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A GOOD MAN AND TRUE.
PRIOR to Harley.
FRANCIS’ Horace, Book 1, Epistle 9.
POPE, Odyssey, Book 14, line 392. Are you good men and true ?
SHAKSPERE, Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 1.
A HEAP OF DUST.
A heap of dust alone remains of thee,
POPE, to the Memory of a Lady.
A HEAVEN ON EARTH.
So little knows Any, but God alone, to value right The good before him, but perverts best things To worst abuses, or to their meanest use. Beneath him with new wonders now he views, To all delight of human sense exposed, In narrow room, Nature's whole wealth ; yea more, A Heaven on Earth ; for blissful Paradise Of God the garden was, by him in the East Of Eden planted.
Milton's Paradise Lost, Book 4, line 208.
A HOUSE DIVIDED. Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to
St. Luke, c. 11, v. 17.
SHAKSPERE, King Richard 2nd, act 4, sc. 1.
A jest's prosperity is in the ear
SHAKSPERE, Love's Labour Lost, act 5, sc. 2.
A LAND FLOWING, &c. A land flowing with milk and honey.
Numbers, c. 14, v. 13. May the Himera flow with milk instead of water !
May the fountain of Sybaris flow with honey! and, towards dawn, may the maiden in her pitcher draw. combs instead of water.
Banks' Theocritus, Idyll 5, 32.
A LITTLE LEARNING.
A little learning is a dangerous thing,
POPE, on Criticism, part 2, line 15.
A LIVING DOG.
Ecclesiastes, c. 9, v. 4.
SWIFT, “ An Excellent New Song."
A LOCAL HABITATION.
And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the Poet's pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.
SHAKSPERE, Midsummer Night's Dream, act 5, sc. 1.
A MAN CONVINC'D, &c.
He that complies against his will
BUTLER's Hudibras, part 2, canto 3, line 547.
A PIN A DAY.
Hans, cries the father, see, a pin is there,
KING's Poems, Art of Cookery, line 404.
A PLAGUE, &c. A plague o' both your houses.
SHAKSPERE, Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 1.
A RACE OF PEOPLE THESE, &c. This is not the correct quotation, which is one applicable
to the Jews, and should be as follows:God's pamper'd people, whom debauch'd with ease, No king could govern, nor no God could please.
DRYDEN, Absolom and Ahithophel.
Ą SLICE OFF A CUT LOAF.
And easy it is
SHAKSPERE, Titus Andronicus, act 2, sc. 1.
A THING DEVISED, &c. A thing devised by the enemy.
SHAKSPERE, King Richard 3rd, act 5, sc. 3.
A VIRTUE, &c, A virtue that was never seen in you.
SHAKSPERE, King Henry 4th, part 1, act 3, sc. 1:
ACCUSING SPIRIT. In a fortnight or three weeks, added my Uncle Toby, smiling, he might march.
He will never march, an' please your honour, in this world, said the Corporal.
He will march, said my uncle Toby, rising up from the side of his bed, with his shoe off. An' please your honour, said the Corporal, he will never march but to
He shall march, cried my Uncle Toby, marching the foot which had a shoe on, tho' without advancing an inch,-he shall march to his regiment.He cannot stand it, said the Corporal. He shall be supported, said my Uncle Toby. He'll drop at last, said the Corporal, and what will become of his boy? He shall not drop, said my Uncle Toby, firmly. A-well-a-day, do what we can for him, said Trim, maintaining his point, the poor soul will die. He shall not die, by G-d, cried my Uncle Toby.
The Accusing Spirit, which flew up to heaven's chancery with the oath, blush'd as he gave it in; and the Recording Angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word, and blotted it out for ever.
STERNE, Sentimental Journey, Le Fevre. O Achilles, subdue thy mighty rage; it is by no means necessary for thee to have a merciless beart. Flexible are the Gods themselves, whose virtue, honour, and might are greater than thine. Even these, when any one transgresses and errs, do men divert from their wrath by sacrifices and appeasing vows, and frankincense and sorrow. For Prayers also are the daughters of supreme Jove, both halt, and wrinkled, and squint-eyed; which following on Atè from behind, are full of care. But Atè is robust and sound in limb, wherefore she far outstrips all, and arrives first at every land, doing injury to men; whilst these afterwards cure them. Buckley's Homer's Iliad, p. 165, Address of Phoenix to Achilles.
Mr. Buckley suggests, that, perhaps it was from this passage Sterne took his sublime idea of the Recording Angel blotting out the oath which the Accusing Spirit had carried up to heaven. The Compiler submits the following exposition of the passage in Homer for the information of his readers, who may form their own judgment on the value of Mr. Buckley's suggestion.