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Withered and shaken,
b. Hoon-- Ballad.
So may'st thou live till like ripe fruit thou
Line 535. Se Life's year begins and closes ;
Days, though short'ning, still can shine ; What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine.
MOORE-Spring and Autumn. Thyself no more deceive, thy youth hath fled. PETRARCH-To Laura in Death.
Why will you break the Sabbath of my days? Now sick alike of Envy and of Praise. p. POPE-First Book of Horace. Ep. I.
Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,
Wishes. Line 308.
Age is opportunity no less
Line 284. And the bright faces of my young compan
ions Are wrinkled like my own, or are no more. LONGFELLOW – Spanish Student.
Act III. Sc. 3. How far the gulf-stream of our youth may
flow Into the arctic regions of our lives, Where little else than life itself survives. f. LONGFELLOW— Morituri Salutamus.
Line 250. The course of my long life hath reached at
last, In fragile bark o'er a tempestuous sea, The common harbor, where must rendered
be, Account of all the actions of the past.
g. LONGFELLOW -- Old Age. The sunshine fails, the shadows grow more
dreary, And I am near to fall, infirm and weary.
Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age. i. LONGFELLOW— Morituri Salutamus.
Line 264. Age is not all decay ; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk. j. GEORGE MacDonalD— The Marquis of
Lossie. Ch. XL.
I sit in my clarkness and tears.
The ages roll Forward ; and forward with them, draw my
Into time's infinite sea.
I cease to do and be.
Begin to patch up thine old body for heaven.
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 4.
For we are old, and on our quick'st decrees The inaudible and noiseless foot of time Steals ere we can effect them.
All's Well that Ends Well. Act V.
Though now this grained face of mine be
What should we speak of When we are old as you ? When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December.
Cymbeline. Act III. Sc. 3. When the age is in, the wit is out. P. Much Ado About Nothing. Act III.
You are old ; Nature in you stands on the very verge Of her contine.
9. King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. Every man desires to live long ; but no man would be old. SWIFT- Thoughts on Various Subjects,
Moral and Diverting. Age, too, shines out, and garrulous recounts the feats of youth, 1. THOMSON- The Seasons. Autumn.
Give me a staff of honor for mine age,
His silver hairs
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1.
d. Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and
years, Pass'd over to the end they were created, Would bring white hairs unto a quiet grave. Ah, what a life were this ! Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5.
My way of life Is fallen into the sear, the yellow leaf : And that which should accompany old age, As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have ; but, in their stead, Curses not loud, but deep, mouth-honor,
breath, Which the poor heart w ld fain deny, and
dare not. f. Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 3.
O father Abbot,
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4.
i. King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7. Some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time. j. King Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 2.
Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
k Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 2. The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show,
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory, Thou by thy dial's shady stealth maiest know,
Time's thievish progress to eternity. 1.
Sonnet LXXII. Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty ; For in my youth I never did apply Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood ; Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo The means of weakness and debility; Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, Frosty, but kindly.
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 3
O good gray head which all men knew, TENNYSON—On the Death of the Duke
of Wellington, St. 4. A happy youth, and their old age Is beautiful and free.
WORDSWORTH — The Fountain.
WORDSWORTH -- To a Young Lady.
WORDSWORTH — The Fountain. St. 9. Shall we-shall aged men, like aged trees, Strike deeper their vile root, and closer cling, Still more enamour'd of their wretched soil? y Young- Night Thoughts. Night IV.
What else remains for me?
Youth, hope, and love; To build a new life on a ruined life. 0. LONGFELLOW— Masque of Pandora.
Pt. VIII. In the Garden.
Ambition has no rest.
All ambitions, upward tending, Like plants in mines, which never saw the
My hour at last is come; Yet not ingloriously or passively I die, but first will do some valiant deed, Of which mankind shall hear in after time. b. BRYANT's Homer's Iliad. Bk. XXII.
Line 375. No man is born without ambitious worldly desires.
CARLYLE-Essays. Schiller. Thy danger chiefly lies in acting well; No crime's so great as daring to excel. d. CHURCHILL- Epistle to Hogarth.
Line 51, The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory. e.
CICERO. I had a soul above buttons. f. GEORGE COLEMAN, JR. - Sylvester Daggerwood, or New Hay at the Old
Market. Sc. 1.
The man who seeks one thing in life, and but
one, May hope to achieve it before life be done; But he who seeks all things, wherever he
goes, Only reaps from the hopes which around
him he sows. A harvest of barren regrets. 9. OWEN MEREDITH-Lucile. Pt. I.
Canto II. St. 10.
Wit, seeking truth, from cause to cause as
cends, And never rests till it the first attain; Will, seeking good, finds many middle ends;
But never stays till it the last do gain. g. SiR JOHN DAVIES—The Immortality of
the Soul. Wild ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land. h. DRYDEN- Absalom and Achitophel.
Pt. I. Line 190.
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. MILTON--Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 263. But what will not ambition and revenge Descend to? who aspires must down as low As high he soar'd ; obnoxious first or last To basest things. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IX.
Line 168. Here may we reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell. 1. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. I.
Line 261. If at great things thou would'st arrive, Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure
heap, Not difficult, if thou hearken to me; Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand, They whom I favor thrive in wealth amain, While virtue, valor, wisdom, sit in want. MILTON— Paradise Regained. Bk. II.
Line 426. Such joy ambition finds. MILTON- Paradise Lost. Bk. IV.
Line 92. Onward, onward may we press
Through the path of duty ; Virtue is true happiness,
Excellence true beauty ; Minds are of supernal birth, Let us make a heaven of earth. JAMES MONTGOMERY— Aspirations of
Youth. St. 3. Wert thou all that I wish thee, great, glorious
and free, First flower of the earth, and first gem of the
The lover of letters loves power too. i.
All may have, If they dare try, a glorious life or grave. j. HERBERT- The Temple. The
Church-Porch. My name is Norval ; on the Grampian hills My father feeds his flocks; a frugal swain, Whose constant cares were to increase his
store, And keep his only son, myself, at home.
k. John HOME- Douglas. Act II. Sc. 1. Studious to please, yet not asham'd to fail. I. Sam'. JOHNSON— Prologue to the
Tragedy of Irene, I see, but cannot reach, the height That lies forever in the light.
LONGFELLOW – Christus. The Golden
Legend. Pt. II. A Village Church. Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. LONGFELLOW-Drift-Wood.
MOORE- Remember Thee. From servants hasting to be gods. y. POLLOK – Course of Time. Bk. II.
Just and Unjust Rulers. But see how oft ambition's aims are cross'd, And chiefs contend 'till all the prize is lost! Pope-Rape of the Lock. Canto V.
Ill-weav'd ambition, how much art thou
shrunk ! When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom for it was too small a bound; But now, two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough. 3. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act. V. Sc. 4.
It were all one That I should love a bright particular star, And think to wed it, he is so above me. k. All's Well That Ends Well. Act. I.
Sc. 1. Mark but my fall, and that that ruin'd me. Cromwell, I charge thee, Aling away ambi
tion, By that, sin, fell the angels ; how can man
then, The image of his Maker, hope to win by it? Love thyself last ; cherish those hearts that
The noble Brutus
Julius Cæsar. Act. III. Sc. 2.
to, That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin, More pangs and fears than war or women
llenry VIII. Act. III. Sc. 2. The very substance of the ambitious is merely
the shadow of a dream.
'Tis a common proof,
P. Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition. 9.
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 1. How many a rustic Milton has pass'd by, Stilling the speechless longings of his leart, In unremitting drudgery and care ! How many a vulgar Cato las compelled His energies, no longer tameless then, To mould a pin, or fabricate u nail !
SHELLEY -- Queen Jub. Pt. V. St. I. I was born to other things.
TENNYSON- In Memoriam. Pt. CXIX. How like a mounting devil in the heart, Rules the unreined ambition.
t. WILLIS--- Parrhasius. Mad ambition trumpeteth to all. WILLIS -- From a Poem delivered at
Yale College in 1827.
A threefold measure dwells in Space-
Canto I. St. 27. Ambition's debt is paid. 4.
Julius Cæsar. Act. III. Sc. 1.
I am not covetous for gold ;
I have no spur
Macbeth. Act. I. Sc. 7.
Press on ! for it is godlike to unloose
Yale College in 1827.
Domain. Line 90.
Talents angel-bright, If wanting worth, are shining instruments In false ambition's hand, to finish faults Illustrious, and give infamy renown. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VI.
Line 273. Too low they build who build beneath the stars. d. YOUNG— Night Thoughts. Night VIII.
In this dim world of clouding cares,
We rarely know, till 'wildered eyes
See white wings lessening up the skies, The Angels with us unawares. k. GERALD MASSEY- The Ballad of Babe
Cristabel. As far as Angel's ken. 1. Motor-Paradise Lost, Bk. 1.
God will deign
MILTON- Comus. Line 249.
Angel voices sung
Angel's Story. A guardian angel o'er his life presiding, Doubling his pleasures, and his cares
Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2.
ANGELS, Angels for the good man's sin, Weep to record, and blush to give it in. CAMPBELL - Pleasures of Hope. Pt. II.
Line 357. Angel visits, few and far between. CAMPBELL- Pleasures of Hope. Pt. II.
Line 386. O, though oft depressed and lonely,
All my fears are laid aside,
Such as these have lived and died !
LONGFELLOW-Footsteps of Angels.
plished. The rest is yours. h. LONGFELLOW-Christus, The Golden
Legend. Pt. VI. All God's angels come to us disguised ; Sorrow and sickness, poverty and death, One after other lift their frowning masks, And we behold the seraph's face beneath, All radiant with the glory and the calm Of having looked upon the front of God. i. LOWELL- On the Death of a Friend's
Child. Line 21. An angel stood and met my gaze, Through the low doorway of my tent; The tent is struck, the vision stays ;I only know she came and went.
j. LOWELL- She Came and Went.
Angels are bright still, though the brightest
Macbeth. Act IV. Sc. 3.
And lie in infancy at Heaven's gate, Trınsfigured in the light that streams along
the lands! Around our pillow's golden ladders rise,
And up and down the skies,
With winged sandals shod, The angels come, and go, the Messengers of
God! t. STODDARD— Hymn to the Beautiful.