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Behind a frowning Providence
He hides a smiling face.
- Light Shining Out of Darkness [Providence]
What is there in the vale of life
Half so delightful as a wife,
When friendship, love, and peace combine
To stamp the marriage-bond divine?
- Love Abused [Wives]
But strive still to be a man before your mother.
- Motto of No. III--Connoisseur [Man]
Some people are more nice than wise.
- Mutual Forbearance [Wisdom]
Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day,
Live till to-morrow, will have pass'd away.
- Needless Alarm (l. 132) [Day : Proverbs]
A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun,
It gives a light to every age,
It gives, but borrows none.
- Olney Hymns (no. 30) [Scripture]
The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves by thumps upon your back
How he esteems your merit,
Is such a friend, that one had need
Be very much his friend indeed
To pardon or to bear it.
- On Friendship (169) [Friends : Proverbs]
There goes the parson, oh illustrious spark!
And there, scarce less illustrious, goes the clerk.
- On Observing Some Names of Little Note
Toil for the brave!
The brave that are no more.
- On the Loss of the Royal George [Bravery]
Where tempests never beat nor billows roar.
- On the Receipt of My Mother's Picture
Misses! the tale that I relate
This lesson seems to carry--
Choose not alone a proper mate,
But proper time to marry.
- Pairing Time Anticipated (Moral)
But they whom truth and wisdom lead
Can gather honey from a weed.
- Pine-Apple and Bee (l. 35) [Wisdom]
Man on the dubious waves of error toss'd.
- Poem on Truth (l. 1) [Error]
He cannot drink five bottles, bilk the score,
Then kill a constable, and drink five more;
But he can draw a pattern, make a tart,
And has ladies' etiquette by heart.
- Progress of Error (l. 191) [Character]
Pleasure admitted in undue degree
Enslaves the will, nor leaves the judgment free.
- Progress of Error (l. 267) [Pleasure]
How much a dunce that has been sent to roam
Excels a dunce that has been kept at home.
- Progress of Error (l. 410)
[Education : Proverbs]
How shall I speak thee, or thy power address
Thou God of our idolatry, the Press.
. . . .
Like Eden's dead probationary tree,
Knowledge of good and evil is from thee.
- Progress of Error (l. 452) [Journalism]
No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest,
Till half mankind were like himself possess'd.
- Progress of Error (l. 470) [Enthusiasm]
Call'd to the temple of impure delight
He that abstains, and he alone, does right.
If a wish wander that way, call it home;
He cannot long be safe whose wishes roam.
- Progress of Error (l. 557) [Temperance]
An idler is a watch that wants both hands;
As useless if it goes as when it stands.
- Retirement [Idleness]
Prison'd in a parlour snug and small,
Like bottled wasps upon a southern wall.
- Retirement (l. 493) [Prison]
Anticipated rents, and bills unpaid,
Force many a shining youth into the shade,
Not to redeem his time, but his estate,
And play the fool, but at the cheaper rate.
- Retirement (l. 559) [Debt]
A business with an income at its heels.
- Retirement (l. 614) [Business]
Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd.
- Retirement (l. 623) [Mind : Rest]
. . . Philologists, who chase
A painting syllable through time and space
Start it at home, and hunt it in the dark,
To Gaul, to Greece, and into Noah's Ark.
- Retirement (l. 691) [Linguists]
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