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cently enough, by children, girls and boys, Making the sun like blood, the earth a tomb, wbo walked two by two, with tapers, chanting The tomb a hell, and hell itself a murkier hymns and litanies prepared for them by the gloom.

Byron. Inests.

Then came parish processions in which all the parishioners of what- FANCY-Characteristics of. efer age, sex, or quality, joined; some of the most devout walking to do penance as though Lovers, and madmen, have such seething

brains, in their shifts. Still a

new impetus was

Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend wanting. It was necessary to warm the

More than cool reason ever comprehends. popular heart by a great theatrical display. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, A priest came forward and declared that in

Are of imagination all compact : these processions over the hard pavements of One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; Paris, nothing could be more meritorious, That is, the madman : the lover all as frantic, Dothing more agreeable to God, than that Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt: women should walk with their delicate little The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, fact bare, however it might cause them to

Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth sitter. Immediately, many an enthusiastic

to heaven; young girl devoted herself to this new morti. fcation, and appeared, not with bare feet The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen

And, as imagination bodies forth obly, but almost naked-wearing only a slight Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy finen drapery, not too carefully covering her form. These weeping and dishevelled Mag. A local habitation and a name.

nothing daledes produced more laughter than edification. Such tricks hath strong imagination, At length, the Duchess of Montpensier, the That, if it would but apprehend some joy, Judith of the League, decided to act her part It comprehends some bringer of that joy ; vitbout hesitation. She abandoned robes and Or, in the night, imagining some fear, petticoats, and dispensed with the light How easy is a bush supposed a bear! drapery of the penitents, even over her bosom,

Shakspeare. with the exception of a simple veil of lace, FANCY-Fantasies of. The people rushed to see her. Crowded and pressed, the heroine was by no means discon

So full of shapes is fancy,
That it alone high-fantastical.

Ibid. certed. She bad set the fashion. Matrons and maidens followed it.


FANCY-Fecundity of. PANATICISM-Definition of.

Most marvellous and enviable is that fecun

dity of fancy which can adorn whatever it Fanaticism is such an overwhelming im- touches, which can invest naked fact and dry pression of the ideas relating to the future reasoning with unlooked-for beauty, make world as disqualifies for the duties of life. flowerets bloom even on the brow of the

Robert Hall. precipice, and, when nothing better can be PANATICISM-Fatal Hold of.

had, can turn the very substance of rock itself

into moss and lichens. This faculty is incomAnd they believe him-oh, the lover may Distrust that look which steals his heart parably the

most important for the vivid and

attractive exhibition of truth to the minds of away;

Fuller. The babe may cease to think that it may play With bearen's rainbow; alchemists may doubt FANCY-Illusions of. The shining gold their crucible gives out ;But faith, fanatic faith, once wedded fast

Where'er we turn, by fancy charm'd, we find

Some sweet illusion of th' created mind. To some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last.


Oft, wild of wing, she calls the soul to rove

With humbler nature, in the rural grove, PANATICISM-Demon Spirit of.

Where swains contented own the quiet scene, Demons, who impair

And twilight fairies tread the circled green. The strength of better thoughts, and seek their

Dress'd by her hand, the woods and valleys prey

smile, In melancholy bosoms, such as were

And spring diffusive decks the enchanted isle. Oí moody testure from their earliest day,

Collins. And loved to dwell in darkness and dismay,

FANCY-Imaginings of. Deeting themselves predestined to a doom Her fancy follow'd him through foaming wares, Which is not of the pangs that pass away ;

To distant shores, and she would sit and weep

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At what a sailor suffers. Fancy, too,

Nor altars, save the pure one of the heart. Delusive most where warmest wishes are, Nor tombs, except for sorrow; and no tears? Would oft anticipate his glad return,

There is a world, O God, where human lips And dream of transports she was not to know. May say, Farewell! no more. Dilnot Sladder.

Cowper. FANCY-Indulgence of.

1 I never spoke the word farewell! Fancy and humour, early and constantly But with an utterance faint and broken; indulged, may expect an old age overrun with A heart-sick yearning for the time follies.

Watts. When it should never more be spoken.

Caroline Boxles. | FAREWELL-to my Native Land.

FASCINATION-Bewitchments of. Adieu, adieu ! my native shore

She's outwardly
Fades o'er the waters blue;

All that bewitches sense, all that entices;
The night-winds sigh, the breakers roar, Nor is it in our virtue to uncharm it.
And shrieks the wild sea-mew.

Beaumort. Yon sun that sets upon the sea

We follow in his flight;
Farewell awhile to him and thee,

Yes, I must speak. My secret would have My native land-good night. Byron.


Even with the heart it wasted, as a brand FAREWELL-Anguish associated with

Fades in the dying flame, whose life it cherish'd; the Word.

But that po human bosom can withstand But still her lips refused to say "Farewell !"

Thee, wondrous lady!

Shelley. For in that word—that fatal word-howe'er

FASHION-Fop of. We promise-bope-believe—there breathes despair.

Ibid. A fop of fashion is the mercer's friend;

The tailor's fool, and his own foe. Lavater. When eyes are beaming What never tongue might tell,

FASHION-Influence of. When tears are streaming

As the world leads, we follow.

From their crystal cell ;
When hands are linked that dread to part,

And heart is met by throbbing heart,
Oh! bitter, bitter is the smart

Of all useless beings, the mere man of fashion Of them that bid farewell !

is perhaps the most useless; and, of all modes

of living, the most idle and unsatisfactory is When hope is chidden,

the life of those who spend their days in am. That fain of bliss would tell,

bitious endeavours to maintain themselves in a And love forbidden

higher position of society than their station In the breast to dwell;

and their attainments warrant. Gresley. When fetter'd by a viewless chain, We turn and gaze, and turn again,

FASHION-Moderation respecting.
Oh ! death were mercy to the pain
Of them that bid farewell.


Be neither too early in the fashion, nor too long out of it; nor at any time in the extremes of it.

Larater. The bitter word, which closed all earthly friendships,

FASHION-Purchase of. And finished every feast of love-farewell.

See the wild purchase of the bold and vain, Pollok. Where every bliss is bought with equal pain !

Juoenal. Farewell! There is a spell within the word FASHION-Resisting. Methinks I never heard it sound so mournful;

He alone is a man, who can resist the genius Oh, thou subdued, oft scarce articulate sound, of the age, the tone of fashion, with rigorous How powerful thou art, how strong to move

Lavater. The hidden strings that guide us puppet mortals! simplicity and modest courage. Pass-word of memory- of by-gone day

FASHION-Use of. Thou everlasting epitaph—is there A land in which thou hast uo dwelling place ? Fashion-a word which knaves and fools may use Wherein may be nor pageantry nor pride, Their knavery and folly to excuse. Ckurchill.

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FASHION-Vanities of.

malicious falsehood. Beckford, of Fonthill, Without depth of thought, or earnestness demanded that life should be thrice winnowed of feeling, or strength of purpose, living an for his use; but what was his life? Louis XIV. unreal life, sacrificing substance to show, sub- was "insolently nice" in some things; what stituting the fictitious for the natural, mistaking was he in others ! If we observe a person a crowd for society, finding its chief pleasure proud of a reputation for fastidiousness, we in ridicule, and exhausting its ingenuity in ex- shall always find that the egotism which is its pedients for killing time, fashion is among the life will at times lead him to say or do somelast influences under which a human being who thing disgusting. We need expect from such respects himself, or who comprehends the people no delicate, silent self-sacrifice, no tender great end of life, would desire to be placed. watching for others' tastes or needs, no graceful

W. Ellery Channing. yielding up of privileges in unconsidered trifles, FASHION-Variableness of.

on which wait no "flowing thanks.” They may Fasbions that are now call'd new

be kind and obliging to a certain extent, but Hare been worn by more than you;

when the service required involves anything Elder times have worn the same,

disagreeable, anything offensive to the taste Though the new ones got the name.

on which they pride themselves, we must apply Middleton. elsewhere. Their fineness of nature sifts com

mon duties, selecting for practice only those Our dress, still varying, nor to forms confined, which will pass the test; and conscience is not Shifts like the sands, the sport of every wind. hurt, for unsuspected pride has given her a


Mrs. Kirkland. FASHIONABLE LIFE-Stiff Formali. ties of.

FATE-Disbelief in. There is a set of people whom I cannot Fate hath no voice but the heart's impulses. bear-the pinks of fashionable propriety,–


FATE-Hand of. sbose every word is precise, and whose every movement is unexceptionable ; but who, though But now the hand of Fate is on the curtain, Tersed in all the categories of polite behaviour, And gives the scene to light. Dryden. bare not a particle of soul or cordiality about them. We allow that their manners may be FATE-Hidden. abundantly correct. There may be elegance But God has wisely hid from human sight in every gesture, and gracefulness in every The dark decrees of future fate, position; not a smile out of place, and not a And sown their seeds in depth of night: step that would not bear the measurement of He laughs at all the giddy turns of state, the severest scrutiny. This is all very fine; When mortals search too soon, and fear too bat what I want is the heart and gaiety of late.

Ibid. social intercourse; the frankness that spreads eese and animation around it; the eye that FATE-Impatience at. speaks affability to all, that chases timidity from Yet 'tis the curse of mighty winds oppress'd, Every bosom, and tells every man in the com

To think what their state is, and what it pars to be confident and happy. This is what

should be: i conceive to be the virtue of the text, and Impatient of their lot, they reason fiercely, Dot the sickening formality of those who walk And call the laws of Providence unequal. by rule, and would reduce the whole of human

Rowe. life to a wire-bound system of misery and FATE-Eternal Justice of. constraint.


And therefore wert thou bred to virtuous PASTIDIOUSNESS-Definition of.

knowledge, Pastidiousness is the envelope of indelicacy.

And wisdom early planted in thy soul,

That thou mightst know to rule thy fiery Haliburton.

passions, PASTIDIOUSNESS-Inconsistency in. To bind their rage, and stay their headlong | Like other things spurious, fastidiousness is often inconsistent with itself: the coarsest To bear with accidents, and every change things are done, the cruellest things said, by Of various life; to struggle with adversity; the most fastidious people. Horace Walpole was To wait the leisure of the righteous gods a proverb of epicurean particularity of taste; Till they, in their own good appointed hour, yet none of the vulgarians whom he vilified Shall bid thy better days come forth at once, had a keener relish for a coarse allusion or a A long and shiuing train; till thou, well pleased,


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Shalt bow, and bless thy fate, and say the which, if destroyed and consumed upon the gods are just.

Rowe. place where they grow, enrich and improve it

more than if none had ever sprung there. FATE-Stroke of.

Swift. Fate steals along with ceaseless tread,

FAULTS-Reminding of. And meets us oft when least we dread;

It's only your friends and your enemies that Frowns in the storm with threatening brow, tell you of your faults.

Haliburton. Yet in the sunshine strikes the blow. Cowper.

FAVOURITES-Evils of. How easy 'tis, when destiny proves kind, How gross your avarice, eating up whole With full-spread sails to run before the wind; families ! But they who 'gainst stiff sales laveering go, How vast are your corruptions and abuse Must be at once resolved and skilful too. Of the king's ear! At which you hang a

Dryden. pendant, FATE and NECESSITY.

Not to adorn, but ulcerate; while the honest A strict belief in fate, is the worst of Nobility, like pictures in the arras, slavery ; imposing upon our necks an everlast- Serve only for court ornaments ; if they speak, ing lord, or tyrant, whom we are to stand in 'Tis when you set their tongues; which you awe of, night and day: on the other hand, there is some comfort, that God will be moved Like clocks, to strike at just the hour you by our prayers; but this imports an inexorable please.

Shirley. necessity.


FEAR-Absurdity of. All things are in fate, yet all things are not There needs no other charm, nor conjurer, decreed by fate.


To raise infernal spirits up, but fear, God over-rules all mutinous accidents, brings

That makes men pull their horns in like a

snail, them under his laws of fate, and makes them That's both a prisoner to itself, and jail; all serviceable to his purpose.

Antoninus. Draws more fantastic shapes than in the

grains What must be, shall be; and that which is of knotted wood, in some men's crazy brains, a necessity to him that struggles, is little more When all the cocks they think they see, and than choice to him that is willing. Seneca. bulls,

Are only in the insides of their skulls. Butlet, We should consider, that though we are tied

FEAR-Agony of. to the chains of fate, there are none but rational creatures have the privilege of moving

Oh! that fear freely, and making necessity a choice; all other When the heart longs to know, what it is

death to hear. things are forced onward, and dragged along

Croly. to their doom.


FEAR-Beginnings of. FATHERS-Theological Use of the.

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends Some divines make the same use of fathers in folly.

Coleridge. and councils, as our beaux do of their canes, not for support or defence, but mere ornament In morals, what begins in fear usually ends and show; and cover themselves with fine cob- in wickedness; in religion, wbat begins in web distinctions, as Homer's gods did with a fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either cloud.

Hughes. as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.

Mrs. Jameson FAULT-Finding.

Just as you are pleased at finding faults, FEAR-Characteristics of. you are displeased at finding perfections.

Fear is the last of ills:

In time we hate that which we often fear. FAULTS-Advantage of Overcoming.

Shakspeare It is not so much the being exempt from faults, as the having overcome them, that is I feel my sinews slackend with the fright, an advantage to us; it being with the follies And a cold sweat trills down all o'er my limbs. of the mind, as with the weeds of a field, As if I were dissolving into water. Dryden.

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FEAR-Troubles of. Pear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt. The thing in the world I am most afraid of

Sewell. is fear, and with good reason, that passion

alone in the trouble of it exceeding all other The weakness we lament, ourselves create. accidents.

Montaigne. Instructed from our infant years to court, With counterfeited fears, the aid of man, FEAR-Without. We learn to sbudder at the rustling breeze,

Upon earth there is not his like, who is Start at the light, and tremble in the dark;

made without fear.

Job. Till affectation, ripening to belief, And folly, frighted at her own cbimeras, FEARS-Absurdity of. Habitual cowardice usurps the soul. Johnson.

Who would believe what strange bugbears

Mankind creates itself, of fears, Pear, though blind, is swift and strong.

That spring like fern, that insect weed,

Dr. Mackay. Equivocally, without seed, FEAR-often Concealed.

And have no possible foundation, 1

But merely in th' imagination ? Fear is often concealed by a show of daring.

And yet can do more dreadful feats

Lucan. Than hags, with all their imps and teats ; PEAR-Definition of.

Make more bewitch and haunt themselves Fear is the white-lipp'd sire

Than all their nurseries of elves. Of subterfuge and treachery. Mrs. Sigourney. For fear does things so like a witch, 1

'Tis hard t' unriddle which is which. Butler, FEAR-Effect of.

FEASTING-Abundance of.
What see you there
That hath so cowarded and chased your blood

There's no want of meat, sir;
Out of appearance ?

Shakspeare. Portly and curious viands are prepared,

To please all kinds of appetites. Massinger. PEAR-Evils of.

FEASTING-consists not in Feeding. Fear naturally represses invention, benevolence, ambition; for, in a nation of slaves, cheerfulness of the guests, which makes the

It is not the quantity of the meat but the » in the despotic governments of the East, to


Lord Clarendon. Labour after fame is to be a candidate for danger.


FEASTING—the Way to the Heart. FEAR-Influence of.

The turnpike-road to people's hearts, I find,

Lies through their mouths : or I mistake Fear sometimes adds wings to the heels, and


Dr. Warton. sometimes nails them to the ground, and fetters them from moving. Montaigne. FEASTING-none without Peace.

Where there is no peace there is no feast. There is a virtuous fear, which is the effect of

Lord Clarendon. faith; and there is a vicious fear, which is the FEASTING-Public. product of doubt. The former leads to hope

'Twas at a public feast—and public day, as relying on God, in whom we believe : the Quite full-right dull-guests hot, and dishes latter inclines to despair, as not relying on God, in whom we do not believe. Persons of the one character fear to lose God; persons of And everybody out of their own sphere.

Great plenty-much formality-small cheer, the other character fear to find him. Pascal.


FEATURES. FEAR-cast out by Love.

Features—the great soul's apparent seat. There is no fear in love ; but perfect love

Bryant. . casteth out fear, because fear hath torment.


St. John. · PEAR-Painfulness of.

A peculiar thickness of the under lip has

been hereditary in the Imperial House of Pear is far more painful to cowardice, than Hapsburgh ever since the marriage, somo death to true courage.

Sir Philip Sidney. centuries ago, with the Polish family of


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