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DESPAIR-Anguish of.

Which way I fee is hell,-myself am hell, A hopeless darkness settles o'er my fate;

And in the lowest deep, a lower deep,
Still threat'ving to devour me, opens wide;

To which the hell I suffer seems a heav'n. My doom is closed.

Count Basil.

. . Is there no place DESPAIR-Characteristics of.

Left for repentance, none for pardon left ! Despair is like froward children, who, when

Milton. rou take away one of their playthings, throw DESPAIR-never to be Indulged. be rest into the fire for madness. It grows Though plunged in ills and exercised in care, Agry with itself, turns its own executioner, | Yet never let the noble mind despair: and revenges its misfortunes on its own head. When presed by dancers

When press'd by dangers and beset by foes, 1: refuses to live under disappointments and

The gods their timely succour interpose; eposses, and chooses rather not to be at all, And when our virtue sinks o'erwhelmed with than to be without the thing which it hath

grief, moe imagined necessary to its happiness. By unforeseen expedients bring relief. Charron

Philips. DESPAIR-Degrading to the Deity. DESPAIR-Life in.

He that despairs, degrades the Deity, and There is a very life in our despair. Byron. seems to intimate that He is insufficient, or not just to His word; and in vain bath read DESPAIR-Madness of. the Scriptures, the world, and man. Feltham.

This pomp of horror

Is fit to feed the frenzy in my soul; DESPAIR-Desolation of.

Here's room for meditation even to madness, h! let me hunt my travail'd woes again; Till the mind burst with thinking. Roue. Pange the wide waste of desolate despair; Start any hope. Alas ! I lose myself,

DESPAIR-Miseries of. "Tis pathless, dark, and barren all to me.

Whither shall I fly? Southern.

Where hide me and my miseries together?

O Belvidera! I'm the wretched'st creature Eren ev'ry ray of hope destroy'd,

E'er crawled on earth; now, if thou hast virtue, And not a wish to gild the gloom. Burns.

Take me into thy arms, and speak the words

of peace All hope is lost To my divided soul, that wars within me, of my reception into grace; what worse? And raises every sense to my confusion. For where no hope is left, is left no fear. By heaven! I'm tottering on the very brink

Milton. Of ruin, and thou art all the hold I've left. DESPAIR-Effects of.

Do thou at least with charitable goodness Now cold despair

Assist me in the pangs of my afflictions. To irid paleness turns the glowing red; Couldst thou but think how I've spent this pight, His blood, scarce liquid, creeps within his veins. Dark and alone, no pillow to my bead, Like water which the freezing wind constrains, Rest in my eyes, nor quiet in my heart,

Dryden. Thou wouldst not, Belvidera, sure thou wouldst DESPAIR-Evils of.

not Despair makes a despicable figure, and is Talk to me thus, but, like a pitying angel, descended from a mean original. It is the off- Spreading thy wings, come settle on my breast, spring of fear, laziness, and impatience. It And hatch warm comforts there, ere sorrow ugaes a defect of spirit and resolution, and freeze it.

Otway. citentimes of honesty too. After all, the clercise of this passion is so troublesome, that

DESPAIR-The Last Relief of. Lothing but dint of cvidence and demonstra- | My life's a load, encumber'd with the charge, tion should force it upon us. I would not I long to set the imprison'd soul at large. despair unless I knew the irrevocable decree For I, the most forlorn of human kind,

e passed; saw my misfortune recorded in Nor help can hope, nor remedy can find ; the book of fate, and signed and sealed by But doom'd to drag my loathful life in care, Lécessity.

Jeremy Collier. For my reward must end it in despair,

Fire, water, air, and earth, and force of fates DESPAIR-Horrors of.

That governs all, and Heaven that all creates; Which way shall I fly

| Nor art, nor nature's hand, can ease my greaf; Infinite wrath, and infinite despair !

| Nothing but death, the wretch's last relief.

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Then farewell youth, and all the joys that DESPOTS-Government of. dwell

Despots govern by terror. They knor, With youth and life; and life itself, farewell.

| that he who fears God fears nothing else ;

and therefore they eradicate from the mind, DESPAIR-Never Yield to.

through their Voltaire, their Helvetius, and Art thou low, and sick, and dreary?

the rest of that infamous gang, that only sort Is thy spirit sunk and weary

of fear which generates true courage. Barke. With its fight against the ills of life, that seem to fill the air

DESTRUCTION-Easiness of the Way Gird thy loins once more, and try, The stout heart wins the victory,

| The gates of hell are open night and day; But never dark despair.

Smooth the descent, and easy is the way;

But to return, and view the cheerful skies, Does temptation strong approach thee? In this the task and mighty labour lies. Does some secret wrong reproach thee,

Dryden. With its conscious voice accusing thee of more DESULTORINESS AND CONNEC- | than thou canst bear?

TION. Before high Heaven cleanse thy breast;

Desultoriness may often be the mark of a Go, sin no more, and tbou'lt find rest,

| full head; connection must proceed from a But never in despair. thoughtful one.

Danby. Has thy love of man grown chary?

Has thy trust in him grown wary?
Hast thou coldly turn'd a deafen'd ear to sin's

Now, by our lady, sheriff, 'tis hard reckoning, repentant prayer ?

That I, with every odds of birth and barony, Think that none can enter heaven

Should be detained here for the casual death Who has not others' sins forgiven,

Of a wild forester, whose utmost having
And saved them from despair. Is but the brazen buckle of the belt,


In which he sticks his hedge-knife. Beaumont

In which he sticks his DESPAIR-Yielding to.

DETERMINATION-Settled. Nae langer she wept, her tears were a' spent,

Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed; Despair it was come, and she thought it content;

For what I will, I will, and there an end. She thought it content, but her cheek it grew


DEVOTION-Practical. pale, And she droop'd like a lily broke down by the The great antique heart: how like a child's hail.

Burns. in its simplicity, like a man's in its earnest

solemnity and depth! Heaven lies over him DESPONDENCY.

wheresoever he goes or stands on the earth; That some weighty grief

making all the earth a mystic temple to him, O'erhangs thy soul, thy ev'ry look proclaims; the earth's business all a kind of worship. Why then refuse it words? The heart that Glimpses of bright creatures flash in the com- ' bleeds

mon sunlight; angels yet hover, doing God's From any stroke of fate or human wrongs, messages among men: that rainbow was set Loves to disclose itself, that list ’ning pity in the clouds by the hand of God! Wonder, May drop a healing tear upon the wound. miracle, encompass the man; he lives in an 'Tis only when with inbred horror smote, element of miracle; heaven's splendour over At some base act, or done, or to be done, his head, hell's darkness under his feet; a That the reviling soul, with conscious dread, great law of duty, high as these two infinitudes, Shrinks back into itself.


dwarfing all else, annihilating all else-it was DESPOT-The First.

a reality, and it is one : the garment only of it

is dead; the essence of it lives through all O execrable son ! so to aspire

times and all eternity!

Carlyle. Above his brethren, to himself assuming Authority usurp'd, from God not given. | DEVOTION-Comparison between Pri. He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl,

vate and Public. Dominion absolute; that right we hold

Private devotions and secret offices of reli. By his donation ;-but man over man

gion are like the refreshing of a garden with He made not lord, such title to himself the distilling and petty drops of a water-pot; Preserving, human left from human free. but, addressed from the temple, are like rain Milton. | from heaven.

Jeremy Taylor.



DEVOTION-Purity of

The immortal gods
Adept the meanest altars that are raised
By pure devotions; and sometimes prefer
An ounce of frankincense, honey, or milk,
Before whole hecatombs, or Sabæan gems,
Ofer d in ostentation.


Like its own tear,
Because so long divided from the sphere.
Restless it rolls and insecure,
Trembling lest it grow impure,
Till the warm sun pities its pain,
And to the skies exhales it back again.

Andrew Marvel.


A globe of dew,

Filling in the morning new
The secret heart
Is fair Devotion's temple; there the saint,

Some eyed flower whose young leaves waken

On an unimagined world:
Een on that living altar, lights the flame
Of purest sacrifice, which burns udseen,

Constellated suns unshaken,

Orbits measureless, are furld Sot unaccepted.

Hannah More.

In that frail and fading sphere, Thon, when thou prayest, enter into thy

With ten millions gather'd there, closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray

To tremble, gleam, and disappear. Shelley. to thy Father which is in secret; and thy DEW-DROPS. Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward

I must go seek some dew-drops here, thee openly.

St. Matther.

And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear. DEVOTION-Silent.


DEW8-of Evening. The inward sighs of humble penitenco

The dews of the evening most carefully shun; Rise to the ear of Heaven, when pealed hymns

Those tears of the sky for the loss of the sun. Are scatter'd with the sounds of common air.

Chesterfield. Joanna Baillie. DIFFERENCES. DEW-The.

In all differences consider that both you and Those verdant hills now bathed in morning dews,

your enemy are dropping off, and that ere Whose every drop outvies Golconda's gem. Lo! one hangs glittering on yon blade of grass ;

long your very memories will be extinguished.

Spurn not that lucid trembler, but admire DIFFICULTY-Extremity of.
Its glorious hues, and trace them to their source;

It is as hard to come, as for a camel
The nice arrangements of its particles.
Draw nigh;-through microscopic lens inspect

To thread the postern of a needle's eye.

Shakspeare. That single drop's profound elaborateness— Most delicate, and wonderfully wrought.

DIFFICULTY-a Moral Instructor. Is it a work of chance? It is a world | Difficulty is a severe instructor, set over us Peplete with life, and love, and joy. Its crowds by the supreme ordinance of a parental guarDart swift from verge to verge (their ocean dian and legislator, who knows us better than depths)

we know ourselves; and He loves us better too. How Dervous and minute each supple fin ! He that wrestles with us strengthens our What made that film-like hinge on which it nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist plays?

is our helper. This amicable conflict with What band, wbat eye, save God's could fashion difficulty obliges us to an intimate acquaintit ?

Merritt. ance with our object, and compels us to con

sider it in all its relations. It will not suffer DEW-A Drop of.

us to be superficial.

Burke. See how the orient dew,

Sled from the bosom of the morn,
Into the blowing roses,

Accustom yourself to master and overcome Yet careless of its mansion new,

things of difficulty : for if you observe, the Por the clear region where 'twas born

| left hand for want of practice is insignificant, Pound in itself incloses :

and not adapted to general business ; yet it And in its little globe's extent,

holds the bridle better than the right, froin Frames as it can its native element.

constant use.

Pliny. How it tbe purple flower does slight!

DIFFICULTY-a Stimulus.
Scarce touching where it lies;
But giving back upon the skies,

What is difficulty? Only a word indicating Shines with a mournful light,

the degree of strength requisite for accomplish



ing particular objects ; a mere notice of the DINNER-Before and After.
necessity for exertion ; a bugbear to children
and fools; only a mere stimulus to men.

Before dinner, men meet with great in-
Samuel Warren.

equality of understanding; and those who are DIFFICULTY-Trials in.

conscious of their inferiority, have the modesty

not to talk : when they have drunk wine, It is difficulties which give birth to miracles.

every man feels himself happy, and loses that It is not every calamity that is a curse; and

modesty, and grows impudent and vociferous; early adversity is often a blessing. Perhaps

s but he is not improved; he is only not sensible Madame de Maintenon would never have of his defecte

Jolidone mounted a throne had not her cradle been rocked in a prison. Surmounted obstacles not

| DINNER-Social Chat after. only teach, but hearten us in our future struggles; for virtue must be learnt, though, We have always thought that the one unfortunately, some of the vices come as it English custom which raises us immeasurably were by inspiration. The austerities of our above all other races and types of humanity, northern climate are thought to be the cause is that of sitting over our wine after dinner. of our abundant comforts, as our wintry nights in what other portion of the twenty-four and our stormy seas have given us a race of hours bave we either time or inclination for seamen perhaps unequalled, and certainly not mere talk? Aud is not the faculty of talk surpassed, by any in the world. Sharpe. that which denotes the superiority of man

over brutes ? To talk, therefore, a certain part DIGNITY-Characteristics of.

of the day must be devoted. Other nations Well had he learn'd to curb the crowd, mix their talk up with their business, and the By arts that veil and oft preserve the proud; consequence is, that neither talk nor business His was the lofty port, the distant mien, is done well. We, on the contrary, work while Tbat seems to shun the sight, and awes if we are at it, and have all our talk out just at seen ;

that very portion of our lives when it is The solemn aspect, and the high-born eye, physically, intellectually, and morally, most That checks low mirth, but lacks not courtesy. | beneficial to us. The pleasant talk promotes

Byron. digestion, and prevents the mind from dwell

ing on the grinding of the digestive mill that True dignity is his whose tranquil mind

is going on within us. The satisfaction and Virtue has raised above the things below; repose which follow a full meal tend to check Who, every hope and fear to Heaven resign'd, a disposition to splenetic argument or too Shrinks not, though Fortune aims her much zeal in supporting an opinion; while the deadliest blow.

Beattie. freedom and abandon of the intercourse which

is thus kept up is eminently conducive to feelDIGRESSIONS.

ings of general benevolence. It is not, perhaps, i Digressions incontestably are the sunshine; too much to say that our “glorious constituthey are the life, the soul of reading. Sterne. tion" (not only as individuals, but as a body

| politic) is owing to the habit which the British DILIGENCE-Effects of.

Lion observes, of sitting over his wine after The expectations of life depend upon dili


Jerdan. gence; and the mechanic that would perfect his work, must first sharpen his tools. DINNER-A Good.


A good dinner sharpens wit, while it softens Who makes quick use of the moment, is a the heart.

Loren. genius of prudence.


DINNER-BELL-Influence of the.
DILIGENCE-Evil of the Want of.
Take a heretic, a rebel, a person that hath

Of all appeals,-although an ill cause to manage; what he is deficient I grant the power of pathos and of gold, in the strength of his cause, he makes up with Of beauty, flattery, threats,-a shilling.--00 diligence; while he that hath right on his side, Method's more sure at moments to take hold is cold, indiligent, lazy, inactive, trusting that of the best feelings of mankind, which gror the goodness of his cause will not fail to pre- | More tender, as we every day behold, vail without assistance. So wrong prevails, Than that all-softening, overpow'ring knell, while evil persons are zealous, and the good The tocsin of the soul—the dinner-bell. romiss. Jeremy Taylor.




DISCIPLINE (Moral)-Results of.

From pole to pole the fatal arrow bears, | The law of habit when enlisted on the side Whose rooted point his bleeding bosom tears; of righteousness, not only strengthens and With equal pains each different clime he tries, makes sure our resistance to vice, but facili And is himself that torment which he flies. tates the most arduous performances of virtue.

Lord Lyttleton. The man whose thoughts, with the purposes

DISCONTENT–Public. and doings to which they lead, are at the The state is out of tune; distracting fears bidding of conscience, will, by frequent repeti. And jealous doubts jar in our public counsels; tion, at length describe the same track almost Amidst the wealthy city murmur's rife; spontaneously, even as in physical education, Loud railings and reproach on those that rule, things, laboriously learnt at the first, come to With open scorn of government: hence credit be done at last without the feeling of an And public trust 'twixt man and man are effort. And so, in moral education, every new broken; achievement of principle smooths the way to The golden streams of commerce are withheld, future achievements of the same kind; and Which fed the wants of needy hinds and artisans, the precious fruit or purchase of each moral Who therefore curse the great and threat virtue is to set us on higher and firmer rebellion.

Rowe. vantage-ground for the conquests of principle in all time coming. He who resolutely bids Great discontents there are, and many murmurs, away the suggestions of avarice, when they The doors are all shut up: the wealthier sort, come into conflict with the incumbent gene. With arms across, and hats upon their eyes, rosity; or the suggestions of voluptuousness, Walk to and fro before their silent shops ; when they come into conflict with the incum Whole droves of lenders crowd the bankers' bent self-denial; or the suggestions of anger, doors when they come into conflict with the incum To call in money; those who have none, mark bent act of magnanimity and forbearance - Where money goes; for when they rise, 'tis will at length obtain, not a respite only, but a plunder.

Dryden. final deliverance from their intrusion. | Conscience, the longer it has made way over

DISCONTENT-Universality of. the obstacles of selfishness and passion, the There's discontent from sceptre to the swain, less will it give way to these adverse forces, | And from the peasant to the king again. themselves weakened by the repeated defeats | Then whatsvever in thy will afflict thee, which they have sustained in the warfare of Or in thy pleasure seem to contradict thee, moral discipline: or, in other words, the Give it a welcome as a wholesome friend, oftener that conscience makes good the supre- | That would instruct thee to a better end. macy which she claims, the greater would be Since no condition from defect is free, the work of violence, and less the strength for Think not to tind what here can never be. its accomplishment, to cast her down from

Niccholes. that station of practical guidance and com

DISCORD-Characteristics of. mand, which of right belongs to her. It is just, because, in virtue of the law of suggestion, those

| Discord, a sleepless hag, who never dies,

With snipe-like pose and ferret-glowing eyes, trains of thought and feeling, which connect her first biddings with their final execution,

Lean sallow cheeks, long chin, with beard are the less exposed at every new instance to

supplied, be disturbed, and the more likely to be re

| Poor crackling joints, and wither'd parchment

hide, peated over again, that every good principle is more strengthened by its exercise, and every

| As if old drums, worn out with martial din, good affection is more strengthened by its

Had clubb’d their yellow heads to form her in dulgence, than before. The acts of virtue


Dr. Warton. ripen into habits; and the goodly and per- DISCORD-Sourness of. manent result is, the formation or establish

How sour sweet music is, meat of a virtuous character. Chalmers.

When time is broke, and no proportion kept. DISCONTENT-Evils of.

Shakspeare. For not the ceaseless change of shifted place

DISCOVERY-Historical Notices of. Can from the heart a settled grief erase;

At the head of the list stands that of Sir Nor can the purer balm of foreign air

Isaac Newton, one of the greatest minds of Heal the disternper'd mind of aching care. ancient or modern times, and the bare menThe wretch by wild impatience driven to rove, tion of which is connected with the most Vez'd wilb tbe pangs of ill-requited love, sublime of sciences. That ardent but humble

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