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PHILIP JAMES BAILEY
English poet
(1816 - 1902)
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Youth might be wise; we suffer less from pains than pleasures.
      - [Youth]

Poetry is itself a thing of God;
  He made his prophets poets;and the more
    We feel of poesie do we become
      Like God in love and power,--under-makers.
      - Festus (Proem, l. 5) [Poetry]

As proud as Lucifer.
      - Festus (sc. A Country Town)
        [Pride : Proverbial Phrases]

Death is the universal salt of states;
  Blood is the base of all things--law and war.
      - Festus (sc. A Country Town) [Death]

Leave the poor
  Some time for self-improvement. Let them not
    Be forced to grind the bones out of their arms
      For bread, but have some space to think and feel
        Like moral and immortal creatures.
      - Festus (sc. A Country Town) [Poverty]

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
  In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
    We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
      Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
      - Festus (sc. A Country Town) [Life]

Who never doubted, never half believed.
  Where doubt there truth is--'tis her shadow.
      - Festus (sc. A Country Town) [Doubt]

There are whole veins of diamonds in thine eyes,
  Might furnish crowns for all the Queens of earth.
      - Festus (sc. A Drawing Room) [Eyes]

For ivy climbs the crumbling hall
  To decorate decay.
      - Festus
         (sc. A Large Party and Entertainment)
        [Ivy]

The death-bed of a day, how beautiful!
      - Festus (sc. A Library and Balcony)
        [Sunset]

Joys
  Are bubble-like--what makes them bursts them too.
      - Festus
         (sc. A Library and Balcony--A Summer Night, l. 62)
        [Joy]

I have a heart with room for every joy.
      - Festus (sc. A Mountain) [Heart]

See the sun!
  God's crest upon His azure shield, the Heavens.
      - Festus (sc. A Mountain) [Sun]

The truth is perilous never to the true,
  Nor knowledge to the wise; and to the fool,
    And to the false, error and truth alike,
      Error is worse than ignorance.
      - Festus (sc. A Mountain Sunrise) [Error]

Ask not of me, love, what is love?
  Ask what is good of God above;
    Ask of the great sum what is light;
      Ask what is darkness of the night;
        Ask sin of what may be forgiven;
          Ask what is happiness of heaven;
            Ask what is folly of the crowd;
              Ask what is fashion of the shroud;
                Ask what is sweetness of thy kiss;
                  Ask of thyself what beauty is.
      - Festus (sc. A Party and Entertainment)
        [Love]

I cannot love as I have loved,
  And yet I know not why;
    It is the one great woe of life
      To feel all feeling die.
      - Festus (sc. A Party and Entertainment)
        [Love]

Love spends his all, and still hath store.
      - Festus (sc. A Party and Entertainment)
        [Love]

'Tis light translateth night; 'tis inspiration
  Expounds experience; 'tis the west explains
    The east; 'tis time unfolds Eternity.
      - Festus (sc. A Ruined Temple) [Comparison]

Music tells no truths.
      - Festus (sc. A Village Feast) [Music]

When night hath set her silver lamp high,
  Then is the time for study.
      - Festus (sc. A Village Feast) [Study]

The long days are no happier than the short ones.
      - Festus (sc. A Village Feast, Evening)
        [Day]

The worst men often give the best advice.
  Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts.
      - Festus (sc. A Village Feast, Evening)
        [Advice]

Worthy books
  Are not companions--they are solitudes:
    We lose ourselves in them and all our cares.
      - Festus (sc. A Village Feast, Evening)
        [Books]

And these are joys, like beauty, but skin deep.
      - Festus (sc. A Village Feast, l. 26) [Joy]

He hath no power who hath not power to use.
      - Festus (sc. A Visit) [Power]


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