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WEALTH —see Gold, Income, Independence, Money, Riches.
If thou art rich, thou art poor ; For, like an ass, whose back with ingots bows, Thou bears't thy heavy riches but a journey, And death unloads thee.
Sh. M. for V. m. 1. Yet in thy thriving still misdoubt some evil ; Lest gaining gain on thee, and make thee dim To all things else. Wealth is the conjurer's devil ; Whom when he thinks he hath, the devil hath him. Gold thou may'st safely touch ; but if it stick Unto thy hands, it woundeth to the quick. Herbert, Temple. 'Tis not those orient pearls our teeth, That you are so transported with : But those we wear about our necks, Produce those amorous effects. Butler, Hud. Ludy's Ans. 65. That wealth, which bounteous fortune sends As presents to her dearest friends, Is oft laid out upon a purchase Of two yards long in parish churches. Buller, Sat. 11. For wealth is all things that conduce To man's destruction or his use; A standard both to buy and sell All things from heaven down to hell. Butler, Sat. 11. We frequently misplace esteem, By judging men by what they seem, To birth, wealth, power, we should allow Precedence, and our lowest bow. Gay, Fabie 3, pt. 2. We know that wealth well understood, Hath frequent power of doing good; Then fancy that the thing is done, As if the power and will were one ; Thus oft the cheated crowd adore The thriving knaves that keep them poor. 16. 3, pt. 2. Wealth in the gross is death, but life diffus'd ; As poison heals in just proportions us'd ; In heaps, like ambergris, a stink it lies, But well dispers’d is incense to the skies. Pope, M.E. 11. 263. Can wealth give happiness ? look around, and see What gay distress! what splendid misery! Whatever fortunes lavishly can pour, The mind annihilates, and calls for more. Young, L.of F. sat. 5.
Wealth imparts Convenience, plenty, elegance, and arts. Goldsmith.
WEALTH -WEDDING, WEDLOCK.
To purchase heaven, has gold the power P
Can gold remove the mortal hour?
In life, can love be bought with gold ?
Are friendship's pleasures to be sold ?
No; all that's worth a wish-a thought-
Fair virtue gives unbrib’d, unbought;
Cease, then, on trash thy hopes to bind,
Let nobler views engage thy mind. Dr. Johnson, to a Friend.
Perhaps he hath great projects in his mind,
To build a college, or to found a race,
An hospital, a church—and leave behind
Some dome surmounted by his meagre face,
Perhaps he fain would liberate mankind
Even with the very ore which makes them base ;
Perhaps he would be wealthiest of his nation,
Or revel in the joys of calculation. Byron, D J. XII. 10.
Wealth is substantial good the fates allot :
We know we have it, or we have it not.
But all those graces, which men highly rate,
Their minds themselves imagine and create.
These grains of gold are not grains of wheat !
These bars of silver thou canst not eat;
These jewels and pearls and precious stones
Cannot cure the aches in thy bones,
Nor keep the feet of death one hour
From climbing the stairways of thy tower!
Longfellow, Kambalu. WEDDING, WEDLOCK -see Love, Marriage.
How happy a thing were a wedding,
And a bedding,
If a man might purchase a wife
For a twelvemonth and a day;
But to live with her all a man's life,
For ever and for aye,
Till she grow as grey as a cat,
Good faith, Mr. Parson, excuse me from that. Thos. Flatman.
Grave authors say, and witty poets sing,
That honest wedlock is a glorious thing. Pope, Jan.& May, 21.
Talk but six times with the same single lady,
And you may get the wedding dresses ready.
Byron, D. J. xii. 59.
WEDDING, WEDLOCK –continued.
Now, whether fate decreed this pair should wed,
And blindly drove them to the marriage bed ;
Or whether love in some soft hour inclin'd
The damsel's heart, and won her to be kind,
Is yet unsung: they were an ill-match'd pair,
But both disposed to wed-and wed they were.
Crabbe, Birth of Flattery. Now 't is the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted ; Suffer them now, and they 'll o'errun the garden,
And choke the herbs for wantof husbandry. Sh. Hen. VI. 2,111. 1. WEEPING--see Distress, Misery, Mourning, Sorrow.
The eye that weeps, shall yet be dry,
And cloudless as a summer sky:
Though watering now with countless tears,
The garden of departed years.
The eye that weeps shall yet be bright
As golden morning's flashing light;
Though clouded be its ray awhile,
That eye shall beam a radiant smile. W. H. Prideaux. WELCOME.
Sir, you are very welcome to our house ;
It must appear in other ways than words,
Therefore I scant this breathing courtesy. Sh. M. of Ven. v. 1.
A general welcome from his grace
Salutes ye all: this night he dedicates
To fair content, and you : none here, he hopes,
In all this noble bevy, has brought with her
One care abroad; he would have all as merry
As first-good company, good wine, good welcome
Can make good people.
Sh. Hen. VIII.1. 4.
A hundred thousand welcomes : I could weep,
And I could laugh ; I am light and heavy-welcome!
Sh. Coriol. 11. 1. To say you are welcome, were superfluous. Sh. Peric. 11. 3.
I am glad to see you well, Horatio-or I do forget myself.
Sh. Ham. I. 2. When Hamilton appears, then dawns the day,
And when she disappears, begins the night. WHIGS-see Politicians.
Lansdowne, To the Duchess. Nought's permanent among the human race, Except the Whigs not getting into place. Byron, D. J. xi. 82. But bees, on flowers alighting, cease their hum, So, settling upon places, Whigs grow dumb.
Thos. Moore, Corruption, 161.
Be it fable or truth, about Whittington's youth,
Which the tale of the magical ding-dong imparts;
Yet the story that tells of the boy and the bells,
Has a might and a meaning for many sad hearts.
That boy sat him down, and look'd back on the town,
Where merchants, and honours, and money were rife ;
With his wallet and stick, little fortuneless Dick
Was desponding, till fairy chimes gave him new life,
Saying, • Turn again, Whittington !
And up rose the boy, with the impulse of joy,
And a vision that saw not the dust at his feet;
And retracing his road, he was found, with his load,
In the city that gave him its loftiest seat.
Hope, patience, and will, made him bravely fulfil
What the eloquent tone of the chimes had foretold ;
And that echo still came, breathing light on his name,
When by chance his hard fortune seemed rayless and cold,
Saying, Turn again, Whittington!'
May widows wed as often as they can,
And ever for the better change their man ;
And some devouring plague pursue their lives,
Who will not well be govern'd by their wives.
Dryden, Wife of Bath, 543. Why are those tears ? why droops your
head: Is then your other husband dead ? Or does a worse disgrace betide ? Hath no one since his death applied ? Gay, Fable 37. Thus, day by day, and month by month, we pass'd ; It pleas'd the Lord to take my spouse at last. I tore my gown, I soild my locks with dust, And beat my breasts
-as wretched widows must : Before
handkerchief I spread,
To hide the flood of tears I did-not shed.
Pope, Wife of Bath, 307.
The widow can bake, an' the widow can brew,
The widow can shape, and the widow can sew.
Ramsay, Gentle Shepherd.
See, but glance briefly, sorrow-worn and pale,
Those sunken cheeks beneath the widow's veil !
Alone she wanders where with him she trod,
Noarm to stay her ;-but she leans on God. O.W.Holmes (Am.).
When'er you see a widow weeping
In public sight,
And still in flagrant notice keeping
Her doleful plight,
Aye talking of her dear departed;
One truth is plain,
She will not languish broken-hearted,
But wed again.
Chas. Mackay, Safe Predictions. WIFE, WIVES — see Love, Marriage.
Give me, next good, an understanding wife,
By nature wise, not learned by much art;
Some knowledge on her side will all my life
More scope for conversation then impart,
Besides her inborn virtue fortify;
They are most good who best know why. Sir Thos. Overbury.
Happy in this, she is not yet so old,
But she may learn ; and happier than this,
She is not bred so dull but she can learn ;
Happiest of all, is, that her gentle spirit
Commits itself to yours, to be directed. Sh. M. of Ven. 111. 2.
She is mine own;
And I as rich in having such a jewel,
As twenty seas, if all their sands were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold. Sh. Two G. 11. 4.
We'll leave a proof, by that which we will do,
Wives may be merry, and yet honest too. Sh. Mer. W. 1v. 2.
I will be master of what is mine own:
She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,
My household-stuff, my field, my barn,
My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing. Sh. Tam. S. 11. 2.
I am asham'd, that women are so simple
To offer war where they should kneel for peace :
Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey. Sh.Tam.S.v.2.
Should all despair,
That have revolted wives, the tenth of mankind
Would hang themselves.
Sh. Wint. T. 1. 2.
You are my true and honourable wife ;
As dear to me as are the ruddy drops
That visit my sad heart.
Sh. Jul. C. 11. 1. As for my wife, I would you had her spirit in such another : The third o' the world is yours; which with a snafile You may pace easy, but not such a wife. Sh. Ant. Cleop. 11. 2.