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KINGS-Five Special Cares of.

A king must have a special care of five things, if he would not have his crown to be but to him "unhappy felicity:"-1. That "pretended holiness" be not in the church, for that is twofold iniquity; 2. That "useless equity" sit not in the chancery, for that is "foolish pity;" 3. That "useless iniquity" keep not the exchequer, for that is a cruel robbery; 4. That "faithful rashness" be not his general, for that will bring, but too late, repentance; 5. That "faithless prudence" be not his secretary, for that is a snake beneath the green grass. Bacon.

KINGS-Conduct of.

It is the misfortune of kings, that they scarcely ever do that good that they have a mind to do; and through surprise, and the insinuations of flatterers, they often do that mischief they never intended. Telemachus.

KINGS-Diadems of.

O diadem, thou centre of ambition,
Where all its different lines are reconciled,
As if thou wert the burning-glass of glory.


What's all the gaudy glitter of a crown?
What but the glaring meteor of ambition,
That leads the wretch benighted in his errors,
Points to the gulf and shines upon destruction?

O polish'd perturbation! golden care!
That keep'st the ports of slumber open wide,
To many a watchful night!-sleep with it

now !

Yet not so sound, and half so deeply sweet,
As he, whose brow, with homely biggin bound,
Shores out the watch of night. O majesty !
When thou dost pinch thy bearer, thou dost


Like a rich armour worn in heat of day,
That scalds with safety.

KINGS-Divinity of.

Not all the water in the rough rude sea
Can wash the balm from an anointed king;
The breath of worldly men cannot depose
The deputy elected by the Lord;
For every man that Bolingbroke hath press'd
To lift sharp steel against our golden crown,
Heaven for his Richard, hath in heavenly pay
A glorious angel: then if angels fight,
Weak men must fall, for Heaven still guards
the right.


KINGS-Duties of.

The gods have for themselves alone reserved A quiet state: kings are their stewards here, Intrusted with the conquest of the world; And, like good, careful servants, must submit Their single profit to the general welfare.


A king that would not feel his crown too heavy for him, must wear it every day; but if he think it too light, he knoweth not of

what metal it is made.


KINGS-Example of.

A sovereign's great example forms a people;
The public breast is noble, or is vile,
As he inspires it.


KINGS-Faults of.

The faults kings do Shine like the fiery beacons on a hill, For all to see, and seeing tremble at. It's not a single ill which you commit; What in the subject is a petty fault, Monsters your actions, and's a foul offence: You give your subjects license to offend When you do teach them how.


KINGS-Flattery of.

The vulgar call us gods, and fondly think That kings are cast in more than mortal moulds :

Alas! they little know that when the mind
Is cloy'd with pomp, our taste is pal'd to joy,
But grows more sensible of grief or pain.
The stupid peasant with as quick a sense
Enjoys the fragrance of the rose as I,
And his hard hand is proof against the thorn,
Which, rankling in my tender skin, would


A viper's tooth. O blissful poverty!
Nature, too partial to thy lot, assigns
Health, freedom, innocence, and downy peace,
Her real goods, and only mocks the great
With empty pageantries.

Wherefore pay you This adoration to a sinful creature? I'm flesh and blood, as you are; sensible Of heat and cold; as much a slave unto The tyranny of my passions, as the meanest Of my poor subjects. The proud attributes By oil'd-tongue flattery imposed upon us, As sacred, glorious, high, invincible, The deputy of Heaven, and in that Omnipotent with all false titles else, Coin'd to abuse our frailty, though compounded,

And by the breath of sycophants applied,


Cure not the least fit of an ague in us.
We may give poor men riches; confer honours
On undeservers; raise or ruin such

As are beneath us; and with this puff'd-up
Ambition would persuade us to forget
That we are men: but He that sits above us,
And to whom, at our utmost rate, we are

KINGS-Loss of.
Yes, we have lost a father!

But pageant properties, derides our weakness: The greatest blessing Heaven bestows on
In me, to whom you kneel, 'tis most apparent;
Can I call back yesterday, with all their aids
That bow unto my sceptre? or restore
My mind to that tranquillity and peace
It then enjoy'd?


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Them inconstant: if bewray secrets, who
Will term them untrue? if they fall to other
Loves, who trembles not, if he calls them
Unbounded power and height of greatness give
To kings that lustre which we think divine;
The wise who know 'em, know they are but

The crowd,

Nay, sometimes weak ones too.

Who kneel before the image, not the god,
Worship the deity their hands have made.


And seldom found amongst these wilds of

A good, a worthy king! Hear me, my Tancred,
And I will tell thee in a few plain words,
How he deserved that best, that glorious title.
'Tis nought complex, 'tis clear as truth and

He loved his people, deem'd them all his

The good exalted, and depress'd the bad;
He spurn'd the flattering crew, with scorn

Their smooth advice, that only means them-

Their schemes to aggrandize him into baseness;
Well knowing that a people in their right
And industry protected, living safe
Beneath the sacred shelter of the laws,
Encouraged in their genius, arts, and labours,
And happy each as he himself deserves,
Are ne'er ungrateful. With unsparing hand
They will for him provide; their filial love
And confidence are his unfailing treasury,
And every honest man his faithful guard.

KINGS-Miseries of.

Princes have but their titles for their glories,
An outward honour for an inward toil;
And for unfelt imaginations,

They often feel a world of restless cares:
So that between their title and low name.
There's nothing differs but the outward fame.

Misery of princes,

That must of force be censured by their slaves!
Not only blamed for doing things that's ill,
But for not doing all that all men will.


KINGS-Neglect of.

When those whom Heaven distinguishes o'er millions,

Profusely gives them honours, riches, power, Whate'er the expanded heart can wish; when they,

Accepting the reward, neglect the duty,
Or worse, pervert those gifts to deeds of ruin,
Is there a wretch they rule so mean as they,-
Guilty at once of sacrilege to Heaven,
And of perfidious robbery to men?


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KINGS-Obligations of.

KINGS-Stability of.

Kings, like Heaven's eye, should spread their Who strikes at sov'reign power, had need strike
beams around,
For storms that fail to blow the cedar down,
May tear the branches, but they fix the roots.

Pleased to be seen while glory's race they run;
Rest is not for the chariot of the sun:
Luxurious kings are to the people lost;
They live like drones upon the public cost.


KINGS-Best Praise of.

If I boast of aught,
Be it to have been Heaven's happy instrument,
The means of good to all my fellow-creatures :
This is a king's best praise.

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Some are born kings,

Made up of three parts fire; so full of heaven,
It sparkles at their eyes: inferior souls
Know 'em as soon as seen, by sure instinct,
To be their lords, and naturally worship
The secret god within them.


Show wond'ring nations what a monarch
should be;
Heaven's true vicegerent, whose superior soul,
Paised high above the tyrant's selfish poorness,
Pants but for power of doing good, rejects
All power of doing ill; who makes no war
But to revenge his people's wrongs; no peace,
But what secures their safety; courts no fame
But from their happiness: a parent he,
The public parent-they not slaves, but sons.

KINGS-Rights of.

Kings' titles generally begin by force,
Which time wears off, and mellows into right;
And power, which in one age is tyranny,
Is ripen'd in the next to true succession.



KINGS-Thoughts of.

The thoughts of princes dwell in sacred privacy,
Unknown and venerable to the vulgar;
And like a temple's innermost recesses,
None enter to behold the hallow'd mysteries,
Unbidden of the god that dwells within. Rowe.

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KISSES-Sweets of.

Sweet were his kisses on my balmy lips,
As are the breezes breath'd amidst the groves
Of ripening spices on the height of day.
KISSING (in Iceland)-Custom of.


I whispered to Fritz (a touring companion) how I had always understood it was the proper thing in this country (Iceland) for ladies who had been good enough to entertain travellers departing on a journey to kiss the them, little imagining he would take me at my word. Guess my horror when I saw him, with an intrepidity I envied, but dared not imitate, first embrace the mamma by way of prelude, and then proceed, in the most natural way possible, to make the same tender advances to the daughter. I was dumb with consternation; the room swam before me; I expected we should next minute be packed, neck and crop,


into the street, and that the young lady would have gone off into hysterics. It turned out, however, that such was the very last thing she was thinking of doing. With a simple frankness that became her more than all the boarding-school graces in the world, her eyes dancing with mischief and good humour, she met bim half way, and pouting out two rosy lips, gave him as hearty a kiss as ever it might be the good fortune of one of us hecreatures to receive. From that moment I determined to conform to the customs of the inhabitants. Lord Dufferin.

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A kiss fairly electrifies you; it warms your blood, and sets your heart a-beating like a brass drum, and makes your eyes twinkle like stars in a frosty night. It ain't a thing ever to be forgot. No language can express it, no letters will give the sound. Then, what in natur' is equal to the flavour of it? What an aroma it has! How spiritual it is! It ain't gross, for you can't feed on it; it don't cloy, for the palate ain't required to test its taste. It is neither visible, nor tangible, nor portable, nor transferable. It is not a substance, nor a liquid, nor a vapour. It has neither colour nor form; imagination can't conceive it. It can't be imitated or forged. It is confined to no clime or country, but is ubiquitous. It is dis

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embodied when completed, but is instantly reproduced, and so is immortal. It is as old as the creation, and yet is as young and fresh as ever. It pre-existed, still exists, and always will exist. It pervades all nature. The breeze, as it passes, kisses the rose, and the pendant vine stoops down and hides with its tendrils its blushes, as it kisses the limpid stream that waits in an eddy to meet it, and raises its tiny waves, like anxious lips, to receive it. Depend upon it Eve learned it in Paradise, and was taught its beauties, virtues, and varieties by an angel, there is something so transcendent in it. How it is adapted to all circumstances! There is the kiss of welcome and of parting; the long, lingering, loving, present one; the stolen, or the mutual one; the kiss of love, of joy, and of sorrow; the seal of promise, and the receipt of fulfilment. Is it strange, therefore, that a woman is invincible, whose armoury consists of kisses, smiles, sighs, and tears?


KISSING-Ecstasy of.

I swear, I love you with my first virgin fondness;
I live all in you, and I die without you:
At your approach, my heart beats fast within me;
A pleasing trembling thrills through all my

Whene'er you touch me with your melting hand;
But when you kiss, oh! 'tis not to be spoke!
KISSING-not a mere Expression.
Humid seal of soft affections,

Tenderest pledge of future bliss, Dearest tie of young connections, Love's first snowdrop, virgin bliss.

Speaking silence, dumb confession,

Passion's birth, and infants' play,
Dove-like fondness, chaste concession,
Glowing dawn of brighter day.
Sorrowing joy, adieu's last action,

When lingering lips no more must join:
What words can ever speak affection
So thrilling and sincere as thine!


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KISSING & Mysterious Virtue.

What's in a kiss? Really, when people come to reflect upon the matter calmly, what ean they see in a kiss? The lips pout slightly and touch the cheek softly, and then they just part, and the job is complete. There is a kiss in the abstract! View it in the abstract! -take it as it stands !-look at it philosophically! What is there in it? Millions upon millions of souls have been made happy, while millions upon millions have been plunged into misery and despair by this kissing; and yet, when you look at the character of the thing, it is simply a pouting and parting of the lips. In every grade of society there is kissing. Go where you will, to what country you will, you are perfectly sure to find kissing! There is, however, some mysterious virtue in a kiss, after all. Cockton.

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His heart and hand both open, and both free; For what he has, he gives; what thinks, he shows;

Yet gives he not till judgment guide his bounty,

Nor dignifies an impure thought in breath:
Manly as Hector, but more dangerous;
For Hector, in his blaze of wrath, subscribes
To tender objects; but he, in heat of action,
Is more vindictive than jealous love.



KNOWLEDGE-Reasons for Acquiring. Men have entered into a desire of learning and knowledge sometimes upon a natural curiosity and inquisitive appetite; sometimes to entertain their minds with variety and delight; sometimes for ornament and reputation, and sometimes to enable them to obtain the victory of wit and contradiction, and sometimes for lucre and possession; but seldom sincerely to give a true account of their gift of reason for the benefit and use of man, as if there were sought in knowledge a couch whereupon to rest a searching and restless spirit, or a terrace for a wandering and variable mind, to walk up and down with a fair prospect, or a tower of state for a proud mind to raise itself upon, or a fort on commanding ground for strife or contention, or a shop for profit and sale, and not a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of man's estate. Bacon.

KNOWLEDGE-Acquisition of.

Knowledge will not be acquired without pains and application. It is troublesome and deep digging for pure waters; but, when once you come to the spring, they rise up and meet Felton.


The first step to knowledge is to know that Cecil. we are ignorant.

KNOWLEDGE-derived from Antiquity.

Every generation enjoys the use of a vast hoard bequeathed to it by antiquity, and transmits that hoard, augmented by fresh acquisitions, to future ages. Macaulay.

KNOWLEDGE-Aspirations after.

Look, the world tempts our eye,
And we would know it all.

We map the starry sky,
We mine this earthern ball,

We measure the sea-tides, we number the seasands:

We scrutinize the dates
Of long-past human things,
The bounds of effaced states,
The lives of deceased kings:

We search out dead men's words, and works of dead men's hands.


KNOWLEDGE-Attendant on.

He that would make a real progress in knowledge must dedicate his age as well as youth-the latter-growth as well as the firstfruits-at the altar of truth. Bishop Berkeley.

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