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The Compiler appears again before the Public,

and hopes that a more extended course of reading

has enabled him to set before them a book of

considerable utility, combined with some amuse


LIVERPOOL, February 14, 1863.



ABRA.-Abra was ready ere I call'd her name;
And, though I callid another, Abra came,
Her absence made the night, her presence brought the day.

PRIOR.-Solomon, Book II. Lines 363, 592.
ABSENCE.-In the hope to meet
Shortly again, and make our absence sweet.

Ben Jonson.-Underwoods, an Elegy,
An hour or two
Never breaks squares in love; he comes in time
That comes at all; absence is all love's crime.


Scene 2.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Haynes Bailey.-Isle of Beauty; Odes to Rosa. What vigour absence adds to love.

FLATMAN.—Weeping at parting, a Song.
Absence in most, that quenches love,
And cools the warm desire;
The ardour of my heart improves,
And makes the flame aspire.

COTTON.- A Song, Verse 2.
Friends, though absent, are still present.

CICERO.-On Friendship, Chapter VII. [The mottoes or phrases, “ Though lost to sight, to memory dear,” and “Though absent, not forgotten,” are probably derived from the passage in Cicero; for I have not met with them in my reading, neither can I learn that they are to be found in any author.)


ABSTRACTS.—They are the abstracts, and brief chronicles of the time.

SAAKSPERE.-Hamlet, Act II. Scene 2. Brief abstract and record of tedious days.

SHAKSPERE.-King Richard III. Act IV. Scene 4.

(Duchess to Queen Margaret.)

ACCIDENTS.—Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances ;
Of moving accidents by flood and field.

SHAKSPERE.-Othello, Act I. Scene 3.
(To the Senate, justifying his marriage with


ACES.-We gentlemen, whose chariots roll only upon the four aces, are apt to have a wheel out of order.

SIR JOHN VANBRUGH.-The Provoked Husband,

Act II., by CIBBER. On the four aces doom'd to roll,

CHURCHILL.- The Duellist, Book I. Line 63.

ACHES.-Up start as many aches in his bones, as there are ouches in his skin.

GEORGE CHAPMAN.—The Widow's Tears.

ACTING.-Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream.

SHAKSPERE.-Julius Cæsar, Act II. Scene 1.
(Brutus, after Cassius had moved him against


ACTION.-Be not too tame neither, but let your own discre

tion be your tutor; suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature.

SAAKSPERE.-Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2.

(His directions to the players.) Prodigious actions may as well be done By weaver's issue, as by prince's son.

Dryden.-Absalom and Ahithophel, Part I.

Line 638.

ACTOR.—He loved his friends (forgive this gushing tear;
Alas! I feel, I am no actor here.)

LYTTLETON.-Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanus.

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