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What happiness the rural maid attends
Contentment furnishes constant joy. Mucha In cheerful labour while each day she spends! | covetousness, constant grief. To the conShe gratefully receives what Heav'n has sent, tented, even poverty is joy. To the disconAnd, rich in poverty, enjoys content.
tented, even wealth is a vexation. a. GAY--Rural Sports. Canto II.
m. Ming Sum Paou KEËN. In Chinese Line 148.
Repository. (Trans. by Dr. Milne'. His best companions, innocence and health And his best riches ignorance of wealth. ( what a glory doth this world put on,
b. GOLDSMITH, Deserted Village. Line 61. For him who, with a fervent heart goes forth, Man wants but little here below,
Under the bright and glorious sky, and Nor wants that little long.
looks c. GOLDSMITH --Thellermit. St. 8. On duties well performed and days well
spent. Their wants but few, their wishes all con
n. LONGFELLOW-Autumn. fin'd. d. GOLDSMITH-- The Traveller. Line 210. Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage,
Minds innocent and quiet, take
That for a hermitage.
0. LOVELACE-TO Althea from Prison. ment, But lives at peace, within himself content;
Percy's Rel. 343. In thought or act accountable to none
I rest content ; I kiss your eyes, But to himself and to the gods alone.
I kiss your hair in my delight: e. GEO. GRANVILLE (Lord Lansdowne.)
I kiss my hand and say, “Good-night." Epistle to Mrs. Higgins. P. JOAQUIN MILLER- Songs of the Sun. Nor cast one longing ling’ring look behind.
Lands, Isles of the Amazons. Pt. V. f. GRAY--Elegy in a Country Church Yard.
Whate'er the Passion, knowledge, fame, or Obscured life sets down a type of bliss: Not one will change his neighbor with A mind content both crown and kingdom is.
himself. g. ROBERT GREENE- Song. Furewell to
9. POPE-- Essay on Man. Ep. II. Folly.
Line 261. Sweet are the thoughts that savour of con:
For mine own part, I could be well content tent;
To entertain the lag-end of my life The quiet inind is richer than a crown;
With quiet hours. Sweet are the nights in careless slumber
r. llenry IV. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 1. spent; The poor estate scorns fortune's angry
| He is well paid that is well satisfied. 1rown:
s. Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. I. Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,
I earn that I eat, get that I wear; owe no Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.
man hate; envy no man's happiness; glad of h. ROBERT GREENE Song. Farewell to
other men's good, content with my harm. Folly.
t. As You Like It. Act III. So. 2. Praise they that will times past, I joy to see My selfe now live: this age best pleaseth mee. If it were now to die, i. HERRICK--Hesperides.
"Twere to be most happy; for, I fear
My soul hath her content so absolute, Of little meddling cometh rest,
That not another comfort like to this The busy man ne'er wanted woe:
Succeeds in unknown fate. The best woe is in all worlds sent,
u. Othello. Act II. Sc. 1. See all, say nought, hold thee content. JASPER HEYWOOD -- Look ere you Leap. I'm glad of't with all my heart;
St. 4. | I had rather be a kitten and cry mew, Let the world slide, let the world go;
Than one of these same metre ballad-mongers. A fig for care and a fig for woe!
v. llenry IV. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 1. If I can't pay, why I can owe, And death makes equal the high and low.
My crown is in my heart, not on my head, k. John HEYWOOD -- Be Merry Friends.
Not deck'd with diamonds and Indian stones,
Nor to be seen: my crown is called content; Yes! in the poor man's garden grow,
A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy. Far more than herbs and flowers,
w. llenry VI. Pt. III. Act Iii. Sc. 1 Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind, And joy for weary hours.
My more-having, would be as a sauce 1. MARY HOWITT--The Poor Man's
To make me hunger more.
CONTENTION. Is our best having 4. Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 3.
Contention is a hydra's head; the more
they strive the more they may: and as PraxShut up
iteles did by his glass, when he saw a scurvy In measureless content.
face in it, brake it in pieces: but for that b. Macbeth. Act II. Sc. 1.
one he saw many more as bad in a moment.
in. BURTON--Anat. of Mel. Pt. II. The shepherd's homely curds,
Sec. 3. Mem. 7. His cold thin drink out of his leathern bottle, His wonted sleep under a fresh tree's shade,
Have always been at daggers-drawing, All which secure and sweetly he enjoys,
And one another clapper-clawing. Is far beyond a prince's delicates,
n. BUTLER--Hudibras. Pt. II. His viands sparkling in a golden cup,
Canto II. Line 79. His body conched in a curious bed, When care. mistrust and treason wait on | That each pull'd different ways with many
an oath, C. Henry VI, Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5. " Arcades ambo," id est-blackguards both.
0. BYRON— Don Juan, Canto IV. St. 96. 'Tis better to be lowly born, And range with humble livers in content,
Dissensions, like small streams, are first beThan to be perk'd up in a glittering grief,
gun, And wear a golden sorrow.
Scarce seen they rise, but gather as they run: d. Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 3.
So lines that from their parallel decline,
More they proceed the more they still dis'Tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a
join. hcurch door, but 'tis enough, 'twill serve. p. Sir SAM'L GARTH – The Dispensary. €. Rimeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 1.
Canto III. Line 184. Fear not the future, weep not for the past. Those who in quarrels interpose, f. SHELLEY - Revolt of Islam. Canto XI. Must often wipe a bloody nose.
St. 18. 9. Gay-Fable. The Mastiffs. Line 1. The noblest mind the best contentment has.
Seven cities warr'd for Homer being dead; g. SPENSER-Faerie Queene. Bk. I.
Who living, had no roofe to shrowd his head.
the Blessed Angels. Dear little head, that lies in calm content
Contentions fierce, Within the gracious hollow that God made
Ardent, and dire, spring from no petty cause In every human shoulder, where He meant
S. SCOTT- Peveril of the Peak. Ch. XL. Some tired head for comfort should be laid. h. CELIA THAXTER --Song.
Por. A quarrel, ho, already! what's the mat
ter? An elegant sufficiency, content,
Gra. About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring. Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, t. Merchant of Venice. Act. V. Sc. 1. Ease and alternate labor, useful lite Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven! Greatly to find quarrel in a straw, i THOMSON—The Seasons. Spring.
When honour's at the stake.
Line 1158.1 u. Hamlet. Act IV. Sc. 4. There is a'jewel which no Indian mine can
In a false quarrel there is no true valour.
v. Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. buy, No chemic art can counterfeit;
Sc. 1. It makes men rich in greatest poverty,
The Retort Courteous; the Quip Modest; Makes water wine, turns wooden cups to the Reply Churlish: the Reproof Valiant:
gold, The homely whistle to sweet music's strain;
the Counter check Quarrelsome; the Lie
with Circumstance ; the Lie Direct. Seldom it comes -- to few from heaven sent
u. Is You Like It. Act V. Sc. 4. That much in little--all in nought-content. 1). WILBYE- Madrigal.
Thou! why thou wilt quarrel with a man
that hath a bair more, or a hair less, in his A man he seems of cheerful yesterdays beard than thou hast. Thou wilt quarrel And confident to-morrows.
with a man for cracking nuts, having no k. WORDSWORTH-The Excursion.
other reason, but because thou hast hazel Bk. VII.
*x. Romeo ard Juliet. Act III. Sc. 1. Lord of himself, though not of lands; And having nothing, yet hath all.
Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is de Sir HENRY WOTTON- The Character full of meat.
of a Happy Life. 1 y. Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 1.
The quarrel is a very pretty quarrel as it Discourse may want an animated “No," stands ; we should only spoil it by trying to To brush the surface, and to make it flow; explain it.
But still remember, if you mean to please, a. SHERIDAN— The Rivals. Act IV. To press your point with modesty and ease.
in. COWPER — Conversation. Line 101. O we fell out I know not why,
Abstruse and mystic thoughts you must exAnd kiss'd again with tears.
press b. TENNYSON--The Princess. Canto I. With painful care, but seeming easiness,
Song. For truth shines brightest thro' the plainest
dress. Weakness on both sides is, as we know,
n. WENTWORTH DILLON (Earl of the motto of all quarrels.
Roscommon)-- Miscellanies. Essay c. VOLTAIRE - A Philosophical Dictionary.
on Translated Verse. Line 217. Weakness on Both Sides.
Conversation is a game of circles. Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
0. EMERSON— Essays. Circles, For God hath made them so; Let bears and lions growl and fight,
Conversation is the laboratory and workFor 'tis their nature too.
shop of the student. Watts-- Divine Songs. Song XVI.
p. EMERSON -- Society and Solitude, Clubs.
I never, with important air,
In conversation overbear. 'Tis light translateth night; 'tis inspiration
My tongue within my lips I rein, Expounds experience; 'tis the west explains For who talks much must talk in vain. The east; 'tis time unfolds eternity
q. Gay-- Fables. Pt. 1. Introduction. e. BAILEY -- Festus. Sc. A Ruined Temple.
Line 53. And homeless near a thousand homes I With thee conversing I forget the way. stood,
. GAY-- Trivia. Bk. II. Line 480. And near a thousand tables pined and wanted food.
Men of great conversational powers almost f. WORDSWORTI - Guilt and Sorrow. universally practice a sort of lively sophistry
St. 41. and exaggeration, which deceives, for the
moment, both themselves and their auditors. The rose and the thorn, sorrow and glad
S. MACAULAY-Essay. On the Athenian ness, are linked together.
Orators. g. SAADI.
With thee conversing, I forget all time. Nature hath meal and bran, contempt and I t. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. grace.
Line 639. h. Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 2.
Form’d by thy converse, happily to steer Those that are good manners at the court From grave to gay, from lively to severe. are as ridiculous in the country, as the be
u. POPE--Essay on Man. Ep. IV. haviour of the country is most mockable at
Line 379. the court. i. As You Like It. Act III. Sc. 2.
Equality is the life of conversation; and
he is as much out who assumes to himself The little may contrast with the great, in
any part above another; as he who'considers painting, but cannot be said to be contrary
himself below the rest of the society. to it. Oppositions of colors contrast ; but
v. Sir RICHARD STEELE- Tatler. No. 225. there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because
COQUETRY. they shock the eye when brought very near it. j. VOLTAIRE--Essay. Contrast.
Like a lovely tree
She grew to womanhood, and between whiles CONVERSATION.
Rejected several suitors, just to learn
How to accept a better in his turn. Method is not less requisite in ordinary W. BYRON--Don Juan. Canto II. St. 128. conversation than in writing, providing a man would talk to make himself understood. |
'Tis good in every case, you know, ADDISON-- The Spectator. No. 476. To have two strings unto your bow.
2. CHURCHILL-- The Ghost. Bk. IV. When with greatest art he spoke,
Heyicood's Proverbs, 1546; Letters You'd think he talked like other folk.
of Queen Elizabeth to James VI., For all a Rhetorician's rules
June, 1585; Hooker's Polity, Bk. Tcach nothing but to name his tools.
V., Ch. LXXX; Butler's ludibras, 1. BUTLER-Iludibras. Pt. I. Canto I.
Pt. III., Ch. I., Line 1; Fielding, Line 89.
Love in Several Masques, Sc. 13.
Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation de This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle, praves it. Coquetry is the thorn that guards This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, the rose — easily trimmed off when once This other Eden, demi-paradise; plucked. Flirtation is like the slime on This fortress built by nature for herself, water-plants, making them hard to handle, Against infection and the hand of war; and when caught only to be cherished in This happy breed of men, this little world; slimy waters.
This precious stone set in the silver sea. a. IK MARVEL-Reveries of a Bachelor. m. Richard 11. Act II. Sc. 1.
Your isle, which stands
As Neptune's park, ribbed and paled in
With rocks unscaleable, and roaring waters. Give me but one hour of Scotland,
n. Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 1. Let me see it ere I die. b. AYTOUN-A Scotch Ballad. Charles Month after month the gather'd rains deEdward at Versailles.
Drenching yon secret Ethiopian dells, America! half brother of the world!
And from the Desert's ice-girt pinnacles, With something good and bad of every land. Where Frost and Heat in strange embraces c. BAILEY – Festus. Sc. The Surface.
On Atlas, fields of moist snow half depend. England! my country, great and free!
0. SHELLEY-Sonnet. To the Nile. Heart of the world, I leap to thee! d. BAILEY-- Festus. Sc. The Surface.
In the four quarters of the globe, who
reads an American book? or goes to an Egypt! from whose all dateless tombs arose American play? or looks at an American Forgotten Pharaohs from their long repose,
picture or statue ? And shook within their pyramids to hear
p. SYDNEY SMITH -- Review on Seybert's A new Cambyses thundering in their ear;
Annals of the United States. While the dark shades of forty ages stood Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves; Like startled giants by Nile's famous flood. Britons never shall be slaves. € BYRON — The Age of Bronze. Pt. V.
9. THOMPSON- Alfred. Act II. Sc. 5. Fair Greece! sad relic of departed worth!
COUNTRY LIFE. .mortal, though no more; though fallen, great!
God Almighty first planted a garden. f. BYRON, Childe Harold. Canto II.
r. Bacon- Essays. Of Gardens. St. 73. Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore The mountains look on Marathon
The tone of languid nature. And Marathon looks on the sea;
s. COWPER— The Tusk. Bk. I. Line 181. And musing there an hour alone,
I hate the countrie's dirt and manners, yet I dreamed that Greece might still be free.
I love the silence; I embrace the wit 9. BYRON- Don Juan. Canto III. St. 86.
A courtship, flowing here in full tide.
But loathe the expence, the vanity, and With all her faults she is my country still.
pride. ho CHURCHILL- The Fareloell.
No place each way is happy.
t. WILLIAM HABINGTON -- Tomy Noblest The noblest prospect which a Scotchman
Friend, I. C., Esquire. ever sees is the high-road that leads him to To one who has been long in city pent, England.
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair i SAN'L JOHNSON-- Boswell's Life of And open face of heaven, -to breathe a Johnson. An. 1763.
Full in the smile of the blue firmament. The Americans equally detest the page
U. KEATS-Sonnet I. Line 1. antry of a King, and the supercilious hypocrisy of a Bishop.
As I read j JUNIUS -- Letter No. 35.
I hear the crowing cock, I hear the note
Of lark and linnet, and from every page Britain is
Rise odors of ploughed field or flowery mead. A world by itself; and we will nothing pay
V. LONGFELLOW-Chaucer. For wearing our own noses.
Somewhat back from the village street k. Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 1.
Stands the old-fashion'd country seat.
Across its antique portico
And from its station in the hall What might'st thou do, that honour would | An ancient timepiece says to all, thee do,
“ Forever! never! Were all thy children kind and natural!
Never--forever !" But see thy fault!
2. LONGFELLOW--Old Ciock on the bo Henry V. Act II. Chorus.
Stairs. St. 1.
Now the summer's in prime
England, with all thy faults, I love thee still, Wi' the flowers richly blooming,
My country! and, while yet a nook is left And the wild mountain thyme
Whero English mind and manners may be A'the moorlands perfuming.
found, To own dear native scenes
Shall be constrain'd to love thee. Let us journey together,
I. COWPER-- The Task. Line 206. Where glad innocence reigns 'Mang the braes o' Balquhither.
Our country! In her intercourse with d. ROBERT TANNAHILL-- The Braes op
foreign nations, may she always be in the Balquhither. | right; but our country, right or wrong. m. STEPHEN DECATUR-- Toast given at
Norfolk. COUNTRY, LOVE OF
The loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roar, There ought to be a system of manners in | But bind him to his native shore. every nation which a well formed mind would
GOLDSMITH -- The Traveller. Line 217. be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
Nail to the mast her holy flag, e. "BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution
Set every threadbare sail, in France.
And give her to the God of storms,
The lightning and the gale.
0. HOLMES--A Metrical Essay.
Down to the Plymouth Rock, that had been Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
to their feet as a doorstep Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet Into a world unknown,--the corner-stone of content!
a nation ! f. Burns--Cotter's Saturday Night.
p. LONGFELLOW--Courtship of Miles St. 20.
Siandish. Pt. I. Their groves o'sweet myrtle let foreign lands
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee, reckon,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears, Where bright-beaming summers exalt the
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears, perfume;
Are all with thee, are all with thee. Far dearer to me yon lone glen o' green
q. LONGFELLOW-- The Building of the Ship. breckan, Wi' the burn stealing under the lang yellow broom.
Sail on, ( Ship of State! g. BURNS — Caledonia.
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate! To see one's native land receding through
1. LONGFELLOW---The Building of the Ship. The growing waters ; it unmans one quite, Especially when life is rather new.
| Sweet the memory is to me h. Byron. - Don Juan. Canto II. St. 12.
Of a land beyond the sea,
Where the waves and mountains meet. Oh, Christ! it is a goodly sight to see
s. LONGFELLOW --Amalfi. St. 1. What Heaven hath done for this delicious land.
Hail, dear country! I embrace thee, see. i. BYRON-- Childe Harold. Canto I. | ing thee after a long time.
St. 15. . MENANDER. Piscat 8