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MATRIMONY.-I don't think matrimony consistent with the liberty of the subject.

FARQUHAR.—The Twin Rivals, Act V.
Our Maker bids increase;-
Hail, wedded love, mysterious law, true source
Of human offspring.

MILTON.—Paradise Lost, Book IV.
The wedding, you know, is always before the sermon—which is

one of the chief things wherein hanging and matrimony disagree.

FIELDING.–Love in several Masques, Act V.

Scene 4.

MATTER.—I'll read you matter deep and dangerous.

SHAKSPERE.—King Henry IV. Part I. Act I.

Scene 3.

A bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

ECCLESIASTES, Chap. X. Verse 20. 1. What's the matter, Furnish ? 2. Nothing, sir; nothing's the matter.

MURPHY.—The Way to Keep Him, Act II.

Scene 1.

What's the matter? Why, murder's the matter! Slaughter's the matter! Killing's the matter !--But he can tell you the perpendiculars.

SHERIDAN.—The Rivals, Act V. Scene 1. Why, how you stand, girl! you have no more feeling than one of the Derbyshire putrefactions.

SHERIDAN.—The Rivals, Act V. Scene 1.

MEANT.-Of forests and enchantments drear,
Where more is meant than meets the ear.

Milton.—11 Penseroso, Line 120.
MEASURE.Come not within the measure of my wrath.

SHAKSPERE.—Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act V.

Scene 4.

MEASURES.- Measures, not men, have always been my mark.

GOLDSMITH.—The Good-Natured Man, Act II.

(Lofty to Mrs. Croaker.)



MEDDLE.-I'll not meddle nor make no farther.

SHAKSPERE.—Troilus and Cress. Act I, Scene 1. MEEK.—They can be meek that have no other cause.

SIAKSPERE.—Com. of Errors, Act II, Scene 1. The flower of meekness on a stem of grace.

James M MERY.-The World before the

Flood, Canto II.
MEET.-When shall we three meet again ?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain ?

SHAKSPERE.—Macbeth, Act I. Scene 1.

am as melancholy as a gib cat.
SHAKSPERE.-King Henry IV. Part I. Act I.

Scene 2.
As melancholy as an unbraced drum.

Mrs. CENTLIVRE.—The Wonder, Act II. Scene 1. Now, my young guest! methinks you are allycholly; I pray you, why is it?

SAAKSPERE.—Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV.

Scene 2. (The Host to Julia in Boy's clothes.) I can suck melancholy out of a song.

SHAKSPERE.—As You Like it, Act II. Scene 5.

(Jaques to Amiens.) Pale melancholy sat retired.

COLLINS.—The Passions, Line 57. Here rests his head upon the lap of earth,

A youth to fortune and to fame unknown:
Fair science frown'd not on his humble birth,
And Melancholy mark'd him for her own.

Gray.—Elegy, Verse 30.
MELROSE.-And he a solemn sacred plight,
Did to St. Bride of Douglas make,
That he a pilgrimage would take
To Melrose Abbey-

Soort.—Lay of the Last Minstrel, Canto VI.

Verse 27.
If thou wouldst view fair Melrose aright,
Go visit it by the pale moonlight;
For the gay beams of lightsome day,
Gild, but to flout, the ruins grey.

IBID.-Canto II. Verse 1.



MELTING MOOD.-Albeit unused to the melting mood.

SHAKSPERE.-Othello, Act V. Scene 2.
MEMORY.-From the table of my memory
I'll wipe away all trivial fond records.

SHAKSPERE.-Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5.
No, Doctor, I have no command of my memory; it only retains

what happens to hit my fancy; and like enough, sir, if you were to preach to me for a couple of hours on end, I might be unable at the close of the discourse to remember one word of it.

SCOTT.- Introd. to Ann of Geierstein.
I pleas'd remember, and while mem'ry yet
Holds fast her office here, can ne'er forget.

0! while all-conscious memory holds her power,
Can I forget that sweetly-painful hour.

Falconer.---Shipwreck, Canto I.

Remember thee?
Ay, thon poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
In this distracted globe

SHAKSPERE.-Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5.
MEN.-Men are the sport of circumstances, when
The circumstances seem the sport of men.

Byron.-Don Juan, Canto V. Stanza 17. Be strong, and quit yourselves like men.

SAMUEL.—Book I. Chap IV. Verse 9. Play the men.

DRYDEN.---The Tempest, Act I, Scene 1. These men are Fortune's jewels, moulded bright, Brought forth with their own fire and light.

Cowley.-The Motto, Line 9. Then men were men; but now the greater part Beasts are in life, and women are in heart.

Hall.—(Bishop of Norwich.) Satire VI. Men are but children of a larger growth.

DRYDEN.-All for Love, Act IV. Scene 1.-DR.

Watts, in his “Improvement of the Mind," Part II. Chap. V.; and Robert LLOYD, in his “ Epistle to Colman,” are identical with Seneca.

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MEN.–They are but children too, though they have grey hairs : they are indeed of a larger size.

SENECA.—On Anger, Chap. VIII. To each his sufferings; all are men,

Condemn'd alike to groan; The tender for another's pain, The unfeeling for his own.

GRAY.—Prospect of Eton College, Stanza 10. Of such materials wretched men were made.

BYRON.—The Lament of Tasso, Stanza VI.

Line 11.

Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights :
Yond' Cassius has a lean and hungry look,
He thinks too much : such men are dangerous.

SHAKSPERE.—Julius Cæsar, Act I. Scene 2.

Men must endure
Their going hence, even as their coming hither.

SHAKSPERE.--King Lear, Act V. Scene 2.

Are masters to their females, and their lords ;
Then let your will attend on their awards,

SHAKSPERE.—Comedy of Errors, Act II. Scene 1.

(Luciana to Adriana.) MEND.-To wake the soul by tender strokes of art, To raise the genius, and to mend the heart.

Pope.—Prol. to ADDISON's Cato, Line 1.

MENTIONS.—To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite,
Who never mentions hell to ears polite.

Pope.—Moral Essays, Epi. IV. to BURLINGTON,

Line 149.

MERCHANT.—The restless merchant, he that loves to steep
His brains in wealth, and lays his soul to sleep
In bags of bullion, sees th' immortal crown,
And fain would mount, but ingots keep him down:
He brags to-day, perchance, and begs to-morrow:
He lent but now, wants credit now to borrow.
Blow, winds, the treasure's gone, the merchant's broke;
A slave to silver's but a slave to smoke.

QUARLES.-Book II. Emblem 4.

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MERCHANT.-In Venice state
Where merchants gilt the top.

MARSTON.—What You Will, Act I.
Strike, louder strike, th' ennobling strings,
To those whose merchant sons were kings.

Collins.-Ode to Liberty, Line 42.
MERCY.-Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

SHAKSPERE.—Titus Andronicus, Act I. Scene 2. Mercy to him that shows it, is the rule.

COWPER.—The Task, Book VI. Line 595.
Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so;
Pardon is still the nurse of second woe.

SHAKSPERE.—Measure for Measure, Act II.

Scene 1.
The gates of mercy shall be all shut up.

SHAKSPERE.-King Henry V. Act III. Scene 3.

Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword,
The marshal's truncheon, nor the judge's robe,
Become them with one-half so good a grace
As mercy does.

SHAKSPERE.—Measure for Measure, Act II.

Scene 2.

Then, everlasting Love, restrain thy will;
'Tis godlike to have power, but not to kill.

BEAUMONT and FLETCHER.—The Chances, Act II.

Scene 2.

The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless'd ;
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes;
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown.

SHAKSPERE.—Merchant of Venice, Act IV,

Scene 1.

It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself ;
An earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.

SHAKSPERE.-Ibid. Act IV. Scene 1.


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