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of the hierarchy. It embraced many subjects of* purely civil and municipal law, such as the distribution of property between married persons, succession, &c., by2 linking them with ecclesiastical matters; and thus the clerical tribunals came to rival, if not to excel in importance, those of the state.

The cannon's hushed! nor* drums, nor* clarion sound; helmet and hauberk gleam upon the ground; horseman and horse lie weltering in their2 gore; patriots are dead, and heroes dare no2 more; while* solemnly the moonlight shrouds the plain2, and lights the lurid features of the slain.—Robt. Montgomery.

O, that this too2, too solid flesh would2 melt,...thaw, and resolve itself into a dew2! or* that the Everlasting had not fixed...his canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God, O God!... how weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,...seem2 to me all2 the uses of this world2!...Fie on't! O fie! 'tis an unweeded garden,...that grows to seed2; things rank, and gross in nature...possess it merely.-Hamlet, Sh.

The steeds are all2 bridled and snort to the rein2; curved is each neck, and flowing each mane2; white* is the foam of their2 champ on the bit; the spears are uplifted; the matches are lit; the cannon are pointed, and ready to roar, and crush the wall they have crumbled before.—Byron.


In these deep solitudes and awful cells,...where* heavenly pensive contemplation dwells,...and ever musing melancholy reigns3,...what means this tumult in2 a vestal's veins2-Pope.

In2 ancient times, as* story tells, the saints would often leave their cells...and stroll about to hide their2 quality, to try good people's hospitality.-Swift.

There are 1,450 separate cells in the Prison at Wakefield, and the number of prisoners confined there2 varies from 900 to 1,400. The manufacture of cocoa mats and matting is carried on there2 to a great extent, and these goods are sent3 to most parts of the civilized world2.

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Sell all2 thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven.-B.

Trust not for freedom to the Franks2-they have a king who buys and sells; in native swords, and native ranks, the* only hope of courage dwells; but2 Turkish force, and Latin fraud, would break2 your* shield, however broad.—Byron.


Know2 ye the land where* the cypress and myrtle...are emblems of deeds that are done2 in their clime ?-Byron.

Was I2, for this, nigh wrecked upon the sea2; and twice by2 awkward wind from England's bank...drove back again unto my native clime?-Sh.

Climb not2 too2 high2 lest the fall be2 the greater2.-Byron.

Fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.--Sh.

The storm came on before its time2; she wandered up and down ; and many a hill* did Lucy climb, but2 never reached the town.-Wordsworth.


In Islington there2 was a man, of whom the world2 might2 say,...that still a goodly race he ran, whene'er he went to pray2. A kind and gentle heart2 he had*, to comfort friends and foes; the naked every day he clad, when* he put on his* clothes.-Vicar of Wakefield.

Another falls-but2 round him close...a swarming circle of his* foes.-Byron.

The deepest sea2 which ever froze...can2 only o'er3 the surface close; the living stream lies quick below, and flowsand cannot cease to flow.-Byron.


Now I feel...of what coarse metal* ye are moulded,―envy. How eagerly ye follow my disgraces,...as* if it fed ye! and

how sleek and wanton,...ye appear in every thing may bring my ruin!-Henry VIII., Sh.

His features are coarse and repulsive.

The star which* rules thy destiny was ruled, ere1 earth began by me it was a world2 as* fresh and fair2...as e'er1 revolved round sun2 in air4; its course was free and regular, space bosomed not2 a lovelier star. The hour2 arrived-and it became...a wandering mass of shapeless flame, a pathless comet, and a curse, the menace of the universe; still rolling on with innate force, without a sphere, without a course,...a bright deformity on high2, the monster of the* upper sky.-Byron.

When Hercules was in that part of his* youth, in2 which* it was natural for him2 to consider what course of life he ought2 to pursue, he one2 day retired into a desert, where* the silence and solitude of the place very much favoured his* meditations.-Tatler.


Fill the goblet again! for I never before...felt the glow which now gladdens my heart2 to its core.-Byron.

Cut out the cores of the apples before you3 make them into a pie.

The Wakefield Volunteer Rifle Corps consists of three hundred members.


And the chief priests, and all2 the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him2 to death, and found none.-B.

The council shall know2 this.-Sh.

I pray thee, cease thy counsel, which* falls into mine ears* as* profitless as water in a sieve; give me not2 counsel; nor* let no2 comforter delight mine ear*...but2 such a one2 whose wrongs do suit with mine.-Sh.

A fool may give a wise man counsel.—Proverb.


What can ennoble sots, or* slaves, or cowards? Alas! not2 all the blood of all2 the Howards.-Pope.

Alfred concealed himself under a peasant's habit, and lived some2 time2 in the house of a cow-herd, who had* been2 entrusted with the care of some of his* cows.-Hist. of England.


The current, that with gentle murmur glides; thou know'st, being stopped, impatiently doth rage; but when* his* fair2 course2 is* not2 hinderèd,...he makes sweet music with the enamelled stones,...giving a gentle kiss to every sedge...he overtaketh in his pilgrimage; and so3 by many winding nooks he strays,...with willing sport, to the wild ocean.-Sh.

Currants are nothing more* than a variety of the grape, the fruit of which is noted for its extreme smallness and freedom from stones. Corinth was formerly the chief place of cultivation of this variety of the grape; hence the name currants, which is merely a corruption of the word Corinths. Enormous quantities are exported annually from Greece2, the* Ionian Islands, and some2 islands of the Grecian Archipelago.


The first seven years of the reign2 of Alfred were* spent in incessant struggles against the Danes, over whom he gained some2 victories.-Hist. of England.

12 must go and send some2 better messenger; I fear, my Julia would2 not2 deign my lines,...receiving them from such a worthless post.—Sh.

To God on high2 be2 thanks and praise3, who deigns our2 bonds to sever.-Oratorio of St. Paul.

37.-DEW, DUE.

The dews of heaven fall thick in blessings on her.-Sh.

Her tears fell with the dews at even; her tears2 fell ere1 the dews were dried; she could not2 look on the sweet heaven,...either at noon or eventide.—Tennyson.

The king's wrath is* as* the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.—Proverbs.

By2 our2 holy Sabbath have I sworn, to have the due and forfeit of my bond.-Sh.

Our2 accounts are due net in three months, or* we allow 2 per cent. discount for cash in 14 days from the date of invoice.


My dear, dear Lord,...the purest treasure mortal times afford,...is spotless reputation; that' away,...men are but2 gilded loam or* painted clay.—Sh.

Provisions of every kind were* very dear, and coals and clothing being dear also, the poor suffered great2 privations.

A man he was to all the country dear.-Goldsmith.

What shall he have that killed the deer? His leather skin and horns to wear2.-Sh.

O, thus I found her, straying in the park, seeking to hide2 herself; as does the deer that hath received some unrecuring (incurable) wound. It was my deer; and he that wounded her, hath hurt me more*, than had he killed me dead.—Sh.

39.—DIE, DYE.

Yet fill my glass: give me one2 kiss...my own* sweet Alice, we must die....There's somewhat in this world2 amiss... shall be unriddled by2-and-by.-Tennyson.

Bring me unto my trial when you will;...died he not2 in his bed? where* should he die? can* I make men live, whether they will or no2?-O! torture me no2 more, I will confess.-Sh.

The woods decay, the woods decay and fall,...the vapours weep their2 burthen to the ground,...man comes and tills the

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