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SCEPTRE and power, thy giving, I assume,
The same First Mover certain bounds has placed
The youth shall study, and no more engage
I'll give my jewels for a set of beads,
Shakspere. In alms regard thy means, and others' merit;
Think heaven a better bargain, than to give
Join hands with God to make a man to live.
Christ's stamp to boot: both images regard:
Write so much giv'n to God. Thou shalt be heard ; Let thy alms go before, and keep heaven's gate Open for thee; or both may come too late.
Behold yon almshouse neat, but void of state,
Give what thou canst, thou shalt not find it loss; Yea, sell and give, much gain such barteries bring,
Yea, all thou hast, and get fine gold for dross: Still, see thou scatter wisely; for to fling
Good seed on rocks, or sands, or thorny ground, Were not to copy Him, whose generous cross
Hath this poor world with rich salvation crowned,
And when thou look'st on woes and want around, Knowing that God hath lent thee all thy wealth,
That better 'tis to give, than to receive, That riches cannot buy thee joy nor health;
Why hinder thine own welfare? thousands grieve
When, if thy pitying hand will but relieve, It shall for thine own wear, the robe of gladness weave.
M. F. Tupper.
By all means use sometimes to be alone;
Salute thyself, see what thy soul doth wear; Dare look into thy chest, for 'tis thy own,
And tumble up and down what thou find'st there. Who cannot rest till he good fellows find, May break up house, turn out of doors his mind.
Herbert. What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
What stamps the wrinkle deepest on the brow? To view each loved one blighted from life's page, And be alone on earth—as I am now.
The New Timon.
ALTERNATION. So he, with difficulty and labour hard, Moved on: But he once past, (soon after, when man fell, Strange alternation!) Sin and death unseen Following his track, (such was the will of heaven!) Paved after him a broad and
Milton. And God made two great lights, great for their use To man; the greater to have rule by day, The less by night, altern.
Milton. Good after ill, and after pain delight, Alternate like the scenes of day and night.
Dryden. Hear how Timotheus' various lays surprise, And bid alternate passions fall and rise! While at each change the son of Lybian Jove Now burns with glory, and then melts with love.
Pope. Unhappy man! whom sorrow thus and rage, To different ills alternately engage.
Prior. And swift and swift, with rapid lightness,
The adorned earth spins silently, Alternating Elysian brightness
With deep and dreadful night; the sea Foams in broad billows from the deep
Up to the rocks; and rocks and ocean Onward, with spheres that never sleep, Are hurried in eternal motion.
Shelley, from Goethe.
Your altitude offends the eyes
AMAZEMENT. He answered nought at all; but adding new Fear to his first amazement, staring wide, With stony eyes and heartless hollow hue, Astonished stood, as one that had espied Infernal furies with their chains untied. Spenser.
But look! amazement on thy mother sits;
I have no spur
Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way; thou would'st be great; Art not without ambition; but without The illness should attend it; what thou would'st highly, That would'st thou holily; would’st not play false, And yet would'st wrongly win.
Let who will climb ambition's glibbery rounds,
old Play, 1601.
Otway. What is ambition but desire of greatness? And what is greatness but extent of power? But lust of power's a dropsy of the mind, Whose thirst increases while we drink to quench it, Till swollen and stretched by the repeated draught, We burst and perish.
Higgon. Ambition is the germ From which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
Thomas D. English. The fiery soul abhorr’d in Catiline, In Decius charms, in Curtius is divine: The same ambition can destroy or save, And make a patriot, as it makes a knave.
. What various wants on power attend! Ambition never gains its end. Who hath not heard the rich complain Of surfeit and corporeal pain? And, barr’d from every use of wealth, Envy the ploughman's strength and health.