A lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.[823-9]
_Psalm cxix. 105._
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by
_Psalm cxxi. 6._
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity[824-2] within thy
_Psalm cxxii. 7._
He giveth his beloved sleep.
_Psalm cxxvii. 2._
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.
_Psalm cxxvii. 5._
Thy children like olive plants[824-3] round about thy table.
_Psalm cxxviii. 3._
I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine
_Psalm cxxxii. 4; Proverbs vi. 4._
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren[824-5] to
dwell together in unity.
_Psalm cxxxiii. 1._
We hanged our harps upon the willows.[824-6]
_Psalm cxxxvii. 2._
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her
_Psalm cxxxvii. 5._
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell[824-7] in the
uttermost parts of the sea.
_Psalm cxxxix. 9._
I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[824-8]
_Psalm cxxxix. 14._
Put not your trust in princes.
_Psalm cxlvi. 3._
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
_Proverbs i. 10._
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the street.
_Proverbs i. 20._
Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches
_Proverbs iii. 16._
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
_Proverbs iii. 17._
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all
thy getting get understanding.
_Proverbs iv. 7._
The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more
and more unto the perfect day.
_Proverbs iv. 18._
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
_Proverbs vi. 6._
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the
hands to sleep.
_Proverbs vi. 10; xxiv. 33._
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as
an armed man.
_Proverbs vi. 11._
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
_Proverbs vi. 27._
As an ox goeth to the slaughter.
_Proverbs vii. 22; Jeremiah xi. 19._
Wisdom is better than rubies.
_Proverbs viii. 11._
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
_Proverbs ix. 17._
He knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are
in the depths of hell.
_Proverbs ix. 18._
A wise son maketh a glad father.
_Proverbs x. 1._
The memory of the just is blessed.
_Proverbs x. 7._
The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
_Proverbs x. 15._
In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
_Proverbs xi. 14; xxiv. 6._
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.
_Proverbs xi. 15._
As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which
is without discretion.
_Proverbs xi. 22._
The liberal soul shall be made fat.
_Proverbs xi. 25._
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender
mercies of the wicked are cruel.
_Proverbs xii. 10._
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.
_Proverbs xiii. 12._
The way of transgressors is hard.
_Proverbs xiii. 15._
He that spareth his rod hateth his son.
_Proverbs xiii. 24._
Fools make a mock at sin.
_Proverbs xiv. 9._
The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not
intermeddle with his joy.
_Proverbs xiv. 10._
The prudent man looketh well to his going.
_Proverbs xiv. 15._
The talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
_Proverbs xiv. 23._
The righteous hath hope in his death.
_Proverbs xiv. 32._
Righteousness exalteth a nation.
_Proverbs xiv. 34._
A soft answer turneth away wrath.
_Proverbs xv. 1._
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.
_Proverbs xv. 13._
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
_Proverbs xv. 15._
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and
_Proverbs xv. 17._
A word spoken in due season, how good is it!
_Proverbs xv. 23._
A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps.
_Proverbs xvi. 9._
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a
_Proverbs xvi. 18._
The hoary head is a crown of glory.
_Proverbs xvi. 31._
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that
ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
_Proverbs xvi. 32._
The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is
of the Lord.
_Proverbs xvi. 33._
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it.
_Proverbs xvii. 8._
He that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
_Proverbs xvii. 9._
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.
_Proverbs xvii. 22._
The eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
_Proverbs xvii. 24._
He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
_Proverbs xvii. 27._
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.
_Proverbs xvii. 28._
A wounded spirit who can bear?
_Proverbs xviii. 14._
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing.
_Proverbs xviii. 22._
A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is
a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
_Proverbs xviii. 24._
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.
_Proverbs xix. 17._
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging.
_Proverbs xx. 1._
Every fool will be meddling.
_Proverbs xx. 3._
The hearing ear and the seeing eye.
_Proverbs xx. 12._
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer; but when he is gone
his way, then he boasteth.
_Proverbs xx. 14._
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a
brawling woman in a wide house.
_Proverbs xxi. 9._
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
_Proverbs xxii. 1._
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he
will not depart from it.
_Proverbs xxii. 6._
The borrower is servant to the lender.
_Proverbs xxii. 7._
Remove not the ancient landmark.
_Proverbs xxii. 28; xxiii. 10._
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before
kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
_Proverbs xxii. 29._
Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
_Proverbs xxiii. 2._
Riches certainly make themselves wings.
_Proverbs xxiii. 5._
As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
_Proverbs xxiii. 7._
Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
_Proverbs xxiii. 21._
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his
colour in the cup; . . . at the last it biteth like a serpent,
and stingeth like an adder.
_Proverbs xxiii. 31, 32._
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth
_Proverbs xxiv. 5._
If thou faint in the day of adversity thy strength is small.
_Proverbs xxiv. 10._
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
_Proverbs xxv. 11._
Heap coals of fire upon his head.
_Proverbs xxv. 22._
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far
_Proverbs xxv. 25._
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse
causeless shall not come.
_Proverbs xxvi. 2._
Answer a fool according to his folly.
_Proverbs xxvi. 5._
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a
fool than of him.
_Proverbs xxvi. 12._
There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
_Proverbs xxvi. 13._
Wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
_Proverbs xxvi. 16._
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.
_Proverbs xxvi. 27._
Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day
may bring forth.
_Proverbs xxvii. 1._
Open rebuke is better than secret love.
_Proverbs xxvii. 5._
Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
_Proverbs xxvii. 6._
A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman
_Proverbs xxvii. 15._
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his
_Proverbs xxvii. 17._
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a
pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
_Proverbs xxvii. 22._
The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold
as a lion.
_Proverbs xxviii. 1._
He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
_Proverbs xxviii. 20._
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
_Proverbs xxix. 18._
Give me neither poverty nor riches.
_Proverbs xxx. 8._
The horseleech hath two daughters, crying, Give, give.
_Proverbs xxx. 15._
In her tongue is the law of kindness.
_Proverbs xxxi. 26._
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the
bread of idleness.
_Proverbs xxxi. 27._
Her children arise up and call her blessed.
_Proverbs xxxi. 28._
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
_Proverbs xxxi. 29._
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain.
_Proverbs xxxi. 30._
Vanity of vanities, . . . all is vanity.
_Ecclesiastes i. 2; xii. 8._
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh.
_Ecclesiastes i. 4._
The eye is not satisfied with seeing.
_Ecclesiastes i. 8._
There is no new thing under the sun.
_Ecclesiastes i. 9._
Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It
hath been already of old time, which was before us.[830-1]
_Ecclesiastes i. 10._
All is vanity and vexation of spirit.
_Ecclesiastes i. 14._
He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
_Ecclesiastes i. 18._
One event happeneth to them all.
_Ecclesiastes ii. 14._
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven.
_Ecclesiastes iii. 1._
A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
_Ecclesiastes iv. 12._
Let thy words be few.
_Ecclesiastes v. 2._
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou
shouldest vow and not pay.
_Ecclesiastes v. 5._
The sleep of a labouring man is sweet.
_Ecclesiastes v. 12._
A good name is better than precious ointment.
_Ecclesiastes vii. 1._
It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the
house of feasting.
_Ecclesiastes vii. 2._
As the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of a
_Ecclesiastes vii. 6._
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity
_Ecclesiastes vii. 14._
Be not righteous overmuch.
_Ecclesiastes vii. 16._
One man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all
those have I not found.
_Ecclesiastes vii. 28._
God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many
_Ecclesiastes vii. 29._
There is no discharge in that war.
_Ecclesiastes viii. 8._
To eat, and to drink, and to be merry.
_Ecclesiastes viii. 15; Luke xii. 19._
A living dog is better than a dead lion.
_Ecclesiastes ix. 4._
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.
_Ecclesiastes ix. 10._
The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.
_Ecclesiastes ix. 11._
A bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath
wings shall tell the matter.
_Ecclesiastes ix. 20._
Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many
_Ecclesiastes xi. 1._
In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
_Ecclesiastes xi. 3._
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth
the clouds shall not reap.
_Ecclesiastes xi. 4._
In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not
_Ecclesiastes xi. 6._
Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes
to behold the sun.
_Ecclesiastes xi. 7._
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth.
_Ecclesiastes xi. 9._
Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.
_Ecclesiastes xii. 1._
The grinders cease because they are few.
_Ecclesiastes xii. 3._
The grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because
man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the
_Ecclesiastes xii. 5._
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken,
or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at
_Ecclesiastes xii. 6._
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit
shall return unto God who gave it.
_Ecclesiastes xii. 7._
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the
masters of assemblies.
_Ecclesiastes xii. 11._
Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a
weariness of the flesh.
_Ecclesiastes xii. 12._
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and
keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.
_Ecclesiastes xii. 13._
For, lo! the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the
flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is
come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
_The Song of Solomon ii. 11, 12._
The little foxes, that spoil the vines.
_The Song of Solomon ii. 15._
Terrible as an army with banners.
_The Song of Solomon vi. 4, 10._
Like the best wine, . . . that goeth down sweetly, causing the
lips of those that are asleep to speak.
_The Song of Solomon vii. 9._
Love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave.
_The Song of Solomon viii. 6._
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.
_The Song of Solomon viii. 7._
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib.
_Isaiah i. 3._
The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
_Isaiah i. 5._
As a lodge in a garden of cucumbers.
_Isaiah i. 8._
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears
into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against
nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
_Isaiah ii. 4; Micah iv. 3._
In that day a man shall cast his idols . . . to the moles and to
_Isaiah ii. 20._
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils.
_Isaiah ii. 22._
The stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole
stay of water.
_Isaiah iii. 1._
Grind the faces of the poor.
_Isaiah iii. 15._
Walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and
mincing as they go.
_Isaiah iii. 16._
In that day seven women shall take hold of one man.
_Isaiah iv. 1._
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil.
_Isaiah v. 20._
I am a man of unclean lips.
_Isaiah vi. 5._
The Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost parts of
the rivers of Egypt.
_Isaiah vii. 18._
Wizards that peep and that mutter.
_Isaiah viii. 19._
To the law and to the testimony.
_Isaiah viii. 20._
The ancient and honorable.
_Isaiah ix. 15._
The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom
and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of
knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
_Isaiah xi. 2._
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall
lie down with the kid.
_Isaiah xi. 6._
Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming.
_Isaiah xiv. 9._
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
_Isaiah xiv. 12._
The burden of the desert of the sea.
_Isaiah xxi. 1._
Babylon is fallen, is fallen.
_Isaiah xxi. 9._
Watchman, what of the night?
_Isaiah xxi. 11._
Let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we shall die.
_Isaiah xxii. 13._
Fasten him as a nail in a sure place.
_Isaiah xxii. 23._
Whose merchants are princes.
_Isaiah xxiii. 8._
A feast of fat things.
_Isaiah xxv. 6._
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon
line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.
_Isaiah xxviii. 10._
We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at
_Isaiah xxviii. 15._
Their strength is to sit still.
_Isaiah xxx. 7._
Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book.
_Isaiah xxx. 8._
The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
_Isaiah xxxv. 1._
Thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed.
_Isaiah xxxvi. 6._
Set thine house in order.
_Isaiah xxxviii. 1._
All flesh is grass.
_Isaiah xl. 6._
The nations are as a drop of a bucket.
_Isaiah xl. 15._
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he
_Isaiah xlii. 3._
There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.
_Isaiah xlviii. 22._
He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.
_Isaiah liii. 7._
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his
_Isaiah lv. 7._
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong
_Isaiah lx. 22._
Give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the
garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
_Isaiah lxi. 3._
I have trodden the wine-press alone.
_Isaiah lxiii. 3._
We all do fade as a leaf.
_Isaiah lxiv. 6._
Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
_Jeremiah vi. 14; viii. 11._
Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where
is the good way, and walk therein.[835-1]
_Jeremiah vi. 16._
Amend your ways and your doings.
_Jeremiah vii. 3; xxvi. 13._
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?
_Jeremiah viii. 22._
Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men!
_Jeremiah ix. 2._
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
_Jeremiah xiii. 23._
A man of strife and a man of contention.
_Jeremiah xv. 10._
Written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond.
_Jeremiah xvii. 1._
He shall be buried with the burial of an ass.
_Jeremiah xxii. 19._
As if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.
_Ezekiel x. 10._
The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are
set on edge.
_Ezekiel xviii. 2_; (_Jeremiah xxxi. 29._)
Stood at the parting of the way.
_Ezekiel xxi. 21._
Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
_Daniel v. 27._
According to the law of the Medes and Persians.
_Daniel vi. 12._
Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
_Daniel xii. 4._
They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.
_Hosea viii. 7._
I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes.
_Hosea viii. 10._
Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see
_Joel ii. 28._
Multitudes in the valley of decision.
_Joel iii. 14._
They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree.
_Micah iv. 4._
Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run
that readeth it.
_Habakkuk ii. 2._
Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live
_Zechariah i. 5._
For who hath despised the day of small things?
_Zechariah iv. 10._
Prisoners of hope.
_Zechariah ix. 12._
I was wounded in the house of my friends.
_Zechariah xiii. 6._
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings.
_Malachi iv. 2._
Great is truth, and mighty above all things.[836-1]
_1 Esdras iv. 41._
Unto you is paradise opened.
_2 Esdras viii. 52._
I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which
shall not be put out.
_2 Esdras xiv. 25._
So they [Azarias and Tobias] went forth both, and the young man's
dog went with them.
_Tobit v. 16._
So they went their way, and the dog went after them.
_Tobit xi. 4._
Our time is a very shadow that passeth away.
_Wisdom of Solomon ii. 5._
Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they be withered.
_Wisdom of Solomon ii. 8._
Wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old
_Wisdom of Solomon iv. 8._
When I was born I drew in the common air, and fell upon the
earth, which is of like nature, and the first voice which I
uttered was crying, as all others do.[837-1]
_Wisdom of Solomon vii. 3._
Observe the opportunity.
_Ecclesiasticus iv. 20._
Be not ignorant of anything in a great matter or a small.
_Ecclesiasticus v. 15._
Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt
never do amiss.
_Ecclesiasticus vii. 36._
Miss not the discourse of the elders.
_Ecclesiasticus viii. 9._
Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto
him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old thou shalt drink
it with pleasure.
_Ecclesiasticus ix. 10._
He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.
_Ecclesiasticus xiii. 1._
He will laugh thee to scorn.
_Ecclesiasticus xiii. 7._
Gladness of heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man
prolongeth his days.
_Ecclesiasticus xxx. 22._
Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them
that seek learning.
_Ecclesiasticus xxxiii. 17._
For of the most High cometh healing.
_Ecclesiasticus xxxviii. 2._
Whose talk is of bullocks.
_Ecclesiasticus xxxviii. 25._
These were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of
_Ecclesiasticus xliv. 7._
There be of them that have left a name behind them.
_Ecclesiasticus xliv. 8._
Nicanor lay dead in his harness.
_2 Maccabees xv. 28._
If I have done well, and as is fitting, . . . it is that which I
desired; but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could
_2 Maccabees xv. 38._
[815-1] See Cowper, page 421.
[816-1] The place thereof shall know it no more.--_Psalm ciii.
Usually quoted, "The place that has known him shall know him no
[818-1] Of very babes.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[818-2] Thou madest him lower than.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[818-3] The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground.--_Book of
[818-4] Apple of an eye.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[818-5] He rode upon the cherubim, and did fly; he came flying
upon the wings of the wind.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[819-1] One day telleth another; and one night certifieth
another.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[819-2] He shall feed me in a green pasture, and lead me forth
beside the waters of comfort.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[819-3] Thy rod and thy staff comfort me.--_Book of Common
[819-4] My cup shall be full.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[819-5] He fashioneth all the hearts of them.--_Book of Common
[819-6] And yet saw I never . . . begging their bread.--_Book of
[819-7] Flourishing.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[819-8] While I was thus musing the fire kindled.--_Book of Common
[820-1] Lord, let me know my end, and the number of my days, that
I may be certified how long I have to live.--_Book of Common
[820-2] Every man living is altogether vanity.--_Book of Common
[820-3] And cannot tell.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[820-4] As the hart desireth the water-brooks.--_Book of Common
[820-5] One deep calleth another.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[820-6] God is our hope and strength.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[820-7] The hill of Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole
earth.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[820-8] Nevertheless, man will not abide in honour, seeing he may
be compared unto the beasts that perish.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[820-9] But it was even thou, my companion, my guide, and mine own
familiar friend.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[821-1] The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war
in his heart.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[821-2] Like the deaf adder, that stoppeth her ears; which
refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so
wisely.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[821-3] As for the children of men, they are but vanity: the
children of men are deceitful upon the weights; they are
altogether lighter than vanity itself.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[821-4] He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of
wool.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[821-5] Nor yet.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[821-6] One day in thy courts.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[821-7] Ungodliness.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[822-1] Seeing that is past.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[822-2] We bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is
told.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[822-3] The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and
though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years, yet is
their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it
away, and we are gone.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[822-4] Prosper thou the work of our hands upon us; oh prosper
thou our handiwork.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[822-5] I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope and my
stronghold; my God, in him will I trust.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[822-6] For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the
sickness that destroyeth in the noonday.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[822-7] Like a palm-tree, and shall spread abroad like a cedar in
Libanus.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[822-8] The Lord is king; the earth may be glad thereof.--_Book of
[823-1] The days of man are but as grass; for he flourisheth as a
flower of the field.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[823-2] For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone.--_Book
of Common Prayer._
[823-3] To his work.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[823-4] And occupy their business.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[823-5] In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee
free-will-offerings with an holy worship: the dew of thy birth is
of the womb of the morning.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[823-6] Right dear.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[823-7] The same stone which the builders refused is become the
head stone in the corner.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[823-8] I have more understanding than my teachers: for thy
testimonies are my study.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[823-9] A lantern unto my feet, and a light unto my paths.--_Book
of Common Prayer._
[824-1] The sun shall not burn thee by day, neither the moon by
night.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[824-2] Plenteousness.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[824-3] Like the olive branches.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[824-4] I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eyes to
slumber.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[824-5] How good and joyful a thing it is, brethren.--_Book of
[824-6] As for our harps, we hanged them up upon the trees.--_Book
of Common Prayer._
[824-7] And remain.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[824-8] Though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the
earth.--_Book of Common Prayer._
[830-1] See Terence, page 702.
[835-1] Stare super vias antiquas.--_The Vulgate._
[836-1] Magna est veritas et prævalet--_The Vulgate._
Usually quoted "Magna est veritas et prævalebit."
[837-1] See Pliny, page 717.
Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted,
because they are not.
_Matthew ii. 18; Jeremiah xxxi. 15_.
Man shall not live by bread alone.
_Matthew iv. 4; Deuteronomy viii. 3_.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his
savour, wherewith shall it be salted?
_Matthew v. 13._
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill
cannot be hid.
_Matthew v. 14._
Ye have heard that it have been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
_Matthew v. 43._
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of
_Matthew vi. 1._
When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right
_Matthew vi. 3._
They think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
_Matthew vi. 7._
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
_Matthew vi. 20._
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
_Matthew vi. 21._
The light of the body is the eye.
_Matthew vi. 22._
Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.
_Matthew vi. 24._
Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye
_Matthew vi. 25._
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin.
_Matthew vi. 28._
Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall
take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is
the evil thereof.
_Matthew vi. 34._
Neither cast ye your pearls before swine.
_Matthew vii. 6._
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock,
and it shall be opened unto you.
_Matthew vii. 7._
Every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth.
_Matthew vii. 8._
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he
give him a stone?
_Matthew vii. 9._
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to
you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
_Matthew vii. 12._
Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to
_Matthew vii. 13._
Strait is the gate and narrow is the way.
_Matthew vii. 14._
By their fruits ye shall know them.
_Matthew vii. 20._
It was founded upon a rock.
_Matthew vii. 25._
The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but
the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head.
_Matthew viii. 20._
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.
_Matthew ix. 37._
Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
_Matthew x. 16._
The very hairs of your head are all numbered.
_Matthew x. 30._
Wisdom is justified of her children.
_Matthew xi. 19; Luke vii. 35_.
The tree is known by his fruit.
_Matthew xii. 33._
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
_Matthew xii. 34._
Pearl of great price.
_Matthew xiii. 46._
A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country and in
his own house.
_Matthew xiii. 57._
Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
_Matthew xiv. 27._
If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
_Matthew xv. 14._
The dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
_Matthew xv. 27._
When it is evening, ye say it will be fair weather: for the sky
_Matthew xvi. 2._
The signs of the times.
_Matthew xvi. 3._
Get thee behind me, Satan.
_Matthew xvi. 23._
What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul?
_Matthew xvi. 26._
It is good for us to be here.
_Matthew xvii. 4._
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
_Matthew xix. 6._
Love thy neighbour as thyself.
_Matthew xix. 19._
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than
for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
_Matthew xix. 24._
Borne the burden and heat of the day.
_Matthew xx. 12._
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?
_Matthew xx. 15._
For many are called, but few are chosen.
_Matthew xxii. 14._
They made light of it.
_Matthew xxii. 5._
Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's.
_Matthew xxii. 21._
Woe unto you, . . . for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and
_Matthew xxiii. 23._
Blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
_Matthew xxiii. 24._
Whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are
within full of dead men's bones.
_Matthew xxiii. 27._
As a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings.
_Matthew xxiii. 37._
Wars and rumours of wars.
_Matthew xxiv. 6._
The end is not yet.
_Matthew xxiv. 6._
Wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered
_Matthew xxiv. 28._
Abomination of desolation.
_Matthew xxiv. 15; Mark xiii. 14_.
Unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have
abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even
that which he hath.
_Matthew xxv. 29._
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
_Matthew xxvi. 41._
The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
_Mark ii. 27._
If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
_Mark iii. 25._
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
_Mark iv. 9._
My name is Legion.
_Mark v. 9._
My little daughter lieth at the point of death.
_Mark v. 23._
Clothed, and in his right mind.
_Mark v. 15; Luke viii. 35_.
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
_Mark ix. 44._
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
_Luke ii. 14._
The axe is laid unto the root of the trees.
_Luke iii. 9._
Physician, heal thyself.
_Luke iv. 23._
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!
_Luke vi. 26._
Nothing is secret which shall not be made manifest.
_Luke viii. 17._
Peace be to this house.
_Luke x. 5._
The labourer is worthy of his hire.
_Luke x. 7; 1 Timothy v. 18_.
Go, and do thou likewise.
_Luke x. 37._
But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part
which shall not be taken away from her.
_Luke x. 42._
He that is not with me is against me.
_Luke xi. 23._
Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine
ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
_Luke xii. 19._
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning.
_Luke xii. 35._
Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first,
and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it.
_Luke xiv. 28._
The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the
children of light.
_Luke xvi. 8._
It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his
neck, and he cast into the sea.
_Luke xvii. 2._
Remember Lot's wife.
_Luke xvii. 32._
Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee.
_Luke xix. 22._
If they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in
_Luke xxiii. 31._
He was a good man, and a just.
_Luke xxiii. 50._
Did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us?
_Luke xxiv. 32._
The true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the
_John i. 9._
Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?
_John i. 46._
The wind bloweth where it listeth.
_John iii. 8._
He was a burning and a shining light.
_John v. 35._
Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
_John vi. 12._
Judge not according to the appearance.
_John vii. 24._
The truth shall make you free.
_John viii. 32._
There is no truth in him.
_John viii. 44._
The night cometh when no man can work.
_John ix. 4._
The poor always ye have with you.
_John xii. 8._
Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.
_John xii. 35._
Let not your heart be troubled.
_John xiv. 1._
In my Father's house are many mansions.
_John xiv. 2._
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life
for his friends.
_John xv. 13._
Thy money perish with thee.
_Acts viii. 20._
It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
_Acts ix. 5._
Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by
interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good
works and almsdeeds which she did.
_Acts ix. 36._
Lewd fellows of the baser sort.
_Acts xvii. 5._
Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
_Acts xix. 28._
The law is open.
_Acts xix. 38._
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
_Acts xx. 35._
Brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel.
_Acts xxii. 3._
When I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
_Acts xxiv. 25._
I appeal unto Cæsar.
_Acts xxx. 11._
Words of truth and soberness.
_Acts xxvi. 25._
For this thing was not done in a corner.
_Acts xxvi. 26._
Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
_Acts xxvi. 28._
There is no respect of persons with God.
_Romans ii. 11._
Fear of God before their eyes.
_Romans ii. 18._
_Romans ii. 31._
Who against hope believed in hope.
_Romans iv. 18._
Speak after the manner of men.
_Romans vi. 19._
The wages of sin is death.
_Romans vi. 23._
For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would
not, that I do.
_Romans viii. 19._
All things work together for good to them that love God.
_Romans viii. 28._
Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make
one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
_Romans ix. 21._
A zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
_Romans x. 2._
Given to hospitality.
_Romans xii. 13._
Be not wise in your own conceits.
_Romans xii. 16._
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the
sight of all men.
_Romans xii. 17._
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
_Romans xii. 18._
If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink:
for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
_Romans xii. 20._
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
_Romans xii. 21._
The powers that be are ordained of God.
_Romans xiii. 1._
Render therefore to all their dues.
_Romans xiii. 7._
Owe no man anything, but to love one another.
_Romans xiii. 8._
Love is the fulfilling of the law.
_Romans xiii. 10._
Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
_Romans xiv. 5._
God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the
wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to
confound the things that are mighty.
_1 Corinthians i. 27._
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
_1 Corinthians iii. 6._
Every man's work shall be made manifest.
_1 Corinthians iii. 13._
Not to think of men above that which is written.[845-1]
_1 Corinthians iv. 6._
Absent in body, but present in spirit.
_1 Corinthians v. 3._
The fashion of this world passeth away.
_1 Corinthians vii. 31._
I am made all things to all men.
_1 Corinthians ix. 22._
Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
_1 Corinthians x. 12._
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have
not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
_1 Corinthians xiii. 1._
Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and
have not charity, I am nothing.
_1 Corinthians xiii. 2._
Charity suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charity
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
_1 Corinthians xiii. 4._
We know in part, and we prophesy in part.
_1 Corinthians xiii. 9._
When I was a child, I spake as a child. . . . When I became a
man, I put away childish things.
_1 Corinthians xiii. 11._
Now we see through a glass, darkly.
_1 Corinthians xiii. 12._
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the
greatest of these is charity.
_1 Corinthians xiii. 13._
If the trumpet give an uncertain sound.
_1 Corinthians xiv. 8._
Let all things be done decently and in order.
_1 Corinthians xiv. 40._
Evil communications corrupt good manners.[846-1]
_1 Corinthians xv. 33._
The first man is of the earth, earthy.
_1 Corinthians xv. 47._
In the twinkling of an eye.
_1 Corinthians xv. 52._
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
_1 Corinthians xv. 55._
Not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but
the spirit giveth life.
_2 Corinthians iii. 6._
We have such hope, we use great plainness of speech.
_2 Corinthians iii. 12._
We walk by faith, not by sight.
_2 Corinthians v. 7._
Now is the accepted time.
_2 Corinthians vi. 2._
By evil report and good report.
_2 Corinthians vi. 8._
As having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
_2 Corinthians vi. 10._
Though I be rude in speech.
_2 Corinthians xi. 6._
Forty stripes save one.
_2 Corinthians xi. 24._
A thorn in the flesh.
_2 Corinthians xii. 7._
Strength is made perfect in weakness.
_2 Corinthians xii. 9._
The right hands of fellowship.
_Galatians ii. 9._
Weak and beggarly elements.
_Galatians iv. 9._
It is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing.
_Galatians iv. 18._
Ye are fallen from grace.
_Galatians v. 4._
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
_Galatians v. 9._
Every man shall bear his own burden.
_Galatians vi. 5._
Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
_Galatians vi. 7._
Middle wall of partition.
_Ephesians ii. 14._
Carried about with every wind of doctrine.
_Ephesians iv. 14._
Speak every man truth with his neighbour.
_Ephesians iv. 25._
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your
_Ephesians iv. 26._
To live is Christ, and to die is gain.
_Philippians i. 21._
Whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame.
_Philippians iii. 19._
The peace of God, which passeth all understanding.
_Philippians iv. 7._
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think
on these things.
_Philippians iv. 8._
I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be
_Philippians iv. 11._
Touch not; taste not; handle not.
_Colossians ii. 21._
Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.
_Colossians iii. 2._
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt.
_Colossians iv. 6._
Labour of love.
_1 Thessalonians i. 3._
Study to be quiet.
_1 Thessalonians iv. 11._
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
_1 Thessalonians v. 21._
The law is good, if a man use it lawfully.
_1 Timothy i. 8._
Not greedy of filthy lucre.
_1 Timothy iii. 3._
He hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
_1 Timothy v. 8._
Busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
_1 Timothy v. 13._
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's
_1 Timothy v. 23._
The love of money is the root of all evil.
_1 Timothy vi. 10._
Fight the good fight.
_1 Timothy vi. 12._
Rich in good works.
_1 Timothy vi. 18._
Science falsely so called.
_1 Timothy vi. 20._
A workman that needeth not to be ashamed.
_2 Timothy ii. 15._
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have
kept the faith.
_2 Timothy iv. 7._
Unto the pure all things are pure.
_Titus i. 15._
Such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
_Hebrews v. 12._
Every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe.
_Hebrews v. 13._
Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age.
_Hebrews v. 14._
If God be for us, who can be against us.
_Hebrews viii. 31._
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.
_Hebrews xi. 1._
Of whom the world was not worthy.
_Hebrews xi. 38._
A cloud of witnesses.
_Hebrews xii. 1._
Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.
_Hebrews xii. 6._
The spirits of just men made perfect.
_Hebrews xii. 23._
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares.
_Hebrews xiii. 2._
Yesterday, and to-day, and forever.
_Hebrews xiii. 8._
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is
tried, he shall receive the crown of life.
_James i. 12._
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
_James i. 19._
How great a matter a little fire kindleth!
_James iii. 5._
The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil.[849-1]
_James iii. 8._
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
_James iv. 7._
Hope to the end.
_1 Peter i. 13._
Fear God. Honour the king.
_1 Peter ii. 17._
Ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.
_1 Peter iii. 4._
Giving honour unto the wife as unto the weaker vessel.
_1 Peter iii. 7._
Be ye all of one mind.
_1 Peter iii. 8._
Charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
_1 Peter iv. 8._
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the Devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
_1 Peter v. 8._
And the day star arise in your hearts.
_2 Peter i. 19._
The dog is turned to his own vomit again.
_2 Peter ii. 22._
Bowels of compassion.
_1 John iii. 17._
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.
_1 John iv. 18._
Be thou faithful unto death.
_Revelation ii. 10._
He shall rule them with a rod of iron.
_Revelation ii. 27._
All nations and kindreds and tongues.
_Revelation vii. 9._
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and
_Revelation xxii. 13._
[845-1] Usually quoted, "To be wise above that which is written."
[846-1] Phtheirousin êthê chrêsth' omiliai kakai.--MENANDER (341
B. C.). (Dübner's edition of his "Fragments," appended to
Aristophanes in Didot's Bibliotheca Græca, p. 102, line 101.)
[849-1] Usually quoted, "The tongue is an unruly member."
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and
we have done those things which we ought not to have done.
The noble army of martyrs.
Afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate.
_Prayer for all Conditions of Men._
Have mercy upon us miserable sinners.
From envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness.
The world, the flesh, and the devil.
The kindly fruits of the earth.
Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.
_Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent._
Renounce the Devil and all his works.
_Baptism of Infants._
Grant that the old Adam in these persons may be so buried, that
the new man may be raised up in them.
_Baptism of those of Riper Years._
The pomps and vanity of this wicked world.
To keep my hands from picking and stealing.
To do my duty in that state of life unto which it shall please
God to call me.
An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
Let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.
_Solemnization of Matrimony._
To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse,
for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to
cherish, till death us do part.
_Solemnization of Matrimony._
To love, cherish, and to obey.
_Solemnization of Matrimony._
With this ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with
all my worldly goods I thee endow.[851-1]
_Solemnization of Matrimony._
In the midst of life we are in death.[851-2]
_The Burial Service._
Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain
hope of the resurrection.
_The Burial Service._
Whose service is perfect freedom.
_Collect for Peace._
Show thy servant the light of thy countenance.
_The Psalter. Psalm xxxi. 18._
But it was even thou, my companion, my guide, and mine own
_The Psalter. Psalm lv. 14._
Men to be of one mind in an house.
_The Psalter. Psalm lxviii. 6._
The iron entered into his soul.
_The Psalter. Psalm cv. 18._
The dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.
_The Psalter. Psalm cx. 3._
[851-1] With this ring I thee wed, and with all my worldly goods I
thee endow.--_Book of Common Prayer, according to the use of the
Protestant Episcopal Church in America._
[851-2] This is derived from a Latin antiphon, said to have been
composed by Notker, a monk of St. Gall, in 911, while watching
some workmen building a bridge at Martinsbrücke, in peril of their
lives. It forms the ground-work of Luther's antiphon "De Morte."
TATE AND BRADY.[851-3]
And though he promise to his loss,
He makes his promise good.
_Psalm xv. 5._
The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.
_Psalm cxii. 6._
[851-3] Nahum Tate, 1652-1715; Nicholas Brady, 1659-1726.
All the brothers were valiant, and all the sisters virtuous.
From the inscription on the tomb of the Duchess of Newcastle in
Am I not a man and a brother?
From a medallion by Wedgwood (1787), representing a negro in
chains, with one knee on the ground, and both hands lifted up to
heaven. This was adopted as a characteristic seal by the
Antislavery Society of London.
Anything for a quiet life.
Title of a play by Middleton.
Art and part.
A Scotch law-phrase,--an accessory before and after the fact. A
man is said to be _art and part_ of a crime when he contrives the
manner of the deed, and concurs with and encourages those who
commit the crime, although he does not put his own hand to the
actual execution of it.--SCOTT: _Tales of a Grandfather, chap.
xxii._ (_Execution of Morton._)
Art preservative of all arts.
From the inscription upon the façade of the house at Harlem
formerly occupied by Laurent Koster (or Coster), who is charged,
among others, with the invention of printing. Mention is first
made of this inscription about 1628:--
ARS ARTIUM OMNIUM
HIC PRIMUM INVENTA
CIRCA ANNUM MCCCCXL.
CHAPMAN: _May Day._ SHAKESPEARE: _Two Gentlemen of Verona._
Be sure you are right, then go ahead.
The motto of David Crockett in the war of 1812.
Before you could say Jack Robinson.
This current phrase is said to be derived from a humorous song by
Hudson, a tobacconist in Shoe Lane, London. He was a professional
song-writer and vocalist, who used to be engaged to sing at
supper-rooms and theatrical houses.
A warke it ys as easie to be done
As tys to saye _Jacke! robys on_.
HALLIWELL: _Archæological Dictionary._ (Cited from an old Play.)
Begging the question.
This is a common logical fallacy, _petitio principii_; and the
first explanation of the phrase is to be found in Aristotle's
"Topica," viii. 13, where the five ways of begging the question
are set forth. The earliest English work in which the expression
is found is "The Arte of Logike plainlie set forth in our English
Tongue, &c." (1584.)
Better to wear out than to rust out.
When a friend told Bishop Cumberland (1632-1718) he would wear
himself out by his incessant application, "It is better," replied
the Bishop, "to wear out than to rust out."--HORNE: _Sermon on
the Duty of Contending for the Truth._
BOSWELL: _Tour to the Hebrides, p. 18, note._
Beware of a man of one book.
When St. Thomas Aquinas was asked in what manner a man might best
become learned, he answered, "By reading one book." The _homo
unius libri_ is indeed proverbially formidable to all
conversational figurantes.--SOUTHEY: _The Doctor, p. 164._
This phrase is nearly without meaning as it is used. The true
phrase, "better end," is used properly to designate a crisis, or
the moment of an extremity. When in a gale a vessel has paid out
all her cable, her cable has run out to the "better end,"--the
end which is secured within the vessel and little used. Robinson
Crusoe in describing the terrible storm in Yarmouth Roads says,
"We rode with two anchors ahead, and the cables veered out to the
Cockles of the heart.
Latham says the most probable explanation of this phrase lies (1)
in the likeness of a heart to a cockleshell,--the base of the
former being compared to the hinge of the latter; (2) in the
zoölogical name for the cockle and its congeners being
_Cardium_, from kardia (heart).
Castles in the air.
This is a proverbial phrase found throughout English literature,
the first instance noted being in Sir Philip Sidney's "Defence of
Consistency, thou art a jewel.
This is one of those popular sayings--like "Be good, and you will
be happy," or "Virtue is its own reward"--that, like Topsy,
"never _was_ born, only jist growed." From the earliest times it
has been the popular tendency to call this or that cardinal
virtue, or bright and shining excellence, a jewel, by way of
emphasis. For example, Iago says,--
"_Good name_, in man or woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate _jewel_ of their souls."
Shakespeare elsewhere calls _experience_ a "jewel." Miranda says
her _modesty_ is the "jewel" in her dower; and in "All 's Well
that ends Well," Diana terms her _chastity_ the "jewel" of her
house.--R. A. WIGHT.
O discretion, thou art a jewel!--_The Skylark, a Collection of
well-chosen English Songs._ (London, 1772.)
The origin of this expression is unknown. Some wag of the day
allayed public curiosity in regard to its source with the
information that it is from the ballad of Robin Roughhead in
Murtagh's "Collection of Ballads (1754)." It is needless to say
that Murtagh is a verbal phantom, and the ballad of Robin
Roughhead first appeared in an American newspaper in 1867.
Cotton is King; or, Slavery in the Light of Political Economy.
This is the title of a book by David Christy (1855).
The expression "Cotton is king" was used by James Henry Hammond
in the United States Senate, March, 1858.
Dead as Chelsea.
To get Chelsea: to obtain the benefit of that hospital. "Dead as
Chelsea, by God!" an exclamation uttered by a grenadier at
Fontenoy, on having his leg carried away by a
cannon-ball.--_Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue_, 1758 (quoted by
Brady, "Varieties of Literature," 1826).
Die in the last ditch.
To William of Orange may be ascribed this saying. When Buckingham
urged the inevitable destruction which hung over the United
Provinces, and asked him whether he did not see that the
commonwealth was ruined, "There is one certain means," replied
the Prince, "by which I can be sure never to see my country's
ruin,--I will die in the last ditch."--HUME: _History of
Drive a coach and six through an Act of Parliament.
Macaulay ("History of England," chap. xii.) gives a saying "often
in the mouth of Stephen Rice [afterward Chief Baron of the
Exchequer], 'I will drive a coach and six through the Act of
During good behaviour.
That after the said limitation shall take effect, . . . judge's
commissions be made _quando se bene gesserit_.--_Statutes 12 and
13 William III. c. 2, sect. 3._
Eclipse first, the rest nowhere.
Declared by Captain O'Kelley at Epsom, May 3, 1769.--_Annals of
Sporting, vol. ii. p. 271._
Dr. William Drennan (1754-1820) says this expression was first
used in a party song called "Erin, to her own Tune," written in
1795. The song appears to have been anonymous.
Era of good feeling.
The title of an article in the "Boston Centinel," July 12, 1817.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become
a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given
liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break,
servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the
punishment of his guilt.--JOHN PHILPOT CURRAN: _Speech upon the
Right of Election, 1790._ (_Speeches. Dublin, 1808._)
There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an
advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as
against despots. What is it? Distrust.--DEMOSTHENES: _Philippic
2, sect. 24._
Fiat justitia ruat coelum.
WILLIAM WATSON: _Decacordon of Ten Quodlibeticall Questions_
(1602). PRYNNE: _Fresh Discovery of Prodigious New
Wandering-Blazing Stars_ (second edition, London, 1646). WARD:
_Simple Cobbler of Aggawam in America_ (1647).
Fiat Justitia et ruat Mundus.--_Egerton Papers_ (1552, p. 25).
_Camden Society_ (1840). AIKIN: _Court and Times of James I.,
vol. ii. p. 500_ (1625).
January 31, 1642, the Duke of Richmond in a speech before the
House of Lords used these words: _Regnet Justitia et ruat
Coelum._ (Old Parliamentary History, vol. x. p. 28.)
Free soil, free men, free speech, Frémont.
The Republican Party rallying cry in 1856.
According to Brady ("Clavis Calendaria"), this designation arose
from the fact that in an old romance a prince of the name of
Crispin is made to exercise, in honour of his namesake, Saint
Crispin, the trade of shoemaking. There is a tradition that King
Edward IV., in one of his disguises, once drank with a party of
shoemakers, and pledged them. The story is alluded to in the old
play of "George a-Greene" (1599):--
Marry, because you have drank with the King,
And the King hath so graciously pledged you,
You shall no more be called shoemakers;
But you and yours, to the world's end,
Shall be called the trade of the gentle craft.
Gentlemen of the French guard, fire first.
Lord C. Hay at the battle of Fontenoy, 1745. To which the Comte
d'Auteroches replied, "Sir, we never fire first; please to fire
yourselves."--FOURNIER: _L'Esprit dans l'histoire._
Good as a play.
An exclamation of Charles II. when in Parliament attending the
discussion of Lord Ross's Divorce Bill.
The king remained in the House of Peers while his speech was
taken into consideration,--a common practice with him; for the
debates amused his sated mind, and were sometimes, he used to
say, as good as a comedy.--MACAULAY: _Review of the Life and
Writings of Sir William Temple._
Nullos his mallem ludos spectasse.--HORACE: _Satires, ii. 8, 79._
Greatest happiness of the greatest number.
That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the
greatest numbers.--HUTCHESON: _Inquiry concerning Moral Good and
Evil, sect. 3._ (1720.)
Priestley was the first (unless it was Beccaria) who taught my
lips to pronounce this sacred truth,--that the greatest happiness
of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and
legislation.--BENTHAM: _Works, vol. x. p. 142._
The expression is used by Beccaria in the introduction to his
"Essay on Crimes and Punishments." (1764.)
Hanging of his cat on Monday
For killing of a mouse on Sunday.
_Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys_ (edition of 1805, p. 5).
Tobias Hobson (died 1630) was the first man in England that let
out hackney horses. When a man came for a horse he was led into
the stable, where there was a great choice, but he obliged him to
take the horse which stood next to the stable-door; so that every
customer was alike well served according to his chance,--from
whence it became a proverb when what ought to be your election
was forced upon you, to say, "Hobson's choice."--_Spectator, No.
Where to elect there is but one,
'T is Hobson's choice,--take that or none.
THOMAS WARD (1577-1639): _England's Reformation, chap. iv. p. 326._
Intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle.
Lord Coleridge remarked that Maule told him what he said in the
"black beetle" matter: "Creswell, who had been his pupil, was on
the other side in a case where he was counsel, and was very lofty
in his manner. Maule appealed to the court: 'My lords, we are
vertebrate animals, we are mammalia! My learned friend's manner
would be intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle.'"
(Repeated to a member of the legal profession in the United
It is a far cry to Lochow.
Lochow and the adjacent districts formed the original seat of the
Campbells. The expression of "a far cry to Lochow" was
proverbial. (Note to Scott's "Rob Roy," chap. xxix.)
BACON: _Henry VII._ SIDNEY: _On Government, vol. i. chap. ii.
sect. 24._ FULLER: _A Pisgah Sight of Palestine, book iv. chap.
ii._ SOUTH: _Sermon, vol. viii. p. 403._ DRYDEN: _MacFlecknoe._
MATHEW HENRY: _Commentaries, Psalm lxxxviii._ JOHNSON: _Life of
Lyttelton._ BURKE: _On the French Revolution._
Nisi suadeat intervallis.
BRACTON: _Folio 1243 and folio 420 b. Register Original, 267 a._
Mince the matter.
CERVANTES: _Don Quixote, Author's Preface._ SHAKESPEARE:
_Othello, act ii. sc. 3._ WILLIAM KING: _Ulysses and Teresias._
Months without an R.
It is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an
_R_ in their name to eat an oyster.--BUTLER: _Dyet's Dry Dinner._
Nation of shopkeepers.
From an oration purporting to have been delivered by Samuel Adams
at the State House in Philadelphia, Aug. 1, 1776. (Philadelphia,
printed; London, reprinted for E. Johnson, No. 4 Ludgate Hill,
1776.) W. V. Wells, in his Life of Adams, says: "No such American
edition has ever been seen, but at least four copies are known of
the London issue. A German translation of this oration was
printed in 1778, perhaps at Berne; the place of publication is
To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a
people of customers may at first sight appear a project fit only
for a nation of shopkeepers.--ADAM SMITH: _Wealth of Nations,
vol. ii. book iv. chap. vii. part 3._ (1775.)
And what is true of a shopkeeper is true of a shopkeeping
nation.--TUCKER (Dean of Gloucester): _Tract._ (1766.)
Let Pitt then boast of his victory to his nation of
shopkeepers.--BERTRAND BARÈRE. (June 11, 1794.)
This new page opened in the book of our public expenditures, and
this new departure taken, which leads into the bottomless gulf of
civil pensions and family gratuities.--T. H. BENTON: _Speech in
the U. S. Senate against a grant to President Harrison's widow,
Nothing succeeds like success.
(Rien ne réussit comme le succès.--DUMAS: _Ange Pitou, vol. i. p.
72. 1854._) A French proverb.
Orthodoxy is my doxy; Heterodoxy is another man's doxy.
"I have heard frequent use," said the late Lord Sandwich, in a
debate on the Test Laws, "of the words 'orthodoxy' and
'heterodoxy;' but I confess myself at a loss to know precisely
what they mean." "Orthodoxy, my Lord," said Bishop Warburton, in
a whisper,--"orthodoxy is my doxy; heterodoxy is another man's
doxy."--PRIESTLEY: _Memoirs, vol. i. p. 572._
Paradise of fools; Fool's paradise.
The earliest instance of this expression is found in William
Bullein's "Dialogue," p. 28 (1573). It is used by Shakespeare,
Middleton, Milton, Pope, Fielding, Crabbe, and others.
Paying through the nose.
Grimm says that Odin had a poll-tax which was called in Sweden a
nose-tax; it was a penny per nose, or poll.--_Deutsche Rechts
It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of
any till they are first proved, and found fit for the business
they are to be intrusted with.--MATHEW HENRY: _Commentaries,
To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be
a king. However, a political executive magistracy, though merely
such, is a great trust.--BURKE: _On the French Revolution._
When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as
public property.--THOMAS JEFFERSON ("Winter in Washington,
1807"), in a conversation with Baron Humboldt. See Rayner's "Life
of Jefferson," p. 356 (Boston, 1834).
The very essence of a free government consists in considering
offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country,
and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.--JOHN C.
CALHOUN: _Speech, July 13, 1835._
The phrase, "public office is a public trust," has of late become
common property.--CHARLES SUMNER (May 31, 1872).
The appointing power of the pope is treated as a public
trust.--W. W. CRAPO (1881).
The public offices are a public trust.--DORMAN B. EATON (1881).
Public office is a public trust.--ABRAM S. HEWITT (1883).
He who regards office as a public trust.--DANIEL S. LAMONT
Rather your room as your company.
_Marriage of Wit and Wisdom_ (_circa_ 1570).
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
From an inscription on the cannon near which the ashes of
President John Bradshaw were lodged, on the top of a high hill
near Martha Bay in Jamaica.--STILES: _History of the Three Judges
of King Charles I._
This supposititious epitaph was found among the papers of Mr.
Jefferson, and in his handwriting. It was supposed to be one of
Dr. Franklin's spirit-stirring inspirations.--RANDALL: _Life of
Jefferson, vol. iii. p. 585._
Rest and be thankful.
An inscription on a stone seat on the top of one of the Highlands
in Scotland. It is also the title of one of Wordsworth's poems.
Rowland for an Oliver.
These were two of the most famous in the list of Charlemagne's
twelve peers; and their exploits are rendered so ridiculously and
equally extravagant by the old romancers, that from thence arose
that saying amongst our plain and sensible ancestors of giving
one a "Rowland for his Oliver," to signify the matching one
incredible lie with another.--THOMAS WARBURTON.
The island of Sardinia, consisting chiefly of marshes and
mountains, has from the earliest period to the present been
cursed with a noxious air, an ill-cultivated soil, and a scanty
population. The convulsions produced by its poisonous plants gave
rise to the expression of sardonic smile, which is as old as
Homer (Odyssey, xx. 302).--MAHON: _History of England, vol. i. p.
The explanation given by Mahon of the meaning of "sardonic smile"
is to be sure the traditional one, and was believed in by the
late classical writers. But in the Homeric passage referred to,
the word is "sard_a_nion" (sardanion), not "sard_o_nion." There
is no evidence that Sardinia was known to the composers of what
we call Homer. It looks as though the word was to be connected
with the verb sairô, "show the teeth;" "grin like a dog;" hence
that the "sardonic smile" was a "grim laugh."--M. H. MORGAN.
Sister Anne, do you see any one coming?
The anxious question of one of the wives of Bluebeard.
This saying took its rise from the battle of Bull Run, July 21,
1861. Said General Bernard E. Bee, "See, there is Jackson,
standing like a stone-wall."
The King is dead! Long live the King!
The death of Louis XIV. was announced by the captain of the
bodyguard from a window of the state apartment. Raising his
truncheon above his head, he broke it in the centre, and throwing
the pieces among the crowd, exclaimed in a loud voice, "Le Roi
est mort!" Then seizing another staff, he flourished it in the
air as he shouted, "Vive le Roi!"--PARDOE: _Life of Louis XIV.,
vol. iii. p. 457._
The woods are full of them!
Alexander Wilson, in the Preface to his "American Ornithology"
(1808), quotes these words, and relates the story of a boy who
had been gathering flowers. On bringing them to his mother, he
said: "Look, my dear ma! What beautiful flowers I have found
growing in our place! Why, all the woods are full of them!"
Thin red line.
The Russians dashed on towards that thin red-line streak tipped
with a line of steel.--RUSSELL: _The British Expedition to the
Crimea_ (revised edition), _p. 187_.
Soon the men of the column began to see that though the scarlet
line was slender, it was very rigid and exact.--KINGLAKE:
_Invasion of the Crimea, vol. iii. p. 455._
The spruce beauty of the slender red line.--_Ibid._ (sixth
edition), _vol. iii. p. 248_.
What you are pleased to call your mind.
A solicitor, after hearing Lord Westbury's opinion, ventured to
say that he had turned the matter over in his mind, and thought
that something might be said on the other side; to which he
replied, "Then, sir, you will turn it over once more in what you
are _pleased to call your mind_."--NASH: _Life of Lord Westbury,
vol. ii. 292._
When in doubt, win the trick.
HOYLE: _Twenty-four Rules for Learners, Rule 12._
Wisdom of many and the wit of one.
A definition of a proverb which Lord John Russell gave one
morning at breakfast at Mardock's,--"One man's wit, and all men's
wisdom."--_Memoirs of Mackintosh, vol. ii. p. 473._
Wooden walls of England.
The credite of the Realme, by defending the same with our Wodden
Walles, as Themistocles called the Ship of Athens.--_Preface to
the English translation of Linschoten_ (London).
* * * * *
But me no buts.
FIELDING: _Rape upon Rape, act ii. sc. 2._ AARON HILL: _Snake in
the Grass, sc. 1._
Cause me no causes.
MASSINGER: _A New Way to Pay Old Debts, act i. sc. 3._
Clerk me no clerks.
SCOTT: _Ivanhoe, chap. xx._
Diamond me no diamonds! prize me no prizes!
TENNYSON: _Idylls of the King. Elaine._
End me no ends.
MASSINGER: _A New Way to Pay Old Debts, act v. sc. 1._
Fool me no fools.
BULWER: _Last Days of Pompeii, book iii. chap. vi._
Front me no fronts.
FORD: _The Lady's Trial, act ii. sc. 1._
Grace me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle.
SHAKESPEARE: _Richard II., act ii. sc. 3._
Madam me no madam.
DRYDEN: _The Wild Gallant, act ii. sc. 2._
Map me no maps.
FIELDING: _Rape upon Rape, act i. sc. 5._
Midas me no Midas.
DRYDEN: _The Wild Gallant, act ii. sc. 1._
O me no O's.
BEN JONSON: _The Case is Altered, act v. sc. 1._
Parish me no parishes.
PEELE: _The Old Wives' Tale._
Petition me no petitions.
FIELDING: _Tom Thumb, act i. sc. 2._
Play me no plays.
FOOTE: _The Knight, act ii._
Plot me no plots.
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: _The Knight of the Burning Pestle, act ii.
Thank me no thanks, nor proud me no prouds.
SHAKESPEARE: _Romeo and Juliet, act iii. sc. 5._
Virgin me no virgins.
MASSINGER: _A New Way to Pay Old Debts, act iii. sc. 2._
Vow me no vows.
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: _Wit without Money, act iv. sc. 4._
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