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ABRA.-Abra was ready ere I call’d her name;
And, though I calld another, Abra came,
Her absence made the night, her presence brought the day.

PRIOR.-Solomon, Book II. Lines 363, 592.
ABSENCE.-In the hope to meet
Shortly again, and make our absence sweet.

Ben Jonson.-Underwoods, an Elegy,
An hour or two
Never breaks squares in love; he comes in time
That comes at all; absence is all love's crime.


Scene 2.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Haynes Bailey.—Isle of Beauty; Odes to Rosa. What vigour absence adds to love.

FlaTMAN.-Weeping at parting, a Song.
Absence in most, that quenches love,
And cools the warm desire;
The ardour of my heart improves,
And makes the fame aspire.

Cotron.-A Song, Verse 2.
Friends, though absent, are still present.

CICERO.-On Friendship, Chapter VII. [The mottoes or phrases, “ Though lost to sight, to memory dear,” and “Though absent, not forgotten,” are probably derived from the passage in Cicero; for I have not met with them in my reading, neither can I learn that they are to be found in any author.)




ABSTRACTS.—They are the abstracts, and brief chronicles of the time.

SHAKSPERE.-Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2. Brief abstract and record of tedious days.

SHAKSPERE.-King Richard III. Act IV. Scene 4.

(Duchess to Queen Margaret.) ACCIDENTS.—Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances ; Of moving accidents by flood and field.

SHAKSPERE, -Othello, Act I. Scene 3.
(To the Senate, justifying his marriage with

Desdemona.) ACES.—We gentlemen, whose chariots roll only upon the four aces, are apt to have a wheel out of order.

SIR JOHN VANBRUGH.-The Provoked Husband,

Act II., by CIBBER. On the four aces doom'd to roll,

CHURCHILL.—The Duellist, Book I. Line 68.

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ACHES.-Up start as many aches in his bones, as there are ouches in his skin.

GEORGE CHAPMAN.-The Widow's Tears.

ACTING.-Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream.

SHAKSPERE.-Julius Cæsar, Act II. Scene 1.
(Brutus, after Cassius had moved him against

ACTION.–Be not too tame neither, but let your own discre-

tion be your tutor; suit the action to the word, the word to the action ; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature.

SHAKSPERE.-Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2.

(His directions to the players.) Prodigious actions may as well be done By weaver's issue, as by prince's son.

Dryden.—Absalom and Ahithophel, Part I.

Line 638.

ACTOR.—He loved his friends (forgive this gushing tear;
Alas! I feel, I am no actor here.)

LYTTLETON.-Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanus. ACTOR-ADVERSITY.


ACTOR-As in a theatre, the eyes of men,
After a well-graced actor leaves the stage,
Are idly bent on him that enters next,
Thinking his prattle to be tedious ;
Even so, or with much more contempt, men's eyes
Did scowl on Richard; no man cried, God save him!

SHAKSPERE –King Richard II. Act V. Scene 2.

(York to his Duchess.)
ADAMANT.-On adamant our wrongs we all engrave,
But write our benefits upon the wave.

King.–Art of Love, Line 971,
ADORE.-We bear it calmly, though a ponderous woe,
And still adore the hand that gives the blow,

POMFRET.-To his friend.
Led like a victim, to my death I'll go,
And, dying, bless the hand that gave the blow.

DRYDEN.—The Spanish Friar, Act II. Scene 1. ADORN.-She came adorned hither like sweet May.

SHAKSPERE.-King Richard II., Act V. Scene 1.

(Speaking of his Queen.) Th’ adorning thee with so much art

Is but a barbarous skill; 'Tis like the poisoning of a dart, Too apt before to kill.

Cowley.-The Waiting-Maid, Verse 4. ADVERSARY.-Oh that mine adversary had written a book.

JOB.--Chapter xxxi. Verse 35.
And do as adversaries do in law :
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.

SHAKSPERE. - Taming of the Shrew, Act I.

Scene 2. (Tranio to Hortensio.) ADVERSITY.-A man I am, cross'd with adversity.

ShaksPERE.-Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV.

Scene 1. (Valentine to the Outlaws.)
A wretched soul, bruis’d with adversity,
We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;
But were we burden'd with like weight of pain,
As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.

SAAKSPERE.—Comedy of Errors, Act II. Scene 1.

(Adriana to Luciana.)



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ADVERSITY.--Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.

SHAKSPERE. -As You Like It, Act II. Scene 1.

(The Duke to Amiens and other Lords.) Love is maintain'd by wealth; when all is spent, Adversity then breeds the discontent.

HERRICK.-Hesperides, Aphorisms, No. 144.
AFFECTATION.—There affectation, with a sickly mien,
Shows in her cheek the roses of eighteen.

Pope. -Rape of the Lock, Canto IV. Line 31.
On the rich quilt sinks with becoming woe,
Wrapt in a gown, for sickness and for show.

Pope.-Ibid., Line 35.
Die of a rose in aromatic pain

POPE.—Essay on Man, Epistle I. Line 200.
AFFLICTION.-Had it pleased heaven
To try me with affliction ; had he rain'd
All kinds of sores, and shames, on my bare head;
Steep'd me in poverty to the very lips;
Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes;
I should have found in some place of my soul
A drop of patience.

SHAKSPERE.-Othello, Act IV. Scene 2.

(The Moor to Desdemona.)

When Providence, for secret ends,
Corroding cares, or sharp affliction, sends;
We must conclude it best it should be so,
And not desponding or impatient grow.

POMFRET.-To his Friend under affliction.
Heaven is not always angry when he strikes,
But most chastises those whom most he likes.


Are afflictions aught
But mercies in disguise ? th' alternate cup,
Medicinal though bitter, and prepar'd
By love's own hand for salutary ends.

MALLET.-Amyntor and Theodora, Canto III.

Line 176.

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AFFLICTION. "Tis a physic
That's bitter to sweet end.

SHAKSPERE.—Measure for Measure, Act IV.

Scene 6. (Isabella to Mariana.)
AFFRONT.-Am I to set my life upon a throw,
Because a bear is rude and surly? No-
A moral, sensible, and well-bred man,
Will not affront me, and no other can.

CowPER, Conversation, Line 191.
AFTER.–After me the delnge. Après moi le deluge.


ries, 397. When I am dead, may earth be mingled with fire. Aye, said Nero, and while I am living, too.

From a Greek Tragedian. See Riley's Dict.,

Classical Quot., 535.
After the war, aid.-GREEK PROVERB.
After death, the doctor.-English PROVERB.

Riley.-Supra, 540. Geo. Herbert, Jacula Pru

dentum. AGE.- Age and want sit smiling at the gate.

Pope.-Moral Essays, to Bathurst, Epistle III.,

Line 266.
Slow-consuming age.

Gray.-Ode on Eton College, Verse 9.
Borne on the swift, tho' silent, wings of time,
Old age comes on apace, to ravage all the clime.

BEATTIE.-The Minstrel, Verse 25, Line 8.
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety.

SHAKSPERE.-Anthony and Cleopatra, Act II.

Scene 2. (Enobarbus to Mecænas.)
Your date is better in your pie
And your porridge, than in your cheek.

SHAKSPERE.- All's Well that ends Well, Act I.

Scene 1. (Parolles to Helena.) Some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness time.

SHAKSPERE.—King Henry IV., Part II., Act I.,

Scene 2. (Falstaff to the Chief Justice.)

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