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BIBLE.

BIOGRAPHIES.

BIBLE-Teaching of the.

eternity-her decalogue is written in the The SCRIPTURES teach us the best way of

blood of her victims; and if she stops for a

moment in her infernal flight, it is upon a living, the noblest way of suffering, and the

Flavel. most comfortable way of dying.

kindred rock, to whet her vulture fang for a

more sanguinary desolation. Daniel O'Connell. Better teaching

BIGOTRY-Suppression of. The solid rules of civil government,

Your pretended fear lest error should step In their majestic, unaffected style, Than all the oratory of Greece and Rome.

in, is like the man that would keep all the In them is plainest taught, and easiest learnt, drunk. It would be found an unjust and an

wine out of the country, lest men should be What makes a nation bappy, and keeps it so; What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat:

unwise jealousy to deny a man the liberty he These only, with our law, best form a king.

hath by nature, upon a supposition he may

abuse it: when he doth abuse it, judge. Milton.

Oliver Cromwell to the Scotch Ministers. BIBLE-Value of the. The most learned, acute, and diligent

BILE-Melancholy arising from. student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an

The yellow gall that in your bosom floats, entire knowledge of this one volume. The Engenders all these melancholy thoughts. more deeply he works the mine, the richer and

Dryden. more abundant he finds the ore; new light

BILLS-of Exchange. continually beams from this source of heavenly Bless'd paper credit, last and best supply, knowledge, to direct the conduct, and illustrate That lends corruption lighter wings to fly; the work of God and the ways of men; and Gold imp'd by thee can compass hardest things, he will at least leave the world confessing, Can pocket states, can fetch or carry kings: that the more he studied the Scriptures, the A single leaf shall waft an army p'er, fuller conviction he had of his own ignorance, Or ship off senates to a distant shore : and of their inestimable value. Sir Walter Scott. A leaf, like Sibyl's, scatter to and fro

Our fates and fortunes, as the winds shall blow. BIGOTRY-Demon Spirit of.

Pope. . BIOGRAPHIES-Religious. He was an execrable bigot, Who for such horrid purposes had crept

Memoirs of pure minds, of noble lives, of Into the cheated Sultan's court and service, hearts warm with all the fervour and sunshine As by the traitor's papers we have learn'd; of the Gospel-let us do homage to those For know, there lives upon the craggy cliffs young saints, those virgin confessors, thoso Of wild Phænician mountains, a dire race, true soldiers of our Lord. It is no reproach A nation of assassins. Dreadful zeal,

to them that friends make merchandise of their Fierce and intolerant of all religion

devout letters, their pious sayings, and the That differs from their own, is the black soul secret life which they lived with God-or that Of that infernal state. Soon as their chief, an unwise love beguiles its grief by making The Old Man (so they style him) of the into talk, and throwing irreverently open, the Mountains,

innermost sanctuary of their souls. They are Gives out his baleful will, however fell, the greatest sufferers by the operation. Yet it However wicked and abhorr'd it be,

is wonderful to perceive with what ease all Though clothed in danger, the most cruel death, features of human individuality can be obliThey swift and silent glide through ev'ry land, terated from the record which professes to As fy the gloomy ministers of vengeance, tell us how one and another, real men and Famine and plague; they lie for years conceald, women, people who left positive mortal foot. Make light of oaths, nay sometimes change steps in the soil they trod, and tavgible good religion,

works behind them, lived and died. It is by And never fail to execute his orders.

no means an overstrain of the fact to say that Of these the villain was, these ruffian saints, oue might go on reading half-a-dozen such The curse of earth, the terrors of mankind. memoirs at once, and, but for the difference

Thomson. of name, and perhaps the distinction of here

and thero a personal pronoun, would be quite She has no head, and cannot think; no unable to find out which was the young soldier heart, and cannot feel. When she moves, it is in the midst of his regiment, and which the in wrath ; when she pauses, it is amidst ruin; humble Sunday-school teacher dwelling at her prayers are curses-her God is a dernon- home. How this can be done, and by what her communion is death - her vengeance is extraordinary effort of skill it is possible to

BIOGRAPHIES.

BIRDS.

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veil every glimmer of the natural man, and re- Whom I most hated living, thou hast made me, duce so many diverse characters, circumstances, With thy religious truth, and modesty, and dispositions, to one flat unrounded hiero- Now in his ashes honour: Peace be with him! glyph of piety, seems of itself sufficiently

Shakspeare. remarkable. Yet it is done with astonishing

BIOGRAPHY - to be consulted as success and oft-repeated frequency. Chalmers.

Mirror.

My advice is to consult the lives of other BIOGRAPHY-Impartial.

men, as be would a looking-glass, and from Kath. Didst thou not tell me, Griffith, as thence fetch examples for his own imitation. thou ledd'st me,

Terence. Thai the great child of honour, Cardinal Wolsey, BIOGRAPHY-to be Minutely Written. Was dead

A life that is worth writing at all, is worth So may he rest; his faults lie gently on him! writing minutely.

Longfellow. Yet, thus far, Griffith, give me leave to speak BIRDS-Beauty of.

him, And yet with charity :-He was a man Birds, the free tenants of earth, air, and ocean, Of an unbounded stomach, ever ranking Their forms all symmetry, their motions grace; Himself with princes; one, that by suggestion | In plumage delicate and beautiful, Tied all the kingdom: simony was fair play; Thick without burthen, close as fish's scales, His own opinion was his law : l'the presence Or loose as full-blown poppies on the gale ; He would say untruths; and be ever double, With wings that seem as they'd a soul within Poth in his words and meaning: He was never, them, But where he meant to ruin, pitiful:

They bear their owners with such sweet His promises were, as he then was, mighty; enchantment. James Montgomery. But his performance, as he now is, nothing. Of his own body he was ill, and gave

BIRDS-Dialects of. The clergy ill example.

I believe there is a dialect in the song of Grif. Noble madam,

birds. The song,' for example, of a thrush Men's evil manners live in brass ; their virtues near London, or in any of the home counties, We write in water. May it please your highness has little resemblance, except in tone and To bear me speak his good now?

specific character, to that of the same bird in Kath.

Yes, good Griffth; Devonshire, or near Exeter. The same notes, I were malicious else.

I suppose, will all of them be detected; but Grit. This Cardinal,

they are arranged, for the most part, in a Though from an humble stock, undoubtedly different tune, and are not sung in the same Was fashion'd to much honour from his cradle. way. They are given with different values, and He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one; the singing is pitched in a different key. One

Exceeding wise, fair spoken, and persuading: great distinction between the two cases is the | Lofty, and sour, to them that loved him not; number of guttural notes of which the song But to tbose men that sought him, sweet as of a Devonshire thrush is often made up, but

which near London are beard only at the end And though he were unsatisfied in getting of a bar, or even much less frequently ; while (Which was a sin), yet in bestowing, madam, those chief notes which mainly constitute the He was most princely: ever witness for him, song of the other bird, and make it so impresThose twins of learning, that he raised in you, sive, are rarely pronounced by the Devonshire Ipswich and Oxford ! one of which fell with him, thrush.

Jesse. l'nwilling to outlive the good that did it ; The other, though unfinish’d, yet so famous,

BIRDS-Habits of. So excellent in art, and still so rising,

Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and That Christendom shall ever speak his virtue. shores, His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him; Their brood as numerous hatch, from the egg For then, and not till then, he felt himself,

that soon And found the blessedness of being little : Bursting with kindly rapture forth disclosed And, to add greater honours to his age Their callow young; but feather'd soon and Than man could give him, he died fearing God. fledge

Kath. After my death I wish no other herald, They summ'd their pens; and, soaring the air No other speaker of my living actions,

sublime, To keep mine honour from corruption, With clang despised the ground, under a But such an honest chronicler as Griffith.

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In prospect; there the eagle and the stork BIRTH-Advantages of.
On cliffs and cedar-tops their eyries build; A noble birth and fortune, though they
Part loosely wing the region, part more wise make not a bad man good, yet they are a real
In common, ranged in figure, wedge their advantage to a worthy one, and place his
way,

virtues in the fairest light.

Lillo. Intelligent of seasons, and set forth Their aëry caravan, high over

When real nobleness accompanies that Flying, and over lands, with mutual wing imaginary one of birth, the imaginary seems Easing their flight; so steers the prudent to mix with real, and becomes real too.

Grecille. Her annual voyage, borne on winds; the air

BIRTH-no Disparagement. Floats as they pass, fann’d with unnumber'd plumes :

Convince the world, that you're devout and From branch to branch the smaller birds with true, songs

Be just in all you say, in all Solaced the woods, and spread their painted Whatever be your birth, you're sure to be wings

A peer of the first quality to me. Jucenal. Till even; nor then the solemn nightingale Ceased warbiing, but all night tuned her soft BIRTH-Regal. lays :

I was born so high, Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bathed Our aerie buildeth in the cedar's top, Their downy breast; the swan with arched And dallies with the wind, and scorns the sun. neck,

Shakspeare. Between her white wings mantling proudly, BIRTH-Worthlessness of. Her state with oary feet; yet oft they quit

Why should my birth keep down my mounting The dank, an l, rising on stiff pennons, tower

spirit ? The mid-aërial sky: others on ground

Are not all creatures subject unto time! Walk firm; the crested cock whose clarion There's legions now of beggars on the earth,

That their original did spring from kings, sounds The silent hours, and the other whose gay The riff-riff of their age ; for time and fortune

And many monarchs now, whose fathers were train Adorns him, colourd with the florid hue

Wear out a noble train to beggary ; Of rainbows and starry eyes.

Milton.

And from the dunghill minions do advance

To state; and mark, in this admiring world, BIRDS-Music of."

This is the course, which, in the name of fate,

Is seen as often as it whirls about: Hear how the birds, on ev'ry blooming spray, The river Thames that by our door doth pass, With joyous music wake the dawning day! His first beginning is but small and shallow; Why sit we mute when early linnets sing,

Yet, keeping on his course, grows to a sea. When warbliug Philomel salutes the spring?

Ibid. Why sit we sad when Phosphor shines so clear, BIRTHDAY-Thoughts on a. And lavish Nature paints the purple year?

My birthday !- what a different sound

Pope. That word had in my youthful ears; BIRDS—the Commoners of Nature. And now each time the day comes round,

Less and less white its mark appears. The birds, great Nature's happy commoners,

Moore. That haunt in woods, in meads, and flowery BISHOPS-Character of.

gardens, Rifle the sweets, and taste the choicest fruits. A bishop then must be blameless, the hus

Rowe. band of one wife, vigilant, suber, of good beBIRDS-Song of,

haviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach ;

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of Hark! how the cheerful birds do chant their filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not lays,

covetous; And carol of Love's praise.

One that ruleth well his own house, having The merry lark her matins sings aloft ;

his children in subjection with all gravity. The thrush replies; the mavis descant plays; The ousel shrills; the redbreast warbles soft ; Not a porice, lest being lifted up with pride So goodly all agree, with sweet consent, he fall into the condemnation of the devil. To this day's merriment. Spenser.

St. Paul

BLACKSMITE.

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BLESSINGS.

BLACKSMITH-The Village.

passed between them, they saluted us with

the beautiful expression, “ Vaga V. con Dios" The sagest knot (in a village) is generally (Go you with God!) A thrill of pleasure ran at the blacksmith's, to whom the passing of

through my veins as I heard this national the coach is an event fruitful of much specu: benediction, pronounced with such deep solation. The smith, with his horse's heel in lemnity, and issuing like a full and majestic his lap, pauses as the vehicle whirls by; the chorus from the lips of these humble tillers of Cyclops round the anvil suspend their ringing the soil.

Warren. bammers, and suffer the iron to grow cool; and the sooty spectre in brown paper cap, BLESSINGS-transformed into Curses. labouring at the bellows, leaps on the handle

Even the best things, ill used, become evils, for a moment, and permits the asthmatic and contrarily, the worst things, used well

, | engine to heave a long-drawn sigh, while he glares through the husky smoke and sul- prove good. A good tongue used to deceit;

a good wit, used to defend error; a strong phureous gleams of the smithy.

arm to murder; authority to oppress; a good Washington Irving. profession to dissemble; are all evil.

Even BLAME-Reception of.

God's own word is the sword of the Spirit, A man takes contradiction and advice much which, if it kill not our vices, kills our souls. more easily than people think, only he will contrariwise (as poisons are used to wholesome not bear it when violently given, even though medicine), afflictions and sins, by a good use, it be well-founded. Hearts are flowers; they prove so gainful as nothing more.

Words are remain open to the softly-falling dew, but shut as they are taken, and things are as they are up in the violent downpour of rain. Richter. used. There are even cursed blessings.

Bishop Hall. BLESSEDNESS-Antiquity of.

BLESSINGS-compared to Dew. Blessedness is a whole eternity, older than damnation.

Ibid. The dews of heaven fall thick in blessings on her.

Shakspeare. BLESSEDNESS-True.

True blessedness consisteth in a good life BLESSING8–of the Faithful. aod a happy death. Solon. A faithful man shall abound with blessings.

Solomon. BLESSING on the Devout.

BLESSINGS-Invocations for. He will bless them that fear the Lord, both Angels preserve my dearest father's life ; small and great.

David. Bless it with long uninterrupted days !

Oh! may he live till time itself decayBLESSING of the Lord.

Till good men wish him dead, or I offend him! The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich,

Otway. and He addeth no sorrow with it. Solomon.

Hear me, bounteous Heaven ! BLESSING-of the Spanish Peasantry.

Pour down your blessings on this beauteous

head, 1 As we journeyed on, a trifling incident oc- Where everlasting sweets are always springing, carred which very favourably disposed us With a continual giving hand: let peace, towards the peasantry of Spain. A large Honour, and safety always hover round her; party of field-labourers, attired in scarlet Feed her with plenty ; let her eyes ne'er see jackets and sashes, were returning to their A sight of sorrow, nor her heart know mourning; bordes after the toils of the day, and were Crown all her days with joy, her nights with singing in unison a lively song, in token of rest, the happiness within their hearts. The sun Harmless as her own thoughts; and prop her wis now sinking behind the hills, and the virtue.

1bid. stars of evening were beginning to gem the vast canopy of heaven. A soft and rich twi

Oh! gracious Heaven, üzht gave a sweet mellowness to the features Thou hast endless blessings still in store of the surrounding landscape, infusing thoughts For virtue and for filial piety: of romance and poetry into our minds, and Let grief, disgrace, and want, be far away; making everything appear to us like the But multiply Thy mercies on his head : scenery of a picture or a dream. As we reached Let honour, greatness, goodness, still be with the body of peasantry, they immediately sepa- him, rated to each side of the road, and, as we And peace in all his ways.

Rowe. BLESSINGS.

BLINDNESS.

BLESSINGS-Invocations for.

They who can calmly linger at the last, Softest peace enwrap her! Survey the future, and recal the past; Content be still the breathing of her lips !

And with that hope which triumphs over pain; Be tranquil ever, thou blest life of her! Feel well assured they have not lived in vain; And that last hour, that hangs 'tween heaven Thep wait in peace their hour of final rest :and earth,

These are the only blest ! So often travell’d by her thoughts and prayers,

Prince. Be soft and yielding 'twixt her spirit's wings! BLIND-Touch of the.

Beddoes.

No floweret blooms

Throughout the range of these rough hills, The God of Heaven both now and ever bless Nor in the woods, that could from him conceal her.

Shakspeare. Its birthplace. None whose figure did not life
Upon his touch.

Wordsworth,
O ye immortal powers, that guard the just,
Watch round his couch, and soften his repose, BLINDNESS-Compensation for.
Banish his sorrows, and becalm his soul

This fellow must have a rare understanding; With ensy dreams ! remember all his virtues,

For nature recompenseth the defects And show mankind that goodness is your care.

Of one part with redundance in another :

Addison. Blind men have excellent memories, and the BLESSINGS-Requisites for.

tongue,

Thus indisposed, there's treasure in the inNothing raises the price of a blessing like tellect.

Shirley. its removal ; whereas it was its continuance which should have taught us its value. There BLINDNESS-Desolation of. are three requisitions to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings :-a thankful reflection on

All dark and comfortless ! the goodness of the Giver ; a deep sense of Where are those various objects that but now our unworthiness; a recollection of the un- Employ'd my busy eyes? Where are those certainty of long possessing them. The first

eyes? would make us grateful; the second humble ; Dead are their piercing rays, that lately shot and the third moderate. Hannah More! O'er flow'ry vales to distant sunny hills,

And drew, with joy, the vast horizon in. BLESSINGS-Slighted.

These groping hands are now my only guides,

And feeling, all my sight. Not to understand a treasure's worth

Shut from the living while amongst the living; | Till time has stol'n away the slightest good, Dark as the grave amidst the bustling world!; Is cause of half the poverty we feel,

At once from business and from pleasure And makes the world the wilderness it is.

Couper. No more to view the beauty of the spring, BLEST-The.

Nor see the face of kindred, or of friend !

Shakspeare. Who are the blest? They who have kept their sympathies awake,

BLINDNESS-The Poet's Lament over

his, And scatter'd joy for more than custom's sake

Seasons return, but not to me returns Steadfast and tender in the hour of need, Day, or the sweet approach of ev'n or morn, Gentle in thought, benevolent in deed ; Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose, Whose looks have power to make dissension Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine;

But cloud instead, and ever-during dark Whose smiles are pleasant, and whose words Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of men are peace :

Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair They who have lived as harmless as the dove, Presented with a universal blank Teachers of truth and ministers of love ; Of nature's works, to me expunged and rased, Love for all moral power-all mental grace-- And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out. Love for the humblest of the human race- So much the rather thou, celestial light, Love for that tranquil joy that virtue brings—Shine inward, and the mind through all her Love for the Giver of all goodly things;

powers True followers of that soul-exalting plan Irradiate; there plant eyes, all mist from Which Christ laid down to bless and govern thence man :

Purge and disperse,

Miltonen

barr'd;

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