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Away, then; work with boldness and with speed,
Marlowe. For good and well must in our actions meet; Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.- Donne.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill;
John Fletcher. Of
every noble action, the intent
Beaumont and Fletcher.
Our unsteady actions cannot be
Sir R. Howard. Good actions crown themselves with lasting bays; Who deserves well needs not another's praise.
Heath. Not always actions show the man; we find Who does a kindness is not therefore kind; Perhaps prosperity becalmed his breastPerhaps the wind just shifted from the east: Not therefore humble he who seeks retreat; Pride guides his steps, and bids him shun the great; Who combats bravely is not therefore brave: He dreads a death-bed like the meanest slave: Wbo reasons wisely is not therefore wise; His pride in reasoning, not in acting, lies.
Do something! do it soon! with all thy might;
An angel's wing would droop if long at rest,
And God inactive were no longer blest. Some high or humble enterprise of good
Contemplate till it shall possess thy mind,
And kindle in thy heart a flame refined:
To this high purpose; to begin, pursue,
Strength to complete, and with delight review,
Is our destined end or way;
Finds us farther than to-day.
Trust no Future howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Longfellow. 'Tis human actions print the chart of time.
ACTORS-ACTING. For I did play a lamentable part: Madam, ’t was Ariadne passioning For Theseus' perjury, and unjust flight; Which I so lively acted with my tears, That my poor mistress, moved therewithal, Wept bitterly; and, would I might be dead, If I in thought felt not her very sorrow.-Shakspere.
When a good actor doth his part present,
When, with mock majesty and fancied power,
Artors I've seen, and of no vulgar name,
Churchill. In shabby state they strut, in tattered robe, The scene a blanket, and a barn the globe; No high conceits their moderate wishes raise, Content with humble profit, humble praise. Let dowdies simper, and let bumpkins stare, The strolling pageant hero treads on air; Pleased for his hour, he to mankind gives law, And snores the next out on a truss of straw.
ADDRESS. Henry, in knots involving Emma's name, Had half-confessed, and half-concealed his flame, Upon this tree; and as the tender mark Grew with the year, and widened with the bark, Venus had heard the virgin's soft address, That as the wound the passion might increase.
Prior. They both beheld thee with their sister's eyes, And often have revealed their passion to me; But tell me whose address thou favour'st most, I long to know, and yet I dread to hear it.
Addison. Thrice happy he, who with a good address, Knows how, and when, and where, his suit to press, Unto attainment of assured success! But Oh! unhappy, he, who not possessing The gift of fluently his thoughts expressing, Addresses him in vain to his addressing. Egone.
ADIEU. THEN came the parting hour, and what arise When lovers part--expressive looks, and eyes Tender and tearful-many a fond adieu, And many a call the sorrow to renew. Crabbe. While now I take my last adieu,
Heave thou no sigh, nor shed a tear; Lest yet my half-closed eye may view
On earth an object worth its care. Prior. I never looked a last adieu
To things familiar, but my heart Shrunk with a feeling almost pain, E'en from their lifelessness to part.
Caroline Bowles. Vanish'd, like dew-drops from the spray,
Are moments which in beauty flew;
W. G. Clark.
WHAT could I more?
Milton. To the Infinitely Good
we owe Immortal thanks, and His admonishment Receive, with solemn purpose to observe Immutably His sovereign will, the end Of what we are.
He of their wicked ways Shall them admonish, and before them set The paths of righteousness.
ADORATION. O CEREMONY! show me all thy worth! What is thy toll, O adoration! Art thou nought else but place, degree, and form, Creating awe and fear in other men? Wherein thou art less happy, being feared, Than they in fearing. What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet, But poison'd flattery.
I care not to be like the Horeb calf,
Old Play, 1601.