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has been made to secure accuracy in specific reference, but on account of variances between editions, it is possible that the passages quoted may be found in certain editions a few lines distant from the citations given in this volume; though in some instances varying citations are given.

In reference to the general plan of the book, it is to be noted that the quotations are arranged under "key-words" -that is under some word occurring in the text of the passage selected, which seems most readily to suggest the idea of the whole, and most likely to occur to any one seeking the particular passage in question. This arrangement has been deemed superior to the arrangement by authors, because likely to give the most satisfactory aid to the reader who is seeking the accurate reference for a phrase he but imperfectly remembers, or the one who is looking for a passage illustrating and enforcing a certain idea. In either case such key-word is the one thing most likely to be remembered or sought for, and the desired passage can always most readily be found by this means. Both of these uses of the book may be illustrated by a single case. Let us suppose that one vaguely remembers a passage in which occurs the reference, "Life's final star is brotherhood," or that he wishes to have at hand a number of passages in which brotherhood is the leading idea. In either case he has but to open the book at the word brotherhood. Under this word he will find the passage, in which the given expression occurs, cited from Markham, and he will also find such other passages as the book contains, in which brotherhood is the leading word.

Naturally there might be a difference of opinion as to what the key-word should be, especially in certain passages. where two words seem to be equally significant and suggestive, or, on the other hand, the reader's remembrance of the quotation he is seeking may be vague, and some less important word may have for some reason or other impressed itself upon his memory. In all cases of either kind the general index is well calculated effectually to aid him in his search. The general index is very full and gives a reference for every important word in every quotation, with enough of the phrase given to distinguish it. Key-words are indicated by italics; and when the quotations under any key

word cover more than one page the inclusive page references are given. This word is not again indexed for any quotation arranged under such key-word; but is indexed for every other passage in which it has any importance. Take, for example, the word love; the quotations grouped under this as a key-word cover several pages, and the page references are accordingly given in the index. Tennyson's

"Love took up the glass of Time, and turned it in his glowing hands"

is included in these pages; hence love is not again indexed for this specific passage, but it is separately indexed in the phrase "a sigh for those who love me"-which is elsewhere found under a different key-word.

The footnotes-aside from the variorum readings already mentioned-consist, for the most part, of parallel passages from other authors than those cited, which express ideas more or less similar to those illustrated in the text; thus bringing together a number of quotations related in thought, if not similar in language and expression, which might otherwise be separated; and serving to illustrate how a thought may be consciously or unconsciously passed on from one writer to another, or may occur to more than one almost simultaneously. Less frequently passages from the same author are given, especially when the thought suggested is frequently repeated in his works.

With this explanation of the aim and plan of the book, and with the hope that it will be a real help to those who use it, it is submitted to their kindly judgment.



Abbey. To the hush of our dread high-altars
Where the Abbey makes us We.

KIPLING, The Native-Born, st. 12

A B C.
F. R. S. and LL. D.
Can only spring from A B C.


Sorting and puzzling with a deal of glee
Those seeds of science called his A B C.
COWPER, Conversation, lines 13, 14

Abed. He who once has won a name may lie abed till
G. W. THORNBURY, The Jester's Sermon

Abra.- Abra was ready ere I called her name;

And, though I called another, Abra came. PRIOR, Solomon on the Vanity of the World, II, lines 362, 363 Abridgment. An abridgment of all that was pleasant in man. GOLDSMITH, Retaliation, st. 8

Absalom. That 't is a common grief
Bringeth but slight relief;
Ours is the bitterest loss,
Ours is the heaviest cross;1
And for ever the cry will be
"Would God I had died for thee,
O Absalom, my son!"


LONGFELLOW, The Chamber Over the Gate, st. 7

Absence makes the heart grow fonder;
Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!

T. H. BAYLY, Isle of Beauty

There is not one among them but I dote on his very absence, and I pray God grant them a fair departure.

SHAKESPEARE, Merchant of Venice, i, 2

1That loss is common would not make

My own less bitter, rather more.-TENNYSON, In Memoriam, vi, st. I


Oh! never say that I was false of heart,
Though absence seemed my flame to qualify.

Achieving. Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;1

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labour and to wait.

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Acorns. Large streams from little fountains flow,
Tall oaks from little acorns grow.

D. EVERETT, Lines Written for a School Declamation

Action.- Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant

More learned than the ears.

Acts. Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
An Honest Man's Fortune, Epilogue

Adam. When Eve upon the first of men
The apple pressed with specious cant,

Oh, what a thousand pities then

That Adam was not Adamant!

Adieu.— Adieu, adieu! my native shore
Fades o'er the waters blue;

The night-winds sigh, the breakers roar,
And shrieks the wild sea-mew.

BYRON, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto i, st. 13 (1)

1 Here's a heart for every fate. BYRON, To Thomas Moore, st. 2

He turned his charger as he spake,
Upon the river shore,
He gave his bridle-reins a shake,
Said "Adieu for evermore,

My love!

And adieu for evermore."

SCOTT, Rokeby, Canto iii, st. 28

Admiration.— A Society of Mutual Admiration.
HOLMES, Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, i

Needs not the foreign aid of ornament,
But is, when unadorned, adorned the most.


THOMSON, The Seasons, Autumn, lines 204-206


O summer friendship,1
Whose flattering leaves, that shadowed us in
Our prosperity, with the least gust drop off
In the autumn of adversity.

PHILIP MASSINGER, The Maid of Honour

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
SHAKESPEARE, As You Like It, ii, 1

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity,
For wise men say it is the wisest course.

SHAKESPEARE, King Henry VI, Part III, iii, 1
Advice. Good but rarely came from good advice.
BYRON, Don Juan, Canto xiv, st. 66

Affection.- Skins may differ, but affection
Dwells in white and black the same.

COWPER, The Negro's Complaint, st. 2
Surely a woman's affection

Is not a thing to be asked for, and had for only the


When one is truly in love, one not only says it, but

shows it.

LONGFELLOW, Courtship of Miles Standish,

iii, lines 125-127

1 Like summer friends,

Flies of estate and sunneshine.-G. HERBERT, The Answer. 2 God is seen God In the star, in the stone, in the flesh, in the soul, and the clod. ROBERT BROWNING, Saul, xvii

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