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May screaming night-fiends, hot in recreant gore,
Rive their strain'd fibres to their heart's rank core,
Till startled conscience heap, in wild dismay,
Convulsive curses on the source of day !

ROBERT TREAT PAINE
But curses are like arrows shot upright,
That oftentimes on our own heads do light:
And
many

times ourselves in rage prove worst ; The fox ne'er better thrives than when accurst.

CUSTOM-HABIT.

All habits gather by unseen degrees,
As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

DRYDEN's Ovid.
Custom's the world's great idol we adore,
And, knowing this, we seek to know no more.
What education did at first conceive,
Our ripen'd eye confirms us to believe.

POMFRET.

A custom
More honour'd in the breach than the observance.

SHAKSPEARE. How use doth breed a habit in a man!

SHAKSPEARE. Custom does often reason overrule, And only serves for reason to the fool.

ROCHESTER. Custom forms us all; Our thoughts, our morals, our most fix'd belief, Are consequences of our place of birth.

AARON HILL Custom, 't is true, a venerable tyrant, O'er servile man extends her blind dominion,

THOMSON

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DANCING - DANGER -- PERIL.

My very chains and I grew friends,
So much a long communion tends
To make us what we are ; even I
Regain’d my freedom with a sigh.

Byron's Prisoner of Chillon.
As custom arbitrates, whose shifting sway
Our life and manners must alike obey.

Byron's Hints from Horace.

DANCING.– (See BALL.)

DANGER — PERIL.

The absent danger greater still appears ;
And less he fears, who's near the thing he fears.

DANIEL
From a safe port, 't is easy to give counsel.

SHAKSPEARE.
We've scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it,
She'll close, and be herself; while our poor malice
Remains in danger of her former tooth.

SHAKSPEARE.
For he that stands upon a slippery place,
Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up.

SHAKSPEARE.
Let terror strike slaves mute;
Much danger makes great hearts most resolute.

MARSTON
What is danger
More than the weakness of our apprehension ?

cold

part o' the blood; whom takes it hold of?
Cowards and wicked livers; valiant minds
Were made the masters of it.

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.

A poor

DAY - MORNING - NIGHT, &c.

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Our dangers and delights are near allies;
Froin the same stem the rose and prickle rise

ALEYN.

But there are human natures so allied
Unto the savage love of enterprise,
That they will seek for peril as a pleasure.

BYRON.

DAY - MORNING – NIGHT, &c.

Dark night that from the eye its function takes,
The ear more quick of apprehension makes;
Wherein it doth impair the seeing sense,
It pays the hearing double recompense.

SHAKSPEARE. The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve.

SHAKSPEARE. Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund day Stands tip-toe on the misty mountain tops.

SHAKSPEARE. But look! the moon, in russet mantle clad, Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastern hill.

SHAKSPEARE. Oft till the star, that rose at evening bright, Towards heaven's descent had sloped his westerning wheel

MILTON Now came still evening on, and twilight grey Had in her sober livery all things clad: Silence accompanied; for beasts and birds, They to their grassy couch, these to their nests Were sunk, all but the woeful nightingale.

Milton's Paradise Lost Twilight, short arbiter 'twixt day and night.

Milton's Paradise Lost. 172

DAY - MORNING - NIGHT, &c.

Sweet is the breath of morn; her rising sweet,
With charm of earliest birds.

Milton's Paradise Lost.
The sun had long since, in the lap
Of Thetis, taken out his nap;
And, like a lobster boil'd, the moon
From black to red began to turn.

BUTLER's Hudibras.
The morning lark, the messenger of day,
Saluted with her song the morning grey ;
And soon the sun arose with beams so bright,
That all th' horizon laugh'd, to see the joyous sight.

DRYDEN.
See! the night wears away, and cheerful morn,
All sweet and fresh, spreads from the rosy east;
Fair nature seems reviv'd, and even my heart
Sits light and jocund at the day's return.

Rowe.
This dead of night, this silent hour of darkness,
Nature for rest ordain’d, and soft repose.

Rowe.
O, treach'rous night!
Thou lend'st thy ready veil to every treason,
And teeming mischiefs thrive beneath thy shade!

AARON HILL,
The waking dawn,
When night-fallen dews, by day's warm courtship won,
From reeking roses climb’d to kiss the sun;
Nature, new-blossom’d, shed her colours round;
The dew-bent primrose kiss'd the breeze-swept ground.

Aaron Hul.
-The approach of night,
The skies yet blushing with departing light,
When falling dews with spangles deck the glade,
And the low sun has lengthen'd every shade.

Pope

DAY - MORNING - NIGHT, &c.

172

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cup
That cheers but not inebriates, waits on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.

CowPER's Task.
Night, sable goddess, from her ebon throne,
In ray less majesty now stretches forth
Her leaden sceptre o'er a slumbering world.

Young's Night Thoughts. Now the sun, so faintly glancing

O'er the western hills his ray ; Evening shadows quick advancing, Triumph o'er the fading day.

Совв. . Day glimmer'd in the east, and the white moon Hung like a vapour in the cloudless sky.

Rogers's Italy. The quiet night, now dappling, 'gan to wane, Dividing darkness from the dawning main.

Byron's Island. The morn is up again, the dewy morn,

With breath all incense, and with cheek all bloom,
Laughing the clouds away with playful scorn,

And living as if earth contain’d no tomb-
And glowing into day.

Byron's Childe Harold. Night wanes—the vapours, round the mountains curl'd, Melt into morn, and light awakes the world.

BYRON's Lara. Al was so still, so soft, in earth and air, You scarce would start, to meet a spirit there; Secure that nought of evil could delight To walk in such a scene, on such a night!

Byron's Laran

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