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[Coleridge rarely quoted, even his own verses, correctly. Sometimes this arose from mere carelessness, but more often, I think, he acted deliberately. Sometimes he altered the sense of his original, but he never perverted it to the injury of the writer's reputation either for matter or form. Often he expanded and illuminated the passage he manipulated. See Athenæum, Aug. 20, 1892; Art. Coleridge's Quotations.'-Ed.]

[LORD BROOKE]

[The lines (with one variant, still' for

'both’in the first line) had been printed INCONSISTENCY

by Coleridge, as Motto to the Lay

Sermon, addressed to the Higher and * It is a most unseemly and unpleasant Middle Classes, in 1817; and have often thing to see a man's life full of ups and

been quoted as of his own composidowns, one step like a Christian, and

tion. another like a worldling ; it cannot choose failing to find them in his works, I put

I thought them Daniel's, but but pain himself, and mar the edification of others.'--[LEIGHTON.]

a query in Notes and Queries. A corre

spondent (8th Ser. ii. p. 18) gave the The same sentiment, only with a reference to Lord Brooke's Works, in special application to the maxims and Grosart's Fuller's Worthies Series, ii. 127. measures of our Cabinet and Statesmen, [A Treatise of Warres, St. lxvi.] had been finely expressed by a sage Poet of the preceding Generation, in ‘God and the world they worship still lines which no Generation will find in

together; applicable or superannuated.

Draw not their lawes to Him, but His

to theirs ; God and the World we worship both

Untrue to both, so prosperous in neither; together,

Amid their own desires still raising Draw not our Laws to Him, but His

feares; to ours ;

Unwise, as all distracted powers be ; Untrue to both, so prosperous in neither,

Strangers to God, fooles to humanitie. The imperfect Will brings forth but barren Flowers !

Too good for great things and too great Unwise as all distracted Interests be,

for good.'] Strangers to God, Fools in Humanity : Too good for great things, and too great

[DONNE] for good, While still I dare not’ waits upon “I

THE recluse hermit ofttimes more doth wou'd.'

know (Ails to Reflection, Moral and Religious

Of the world's inmost wheels, than worldAphorisms,' No. XVII. 1825, p. 93.)

lings can.

As man is of the world, the heart of man But the last Judgement (this his Jury's Is an epitome of God's great book

plan) Of creatures, and men need no further Left to the natural sense of Work-day look.

DONNE.

man,

Adapted from an elder Poet. (See Donne's 'Eclogue, Dec. 26, 1613,' where it is said that the hermit sees more of 'heaven's

Motto to Chapter XIII. of the General Introglory' than the worldling.-- Quoted in The

duction to The Friend, 1818, i. 149. Friend, 1818, i. 192; 1850, i. 147.

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BLIND is that soul which from this truth [SAMUEL DANIEL

can swerve, No state stands sure, but on the grounds

of right, MUST there be still some discord mixt

Of virtue, knowledge ; judgment to preamong

serve, The harmony of men, whose mood accords And all the powers of learning requisite ? Best with contention tund to notes of Though other shifts a present turn may wrong?

serve, That when War fails, Peace must make Yet in the trial they will weigh too light. war with words,

DANIEL. With words unto destruction arm’d more

Motto to Chapter XVI. as above, 1818, i. 190. strong Than ever were our foreign Foemen's swords :

III Making as deep, tho' not yet bleeding O BLESSED Letters ! that combine in one

wounds ? What War left scarless, Calumny con

All ages past, and make one live with all :

By you do we confer with who are gone, founds.

And the dead-living unto council call ! Truth lies entrapp'd where Cunning finds By you the unborn shall have communion

Of what we feel and what doth us befall. no bar : Since no proportion can there be betwixt

Since writings are the veins, the arteries, Our actions which in endless motions are, And undecaying life - strings of those And ordinances which are always fixt.

hearts, Ten thousand Laws more cannot reach

That still shall pant and still shall exerso far,

cise But Malice goes beyond, or lives com- Their mightiest powers when nature none mixt

imparts, So close with Goodness, that it ever will

The strong constitution of their praise Corrupt, disguise, or counterfeit it still.

Wear out the infection of distemper'd

days. DANIEL's Musophilus. And therefore would our glorious Alfred, who

Motto to Chapter I. of 'The Landing Place'

in The Friend, 1818, i. 215. Join’d with the King's, the good man's Majesty,

[The first passage is from Daniel's Not leave Law's labyrinth without a Epistle to Sir Thomas Egerton ; the clue

second and third from his Musophilus ; Gave to deep Skill its just authority,-- but Coleridge has so altered, transposed,

and rewritten all three that they are more

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his than Daniel's. In the first passage For the grey olive branch change thy nine entire lines are Coleridge's.-ED.]

green laurels : Hang up thy rusty helmet, that the bee

May have a hive, or spider find a loom ! [MILTON]

Instead of doubling drum and thrilling THE oppositionists to “things as they

fife are,' are divided into many and different Be lull'd in lady's lap with amorous flutes. classes. . . . The misguided men who have ! But for Napoleon, know, he'll scorn this enlisted under the banners of Liberty,

calm : from no principles or with bad ones : The ruddy planet at his birth bore sway, whether they be those who

Sanguine adust his humour, and wild fire

His ruling element. Rage, revenge, and admire they know not what

cunning And know not whom, but as one leads Make up the temper of this captain's the other :

valor. or whether those

The Friend, 1818, ii. 115.

1802. Whose end is private Hate, not help to

[The lines are used as a motto to Freedom, Adverse and turbulent when she would from an old Play.' But in subsequent

Essay VI., and are stated to be adapted lead

editions the reference is withdrawn, and To Virtue..

1795.

we may assume that Coleridge, if he [This passage is from the first of the did not create the lines, made them his Conciones ad Populum, lectures delivered

own. The calm' was probably the at Bristol, February 1795, and published

Peace of Amiens.'-ED.] there in the same year. Coleridge reprinted the lecture in The Friend (1818, ii. 248 ; 1850, ii. 179). The first quota

[SOUTHWELL] tion is really from Paradise Regained, iii.

Sober Statement of Human Life, or 50; but the second contains only a few words of Milton, which will be found in

the True Medium two disconnected passages in Samson

A CHANCE may win that by mischance Agonistes--[Woman is to man]

was lost : A cleaving mischief, in his way to virtue The net that holds no great, takes little Adverse and turbulent (1l. 1039-40) : and

In some things all, in all things none are

crost; Yet so it may fall out, because their end

Few all they need, but none have all Is hate, not help to me.

ED.]

they wish : Unmedled joys here to no man befall;

Who least, hath some; who most, hath [?]

never all ! NAPOLEON

[Although it was by inadvertence that Then we may thank ourselves ! these lines were printed in the Remains Who spell-bound by the magic name of as Coleridge's, they have been so often Peace

included in his works that I am fain to Dream golden dreams. Go, warlike retain them here as his by adoption. The Briton, go,

title is his. The verses form part of a

fish;

poem by Robert Southwell, Tymes goe by in the Chapel of Jesus College, CamTurnes. The text here printed is that bridge.' The first six lines are taken found in Saint Peter's Complaint. With from W. L. Bowles's Monody on Henry other Poems. London, 1599.—ED.] Headley, and although the remaining

stanza does not appear in any of the

many editions of Bowles's poems I have [BOWLES]

been able to consult, it probably originally

I yet remain belonged to the same poem. —ED.] To mourn the hours of youth (yet mourn

? in vain) That Aled neglected : wisely thou hast Eternal Lord ! and from the world set

Rid of a vexing and a heavy load, trod

free, The better path—and that high meed

Like a frail Bark, weary I turn to Thee which God

From frightful storms into a quiet roadAssign’d to Virtue tow’ring from the dust,

On much repentance Grace will be beShall wait thy rising, Spirit pure and just !

stow'd. O God ! how sweet it were to think, that The nails, the thorn, and thy two hands, all

thy face Who silent mourn around this gloomy ball ! Benign, meek, [word illegible] offers grace Might hear the voice of joy ;—but 'tis the

To sinners whom their sins oppress and will

goad. Of man's great Author, that thro' good

Let not thy justice view, O Light divine ! and ill

My faults, and keep it from thy sacred ear Calm he should hold his course, and so

[A line almost entirely illegible. ] sustain

Cleanse with thy blood my sins, to this

incline His varied lot of pleasure, toil and pain !

More readily, the more my years require

Prompt aid, forgiveness speedy and entire. [It is for the same reason that I include MS. these lines which the editor of the Re- [I do not think this is a composition mains assumed to be by Coleridge, be- of Coleridge's, but an adaptation of cause they were found in Mr. Coleridge's something imperfectly remembered by hand-writing in one of the Prayer-Books | him. It comes from a note-book. -ED.]

1793.

i See The Complete Poetical Works of Wordsworth (p. 761, “At Florence-From M. Angelo"). London: Macmillan and Co.

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