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BOWL.–And in this bowl, where wanton ivy twines,
And swelling clusters bend the curling vines,
Four figures rising from their work appear,
The various seasons of the rolling year.

Pope.—Pastoral, Spring, Line 35.
BOXES.-And about his shelves
A beggarly account of empty boxes.

SHAKSPERE.—Romeo and Juliet, Act V. Scene 1.

(Romeo, solus.) BOY.--Ah! happy years! once more, who would not be a boy?

BYRON.—Childe Harold, Canto II, Stanza 23. Yet who would be a boy, a girl again?

JAMES MONTGOMERY.-The Pelican Island,

Canto 7.
I was the boy for bewitching 'em.

KENNEY.-A Song in the opera of Matrimony,

Act II, Scene l.
BRAIN.—Thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix'd with baser matter.

SHAKSPERE.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5. (Hamlet,
obedient to his father's command.)

The times have been, That when the brains were out the man would die, And there an end.

SHAKSPERE.—Macbeth, Act III. Scene 4.

(Macbeth, at sight of Banquo's ghost.) BRAINS.—An excellent scholar: One that hath a head fillid with calves' brains without any sage in them.

WEBSTER.—The White Devil, Act I, Scene 1. Cudgel thy brains no more about it; for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating.

SHAKSPERE.—Hamlet, Act V. Scene 1. (First

Clown to the second Clown.) BRAVE.-How sleep the brave, who sink to rest, By all their country's wishes blest!

COLLINS.-Ode written in 1746. Bray'd in mine own house with a skein of thread!

SHAKSPERE.—Taming of the Shrew, Act IV.

Scene 3. (Petruchio to the Tailor.)

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BREACH.-Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once Or close the wall up with our English dead!

SAAKSPERE.-King Henry V. Act III. Scene 1.

(The King and his army before Harfleur.)
BREAD.-Thou shalt by trial know what bitter fare
Is others' bread ;-how hard the path to go
Upward and downward by another's stair.

DANTE.—Paradiso, Canto XVII. Line 58.

(Wright.) Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.

ECCLESIASTES.—Chap. XI. Verse 1.

BREAKFAST.-Their breakfast so warm, to be sure they did

eat, A custom in travellers mighty discreet.

PRIOR.-Downhall, a ballad.

And then to breakfast with what appetite you have.


Scene 2. (The King to his Lords, but frowning at Wolsey.)

1. Is breakfast ready, mine host ? 2. It is, my little Hebrew.

ANONYMOUS.—The Merry Devil of Edmonton.

Last Scene.

BRIEF.-Brevity is the soul of wit.

SHAKSPERE.—Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2.

(Polonius to the King and Queen.)

Brief, boy, brief !

FLETCHER.—The Woman Hater, Act I, Scene 2.

1. 'Tis brief, my lord, 2. As woman's love.

SAAKSPERE.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2.

(Hamlet and Ophelia at the Play.)

We must be brief when traitors brave the field.

SHAKSPERE.—King Richard III. Act IV. Scene 3.

(Richard to Ratcliffe.)



BRITAIN.—But Britain, changeful as a child at play,
Now calls in princes, and now turns away;
Now Whig, now Tory, what we lov'd we hate;
Now all for pleasure, now for Church or State;
Now for Prerogative, and now for Laws;
Effects unhappy! from a noble cause.

PopE.—To Augustus, Epi. I. Line 155. BROOKS.-Such Brooks are welcome to me that o'erflow such liquor.

SHAKSPERE.—Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II.

Scene 2. (Falstaff's play on the name of Master

BRUTUS.—Brutus is an honourable man,
So are they all, all honourable men.

SHAKSPERE.—Julius Cæsar, Act III Scene I.

(Mark Anthony's oration on Cæsar's death.) BUBBLES.—Like bubbles on the sea of matter borne, They rise, they break, and to that sea return.

POPE.—Essay on Man, Epi. III. Line 19.
The earth hath bubbles, as the water has,
And these are of them.

SHAKSPERE.—Macbeth, Act I, Scene 3.

(Banquo to Macbeth when the Witches vanished.) BUCK.—A buck of the first head.

SHAKSPERE.-Love's Labour's Lost, Act IV.

Scene 2. (Sir Nathaniel to Holofernes.) BUILDING.—Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth

not down first and counteth the cost, whether he have suffi

cient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to

finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

ST. LUKE, Chap. XIV. Verses 28, 29, 30.

When we mean to build,
We first survey the plot, then draw the model;
And when we see the figure of the house,
Then must we rate the cost of the erection :
Which if we find outweighs ability,
What do we then, but draw anew the model
In fewer offices; or, at least, desist
To build at all ?

SHAKSPERE.-King Henry IV. Part II. Act I.

Scene 3. (Lord Bardolph urging caution before hazarding a battle.)

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BUILDING.–Or what king, going to make war against

another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand ?

St. LUKE, Chap. XIV. Verse 31.

Much more, in this great work,
(Which is, almost, to pluck a kingdom down
And set another up,) should we survey
The plot of situation, and the model;
Consent upon a sure foundation;
Question surveyors; know our own estate,
How able such a work to undergo,
To weigh against his opposite; or else,
We fortify in paper, and in figures,
Using the names of men instead of men :
Like one that draws the model of a house
Beyond his power to build it; who, half through,
Gives o'er, and leaves his part-created cost
A naked subject to the weeping clouds,
And waste for churlish winter's tyranny.

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

Scene 3. (Lord Bardolph.)
The man who builds, and wants wherewith to pay,
Provides a home from which to run away.

Young.-Love of Fame, Line 171.
Too low they build who build beneath the stars.

Young.–Night VIII. Line 215. BULLET.–The bullet has its billet.

OLD PLAY; SCOTT.-Count Robert of Paris,

Chap. XXV.
BURKE.-Oft have I wonder'd that on Irish ground
No poisonous reptiles ever yet were found :
Reveald the secret stands of Nature's work;
She saved her venom to create a BURKE.

WARREN HASTINGS.—An epigram produced by

him when writhing under the agony of a
protracted prosecution. (Encyc. Brit. Vol. XI.

p. 164; 7th edition.)
Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such,
We scarcely can praise it, or blame it, too much;
Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind,
And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.

GOLDSMITH.--Retaliation, Line 29.

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BURKE.—One large of soul, of genius unconfined,
Born to delight, instruct, and mend mankind;
Burke! in whose breast a Roman ardour glow'd;
Whose copious tone with Grecian richness flow'd;
Well hast thou found, if such thy country's doom,
A timely refuge in the sheltering tomb.

CANNING.–New Morality.
Born not for himself alone, but for the whole world.

LUCAN; CICERO.—Riley's Dict. Class. Quot.

pp. 253, 281, 285.
Though equal to all things, for all things unfit;
Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit;
For a patriot too cool; for a drudge disobedient;
And too fond of the right to pursue the expedient.

GOLDSMITH.-Retaliation, Line 37.

BURN-One fire burns out another's burning.

SAAKSPERE.—Romeo and Juliet, Act I. Scene 2.

(Benvolio to Romeo.) Come, we burn daylight.


.—Romeo and Juliet, Act I. Scene 4.

(Mercutio to Romeo.) BUSH.–Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth fear each bush an officer.

SHAKSPERE.—King Henry VI. Part III. Act V.

Scene 6. (Gloster to the King.)
Or, in the night, imagining some fear,
How easy is a bush suppos'd a bear!

SHAKSPERE.—Midsummer Night's Dream, Act V.

Scene 1. (Theseus to Hippolyta.)
BUSINESS.—I am going to parliament ;
You understand this bag : if you have any business
Depending there, be short and let me hear it-
And pay your fees.

BEAUMONT and FLETCHER.- The Little French

Lawyer, Act I, Scene 1.
He that attends to his interior self,
That has a heart, and keeps it; has a mind
That hungers, and supplies it; and who seeks
A social, not a dissipated life,
Has business.

COWPER.—The Garden, Line 373.

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