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BEAUTY-Pervading Presence of. BEAUTY-Radiancy of.
Beauty is an all-pervading presence. It un- Oh, richly fell the flaxen hair, folds to the numberless flowers of the spring : Over the maiden's shoulders fair! it waves in the branches of the trees and the On every feature of her face green blades of grass ; it haunts the depths of Sat radiant modesty and grace ; the earth and the sea, and gleams out in the Her tender eyes were mild and bright, hues of the shell and the precious stone. And And through her robes of shadowy white not only these minute objects, but the ocean, the The delicate outline of her form mountains, the clouds, the heavens, the stars, Shone like an iris through a storm. the rising and setting sun, all overflow with
Dr. Mackay. beauty. The universe is its temple ; and those BEAUTY-Repose of. men who are alive to it, cannot lift their eyes
The repose without feeling themselves encompassed with Of Beauty, where she lieth bright and still it on every side. Now this beauty is so pre. As some lone angel, dead-asleep in light cious, the enjoyments it gives are so refined on the most heavenward top of all this world, and pure, so congenial with our tenderest and Wing-weary.
Dobel. noblest feelings, and so akin to worship, that it is painful to think of the multitude of men
BEAUTY-in Sorrow. as living in the midst of it, and living almost Most sad, she sat, but oh ! most beautiful ; if as blind to it as if, instead of this fair earth Sorrow stole and glorious sky, they were tenants of a A charm awhile from Beauty, Beauty's self dungeon. An infinite joy is lost to the world Might envy well the charm that Sorrow lent by the want of culture of this spiritual en- To every perfect feature.
Reynolds. dowment. The greatest truths are wronged if not linked with beauty, and they win their BEAUTY-Transiency of. way most surely and deeply into the soul, when
Remember, if thou marry for beauty, thou arrayed in this their natural and fit attire.
bindest thyself all thy life for that which per.
W. Ellery Channing, chance will neither last nor please thee one BEAUTY-Pleadings of.
year; and when thou hast it, it will be to thee All orators are dumb when beauty pleadeth.
of no price at all.
Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good, How vain are all these glories, all our pains,
A shining gloss that fadeth suddenly ;
A flower that dieth when first it 'gins to bud; Unless good sense preserve what beauty gains.
A brittle glass that's broken presently ;
A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower, Beauties, in vain, their pretty eyes may roll ;
Lost, faded, broken, dead within an hour. Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the
Pope. BEAUTY-Triumph of. BEAUTY-Powers of.
We were charm'd, Age cannot wither her, nor custom stalo
Not awe-struck ; for the beautiful was there Her infinite variety ; other women cloy
Talfourd. The appetites they feed; but she makes hungry, BEAUTY-Undesirable. Where most she satisfies. Shakspeare.
Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy To give pain is the tyranny, to make happy to corrupt and cannot last ; and for the most the true empire, of beauty.
Steele. part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a
little out of countenance; but if it light well, BEAUTY-Qualities of.
it makes virtues shine and vice blush. Bacon. Socrates called beauty a short-lived tyranny ; BEAUTY-of the Universe. Plato, privilege of nature ; Theophrastus, a silent cheat ; Theocritus, a delightful pre- We all of us, in a great measure, create judice ; Careades, a solitary kingdom; Domitian our own bappiness, which is not half so much said that nothing was more grateful ; Aristotle dependent upon scenes and circumstances as affirmed that beauty was better than all the most people are apt to imagine. And so it is letters of recommendation in the world ; with beauty : Nature does little more than Homer, that 'twas a glorious gift of nature ; | furnish us with materials of both, leaving us and Ovid calls it a favour bestowed by the to work them out for ourselves. Stars, and gods.
flowers, and hills, and woods, and streams
are letters, and words, and voices, vehicles, disturbed, and always much less refreshing and missionaries ; but they need to be inter than when enjoyed in a well-ventilated apartpreted in the right spirit. We must read and ment; it often bappens, indeed, that such listen for them, and endeavour to understand repose, instead of being followed by renovated and profit by them. And when we look strength and activity, is 'succeeded by a around us upon earth, we must not forget to degree of heaviness and languor which is not look upward to heaven : Those who can see overcome till the person has been some time God in everything," writes a popular author, in a purer air. Nor is this the only evil
are sure to be good in everything." We arising from sleeping in ill-ventilated apartmay wld with truth, that they are also sure to ments. When it is known that the blood see beauty in everything and everywhere. undergoes most important changes in its cirWhen we are at peace with ourselves and the culation through the lungs, by means of the world, it is as though we gazed upon outward air which we breathe, and that these vital things through a golden-tinted glass, and saw changes can only be effected by the respiration a glory resting upon them all. We know that of pure air, it will be easily understood how it cannot be long thus : sin and sorrow, and the healthy functions of the lungs must be blinding tears, will dim the mirror of our impeded by inhaling, for many successive
inmost thoughts ; but we must pray and look hours, the vitiated air of our bed-rooms, and | again, and by-and-by the cloud will pass how the health must be as effectually destroyed
away. There is beauty everywhere ; but it by respiring impure air, as by living on unrequires to be sought, and the seeker after it wholesome or innutritious food.
In the case is sure to find it ; it may be in some out-of- of children and young persons predisposed to the-way place, where no one else would think consumption, it is of still more urgent conof looking. Beauty is a fairy ; sometimes she sequence that they should breathe pure air by hides herself in a lower-cup, or under a leaf, night as well as by day, by securing a con. or creeps
into the old ivy, and plays hide-and- tinuous renewal of the air in their bed-rooms, szek with the sunbeams, or haunts some nurseries, schools, &c. Let a mother, who ruined spot, or laughs out of a bright young has been made anxious by the sickly looks of face. Sometimes she takes the form of a her children, go from pure air into their bedwhite cloud, and goes dancing over the green room in the morning, before a door cr window felis, or the deep blue sea, where her misty has been opened, and remark the state of the form, marked out in a momentary darkness, atmosphere, the close, oppressive, and often looks like the passing shadow of an angel's fætid odour of the room, and she may cease rings. Beauty is a coquette, and weaves her- to wonder at the pale, sickly aspect of her self a robe of various hues, according to the children. Let her pay a similar visit, some season; and it is hard to say which is the time after means have been taken, by the most becoming of all the attitudes and shades chimney ventilator or otherways, to secure a she is wont to assume, as she traces her linea- full supply, and continual renewal, of the air ments on the broad canvass of nature. Sala. in the bed-rooms during the night, and she
will be able to account for the more healthy BED-CHAMBER-Requisites of the.
appearance of her children, which is sure to Sweet pillows, sweetest bed; be the consequence of supplying them with A chamber deaf to noise, and blind to light; pure air to breathe.
Sir James Clark. A rosy garland, and a weary head.
BED-TIME-A Season of Rest.
In due season he betakes himself to his BED-CHAMBERS-Hints concerning. rest; he (the Christian] presumes not to alter
Their small size and their lowness render the ordinance of day and night, nor dare conthern very insalubrious; and the case is ren- found, where distinctions are made by his dered worse by close windows and thick Maker.
Bishop Hall. curtains and hangings, with which the beds
There should be hours for necessities, not are often so carefully surrounded as to prevent for delights; times to repair our nature with the possibility of the air being renewed. The comforting repose, and not for us to waste consequence is, that we are breathing vitiated these times.
Shakspeare. air during the greater part of the night ; that is, during more than a third part of our lives : BEE-Description of the. and thus the period of repose, which is neces- Burly, dozing, humble bee ! sary for the renovation of our mental and Where thou art is clime for me. bydüy vigour, becomes a source of disease. Let them sail for Porto Rique, Sleep, under such circumstances, is very often Far-off heats through seas to seek,
I will follow thee alone,
To the tent-royal of their emperor; Thou animated torrid zone !
Who, busied in his majesty, surveys Zigzag steerer, desert cheerer,
The singing masons building roofs of gold; Let me chase thy waving lines.
The civil citizers kneading up the honey; Keep me nearer, me thy hearer,
The poor mechanic porters crowding in Singing over shrubs and viues.
Their heavy burdens at bis narrow gate;
The sad-eyed justice, with his surly bum, Insect lover of the sun,
Delivering o'er to executors pale Joy of thy dominion !
The lazy yawning drone.
Shakspeare. Sailor of the atmosphere, Swimmer through the waves of air,
Many-coloured, sunshine-loving, spring-betoVoyager of light and noon,
kening bee! Epicurean of June,
Yellow bee, so mad for love of early-blooming Wait, I prithee, till I come
flowers! Within ear-shot of thy hum
Till thy waxen cells be full, fair fall thy work All without is martyrdom.
Buzzing round the sweetly-smelling gardenHot midsummer's petty crone,
plots and flowers. Professor Wilson, Sweet to me thy drowsy tone, Telling of countless sunny hours,
O beautiful Bee-Home-Stead! with many a Long days and solid banks of flowers,
waxen cell Of gulfs of sweetness without bound
Self-built-for hanging so it seems—that airy In Indian wildernesses found,
citadel! Of Syrian peace, immortal leisure,
An unbought blessing to man's life, which Firmest cheer, and bird-like pleasure.
neither any hoe,
Nor axe, nor crooked sickle is needed to Wiser far than human seer, Yellow-breech'd philosopher!
A tiny vessel-and no more—wherein the busy
bee Seeing only what is fair, Sipping only what is sweet,
From its small body liquid sweets distilleth Thou dost mock at fate and care,
lavishly ! Leave the chaff and take the wheat.
Rejoice, ye blessed creatures ! regaling while When the fierce north-western blast
ye rove, Cools sea and land so far and fast,
Winged workers of nectareous food! on al Thou already slumberest deep;
the flowers you love!
Ibid. Woe and want thou canst out-sleepWant and woe, which torture us,
BEES-Instinct of. Thy sleep makes ridiculous. Emerson. Even bees, the little alms-men of spring
bowers, BEES-Industry of.
Know there is richest juice in poison-flowers. Here their delicious task the fervent bees
Keats. In swarming millions tend; around, athwart, Through the soft air the busy nations fly, Tell me, ye studious, who pretend to see Cling to the bud, and with inserted tube Far into Nature's bosom, whence the bee Suck its pure essence, its ethereal soul; Was first inform'd her vent'rous flight to steer, And oft, with bolder wing, they soaring dare Through trackless paths and an abyss of air? The purple heath, or where the wild-thyme Whence she avoids the slimy marsh, and grows,
knows And yellow load them with the luscious spoil. The fertile hills where sweeter berbage grows,
Thomson. And honey-making flowers their opening buds
disclose ? They have a king, and officers of sorts : How from the thicked'd nist and setting sun, Where some, like magistrates, correct at Finds she the labour of her day is done? home;
Who taught her against winds and rains to Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad; strive,
Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings, To bring her burden to the certain hive, ! Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds; And through the liquid fields again to pass Which pillage they with merry march bring Duteous and heark’ning to the sounding home 1 brass?
fore, the expressed conviction of the English Ah! sweet spontaneous effluence of the bee,
nation that it was better for a man not to live Air-form'd! Ah! cells of hands unlabour'd, ye ! at all, than to live a profitless and worthless Free boon to man ! no need hast thou of hoe,
life. The vagabond was a sore spot upon the The plough's slow tilth, or sickle's reaping commonwealth, to be healed by wholesome bow :
discipline, if the gangrene was not incurable ; Thine a small hire, in which their luscious to be cut away with the knife, if the milder juice
treatment of the cart-whip failed to be of From tiny forms the teeming bees produce. profit.
Froude. Gay creatures, bail! and o'er the flowery
BEGGARY-Reproaches of. mead, Of æther's nectar, light-wing'd artists, speed ! Art thou a man, and sham'st thou not to beg, !
To practise such a servile kind of life? BEGGAR-Freedom of the.
Why, were thy education ne'er so mean, Beggar! the only freeman of your common
Having thy limbs, a thousand fairer courses wealth;
Offer themselves to thy election. Free above scot-free, that observe no laws,
Either the wars might still supply thy wants,
Or service of some virtuous gentleman, | Obey no governor, use no religion, But what they draw from their own ancient
Or honest labour ; nay what can I name custom,
But would become thee better than to beg ? Or constitute themselves; yet they are no
But men of thy condition feed on sloth, rebels.
Broome. As doth the beetle on the dung she breeds in ;
Not caring how the metal of your minds
Is eaten with the rust of idleness.
Now, after whate'er he be, that should
Ben Jonson BEGGARS - Ancient English Law BEGINNING-Difficulties of a
against. For an able-bodied man to be caught a third Nothing so difficult as a beginning time beyging, was held a crime deserving For oftentimes, when Pegasus seems winning
In poesy, unless, perhaps, the end; death, and the sentence was intended on fit
The race, he sprains a wing, and down we tend, occasions to be executed. The poor man's adrantages which I have estimated at so high Like Lucifer, when hurl'd from heaven for sin
ning; a rate, were not purchased without drawbacks.
Our sin the same, and hard as his to mend, He might not change his master at his will, or
Being pride, which leads the mind to soar too wander from place to place. He might not
far, keep his children at home, unless he could
Till our own weakness shows us what we are. arver for their time. If out of employment,
Byrona preferring to be idle, he might be demanded
BEHAVIOUR-Levity of. for work by any master of the “craft" to
Levity of behaviour is the bane of all that is which he belonged, and compelled to work
Seneca. whether he would or no.
good and virtuous.
If caught hegging OLCE, being neither aged nor infirm, he was BEHAVIOUR-Oddities of. whipped at the cart's tail. If caught a second
Oddities and singularities of behaviour may time, his ear was slit or bored through with a attend genius; when they do, they are its hot iron. If caught a third time, being misfortunes and its blemishes. The man of thereby proved to be of no use upon this
true genius will be ashamed of them ; at least earth, but to live upon it only to his own hurt, he will never affect to distinguish himself by and to that of others, he suffered death as a whimsical peculiarities. Sir W. Temple.
So the law of England remained for sixty years. First drawn by Henry, it con
BEHAVIOUR-Proper. tinued unrepealed through the reigns of What is becoming is honourable, and what Eriward and Mary ; subsisting, therefore, with is honourable is becoming.
Tully. the deliberate approval of both the great parties between whom the country was divided. BEHAVIOUR-Rules for. Reconsidered under Elizabeth, the same law When you come into any fresh company, was again formally passed ; and it was, there. 1. Observe their humours. 2. Suit your own
carriage thereto; by which insinuation you When angry, count ten before you speak; will make their converse more free and open. if very angry, a bundred.
Jefferson 3. Let your discourse be more in queries and doubtings than peremptory assertions or dis BELIEF–Differences in. putings, it being the designe of travellers to 'Tis with our judgments as our watches ; uone learne, not to teach. Besides, it will persuade | Are just alike, yet each believes his own. your acquaintance that you have the greater
Pope. esteem of them, and soe make them more BELIEF-Efficacy of. ready to communicate what they know to When, in your last hour (think of this), all you ; whereas nothing sooner occasions dis- faculty in the broken spirit shall fade away, respect and quarrels than peremptorinesse. and sink into inanity-imagination, thought, You will find little or no advantage in seeming effort, enjoyment—then will the flower of wiser, or much more ignorant than your com- belief, which blossoms even in the night, repany. 4. Seldom discommend anything though main to refresh you with its fragrance in the never so bad, or doe it but moderately, lest last darkness.
Richter, you bee unexpectedly forced to an unbansom retraction. It is safer to commend anything BELIEF-a Religious. more than it deserves, than to discommend a I envy not quality of the mind or intellect thing soe much as it deserves ; for commenda- in others ; not genius, power, wit, or fancy : tions meet not soe often with oppositions, or, but if I could choose what would be most at least, are not usually soe ill-resented by delightful, and I believe most useful to me, I men that think otherwise, as discommenda. | should prefer a firm religious belief to every tions ; and
you will insinuate into men's favour other blessing ; for it makes life a discipline by nothing sooner than seeming to approve of goodness,-creates new hopes, when all and commend what they like; but beware of earthly hopes vanish ; and throws over the doing it by a comparison. 5. If you bee decay, the destruction of existence, the most affronted, it is better, in a forraine country, to gorgeous of all lights ; awakens life even in pass it by in silence, and with a jest, though death, and from corruption and decay calls up with some dishonour, than to endeavour re- beauty and divinity : makes an instrument of venge ; for in the first case, your credit's ne'er torture and of shame the ladder of ascent to the worse when you return into England, or paradise ; and far above all combinations of come into other company that have not heard earthly hopes, calls up the most delightful of the quarrell. But, in the second case, you visions of plains and amaranths, the gardens may beare the marks of the quarrell while of the blest, the security of everlasting joys, you live, if you outlive it at all. But, if you where the sensualist and the sceptic view only find yourself unavoidably engaged, 'tis best, I gloom, decay, annihilation, and despair. think, if you can command your passion and
Sir Humphry Davy. language, to keep them pretty eavenly at some BELIEF-a Willing. certain moderate pitch, not much hightning
Men willingly believe what they wish to be them to exasperate your adversary or provoke true.
Casar. his friends, nor letting them grow overmuch dejected to make him insult. In a word, if BELIEVING-Means of. you can keep reason above passion, tuat and There are three means of believing ; by inwatchfulness will be your best defendants. spiration, by reason, and by custom. Chris
Sir Isaac Newton. tianity, which is the only rational institution,
does yet admit none for its sons who do not Never put off till to-morrow what you can believe by inspiration. Nor does it injure do to-day.
reason or custom, or debar them of their Never trouble another for what you can proper force : on the contrary, it directs us to do yourself.
open our minds by the proofs of the former, Never spend your money before you have it. and to confirm our minds by the authority of
Never buy what you do not want because it the latter. But then it chiefly engages us to is cheap
offer ourselves, with all humility, to the Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst succours of inspired grace, which alone can and cold.
produce the true and salutary effect. Pascal. We seldom repent of having eaten too little.
BELL-of the College Chapel. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
How much pain the evils have cost us that Lo I, the man whom erst the Muse did ask have never happened.
Her deepest notes to swell the patriot's Take things always by the smooth handle.