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MANHOOD. MANNERS. MANY.

MANHOOD.

TETCHY and wayward was thy infancy,

Thy school-days frightful, desp'rate, wild, and furious, Thy prime of manhood daring, bold, and vent'rous.

Shakspere.

Why grieve that time has brought so soon
The sober age of manhood on?

As idly should I weep at noon,

To see the blush of morning gone.-W. C. Bryant.

MANNERS.

TRUE is that whilome that good poet said,

That gentle mind by gentle deed is known,
For man by nothing is so well betrayed

As by his manners, in which plain is shown
Of what degree and what race he is grown.

Manner is all in all, whate'er is writ,
The substitute of genius, sense, and wit.

Spenser.

Cowper.

MANY.

"WHO chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire."
What many men desire! That many may be meant
Of the fool multitude, that choose by show,
Not learning more than the fond eye doth teach:
Which pries not to the interior, but, like the martlet,
Builds in the weather on the outward wall,
Even in the force and road of casuality.
I will not choose what many men desire,
Because I will not jump with common spirits,
And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.

Shakspere,

Yet this I apprehend not; why to those
Among whom God will deign to dwell on earth,
So many and so various laws are given:
So many laws argue so many sins.

Milton.

MARRIAGE.

MARRIAGE.

WHAT a delicious breath marriage sends forth,
The violet bed's not sweeter! Honest wedlock
Is like a banquetting house built in a garden,
On which the spring's chaste flowers take delight
To cast their modest odours; when base lust,
With all her powders, paintings, and best pride,
Is but a fair house built by a ditch side.

J. Middleton.

What do you think of marriage?
I take 't as those that deny purgatory:
It locally contains or heaven or hell;
There's no third place in it.

Webster.

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Neglected beauty now is prized by gold;
And sacred love is basely bought and sold:
Wives are grown traffic, marriage is a trade,
And when a nuptial of two hearts is made,
There must of moneys too a wedding be,
That coin, as well as men, may multiply.-Randolph.

O marriage! marriage! what a curse is thine,
Whose hands alone consent, and hearts abhor!

Aaron Hill.

Oh! married love!-each heart shail own,
Where two congenial souls unite,
Thy golden chains inlaid with down,

Thy lamp with heaven's own splendour bright.

Langhorne.

Though fools spurn Hymen's gentle powers,
We, who improve his golden hours,
By sweet experience know
That marriage, rightly understood,
Gives to the tender and the good,
A Paradise below.

Cotton.

The love betwixt us was not as the flush
And momentary kindling in warm youth;
But marriage, and what term of life was given,
Brought hourly increase to our common store.

H. Taylor.

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MASSACRE. MASTER. MATE.

MASSACRE.

THE tyrannous and bloody act is done;
The most arch deed of piteous massacre
That ever yet this land was guilty of.

Shakspere.

Dryden.

Slaughter grows murder when it goes too far,
And makes a massacre what was a war.

Of whom such massacre

Make they, but of their brethren, men of men?

MASTER.

BUT now I was the lord

Of this fair mansion, master of my servants,
Queen o'er myself; and even now, but now
This house, these servants, and this same myself,
Are yours, my lord.

Shakspere.

O thou, my friend, my genius, come along,
Thou master of the poet and the song.

E'en to the dullest peasant standing by,
Who fasten'd still on him a wandering eye
He seem'd the master spirit of the land.

Milton.

MATE.

I THAT am frail flesh, and earthly wight,
Unworthy match for such immortal mate.

Pope.

Joanna Baillie.

Spenser.

Damon, behold yon breaking purple cloud:
Hear'st thou not hymns and songs divinely loud?
There mounts Amyntus, there young cherubs play
About their godlike mate, and sing him on the way.

Dryden.

There swims no goose so grey, but, soon or late,
She finds some honest gander for a mate.

Pope.

MEANING. MEANNESS. MEANS.

MEANING.

THESE lost their sense their learning to display,
And those explained the meaning quite away.-Pope.

A work, or thought,
Is what each makes it to himself, and may
Be full of great dark meanings like the sea,
With shoals of life rushing; or like the air,
Benighted with the wing of the wild dove,
Sweeping miles broad o'er the far western woods,
With mighty glimpses of the central light,—
Or may be nothing,-bodiless, spiritless.

P. J. Bailey.

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MEANNESS.

Dryden.

CAN you imagine I so mean would prove,
To save my life by changing of my love?
Prodigality hath a sister Meanness, his fixed antagonist
heart-fellow;

Who often outliveth the short career of the brother she despiseth:

She hath lean lips and a sharp look, and her eyes are red and hungry;

But he sloucheth in his gait, and his mouth speaketh loosely and maudlin. Martin F. Tupper.

MEANS.

STRONG was their plot,

Their parties great, means good, the season fit,
Their practice close, their faith suspected not.

Daniel.

He that intends well, yet deprives himself
Of means to put his good thoughts into deeds,
Deceives his purpose of the due reward.

Beaumont and Fletcher.

When any great designs thou dost intend,
Think on the means, the manner, and the end.

Denham.

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MECHANIC. MEDITATION. MEEKNESS.

MECHANIC.

MECHANIC slaves,

With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
Uplift us to the view.

To make a god, a hero, or a king,
Descend to a mechanic dialect.

MEDITATION.

THERE among

These sat a man of ripe and perfect age,
Who did them meditate all his life long.

"Tis most true

That musing meditation most affects
The pensive secrecy of desert cell.

Roscommon.

Who readeth much and never meditates,
Is like a greedy eater of much food,
Who so surcloys his stomach with his cates,
That commonly they do him little good.

Thy thoughts to nobler meditation give,
And study how to die, not how to live.

MEEKNESS.

HER bonny face it was as meek
As ony lamb upon a lea;

Shakspere.

The evening sun was ne'er sae sweet,
As was the blink o' Phemie's e'e.

Spenser.

Sylvester.

Not all the pomp and pageantry of worlds,
Reflect such glory on the eye supreme,
As the meek virtues of one holy man.

Milton.

Granville.

Burns.

With a spirit as meek, as the gentlest of those Who in life's sunny valley lie sheltered and warm.

Moore.

R. Montgomery.

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