and both meeting make the best fire. -Sir T. Overbury.

IX. They who are most weary of life, and yet are most unwilling to die, are such who have lived to no purpose; who have rather breathed than lived. - Clarendone

X.
What thing is Love, which noug can countervail ?

Nought save itself, ev'n such a thing is Love.
And worldly wealth in worth as far doth fail,

As lowest earth doth yield to heav'n above.
Divine is love, and scorneth worldly pelf,
And can be bought with nothing but with self.

Sir W. Raleigh.

XI. Books may be helps to learning and knowledge, and make it more common and diffused; but I doubt whether they are necessary ones or no; or much advance any other science, beyond the particular records of actions or registers of time: and these, perhaps, might be as long preserved without them, by the care and exactness of tradition in the long succession of certain races of men with whom they were intrusted. - Sir W. Temple.

XII. A true artist should put a generous deceit on the spectators, and effect the noblest designs by easy methods.- Burke.

XIII. Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude. — Sir P. Sidney.

XIV. We live with other men, and to other men ; neither vith nor to ourselves. We may sometimes be at

home left to ourselves, when others are weary of us,
and we are weary of being with them ; but we do not
dwell at home, we have no commerce, no conversation
with ourselves, nay, we keep spies about us that we
may not have ; and if we feel a suggestion, or hear an
importunate call from within, wę divert it by company,
or quiet it with sleep; and when we wake, no man
runs faster from an enemy, than we do from ourselves,
get with our friends, that we may not be with our-
selves. This is not only an epidemical disease that
spreads every where, but effected and purchased at as
great a price, as most other of our diseases, with the
expense of all our precious time. - Clarendon

XV.
If Love be life, I long to die,

Live they that list for me :
And he that gains the most thereby,

A fool at least shall be.
But he that feels the sorest fits
'Scapes with no less than loss of wits.

Unhappy life they gain,
Which love do entertain.

Sir W. Raleigh.

XVI. Nobility of birth commonly abateth industry; and he that is not industrious envieth him that is : besides, noble persons cannot go much higher : and he that standeth at a stay when others rise, can hardly avoid motions of envy.-- Lord Bacon.

XVII. I have long thought, that the different abilities of men, which we call wisdom or prudence for the conduct of public affairs or private life, grow directly out

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of that little grain of intellect or good sense which they bring with them into the world, and that the defect of it in men comes from some want in their conception or birth. - Sir W. Temple.

XVIII.
Love is nature's second sun
Causing a spring of virtues where he shines.
And, as without the sun, the world's great eye,
All colours, beauties, both of art and nature,
Are giy'n in vain to men ; so, without love
All beauties bred in woman are in vain,
All virtues born in men lie buried;
For love informs them as the sun doth colours.
And as the sun reflecting his warm beams
Against the earth, begets all fruits and flowers,
So love, fair shining in the inward man,
Brings forth in him the honorable fruits
Of valour, wit, virtue, and haughty thoughts,
Brave resolution, and divine discourse.
0! 'tis the paradise ! the heaven of earth!

Chapman.

. XIX. There is nothing more prejudicial to the grandeur of buildings, than to abound in angles; a fault obvious in many, and owing to an inordinate thirst for variety, which, whenever it prevails, is sure to leave very little true taste.- Burke.

XX. A man's self gives haps or mishaps even as he ordereth his heart. — Sir P. Sidney.

XXI. Repentance is a magistrate that exacts the strictest duty and humility, because the reward it gives is inestimable and everlasting ; and the pain and punishment

it redeems men from, is of the same continuance, and yet intolerable. - Clarendon.

XXII. Charters are kept when their purposes are maintained : they are violated when the privilege is supported against its end and its object. - Burke.

XXIII.
Silence in Love bewrays more woe

Than words, tho' ne'er so witty ;
A beggar that is dumb, you know,
May challenge double pity!

Sir W. Raleigh.

XXIV. I cannot allow poetry to be more divine in its effects than in its causes, nor any operation produced by it to be more than purely natural, or to deserve any other sort of wonder, than those of music, or of natural magic, however any of them have appeared to minds little versed in the speculations of nature, of occult qualities, and the force of numbers or of sounds. Whoever talks of drawing down the moon from heaven, by force of verse or of charms, either believes not himself, or too easily believes what others told him ; or perhaps follows an opinion begun by the practice of some poet, upon the facility of some people; who knowing the time when an eclipse would happen, told them he would by his charms call down the moon at such an hour, and was by them thought to have performed it. — Sir W. Temple.

XXV.
Love's holy flame for ever burneth ;
From heaven it canie, to heaven returneth;

Too oft on earth a troubled guest,
At times deceived, at times opprest.
It here is tried and purified,
Then hath in heaven its perfect rest :
It soweth here with toil and care,
But the harvest-time of love is there.

Southcy.
XXVI.
What is mine, even to my life, is hers I love; but
the secret of my friend is not mine. — Sir P. Sidney,

XXVII. Than in England, there is no where more true zeal in the many forms of devotion, and yet no where more knavery under the shows and pretences : there are no where so many disputers upon religion, so many reasoners upon government, so many refiners in politics, so many curious inquisitives, so many pretenders to business and state employments, greater porers upon books, nor plodders after wealth ; and yet no where more abandoned libertines, more refined luxurists, extravagant debauchees, conceited gallants, more dabblers in poetry as well as politics, in philosophy, and in chemistry. — Sir W. Temple.

XXVIII. Be careful to make friendship the child, and not the father of virtue: for many strongly knit minds are rather good friends than good men ; so, although they do not like the evil their friend does, yet they like him who does the evil; and though no counsellors of the offence, they yet protect the offender.- Sir P. Sidney.

XXIX. Death is natural to man, but slavery unnatural; and the moment you strip a man of his liberty, you strip him of all his virtues ; you convert his heart into a dark

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