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Gather around these summits, as to show
Byron, Ch. H. 111. 62.
Whence he may date henceforward and for ever. Rogers. AMAZEMENT-8c8 Astonishment. Surprise.
But look! Amazement on my mother sits;
They spake not a word;
Star'd on each other, and look'd deadly pale.
Sh. Ric. III. III. 7. Pretty! in amber to observe the forms Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms ! The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare. But wonder how the devil they got there. Pope, Ep, to Arb. AYBITION see Fame, Glory, Pride.
[169. Raleigh. Fain would I climb, but that I fear to fall. Q. El. If thy mind fail thee, do not climb at all. Scott, Ken.XVII
Fling away ambition ;
I have ventur'd
Sh. H. VIII. III. 2.
Sh. Jul. C. II. 1.
I have no spur
Sh. Macb. I. 7.
Davenant, Playhouse to let. To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell : Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav'n.
Milton, P. L. 1. 262. But what will Ambition and Revenge Descend to? Who aspires, must down as low As high he soar'd, obnoxious, first or last, To basest things. Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere long, back on itself recoils. Milton, P. L. IX. 168. Ambition is a lust that's never quench'd, Grows more enflam'd, and madder by enjoyment.
Otway, Cai. Ma. Ambition is the dropsy of the soul, Whose thirst we must not yield to, but control. Sedley. Ambition ! the desire of active souls, That pushes them beyond the bounds of nature, And elevates the hero to the Gods.
Rowe, Am. Slep. Ambition hath but two steps : the lowest, Blood; the highest, envy.
Lilly, Midas. Ambition hath one heel nail'd in hell, Though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. Ib. What various wants on power attend ! Ambition never gains its end. Who hath not heard the rich complain Of surfeit and corporeal pain ? And barr'd from every use of wealth, Envy the ploughman's strength and health. Guy, Fable. 5. Ambition is an idol, on whose wings Great minds are carry'd only to extreme; To be sublimely great, or to be nothing. Southern, Loy. Bro. The fiery soul abhorr'd in Catiline, In Decius charms, in Curtius is divine : The same ambition can destroy or save, And make a patriot, as it makes a knave. Pope, Es. M.
17 AVDITION - continued.
Oh, sons of earth! attempt ye still to rise,
Pope, Es. M
Walpole, Myst. M. The true ambition there alone resides, Where justice vindicates, and wisdom guides ; Where inward dignity joins outward state, Our purpose good, as our achievement great ; Where public blessings, public praise attend, Where glory is our motive, not our end : Wouldst thou be famed ? have those high acts in view, Brave men would act, though scandal would ensue. Young, L.F. Fame is the shade of immortality, And in itself a shadow. Soon as caught, Contemn'd, it shrinks to nothing in the grasp., Young, N. T. Unnumber'd suppliants crowd preferment's gate,
(VII. Athirst for wealth, and burning to be great, Delusive fortune hears the incessant call, They mount, they shine, evaporate and fall.
Johnson, V. H. W.
Dream after dream ensues,
Cowper, Task. ini. 127.
Beattie, Mins. I, 1.
He who ascends on mountain-tops, shall find
Byron, Ch. H. III. 45.
Under the cope of high imperial state. Jo. Baillie, Ethw. 5. AMERICA.
Poor lost America, high honours missing,
Moore. Well-peace to the land ! may the people at length, Know that freedom is bliss, but that honour is strength; That though man have the wings of the fetterless wind, Of the wantonest air that the north can unbind, Yet if health do not sweeten the blast with her bloom, Nor virtue's aroma its pathway perfume, Unblest is the freedom and dreary the flight, That but wanders to ruin and wantons to blight !
Moore. America ! half brother of the world ! With something good and bad of every land; Greater than thee have lost their seatGreater scarce none can stand.
Bailey, Festus. Columbia, child of Britain,-noblest child ; I praise the glowing lustre of thy youth, And fain would see thy great heart reconciled To love the mother of so blest a birth; For we are one Columbia ; still the same In lineage, language, laws, and ancient fame, The natural nobility of earth.
Tupper, Lyrics. Thou, O, my country, bast thy foolish ways, Too apt to purr at every stranger's praise, But if the stranger touch thy modes or laws, Off goes the velvet, and out come the claws ! Holmes.
I have no urns, no dusty monuments;
Dryden. He that to ancient wreaths can bring no more Form his own worth, dies bankrupt on the score. Cleveland. Were honour to be scann'd by long descent From ancestors illustrious, I could vaunt A lineage of the greatest, and recount Among my fathers, names of ancient story, Heroes and god-like patriots, who subdued The world by arms and virtue ; But that be their own praise : Nor will I borrow merit from the dead, Myself an undeserver.
Rowe. What can ennoble sots, or slares, or cowards, Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards.Pope, E. U. iv.215. He stands for fame on his forefather's feet, By heraldry, prov'd valiant or discreet ! Young, L. F. s. 1. Let high birth triumph! what can be more great ? Nothing--but merit in a low estate.
Young. They that on glorious ancestors enlarge, Produce their debt, instead of their discharge.
Young I am one, Who finds within me a nobility That spurns the idle pratings of the great, And their mean boast of what their fathers were, While they themselves are fools effeminate, The scorn of all who know the worth of mind And virtue.