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The many-twinkling feet so small and sylph. Being a divine, a ghostly confessor, like,
A sin-absolver, and my friend profest, Snggesting the more secret symmetry
To mangle me with that word, banishment? Of the fair forms which terminate so well
Shakspeare. All the delusion of the dizzy scene,
BANQUET-Luxuriance of the.
A table richly spread in regal mode,
With dishes piled, and meats of noblest sort BALLADS-Definitions of.
And savour; beasts of chase, or fowl of game,
In pastry built, or from the spit, or boil'd, Vocal portraits of the national mind. Lamb. | Gris-amber-steam'd; all fish from sea or shore,
Freshet or purling brook, for which was
drain'd They are the gipsy children of song, born under green hedgerows, in the leafy lanes and Pontus, and Lucrine bay, and Afric coast.
Milton. br.paths of literature, in the genial summer time.
BARD-Lyre of the.
On a rock whose haughty brow BALLADS-History of.
Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood,
Robed in the sable garb of woe.
With haggard eyes the poet stood
(Loose his beard and hoary hair
Stream'd like a meteor to the troubled air), The harp was sent round, and those might Struck the deep sorrows of his lyre.
And with a master's hand and prophet's fire Bede.
Gray. sing who could.
BARDS-Influence of. Minstrels were protected by a charter of Edward the IV.; but, by a statute of Eliza- When Athens' armies fell at Syracuse, beth, they were made punishable among And fetter'd thousands bore the yoke of war, rogues, vagabonds, and sturdy beggars. Viner. Redemption rose up in the Attic muse,
Her voice their only ransom from afar: BALLADS-Influence of.
See ! as they chant the tragic hymn, the car Give me the writing of the ballads, and you
Of th' o'ermaster'd victor stops ; the reins make the laws.
Fletcher of Sallóun. Fall from his hands; his idle scimitar
Drops from his belt; he rends his captive's BALLS (Child's) and Dances.
And bids them thank the bard for freedom I know not whether I ought most to hate
and his strains.
Byron. child's balls, or praise most children's dances. The former, before the dancing master, in the BASHFULNESS-Different kinds of. so iety of lookers-on, or companions in dancing, There are two distinct sorts of what we call in the bot climate of a ball-room, under its bashfulness: this, the awkwardness of a booby, esotic produce, are at least the preliminary which a few steps into the world will convert Egures and principal steps towards the dance into the pertness of a coxcomb; that, a conof death, On the other hand, children's sciousness, which the most delicate feelings dances are what I am not going to praise. As produce, and the most extensive knowledge speaking should be taught before grammar, cannot always remove.
Mackenzie. so dancing should long precede and work its Tuy before tuition in the art of dancing. BASHFULNESS-without Merit,
Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward ;
and merit without molesty, insolent; but 'Tis not absence to be far,
modest merit has a double claim to acceptance, But to abhor is to be absent;
and generally meets with as many patrons as To those who in disfavour are,
Hughes. Sight itself is banishment. Mendoza.
BAT-The. BANISHMENT-Horrors of.
Now air is hush'd, save where the weak-eyed Banish'a ?
bat, O friar, the damned use that word in hell; With short, shrill shriek, flits by on leathern Howlings attend it. How hast thou the heart, wing.
All furnish'd, all in arms, Upon the bosom of a cooler world. Hurdis.
All plumed like estridges, that wing the wind;
Baited like eagles having lately bathed ! BATTLE-Flight from.
Glittering in golden coats, like images ; Who then affrighted with their bloody looks, As full of spirit as the month of May, Ran fearfully among the trembling reeds And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer; And bid his crisped head in the hollow bank, Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young Stain'd with the blood of those brave com- bulls.
Now my fierce courser with a javelin stung, BATTLE-Preparations for.
First rear'd in air, then tearing with a bound
The trembling earth, plunged deep amidst the The neighbouring plain with arms is covered o'er,
And now a thousand deaths from every side The vale an iron harvest seems to yield,
Had but one mark, and on my buckler rung; Of thick-sprung lances in a waving field.
Through the throng legions, like a tempest, The polish'd steel gleams terribly from far,
rush'd And every moment nearer shows the war.
This friend, o'er gasping heroes, rolling steeds,
Dryden. And snatch'd me from my fate. Young. BATTLE-Rage of.
Save when, to nature's anguish forced to yield,
For his far home, and turn'd hia round to die; High on the works the mingling hosts engage,
Or when the wailing voice of woman told The battle kindled into tenfold rage,
That her long weary search was pot in vain, With showers of bullets, and with storms of And she had found the bosom, stiff and cold,
Where her soft clustering curls had often lain. Bombs in full fury, heaps on heaps expire;
'Twas one of these that burst upon my ear Nations, with nations mix'd, confus'dly die, While watching on that field : the windAnd lost in one promiscuous carnage lie.
harp's tone The western sun now shot a feeble ray,
Was not more mournful nor more sweetly clear, And faintly scatter'd the remains of day,
Than was the sound of that sad woman's Ev'ning approach'd ; but oh! what hosts of foes
Throngh the dim twilight I beheld a form, Were never to behold that ev'ning close ! Her dark brow clouded with grief s passionate Thick’ning their ranks, and wedged in firm storm,
And on her breast an infant calmly slept, array, The close-compacted Britons win their way;
Which she would pause to gaze ou ; and In vain the cannon their throng'd war defaced. again, With tracks of death, and laid the battle With bitterness renew'd, she loudly wept, waste. Addison. And call'd on its dead father-but in vain !
Hon. Mrs. Norton. BATTLE-Destructive Ravages of.
BATTLE-FIELD-after a Lapse of Time. This day hath made Much work for tears in many an English Then after length of time, the labouring swaivs,
Who turn the turfs of those unhappy plains. mother, Whose sous lie scatter'd on the bleeding Shall rusty piles from the plough'd furrows take, ground.
And over empty helmets pass the rake :
Amazed at antique titles on the stones,
And mighty reliques of gigantic bones.
BEASTS-Creation of. BATTLE-Struggles of.
God said When Greeks join'd Greeks, then was the tug “Let the earth bring forth soul living in her of war.
kind, The labour'd battle sweat and conquest bled. Cattle, and creeping things, and beast of tho
Each in their kind.” The earth obey'd, and BEAUTY-Allurements of. straight
The human heart yearns for the beautiful in Op'ning her fertile womb, teem'd at a birth, all ranks of life. The beautiful things that lunum'rous living creatures, perfect forms, God makes are His gift to all alike. I know Limb'd and full grown : out of the ground there are many of the poor who have fine feel. uprose,
ing and a keen sense of the beautiful, which As from his lair, the wild beast where he wons rusts out and dies because they are too hard in forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den. pressed to procure it any gratification. Among the trees in pairs they rose, they
Mrs. Stowe. walk'd ; The cattle in the fields and meadows green ;
Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates Those rare and solitary, these in flocks,
both the holder and the beholder. Zimmerman. Past'ring at once, and in broad herds up-sprung. The grassy clods now calved, now half appear'd BEAUTY-of Body and soul. The tawny lion, pawing to get free His hinder parts; then springs, as broke from
Every spirit, as it is most pure, bonds,
And hath in it the more of heavenly light, And rampant shakes his brinded mane : the So it the fairer body doth procure
To habit in ; The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole For of the soul the body form doth take ; Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw For soul is form, and doth the body make. In hillocks : the swift stag from under ground
Spenser. Bore up his branching head : scarce from his BEAUTY-Celestiality of.
mould Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved
A lavish planet reign'd when she was born, His vastness; Heeced the flocks, and bleating
And made ber of such kindred mould to heav'n,
She seems more heav'n than ours. Dryden. rose, As plants ambiguous between sea and land, Tbe river-horse, and scaly crocodile.
Milton. BEASTS-Provisions for.
Array'd in all her charms, appear'd the fair ;
Tall was her stature, unconfined her air ; Nature to these, without profusion kind,
Proportion deck'd her limbs, and in her face The proper organs proper pow'rs assign'd;
Lay love enshrined, lay sweet attractive grace, Each seeming want compensated of course,
Temp'ring the awful beams her eyes conrey'd, Here with degrees of swiftness, here of force,
And, like a lambent flame, around her play'd. Al in exact proportion to the state,
No foreign aids by ladies mortal worn, Nothing to add, and nothing to abate :
From shells and rocks her artless charms Each beast, each insect, happy in his own ;
adorn ; Is Heaven unkind to man, and man alone ?
For, grant that beauty were by gems increased,
Pope. "Tis rendered more suspected at the least, BEAUTIFUL-Belief in the.
And foul defects, that would escape the sight, There is scarcely a single joy or sorrow, Start from the piece, and take a stronger light within the experience of our fellow-creatures, Her chestnut hair, in careless ringlets, round which we have not tasted ; yet the belief in Her temples wav'd, with pinks and jasmine the good and beautiful has never forsaken us. crown'd, It has been medicine to us in sickness, rich And gather'd in a silken cord behind, Dess in poverty, and the best part of all that Curld to the waist, and floated in the wind. ever delighted us in health and success. O'er these a veil of yellow gauze she wore,
Leigh Hunt. With amarantbs and gold embroider'd o'er ; BEAUTY-Allurements of.
Her snowy neck half naked to the view, Sought under heaven so strongly doth allure, Gracefully fell ; a robe of purple hue The sence of man and all his minde possese, Hung loosely o'er her tender shape, and tried
As beautie's lovely baite that doth procure To shade those beauties that it could not hide. I Great warriours oft their rigour to represse,
Lisle. | And mighty hands to forget their manliness,
BEAUTY-of the Divine Creator.
BEAUTY-Eternity of. In wit, as nature, what affects our hearts,
Though loveliness will pass away Is not th' exactness of peculiar parts;
From individual beings, and is oft "Tis not a lip or eye we beauty call,
More mortal than the human heirs of death, But the joint force, and full result of all. Yet abstract beauty since at first the will Thus, when we view some well-proportion'd Of heaven-designed creation, through the lapse dome,
past eternity, has ever been The world's just wonder, and ev'n thine, 0 | A living essence, an immortal thing. Rome!
Each generation views it fresh and fair, No single parts unequally surprise,
As that which went before ; and though the All comes united to th' admiring eyes ;
hand No monstrous height, nor breadth, nor length Of Death will grasp the sweetest flowers on appear ;
earth, The whole at once is bold and regular.
Others become their likeness: and when sounds Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see, The trumpet through the systems, all shall rise Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be. With deathless being and regenerate form ;
Pope. Aud through the future shall undying love BEAUTY-Dangers of.
Perfect the soul of beauteousness, and shake
Decay from those she dwells with, to adorn Beauty is a langerous property, tending to Through endless years the palaces of heaven. corrupt the mind of the wife, though it soon
Dilnot Sladdin. loses its influence over the husbaud.
A figure agreeable and engaging, which inspires affec- BEAUTY-dependent on the Face. tion without the ebriety of love, is a much Beauty depends more upon the movement safer choice. The graces lose not their influ- of the face than upon the form of the features ence like beauty. At the end of thirty years, when at rest. Thus a countenance habitually a virtuous woman, who makes an agreeable under the influence of amiable feelings accompanion, charms her husband more than at quires a beauty of the higbest order, from the first. The comparison of love to fire holds frequency with which such feelings are the good in one respect, that the fiercer it burns originating causes of the morement or expresthe sooner it is extinguished. Lord Kaimes. sions which stamp their character upon it.
Mrs. S. C. Hall. Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray ; A face that should content me wondrous well, Who can tread sure on the smooth slippery way? Should not be fair, but lovely to behold : Pleased with the passage, we glide swiftly on,
Of lively look, all grief for to repel And see the dangers which we cannot shun.
With right good grace, so would I that it should
Dryden. Speak without word, such words as none can BEAUTY-Dignity of.
Sir Thomas Wyatt. What tender force, what dignity divine, What virtue consecrating every feature ; BEAUTY-Far-off. Around that neck what dross are gold and Are not all natural things, it may be asked, pearl !
Young. as lovely near as far away ? Nay; not so. Look
at the clouds, and watch the delicate sculpture BEAUTY-Divinity of.
of their alabaster sides, and the rounded lustre What's female beauty, but an air divine,
of their magnificent rolling. They were meant Through which the mind's all-gentle graces
to be beheld far away; they were shaped for shine ?
their place, high above your head ; approach They, like the sun, irradiate all between; them, and they fuse into vague mists, or whirl The body charms, because the soul is seen.
away in fierce fragments of thunderous vapour. Hence men are often captives of a face,
Look at the crest of the Alp, from the farThey know not why, of no peculiar grace : away plains over which its light is cast, whence Some forms, though bright, no mortal man
human souls have communion with it by can bear;
myriads. The child looks up to it in the Some, none resist, though not exceeding fair. dawn, and the husbandman in the burden and
Ibid. heat of the day, and the old man in the going
down of the sun ; and it is to them all as BEAUTY-Eternity of.
the celestial city on the world's horizon, dyed A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.
with the depth of heaven, and clothed with Its loveliness increases ; it will never
the calm of eternity. There was it set, for Pass iuto nothingness.
Keats. | holy dominion, by Him who marked for the
sup his journey, and bade the moon know her BEAUTY-without Kindness. going down. It was built for its place in the
Beauty, without kindness, dies unenjoyed farofsky; approach it, and as the sound of the and undelighting.
Johnson. voice of man dies away about its foundation, and i the tide of human life, shallowed upon the vast BEAUTY-Knowledge of.
serial shore, is at last met by the eternal " Here shall thy waves be stayed," the glory Beauty, like wit, to judges should be shown ; of its aspect fades into blanched fearfulness ; Both are most valued where they best are its purple walls are rent into grisly rocks; its
Lord Lyttleton. silver fretwork saddened iuto wasting snow; | the storm-brands of ages are on its breast, BEAUTY-upheld by Love.
the ashes of its own ruin lie solemnly on its A woman who could always love would never white raiment.
Ruskin. grow old ; and the love of mother and wife
would often give or preserve many charms ; if | BEAUTY-Frailty of.
it were not too often combined with parental Not faster in the summer's ray
and conjugal anger. There remains in the The spring's frail beauty fades away,
faces of women who are naturally serene and : Than anguish and decay consume
peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, The suniling virgin's rosy bloom.
an after-spring, and later, an after-summer, the ! Sme beauty's snatch'd each day, each hour ; reflex of their most beautiful bloom. Richter.
For beauty is a fleeting flower ;
Who hath not proved how feebly words essay BEAUTY-heightened by Goodness. To fix one spark of Beauty's heavenly ray ?
Who doth not feel, until his failing sight How goodness heightens beauty !
Famts into dimness with its own delight,
Hannah More. His changing cheek, his sinking heart confess BEAUTY-with Honesty.
The might-the majesty of Loveliness? Byron. Could beauty have better commerce than with bonesty ?
Shakspeare. BEAUTY-Material of. BEAUTY-Inexpressible.
The fringe of the garment of the Lord. 1 That is the best part of beauty which a
BEAUTY-Means of, picture cannot express.
I have come to the conclusion, if man, or BEAUTY-Inspiration of.
woman either, wishes to realize the full power
of personal beauty, it must be by cherishing To fill our minds we require the ideal orer and above the actual ; aud the mere fact that thing to do, and something to live for, which
noble hopes and purposes ; by having somes certain thing is the actual business of life. is worthy of humanity, and which, by expanddirests it at once of the beauty and sublimity ing the capacities of the soul, gives expansion after which we long. Poetry is purely spiritual, and symmetry to the body which contains it. and the moment we blend with it any mercan
Professor Upham. tile association its essence is gone. I do not believe that any poet writes with the same BEAUTY-the first in Might. pure and free inspiration as at first, from the
'Tis the eternal law, bour when he begins to sell his works. I be
That first in beauty should be first in might. Lieve that a painter or sculptor will work more
Keats. devotedly upon a piece for which he has no
BEAUTY-with Modesty. particular amount of payment in view. When the creations of an artist become taskwork ; As lamps burn silent with unconscious light when tradesmen's bills become mixed up with
So modest ease in beauty shines most bright; gorgeous daydreams of fame and intellectual Unaiming charms with edge resistless fall,
And she who means no mischief does it all. power, or the rapturous conceptions of ideal
Prior. beauty, so inuch of the ethereal spirit is fixed down and nailed upon the earth to writhe and BEAUTY-lent to Nature. vex itself there like a worm.
Beauty was lent to nature as the type
heaven's unspeakable and holy joy, BEAUTY-with Kindness.
Where all perfection makes the sum of bliss. Bauty lives with kindness. Shakspeare.