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BLINDNESS-Samson's Lament over Joins heaven and earth, and mortal and divino; his.
Sees, that no being any bliss can know, O loss of sight, of thee I most complain ! But touches some above, and some below; Blind among enemies, O worse than chains, Learns, from this union of the rising whole, Dungeon, or beggary, or decrepit age ! The first, last purpose of the human soul; Light, the prime work of God, to me is extinct, And knows where faith, laws, morals, all began, And all her various objects of delight
All end in love of God, and love of man. Pope. Annull'd, which might in part my grief have eased,
BLOCKHEAD-most Busy. Inferior to the vilest now become
A bee is not a busier animal than a blockhead. Of man or worm ; the vilest here excel me:
Ibid. They creep, yet see; I, dark in light, exposed BLOCKHEAD-Want of Politeness in a. To dady fraud, contempt, abuse, and wrong, Within doors, or without, still as a fool,
A blockhead cannot come in, nor go away, In power of others, never in my own;
nor sit, nor rise, nor stand, like a man of Searce half I seem to live, dead more than
La Bruyère. half.
Fair pledges of a fruitful tree,
Why do ye fall so fast? O first created beam, and Thou great Word,
Your date is not so past * Let there be light, and light was over all;" But you may stay yet here awhile, Why am I thus bereaved Thy prime decree ?
To blush and gently smile,
And go at last.
What, were ye born to be
An hour or half's delight, Since light so necessary is to life,
And so to bid good night? And almost life itself, if it be true
"Twas pity nature brought ye forth, That light is in the soul,
Merely to show your worth,
And lose you quite !
But you are lovely leaves, where we
May read how soon things have
Their end, though ne'er so brave,
Like you, awhile, they glide
BLUSHING--of Aged Cheeks. And buried; but, O yet more miserable !
( call not to this aged cheek Myself my sepulchre, a moving grave; The little blood which should keep warm my Buried, yet not exempt.
Dryden. BLINDNESS-Mental and Moral.
BLUSHING-Eloquence of. Having the understanding darkened, being Playful blushes, that seemed nought senated from the life of God through the
But luminous escapes of thought. Moore. inorance that is in them, because of the bündness of their heart.
St. Paul. The eloquent blood spoke in her cheeks and so BLISS-bestowed by Heaven.
Ye might have almost said her body thought. See the sole bliss Heaven could on all bestow!
Donne. Which, who but feels, can taste, but thinks
BLUSHING-Changes the Features. can know ! Yet poor with fortune, and with learning blind, With every change his features play'd, The band must miss, the good untaught will As aspens show the light and shade.
Sir Walter find;
Scott, Slave to no sect, who takes no private road,
BLUSHING of Guilt. Bee looks through nature up to nature's God;
What means, alas ! Pursues that chain which links the immense That blood which flushes guilty in your face ! desigo,
BOASTING of Heroism. Let me for ever gaze My arm a nobler victory never gain'd, And bless the new-born glories that adorn And I am prouder to have pass'd that stream, thee;
Than that I drove a million o'er the plain. From every blush that kindles in thy cheeks,
Can none remember?-yes, I know all must, Ten thousand little loves and graces spring. When glory like the dazzling eagle stood
Rowe. Perch'd on my beaver in the Grarick flood, BLUSHING-Modesty of.
When fortune's self my standard trembling The blushing cheek speaks modest mind,
bore, The lips befitting words most kind,
And the pale Fates stood frighten'd on the The eye does tempt to love's desire,
shore; And seems to say, “ 'Tis Cupid's fire."
When all th' immortals on the billows rode,
Harrington. And I myself appear'd the leading god. Lee. BLUSHING-Testimony of. The blush is Nature's alarm at the approach
I've seen the day, I of sin-and her testimony to the dignity of When with this little arm, and this good sword, | virtue.
Fuller. I have made my way through more impediments
Than twenty times your stop. Shakspeare. BLUSTERER-Characteristics of the. A killing tongue, and a quiet sword,
'Tis yet to know Shakspeare.
(Which when I know that boasting is an honour, BOASTER-Characteristics of the. I shall promulgate), I fetch life and being What cracker is this same, that deafs our ears From men of royal siege, and my demerits With this abundance of superfluous breath? May speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune Ibid. As this that I have reach'd.
I know them, yea, BODY-Advantageous Exercise of the. And what they weigh, even to the utmost scruple :
The admirable harmony established by the Scambling, outfacing, fashion-mong'ring boys,
Creator between the various constituent parts That lie, and cog, and fout, deprave, and
of the animal frame, renders it impossible to slander,
pay regard to, or infringe the conditions reGo antickly, and show outward hideousness, quired for the health of any one, without all And speak off half a dozen dangerous words, the rest participating in the benefit or injury. How they might hurt their enemies, if they Thus, while cheerful exercise in the open air, durst:
and in the society of equals, is directly and And this is all.
Ibid. eminently conducive to the well-being of the
muscular system, the advantage does not stop BOASTER-Deceptiveness of the. there; the beneficent Creator having kindly so
ordered it, that the same exercise shall be When you begin with so much pomp and show, scarcely less advantageous to the proper perWhy is the end so little and so low?
formance of the important function of reRoscommon.
spiration. Active exercise calls the lungs into BOASTING-Emptiness of.
play, favours their expansion, promotes the
circulation of the blood through their subThe empty vessel makes the greatest sound.
stance, and leads to their complete and healthy
Shakspeare. BOASTING-Folly of.
development. The same end is greatly facili
tated by that free and vigorous exercise of the Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thuu voice, which so uniformly accompanies and knowest not what a day may bring forth. enlivens the sports of the young, and which
Solomon. doubles the benefits derived from them conBOASTING of Heroism.
sidered as exercise. The excitement of the social Discretion
and moral feelings among children engaged And hardy Valour are the twins of Honour, in play is another powerful tonic, the influence And, nursed together, make a conqueror;
of which on the general health ought not to Divided, but a talker:
be overlooked; for the nervous influence is as And we have been victors, beat ourselves, indispensable to the right performance of reWhen we insult upon our honour's subject. spiration, as it is to the action of the muscles Beaumont. or to the digestion of food.
BODY-Wonderful Mechanism of the. him to have the book to read. It calls for no
I am fearfully and wonderfully made ; mar- bodily exertion, of which he has had enough or Fellous are Thy works; and that my soul
too much. It relieves his home of its dulness knoweth right well. My substance was not hid and sameness, which, in nine cases out of ten, |
from Thee, when I was made in secret, and is what drives him out to the alehouse, to his I curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the own ruin and his family's. It transports him
earth. Thine eyes did seo my substance, yet into a livelier, and gayer, and more diversified being imperfect; and in Thy book all my mem- and interesting scene, and while he enjoys bers were written, which in continuance were himself there, he may forget the evils of the fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. present moment, fully as much as if he were
David. ever so drunk, with the great advantage of BODY-Origin of the.
finding himself the next day with his money These limbs, --whence had we them; this in his pocket, or at least laid out in real necesstarmy force; this life-blood, with its burning saries and comforts for himself and his family, – ' passion? They are dust and shadow—a sha- and without a headache. Nay, it accompanies dow-system gathered round our me; wherein,
him to his next day's work, and if the book through some moments or years, the divine he has been reading be anything above the såsence is to be revealed in the flesh. Carlyle. very idlest and lightest, gives him something
to think of besides the mere mechanical BODY-a Spiritual Temple.
drudgery of his every-day occupation,-someWhat! know ye not that your body is the thing he can enjoy while absent, and look temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,
forward with pleasure to return to. which ye have of God : and ye are not your
But supposing him to have been fortunate own!
in the choice of his book, and to have alighted
upon one really good and of a good class. BOND-and Bondage.
What a source of domestic enjoyment is laid A bond is necessary to complete our being, open! What a bond of family union ! He may only we must be careful that the bond does read it aloud, or make his wife read it, or his not become bondage.
Mrs. Jameson. eldest boy or girl, or pass it round from hand
to hand. All have the benefit of it-all contriBOOKS-Abundance of.
bute to the gratification of the rest, and a feelProductive was the world
ing of common interest and pleasure is excited. In many things, but most in books. Pollok.
Nothing unites people like companionship in
intellectual enjoyment. It does more, it gives BOOKS-every One an Action.
them mutual respect, and to each among them | Every great book is an action, and every self-respect—that corner-stone of all virtue. tuat action is a book.
It furnishes to each the master-key by which
he may avail himself of his privilege as an BOOKS-Advantages of.
intellectual being, to The writers who despise hooks may be ori. Enter the sacred temple of his breast, giul perhaps, but they may pass their lives And gaze and wander there a ravished guest, without being original to any purpose of in- Wander through all the glories of his mind, terest or utility. Whereas, true talent will Gaze upon all the treasures he shall find. become original in the very act of engaging And while thus leading him to look within his itself with the ideas of others; pay, will often
own bosom for the ultimate sources of his egvert the dross of previous authors into the happiness, warns him at the same time to be goblen ore that shines forth to the world as cautious how he defiles and desecrates that its own peculiar creation. From a series of inward and most glorious of temples. extravagant and weak Italian romances, Shaks
Sir John Herschel. Deire took the plots, the characters, and the major part of the incidents of those dramatic Books are a guide in youth, and an enter| Works which have exalted his name, as an taipment for age. They support us under
orniaal writer, above that of every other in the solitude, and keep us from becoming a burden annals of literature.
Dr. Cromwell. to ourselves. They help us to forget the
crossness of men and things, compose our cares Of all the amusements which can possibly and our passions, and lay our disappointments be imagined for a hard-working man, after his asleep. When we are weary of the living, we daily toil, or in its intervals, there is nothing may repair to the dead, who have nothing of like reading an entertaining book, supposing peevishness, pride, or design in their conversahim to have a taste for it, and supposing tion.
and the dead, and make us heirs of the Without books, God is silent, justice dor. spiritual life of past ages. Books are the true mant, natural science at a stand, philosophy levellers. They give to all, who will faithfully lame, letters dumb, and all things involved in
use them, the society, the spiritual presence, of Cimmerian darkness.
Bartholin. the best and greatest of our race. No matter
how poor I am; vo matter though the prosBOOKS-Badly Composed.
perous of my own time will not enter my If in a picture, Piso, you should see
obscure dwelling; if the sacred writers will A handsome woman with a fish's tail,
enter and take up their abode under my roof; Or a man's head upon a horse's neck,
if Milton will cross my threshold to sing to me Or limbs of beasts, of the most different kinds, of Paradise, and Sbakspeare to open to me the Cover'd with feathers of all sorts of birds : worlds of imagination and the workings of the Would you not laugh, and think the painter human heart, and Franklin to enrich me with mad?
his practical wisdom, I shall not pine for want Trust me, that book is as ridiculous,
of intellectual companionship, and I may Whose incoherent style, like sick men's dreams, become a cultivated man though excluded from Varies all shapes, and mixes all extremes. what is called the best society in the place Roscommon. where I live.
W. Ellery Channing. BOOKS-Delight in Designing.
And now the most beautiful dawn that BOOKS-Need for. mortal can behold, arose upon his spirit--the There is no end of books, and yet we seem to dawn of a new composition. For the book need more every day: there was such a darkness that a person is beginning to create or design, brought in by the Fall, as will not thoroughly contains within itself half a life, and God only be dispelled till we come to Heaven, where the knows what an expanse of futurity also. Sun shineth without either cloud or night; for Hopes of improvement-ideas which are to the present all should contribute their help ensure the development and enlightenment of according to the rate and measure of their the human race-swarm with a joyful vitality abilities : some can only hold up a candle, in his brain, as he softly paces up and down in others a torch, but all are useful ; The press is the twilight, when it has become too dark to an excellent means to scatter knowledge, were write.
Richter. it pot so often abused: all complain there is BOOKS-God's.
enough written, and think that now there
should be a stop: indeed it were well if in this The books of Nature and of Revelation
scribbling age there were some restraint: useequally elevate our conceptions and invite our
less pamphlets are grown almost as great piety: they mutually illustrate each other :
a mischief as the erroneous and profane : they have an equal claim on our regard, for
Yet 'tis not good to shut the door upon inthey are both written by the finger of one, dustry and diligence : there is yet room left to eternal, incomprehensible God. Watson.
discover more (above all that hath been said) BOOKS-Lending.
of the wisdom of God, and the riches of His Charles Lamb, tired of lending his books,
grace in the Gospel : yea, more of the stratathreatened to chain Wordsworth's poems to his
gems of Satan, and the deceitfulness of man's shelves, adding, “For of those who borrow, heart: means need to be increased every day some read slow; some mean to read, but don't
to weaken sin, and strengthen trust, and read; and some neither read nor mean to quicken us to holiness: fundamentals are the read, but borrow, to leave you an opinion of
same in all ages, but the constant necessities their sagacity. I must do my money-borrowing of the Church and private Christians will confriends the justice to say, that there is nothing tinually enforce a further explication : as the of this caprice or wantonness of alienation in arts and sleights of besieging and battering inthem. When they borrow my money, they
crease, so doth skill in fortification: if we have never fail to make use of it." Talfourd.
no other benefit by the multitude of books
that are written, we have this benefit, an opporBOOKS-Mental Links.
tunity to observe the various workings of the It is chiefly through books that we enjoy same Spirit about the same truths; and, intercourse with superior minds; and these in- indeed, the speculation is neither idle nor valuable means of communication are in the unfruitful.
Manton. reach of all, In the best books great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, BOOKS-Popular. and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked In former times a popular work meant one for books, They are the voices of the distant that adapted the results of studious medita
tion, or scientific research, to the capacity of be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when the people : presenting in the concrote by they are opened again, will again impart their instances and examples, what had been ascer- instruction. Memory once interrupted, is not tained in the abstract and by the discovery of to be recalled ; written learning is a fixed the law. Now, on the other hand, that is a luminary, which after the cloud that had hidden popular work which gives back to the people it has passed away, is again bright in its proper their own errors and prejudices, and flatters station. Tradition is but a meteor, which, if the many by creating them, under the title of it once falls, cannot be rekindled. He public, into a supreme and unappealable
Johnson. tribunal of intellectual excellence. Coleridge. BOOKS-Titles of. BOOKS-Potency of.
There is a kind of physiogonomy in the It is of greatest concernment in the church titles of books no less than in the faces of and commonwealth to have a vigilant eye how men, by which a skilful observer will as well books demean themselves as well as men, and know what to expect from the one as the thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest
Butler. justice on them as malefactors; for books are
BOOKS-Use of. bot absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that Books are loved by some merely as elegant soul was whose progeny they are ; nay, they combinations of thought; by others as a means do preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and of exercising the intellect. By some they are extraction of that living intellect that bred considered as the engines by which to propathem. Unless wariness be used, as good gate opinions; and by others they are only almost kill a man, as kill a good book ; who deemed worthy of serious regard when they kills a man kills a good reasonable creature, constitute repositories of matters of fact. Gri's image ; but he who destroys a good But perhaps the most important use of litebrok, kills reason itself,-kills the image of rature has been pointed out by those who God, as it were, in the eye.
Milton. consider it as a record of the respective modes
of moral and intellectual existence that have BOOKS-most Preferable.
prevailed in successive ages, and who value | In literature I am fond of confining myself to literary performances in proportion as they the best company, which consists chiefly of my preserve a memorial of the spirit which was at old acquaintance, with whom I am desirous of work in real life during the times when they becoming more intimate ; and I suspect that were written. Considered in this point of nine times out of ten it is more profitable, if view, books can no longer be slighted as fanDot more agreeable, to read an old book over ciful tissues of thought, proceeding from the aziin, than to read a new one for the first solitary brains of insulated poets or metatime. If I hear of a new poem, for instance, I physicians. They are the shadows of what has ask myself whether it is superior to Homer, or formerly occupied the minds of mankind, and Shakspeare, or Virgil; and, in the next place, of what once determined the tenour of existI wbether I have all these authors completely at
The narrator who details political my fingers' ends. And when both these ques. events, does no more than indicate a few of the tions have been answered in the negative, I external effects, or casual concomitants, of infer that it is better (and to me it is certainly what was stirring during the times of which pleasanter) to give such time as I have to he professes to be the historian. As the genebestow on the reading of poetry to Homer, rations change on the face of the globe, diffeShakspeare and Co.; and so of other things. rent energies are evolved with new strength, or : Is it not better to try and adorn one's mind sink into torpor ; faculties are brightened into
by the constant study and contemplation of the perfection, or lose themselves in gradual blind. great models, than merely to know of one's ness and oblivion. No age concentrates within own knowledge that such a book is not worth itself all advantages. The knowledge of what reading! Some new books it is necessary to has been is necessary, in addition to the knowreud-part for the information they contain, ledge of the present, to enable us to conceive and others in order to acquaint oneself with the full extent of human powers and capacities ; the state of literature in the age in which one or, to speak more correctly, this knowledge is lires; but I would rather read too few than too necessary to enable us to become acquainted many.
Lord udle with the varieties of talent and energy with
which beings of the same general nature with BOOKS-Repositories.
ourselves have, in past times, been endowed. Books are faithful repositories, which may