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Hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side?
And hang a calf-skin on those recreant limbs!"
the same anathema. The mob has many heads, but no brains. The magistrate's son escapes from every thing.- Spanish. “ Great men,” says Mr. Collins, “ too often commit all sorts of vil
lainies with impunity.” Not in England, we presume. It is long since the aristocracy of this country lost the privilege to levy contributions, to rob, and murder, with impunity. Thank God, the highest person in the kingdom (except the King, who, the bishops say, can do no wrong), cannot raise a finger against the lowest, without being amenable to the laws. The case is different in Ireland, if Mr. Wakefield be correct; but that has long been a “ spot accursed,” out of the pale of the law and justice
too. Their power and their will are the measures princes take of
right and wrong. The larger states are, the more they are subject to revolu
tions.-Italian. That trial is not fair, where affection is judge. Trade and commerce are universal cheating by general consent. To keep a custom you hammer the anvil still, though you
have no iron.
War makes thieves and peace hangs them.--Italian.- French. War is death's feast.
The Italians say, “When war begins, hell opens.” War with the world and peace with England. Spanish. It is uncertain whether this historical proverb be the result of the
splendid folly of the Spanish armada; but England must always have been a desirable ally to Spain, against her powerful neighbour. Such is the natural policy of Spain; but how the wisdom of the foregoing maxim has been sacrificed under the sway of her late sovereigns !
Wars bring scars.
Spanish. Guerra, caza, y amores, por un placer mil dolores. • We may see a prince but not search him.
What a great deal of good great men might do!
rapacious church and oppressive taxation.
the scabbard. Who knows not how to dissemble, knows not how to reign.
Ital..Chi non sa dissimulare, non sa regnare.
XIII. of France.
Alluding to the uncertainty of royal favour. It cannot, of course, ap-
is the most sure means of providing for a comfortable old age ! Who eats of the king's goose will void a feather forty years
after.- French. With the king and the Inquisition, hush !- Spanish. The gravity and taciturnity of the Spaniards have been ascribed to
this proverb. It is descriptive of the state of the people when the popular spirit was subdued, and every one dreaded to find a
spy under his roof. Wise and good men invented the laws, but fools and the
wicked put them upon it. You pretend the public, but mean yourself.
ECONOMY, MANNERS, AND RICHES.
A BROAD hat does not always cover a wise head,
that carries gold and eats thistles.
bis own foe. A good presence is letters of recommendation. A hog upon trust, grunts till he is paid for. A man in debt is stoned every year.-Spanish. That is, he is dunned, persecuted, and ultimately harassed to death,
by the perpetual visitations of his creditors. It is a question, worthy the attention of the Parliament, to ascertain how many poor devils in this commercial country are annually driven to suicide or to Bedlam from pecuniary embarrassment. One of the greatest improvements in legislation would be to follow the example of America, and abolish compulsory process for the recovery of debts. It would not only root out a fruitful source of litigation and inconsiderate speculation, but abolish a gross anomaly in our jurisprudence. To give the power of arbitrary imprisonment to a creditor is to identify the prosecutor with the judge, and to make a man amenable, not to fixed laws, but to
the passions and caprice of incensed individuals.
Ital.-In casa argo, di fuori talpa.
A mittened cat never was a good hunter.
take one in due time.
Italian. A man without ceremony had need of great merit in its place. All saint without, all devil within. Alike every day makes a clout on Sunday.- Scotch. According to your purse govern your mouth.-Italian. A rolling stone gathers no moss. As good play for nothing, as work for nothing. A fu' purse never lacks friends.-Scotch. A covetous man makes a halfpenny of a farthing, and a li.
beral man makes sixpence of it.. Always taking out of the meal-tub, and never putting in,
soon comes to the bottom. A penny spared is twice got. An artist lives every where. A Greek proverb, used by Nero, when he was reproached with the
ardour he gave himself up to the study of music. It answers to the Spanish, “A skilful mechanic makes a good pilgrim.” He will in every place find the means to maintain himself; which gives him an advantage over the mere gentleman, who might beg, while the artist could live by his trade. No class is, in fact, more independent than mechanics. For this reason Rousseau taught every child should be instructed in some trade: and the Germans, of all ranks, formerly were brought up to some handicraft, so that they might be provided against the vicissitudes of fortune..
All men think their enemies ill men.
wood;" implying, that where they have the means and opportu-
sober calculation of self-interest. All is soon ready in an orderly house. Anger and haste hinder good counsel. A poor man's debt makes a great noise. All complain of want of memory, but none of want of judg
poet commencing his Italian travels.