|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|William Cowper. (17311800) (continued)|
| He sees that this great roundabout|
The world, with all its motley rout,
Church, army, physic, law,
Its customs and its businesses,
Is no concern at all of his,
And sayswhat says he?Caw.
| The Jackdaw. (Translation from Vincent Bourne).|
| For t is a truth well known to most,|
That whatsoever thing is lost,
We seek it, ere it come to light,
In every cranny but the right.
| The Retired Cat.|
| He that holds fast the golden mean, 1|
And lives contentedly between
The little and the great,
Feels not the wants that pinch the poor,
Nor plagues that haunt the rich mans door.
| Translation of Horace. Book ii. Ode x.|
| But strive still to be a man before your mother. 2|
| Connoisseur. Motto of No. iii.|
|Erasmus Darwin. (17311802)|
| Soon shall thy arm, unconquerd steam! afar|
Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car;
Or on wide-waving wings expanded bear
The flying chariot through the field of air.
| The Botanic Garden. Part i. Canto i. Line 289.|
| No radiant pearl which crested Fortune wears,|
No gem that twinkling hangs from Beautys ears,
Not the bright stars which Nights blue arch adorn,
Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn,
Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows
Down Virtues manly cheek for others woes.
| The Botanic Garden. Part ii. Canto iii. Line 459.|