Chaucer, Canterbury tales:
~And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche. Line 310.
~That he is gentil that doth gentil dedis. Line 6752.
~Truth is the highest thing that man may keep. The Frankeleines Tale. Line 11789.
~Full wise is he that can himselven knowe. The Monkes Tale. Line 1449.
John Heywood (c. 1565)
~The loss of wealth is loss of dirt,
As sages in all times assert;
The happy man 's without a shirt.
Be Merry Friends.
~When the iron is hot, strike
~The tide tarrieth no man
~It hurteth not the toung to give faire words
~One good turne asketh another.
~I pray thee let me and my fellow have
A haire of the dog that bit us last night
~Enough is as good as a feast.
John O'Keefe (1747-1833): Sprigs of Laurel. Act ii. Sc. 1.
A glass is good, and a lass is good,
And a pipe to smoke in cold weather;
The world is good, and the people are good,
And we 're all good fellows together.
B. E. O'Meara (1778-1836): March to the Battle-Field
~March to the battle-field,
The foe is now before us;
Each heart is Freedom's shield,
And heaven is shining o'er us.
James Kenney (1780-1849): Behold how brightly breaks
~Behold how brightly breaks the morning!
Though bleak our lot, our hearts are warm.
James G. Percival (1795-1856): To Seneca Lake.
~On thy fair bosom, silver lake,
The wild swan spreads his snowy sail,
And round his breast the ripples break
As down he bears before the gale.
Thomas O. Davis (1814-1845): The Welcome.
~Come in the evening, or come in the morning;
Come when you 're looked for, or come without warning.
Edward Everett Hale (1822- ----): Rule of the "Harry Wadsworth Club" (from "Ten Times One is Ten," 1870).
~To look up and not down,
To look forward and not back,
To look out and not in, and
To lend a hand.
Letter xxxvii. City Address, and the King's Answer.
~The heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, or the hand to execute.
~Ars longa, vita brevis (Art is long: life is brief)