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Irresolution is a worse vice than rashness. He that shoots best may sometimes miss the mark; but he that shoots not at all, can never hit it. Irresolution loosens all the joints of a state; like an ague, it shakes not this or that limb, but all the body is at once in a fit. The irresolute man is lifted from one place to another, and hath no place left to rest on. He flecks from one egg to another; so hatcheth Feltham. nothing, but addles all his actions.

IRRESOLUTION-Fantasies of.
Irresolution frames a thousand horrors
Embodying each.


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It is a mistaken idea that ivy renders a structure damp, and hastens its decay. On the contrary, nothing so effectually keeps the building, as may be seen by examining beneath the ivy after a rain, where it will be found that the walls are dry, though everything around is deluged with wet. Its exuberant and web-like roots, issuing as they do from every portion of the branches on which it grows, bind everything together that comes within their reach with such a firm and intricate lace work, that not a single stone can be removed from its position without first tearing away its protecting safeguard. In proof of this, we refer to ruins of ancient castles and buildings; for while in those parts of the structure that have not the advantage

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of this protection, all have gone to utter
decay; where the ivy has thrown its pre-
serving mantle, everything is comparatively
fresh and perfect; and oftentimes the very
angles of the sculptured stone are found to be
almost as sharp and entire as when they first JEALOUSY-easily Aroused.
came from the hands of the builder.

With hateful thoughts to languish and to pine,
And feed itself with self-consuming smart;
Of all the passions in the mind, thou vilest

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Trifles, light as air,

Are, to the jealous, confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ.

JEALOUSY-Caution against.


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Love's eclipse; thou art in thy disease,
A wild, mad patient, wondrous hard to please.

JEALOUSY-Remorselessness of.

If once to jealousy the soul's resign'd,
If prepossession gain the unwary mind,
In vain prefers poor innocence her plea,
Tis as our passions dictate we decree :
Justice no more suspends her equal scale,
And fraud and faction over truth prevail;
The guiltless falls,-too late we then believe,
Too late prevent, and too severely grieve,
The fatal error we can ne'er retrieve.

JEALOUSY-Sleeplessness of.
A jealous man sleeps dog-sleep.


But with her purest blood; and in return Thou tear'st the bosom whence thy nurture flows. Froude.


To doubt's an injury; to suspect a friend
Is breach of friendship: jealousy's a seed
Sown but in vicious minds; prone to distrust,
Because apt to deceive.

JEALOUSY-Wickedness of.

Where jealousie is the jailour, many break the prison, it opening more wayes to wickednesse than it stoppeth; so that where it findeth one, it maketh ten dishonest. Fuller.

JEALOUSY-of Woman.

The venom clamours of a jealous woman Poison more deadly than a mad dog's tooth. Shakspeare.

JEERING-not to be Indulged in.

Jeer not others upon any occasion. If they be foolish, God hath denied them understanding; if they be vicious, you ought to pity, not revile them; if deformed, God framed their bodies, and will you scorn his workmanship? Are you wiser than your Creator? If poor, poverty was designed for a motive to charity, not to contempt; you cannot see what riches they have within. Especially despise not your aged parents, if they be come to their second childhood, and be not so wise as formerly; they are yet your parents-your South. duty is not diminished.

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Sir T. Overbury. JESTER-The Vicious.

0 Jealousy! thou most unnatural offspring Of a too tender parent! that in excess Of fondness feeds thee, like the pelican,


Yonder he drives-avoid that furious beast:
If he may have his jest, he never cares
At whose expense; nor friend nor patron


JESTER-Wisdom of the.

This fellow's wise enough to play the fool;
And, to do that well, craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time;
And, like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practice,
As full of labour as a wise man's art:
For folly, that he wisely shows, is fit;
But wise men, folly-fallen, quite taint their wit.

JESTING-Dangers of.

Take heed of jesting: many have been ruined by it. It is hard to jest, and not sometimes jeer too; which oftentimes sinks deeper than was intended, or expected.


JESTING-Fatal Influence of constantly.

He who never relaxes into sportiveness is a wearisome companion; but beware of him who jests at every thing! such men disparage, by some ludicrous association, all objects which are presented to their thoughts, and thereby render themselves incapable of any emotion which can either elevate or soften them; they bring upon their moral being an influence more withering than the blasts of the desert. Southey.

JESTS-Causes of Melancholy.

Scoffs, calumnies, and jests, are frequently the causes of melancholy. It is said that "a blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword;" and certainly there are many men whose feelings are more galled by a calumny, a bitter jest, a libel, a pasquil, a squib, a satire, or an epigram, than by any misfortune whatsoever. Burton.

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A Jesuit may be shortly described as an empty suit of clothes, with another person living in them, who acts for him, thinks for him, decides for him, whether he shall be a prince or a beggar, and moves him about wheresoever he pleases; who allows him to exhibit the external aspect of a man, but leaves him none of the privileges-no liberty, no property, no affections, not even the power to refuse obedience when ordered to commit the most atrocious of crimes; for, the more he


outrages his own feelings, the greater his merits. Obedience to the Superior is his ouly idea of virtue, and in all other respects he is a mere image. Southey.

JESUITISM-Doings of.

Ignatius's black militia, armed with this precious message of salvation, have now been campaigning over all the world for about three hundred years; and, openly or secretly, have done a mighty work. Who can count what a work! Where you meet a man believing in the salutary nature of falsehoods, or the divine authority of things doubtful, and fancying that to serve the good cause he must call the

devil to his aid, there is a follower of Unsaint Ignatius. Not till the last of these men has vanished from the earth will our account with Ignatius be quite settled, and his black militia have got their mittimus to chaos again. They have given a new substantive to modern languages. The word Jesuitism now, in all countries, expresses an idea for which there was in nature no prototype before. Not till these late centuries had the human soul generated that abomination, or needed to name it. Truly they have achieved great things in the world; and a general result, which we may call stupendous. Not victory for Ignatius and the black militia,-no, till the universe itseif become a cunningly-devised fable, and God the Maker abdicates in favour of Beelzebub, I do not see how victory can fall on that side! But they have done such deadly execution on the general soul of man, and have wrought such havoc on the terrestrial and supernal interests of this world, as insure to Jesuitism a long memory in human annals. Carlyle.


Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is! Shakspeare.

JEW-Musical Genius of the.

Who composed "Il Barbière?" Rossini-a Jew! Who is there that admires not the heart-stirring music of the "Huguenots" and the "Prophète?" The composer is Meyerbeer -a Jew! Who has not been spell-bound by "Die Judin?" by Halevy-a Jew! Who has not been enchanted with the beautiful fictions of lyric poetry, and charmed with the graceful melodies, so to speak, of one of Israel's sweetest singers, Heine-a Jew? Who has not listened with breathless ecstacy to the music of the "Midsummer Night's Dream,"

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The Jews, although scattered over the face of the earth, yet maintain a secret and indissoluble bond of union and common interest. In every country they are, as it were, the servants; but the time may come when they will virtually be the masters in their turn. Even at the present time are they Dot, to a great extent, the arbiters of the fate of Europe! Maintaining, on the one hand, the bond between the different states, by the mysterious power of wealth which they possess; and on the other, loosening the ties of social Efe, and introducing or fostering ideas of change and revolution among various peoples? In the Jewish nation stirs the Nemesis of the destiny of Europe. Baron von Harthausen.

JOKING-Caution necessary in.

Never risk a joke, even the least offensive in its nature, and the most common, with a person who is not well bred, and possessed of sense to comprehend it. La Bruyère.

JOLLITY-Disposition to.

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I see a forest, dark, dim, deep, and dread,
Whose solemn shades no human foot or eye
Can penetrate; but now, oh, see! a veil
Falls from my strengthened eyes; and now
Even in its deepest centre I behold
A spot more beautiful than human heart
Can comprehend; it is the home of joy;
And there the blessed spirit broods for ever,
Making her dwelling-place a heaven; there
The skies are pure as crystal, and the eye
Looks through their clear expanse direct to God.
No sun is there; the air itself is light
And life; a rainbow spans it like a crown
Of tearless glory, and the forest trees

Give me health and a day, and I will make Sweep round it in a belt of living green.

ridiculous the pomp of emperors.



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Colour, that wayward sprite of changeful mien,
Is here subdued to an intensity

Of burning lustre. Sound has but one voice,
And that is joyous song; sight but one object,
And that is happiness; mine eyes are strained
To catch the lineaments of the bright queen,
Whose dwelling-place I see; but tis in vain ;
Nowhere distinct, yet felt in all, she glides,
A shape of light and colour, through the air,
Making its pure transparency to thrill
With the soft music of her viewless step.
JOY-after Pain.


How exquisite is pleasure after pain!
Why throbs my heart so turbulently strong,

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