The Dance of Life: A Poem by the Author of "Doctor Syntax"

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Appleton, 1903 - 244 pages
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Page 124 - Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy, rich, not gaudy: For the apparel oft proclaims the man; And they in France of the best rank and station Are most select and generous chief in that.
Page 123 - LAERTES' head. And these few precepts in thy memory Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd, comrade.
Page 166 - Zephyris, ver proterit aestas interitura simul pomifer Autumnus fruges effuderit, et mox bruma recurrit iners. damna tamen celeres reparant caelestia lunae: nos ubi decidimus quo pater Aeneas, quo Tullus dives et Ancus, pulvis et umbra sumus.
Page 100 - To preach up gloomy Sanctity ; ' Youth's lively season claims its pleasure, ' But just in mode and wise in measure, ' Whose hours, by Virtue's smiles refin'd, ' Leave no regrets or pain behind. ' Court the gay Muse to whom belong ' The chasten'd jest, the pleasing song ; ' But would you nobler thoughts inspire, ' The Masters of the Grecian Lyre, 1 Parcus Deorum Cultor et infrequens, Insanientis dum Sapientise Consultus erro ; nunc retrorsiim Vela dare, atque iterare cursus Cogor relictos.
Page 187 - But then the HOUSE distracts the view, ' A structure strange, half old, half new : ' The old is but a cumb'rous pile, ' The new is in a wretched style;— ' 'Tis my advice, the place to crown, ' Without delay to pull it down ' And build anew: a structure rear ' That may in graceful state appear, ' Not simply plain, not idly great, ' But such as suits your country seat; ' Such as your rank and wealth demands, ' The work of no inferior hands; ' Where use and elegance combine, ' Where attic symmetry...
Page 187 - When lo ! the Architects appear, With anxious hope, the pile to rear : The masons shout, the sculptors bend, The artists and their arts attend ; — All preparation 's duly made, And the first stone in pomp is laid. PALLADIO and VITRUVIUS groan Beneath the enormous weight of stone : The walls ascend, the columns rise Of every order, every size ; TASTE rules the work — the money flies. ' But while the building 's going on...
Page 124 - But not express'd in fancy ; rich, not gawdy : For the apparel oft proclaims the man. Neither a lender nor a borrower be, For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all, — to thine ownself be true ; And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Page 152 - The room presents an overwhelming glare of decoration. The priestess, or rather the divinity of this luxurious temple, is unrivalled among these places of public entertainment, for the charms of her person, the splendor of her dress, and the elegance of her manners. The elevated seat which she occupies was once the Throne of the Viceroy of Italy, and was purchased by the proprietor of the coffee-house for the exorbitant sum of twelve thousand livres.—Planta's New Picture of Paris, p.

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