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Jesus Christ is risen to-day,
  Our triumphant holy day;
    Who did once upon the cross
      Suffer to redeem our loss.
      - Jesus Christ is Risen To-day,
        from a Latin hymn of the 15th century (translator unknown)

The glowing Ruby should adorn
  Those who in warm July are born,
    Then will they be exempt and free
      From love's doubt and anxiety.
      - July,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371
        [Jewels : July : Rubies]

Who comes with Summer to this earth
  And owes to June her day of birth,
    With ring of Agate on her hand,
      Can health, wealth, and long life command.
      - June,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371
        [Agates : Jewels : June]

Wode has erys, felde has sigt.
      - King Edward and the Shepherd,
        a manuscript (circa 1300) [Proverbs]

Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse.
      - Knock On Any Door (Nick Romano character),
        in a movie [Life]

Whatever the past year may have meant to you, make it dead history. But let the new year be a living issue. With a big, fresh sponge, dripping with the clear water of forgiveness, wipe clean the slate of your heart. Enter the year with a kind thought for every one. You need not kiss the hand that smote you, but grasp it in cordial good feeling, and let the electricity of your own resolves find its connecting current--which very often exists where we think it not. Make the new year a happy one in your home; be bright of disposition; carry your cares easy; let your heart be as sunshine, and your life will give warmth to all around you. And thus will you and yours, be happy.
      - Ladies' Home Journal [New Year's Day]

The cordial agreement which exists between the governments of France and Great Britain.
  [Fr., La cordiale entente qui existe entre le gouvernement francais et celui de la Grande-Bretagne.]
      - Le Charivari,
        review of a speech by Guizot, Jan. 1, 1844

If one has no better method of enticement to offer, the cordial agreement seems to us to be the best compromise.
  [Fr., Si l'on n'a pas de meilleurs moyen de seduction a lui offrir, l'entente cordiale nous parait fort compromise.]
      - Le Charivari (vol. XV, no. 3, p. 4),
        referring to the ambassador of Morocco, then in Paris (1846)

And I wish his soul in heaven may dwell,
  Who first invented this leathern bottel!
      - Leathern Bottel [Drinking]

At that awful hour of the Passion, when the Savior of the world felt deserted in His agony, when--
  "The sympathizing sun his light withdrew,
    And wonder'd how the stars their dying Lord could view"--
      when earth, shaking with horror, rung the passing bell for Deity, and universal nature groaned, then from the loftiest tree to the lowliest flower all felt a sudden thrill, and trembling, bowed their heads all save the proud and obdurate aspen, which said, "Why should we weep and tremble? we trees, and plants, and flowers are pure and never sinned!" Ere it ceased to speak, an involuntary trembling seized its very leaf, and the word went forth that it should never rest, but tremble on until the day of judgment.
      - Legend,
        from "Notes and Queries", first series, vol. VI, no. 161

. . . his master was in a manner always in a wrong Boxe and building castels in the ayre or catching Hares with Tabers.
      - Letter by F.A. to L.B.,
        reproduced in "Miscell. Antiq. Anglic"

Sublimity is the echo of a noble mind.
      - Longinus of the Sublime (sect. 9) [Mind]

This ae nighte, this ae nighte
  Every nighte and all;
    Fire and sleete, and candle lighte
      And Christe receive thye saule.
      - Lyke-Wake Dirge (vol. III, p. 163),
        in Scott's "Minstrelsy of the Border" (T.F. Henderson's edition)

Unless by the lawful judgment of their peers.
  [Lat., Nisi per legale judicum parum suorum.]
      - Magna Charta--Privilege of Barons of Parliament

Labor is the crown of true royalty and the splendid scepter of man's highest and noblest sovereignty. As we behold you, O ye hosts of labor, marching through our streets to-day, we hail you as the mightiest social and civic agents of modern civilization.
      - Mail and Express [Labor Day]

Who in this world of ours their eyes
  In March first open shall be wise;
    In days of peril firm and brave,
      And wear a Bloodstone to their grave.
      - March,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371
        [Bloodstones : Jewels : March]

His wife and children, being eleven in number, ten able to walk, and one sucking on her breast, met him by the way as he went towards Smithfield: this sorrowful sight of his own flesh and blood, dear as they were to him, could yet nothing move him, but that he constantly and cheerfully took his death with wonderful patience, in the defence and support of Christ's Gospel.
      - Martyrdom of John Rogers,
        see Charles Alexander Richmond's "Selection from the Writings of the Reformers and Early Protestant Divines of the Church of England"

Who first beholds the light of day
  In Spring's sweet flowery month of May
    And wears an Emerald all her life,
      Shall be a loved and happy wife.
      - May,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371
        [Emeralds : Jewels : May]

1a \'a\ n, pl a's or as \'az\ often cap, often attrib (bef. 12c) 1 a : the 1st letter of the English alphabet b : a representation of this letter c : a speech counterpart of orthographic a 2 : the 6th tone of a C-major scale 3 : a graphic device for reproducing the letter a 4 : one designated a esp. as the 1st in order or class 5 a : a grade rating a student's work as superior in quality b : one graded or rated with an A 6 : something shaped like the letter A
      - Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition)
        [Books (First Lines)]

A blind bargain.
      - Merrie Tales of the Madmen of Gottam

When resolution hath prepar'd the will;
  It wants no helps to further any ill.
      - Mirror for Magistrates [Resolution]

Be aristocracy the only joy:
  Let commerce perish--let the world expire.
      - Modern Gulliver's Travels (p. 192),
        (ed. 1796) [Nobility]

In Adam's fall--
  We sinned all.
      - New England Primer [Sin]

Now I lay me down to take my sleep,
  I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep;
    If I should die before I wake;
      I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take.
      - New England Primer [Prayer]

These are reasons why the most should be made of our national festivals in the direct line of keeping alive our national principles, and it is a happy circumstance that our public schools have become awake to the fact, and are making the exercises of the day before each national holiday point especially to that day. It is a happy circumstance, too, that many of our country towns are going back to the "good old way" of celebrating the "Glorious Fourth": the parade and the reading of the Declaration of Independence and the oration by some genius, local or imported. Even the spread-eagleism which generally characterizes such effusions is not without its value in rekindling the fire of patriotism, which is apt to be pretty deeply buried under the ashes of commonplace self-seeking.
      - New York Evangelist [Independence Day]

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