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life, a bold and impatient man the easy; for one cannot brook war, nor the other peace. Epicurus.

tically, there was a little toiling steam tug, with heart of fire and arms of iron, that was hugging it close, and dragging it bravely on; and I knew that if the little steam tug untwined her arms and left the tall ship it would wallow and roll about and drift hither and thither, and go off with the refluent tide, no man knows whither. And so I have known more than one genius, high decked, full freighted, wide sailed, gay pennoned, that, but for the bare toiling arms, and brave, warm, beating heart of the faithful little wife, that nestled close in his shadow, and clung to him, so that no wind nor wave could part them, and dragged him on against all the tide of circumstance, would soon have gone down the stream and been heard of no more. No, I am too much a lover of genius, I sometimes think, and too often get impatient with dull people, so that, in their weak talk, where nothing is future possible state of development, when a taken for granted, I look forward to some gesture passing between a beautiful human soul and an archangel shall signify as much as the complete history of a planet, from the time when it curdled to the time when its sun was burned out. And yet, when a strong brain is weighed with a true heart, it seems to me like balancing a bubble against a wedge of gold. It takes a very true man to be a fitting companion for a woman of genius, but not a very great one. I am not sure she will not embroider her ideal better on a plain ground than on one with a brilliant pattern already worked in its texture. But as the very essence of genius is truthfulness, contact with realities (which are always ideas behind shows of form or language), nothing is so contemptible as falsehood and pretence in its eyes. Now it is not easy to find a perfectly true woman, and it is very hard to find a perfectly true man. And a woman of genius, who has the sagacity to choose such an one for her companion, shows more of the divine gift in so doing than in her

GENIUS-Unconsciousness of.

As effortless as woodland nooks

Send violets up and paint them blue. Lowell. finest talk or her most brilllant work of letters or of art.


GENIUS-Rarity of.

The proportion of genius to the vulgar, is like one to a million; but genius without tyranny, without pretension, that judges the weak with equity, the superior with humanity, and equals with justice, is like one to ten millions.


GENIUS-without Religion.

Genius, without religion, is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace. It may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without,

while the inhabitant sits in darkness. Hannah More.


So strong a wit did Nature to him frame,
As all things but his judgment overcame;
His judgment like the heavenly moon did show,
Tempering that mighty sea below. Cowley.

GENIUS-Wives of Men of.

There is an ordinance of nature at which men of genius are perpetually fretting, but which does more good than many laws of the universe which they praise; it is, that ordinary women ordinarily prefer ordinary men. "Genius," as Hazlitt would have said, "puts them out." It is so strange; it does not come into the room as usual. It says "such things." Once it forgot to brush its hair. The common female mind prefers usual tastes, settled manners, customary conversation, defined and practical pursuits. And it is a great good that it should

be so.


Nature has no wiser instinct. average woman can make happy the average man; good health, easy cheerfulness, common charms, suffice. Harris.



Oftentimes as I have lain swinging on the water, in the swell of the Chelsea ferryboats, in that long, sharp-pointed black cradle in which I love to let the great mother rock me, I have seen a tall ship glide by against the tide, as if drawn by some invisible tow-line, with a hundred strong arms pulling it. Her sails hung unfilled, her streamers were drooping, she had neither side-wheel nor sternwheel; still she moved on, stately, in serene triumph, as if with her own life. But I knew that on the other side of the ship, hidden beneath the great bulk that swam so majes


Men do not make their homes unhappy

because they have genius, but because they have not enough genius; a mind and sentiments of a higher order would render them capable of seeing and feeling all the beauty of Wordsworth. domestic ties.


Mankind, from the earliest ages, have been prone almost to idolize those to whom ther were indebted for any weighty benefits, or to whom they looked up as inventors of useful


arts, or masters of hitherto occult sciences. scended. Thus his blood must needs be well Gratitude indeed demands that great and ori-purified who is gentilely born on both sides. ginal geniuses, whom God has enriched with Fuller. extraordinary talents, by the due exercise of which they have become benefactors of the human race, should be loved and valued highly for their services; but when we look only at the instrument, and see not the hand of Supreme Benevolence that employs it for our benefit, we then overvalue man, and undervalue God; putting the former into the place of the latter, and making an idol of him; and if any will not worship this idol, a clamour is raised against them, and they are almost persecuted. Kirby.

GENTILITY-Assumption of.

There cannot be a surer proof of low origin, or of an innate meanness of disposition, than to be always talking and thinking of being genteel. Hazlitt.

GENTILITY-with Virtue.

How weak a thing is gentility, if it wants virtue. Fuller.

GENTLEMAN-Characteristics of the.
His years are young, but his experience old;
His head unmellow'd, but his judgment ripe;
And in a word (for far behind his worth
Come all the praises that I now bestow)
He is complete in feature and in mind,


With all good grace to grace a gentleman.

I am a gentleman: and by my birth,
Companion with a king: a king's no more.
I am possess'd of many fair revenues,
Sufficient to maintain a gentleman.
Touching my mind, I'm studied in all arts;
The riches of my thoughts, and of my time,
Have been a good proficient. Heywood.

I am

A gentleman free-born; I never wore
The rags of any great man's looks, nor fed
Upon their after-meals: I never crouch'd
To the offal of an office-promised
Reward for long attendance, and then miss'd.
I read no difference between this huge,
This monstrous big word, lord, and gentleman,
More than the title sounds. For aught I learn
The latter is as noble as the first,
I'm sure more ancient.

John Ford.


The true gentleman is extracted from ancient and worshipfull parentage. When a pepin is planted on a pepin-stock, the fruit growing thence is called a renate, a most delicious apple, as both by sire and damme well de

Negligent; not clogg'd with ceremony
For your behaviour, let it be free and
Or observance; give no man honour, but
Upon equal terms; for look how much thou
Giv'st any man above that, so much thou
Tak'st from thyself: he that will once give the
Wall, shall be quickly thrust into the kennel.
Measure not thy carriage by any man's eye;
Thy speech by no man's ear; but be resolute
And confident in doing and saying;
And this is the grace of a right gentleman.

He is a noble gentleman: withal
Happy in's endeavours: the general voice
Sounds him for courtesy, behaviour, language,
And every fair demeanour an example:
Titles of honour add not to his worth,
Who is himself an honour to his title.
John Ford.


There is no character more deservedly esteemed than that of a country gentleman who understands the station in which Heaven and Nature have placed him. He is a father to his tenants, a patron to his neighbours, and is superior to those of lower fortune more by his benevolence than his possessions. He justly divides his time between solitude and company, so as to use the one for the other. His life is employed in the good offices of an advocate, a referee, a companion, a mediator, and a friend. Addison.


I do not know a finer race of men than the

English gentlemen. Instead of the softness and effeminacy which characterize the man of rank in most countries, they exhibit a union of elegance and strength, a robustness of frame and freshness of complexion, which I attribute to their living so much in the open air, and pursuing so eagerly the invigorating recreation of the country. Washington Irving.

The man within whose reach Heaven has placed the greatest materials for making life happy, is an English country gentleman. Emperor Alexander. GENTLEMAN-a rare Person.

Perhaps a gentleman is a rarer man than some of us think for. Which of us can point out many such in his circle, men whose aims are generous, whose truth is constant, and not only constant in its kind, but elevated in its


degree; whose want of meanness makes them simple, who can look the world honestly in the face with an equal manly sympathy for the great and the small? We all know a hundred whose coats are very well made, and a score who have excellent manners, and one or two happy beings who are what they call in the inner circles, and have shot into the very centre and bull's-eye of fashion; but of gentlemen, how many? Let us take a little scrap of paper, and each make out his list. Thackeray.

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A wrong done to thee think a cat's-eye spark Thou wouldest not see, were not thine own

heart dark.

Thine own keen sense of wrong that thirsts for sin,

Fear that the spark self-kindled from within,
Which blown upon will blind thee with its glare,
Or smother'd stifle thee with noisome air.
Clap on the extinguisher, pull up the blinds,
And soon the ventilated spirit finds

Its natural daylight. If a foe have kenn'd,—
Or worse than foe, an alienated friend,—
A rib of dry rot in thy ship's stout side,
Think it God's message, and in humble pride
With heart of oak replace it; thine the gains-
Give him the rotten timber for his pains!


GENTLENESS-Definition of.

Gentleness, which belongs to virtue, is to be carefully distinguished from the mean spirit of cowards, and the fawning assent of sycophants. It removes no just right from fear; it gives up no important truth from flattery; it is, indeed, not only consistent with a firm mind, but it necessarily requires a manly spirit and a fixed principle, in order to give it any

real value.


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Winning its way with extreme gentleness
Through all the outworks of suspicious pride.
GENTLEWOMAN-Description of the.
Noble she is by birth, made good by virtue,
Exceeding fair, and her behaviour to it
Is like a singular musician

To a sweet instrument, or else as doctrine
Is to the soul, that puts it into act,
And prints it full of admirable forms,
Without which 'twere an empty, idle flame.
Her eminent judgment to dispose those parts
Sits on her brow, and holds a silver sceptre,

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With which she keeps time to the several


Placed in the sacred concert of her beauties;
Love's complete armoury is managed in her,
To stir affection, and the discipline

To check and to affright it from attempting
Any attaint might disproportion her,
Or make her graces less than circular;
Yet even her carriage is as far from coyness
As from immodesty; in play, in dancing,
In suffering courtship, in requiting kindness,
In use of places, hours, and companies,
Free as the sun, and nothing more corrupted;
As circumspect as Cynthia in her vows,
And constant as the centre to observe them;
Ruthful and bounteous, never fierce nor dull;
In all her courses ever at the full. Chapman.

She is of the best blood, yet betters it
With all the graces of an excellent spirit;
Mild as the infant rose, and innocent

As when Heaven lent her us. Her mind, as well
As face, is yet a Paradise untainted
With blemishes, or the spreading weeds of vice.

GEOLOGIST-Poet's View of the.

You may trace him oft By scars, which his activity has left Beside our road and pathways, though, thank Heaven!

This covert nook reports not of his hand.
He, who with pocket-hammer smites the edge
Of luckless rocks, or prominent stone, disguised
In weather-stains, or crusted o'er by Nature
With her first growths, detailing by the stroke
A chip or splinter-to resolve his doubts;
And, with that ready answer satisfied,
The substance classes by some barbarous name,
And hurries on; or from the fragments picks
His specimen, if but haply interveined
With sparkling mineral, or should crystal cube
Lark in its cells-and thinks himself enriched,
Wealthier, and doubtless wiser, than before.


So long as phenomena are simply recorded, and only the natural and obvious causes drawn from them, there can be no fear that the results of the study may prove hostile to religion. How much wiser was the counsel of Gamaliel, and how applicable to those who impugned these pursuits-"Refrain from these men and let them alone; for if the work be of men it will fall to nothing; but if of God ye are not able to destroy it." If the representations they have given of nature are the fictions of men, they cannot stand against the progress of science; if they truly picture

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is objectless upon earth; that it predominates GIFTS-Useless.

in the period of sinless infancy, are difficulties the solution of which might afford some probable insight into our ante-mundane condition, and a peep at least into the shadow-land of pre-existence. Lamb.

GIFT-Manner of bestowing a.

The manner of giving, shews the character of the giver, more than the gift itself. Lavater.

GIFT-Every Man hath received a.

Every man have received some gift-no man all gifts; and this, rightly considered, would keep all in a more even temper; as, in nature, nothing is altogether useless, so nothing is self-sufficient. This, duly considered, would keep the meanest from repining and discontent -even him that hath the lowest rank in most respects; yet something he hath received that is not only a good to himself, but rightly improved, may be so to others likewise. And this will curb the loftiness of the most advanced, and teach them not only to see some deficiencies in themselves, and some gifts in far meaner persons which they want; but, besides the simple discovery of this, it will put them upon the use of lower persons, not only to stoop to the acknowledgment, but even withal to the participation and benefit of it; not to trample upon all that is below thembut to take up and use things useful, though lying at their feet. Some flowers and herbs that grow very low are of a very fragrant smell and healthful use. Leighton.

GIFTS-freely Bestowed.

Give freely to him that deserveth well and asketh nothing; and that is a way of giving to thyself. Fuller.

GIFTS-ungraciously Conferred.

There is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. Seneca.

GIFTS-Failure of.

Your gift is princely, but it comes too late, And falls like sunbeams on a blasted blossom. Suckling.


GIFTS-Influence of.

Win her with gifts, if she respect not words:
Dumb jewels often in their silent kind,
More than quick words, do move a woman's

He was one of those men, moreover, who possess almost power to use them. every gift except the gift of the Kingsley.

GIFTS-Proportionate Value of.

And, with them, words of so sweet breath composed,

As made the things more rich: their perfume lost,

GIFTS-when most Acceptable.
Presents which our love for the donor has Glory, the casual gift of thoughtless crowds!
rendered precious, are
Glory, the bribe of avaricious virtue !

ever the most ac-


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GLORY-Impartiality of.

Glory darts her soul-pervading ray On thrones and cottages, regardless still Of all the artificial, nice distinctions Vain human customs make. Hannah More.

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Such, whose sole bliss is eating, who can give But that one brutal reason why they live.


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