|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay. (18001859) (continued)|
| The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators. 1 |
| History of England. Vol. i. Chap. iii.|
| An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia. 2 |
| On Lord Bacon.|
| I have not the Chancellors encyclopedic mind. He is indeed a kind of semi-Solomon. He half knows everything, from the cedar to the hyssop. 3 |
| Letter to Macvey Napier, Dec. 17, 1830.|
| These be the great Twin Brethren|
To whom the Dorians pray.
| The Battle of Lake Regillus.|
| To every man upon this earth|
Death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods?
| Lays of ancient Rome. Horatius, xxvii.|
| The Romans were like brothers|
In the brave days of old.
| Lays of ancient Rome. Horatius, xxxii.|
| How well Horatius kept the bridge.|
| Lays of ancient Rome. Horatius, lxx.|
| The sweeter sound of womans praise.|
| Lines written in August, 1847.|
| Oh! wherefore come ye forth in triumph from the north,|
With your hands and your feet and your raiment all red?
Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence.Hume: History of England, vol. i. chap. lxii. [back]
See Tennyson: Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of Cathay. [back]
I wish I were as sure of anything as Macaulay is of everything.
William Windham (17501810). [back]