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Though wit never can be learn'd,
Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel, 1. 163. Wit in northern climates will not blow, Except, like orange trees, 'tis housed from snow. Pope. Some, to whom Heaven in wit has been profuse, Want as much more to turn it to its use; For wit and judgment often are at strife, Though meant each other's aid, like man and wife.
Pope, E. C. 80. Some to conceit alone their taste confine, And glittering thoughts struck out at ev'ry line ; Pleas'd with a work where nothing's just or fit; One glaring chaos and wild heap of wit. Pope, E. C. 289. True wit is nature to advantage dress’d, What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressid, Something whose truth, convinc'd at sight, we find, That gives us back the image of our mind. Pope, E.C. 297. Modest plainness sets off sprightly wit, For works may have more wit than does 'em good, As bodies perish through excess of blood. Pope, E. C. 302. A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits. Pope, Dunc. iv. 90.
The pride of nature would as soon admit
Young, Ep. to Pope, 11. 80.
Wit, how delicious to man's dainty taste! 'Tis precious as the vehicle of sense ; But, as its substitute, a dire disease ; Pernicious talent! flatter'd by the world, By the blind world, which thinks the talent rare. Wisdom is rare-wit abounds. Passion can give it; sometimes wine inspires The lucky flash and madness rarely fails. 10. N. T. vir. 1219. As in smooth oil, the razor best is whet, So wit is by politeness sharpest set; Their want of edge from their offence is seen : Both pain us least when exquisitely keen. Ib. L. of. F. 11. 118. What though wit tickles P tickling is unsafe, If still 'tis painful while it makes us laugh ; Who, for the poor renown of being smart, Would leave a sting within a brother's heart. Ib. L. of F.11.153. How hard soe'er it be to bridle wit, Yet memory oft no less requires the bit. Stillingflect
. The rays of wit gild wheresoe'er they strike, But are not therefore fit for all alike; They charm the lively, but the grave offend, And raise a foe as often as a friend.
Stilling fleet. He says but little, and that little said Owes all its weight, like loaded dice, to lead ; His wit invites you by his looks to come, But when you knock, it never is at home. Cowper, Conver. 303.
A Christian's wit is inoffensive light,
Men famed for wit, of dangerous talents vain,
To cut as well as shine. Notes and Queries, Aug. 11th, 1866. WITCHES.
What are these,
Sh. Macb. 1. 3.
Sh. Macb. iv. 4.
These midnight hags, By force of potent spells, of bloody characters, And conjurations, horrible to hear, Call fiends and spectres from the yawning deep, And set the ministers of hell at work. Rowe, Jane Shore. I’spy'd a wither'd hag, with age grown double, Picking dry sticks, and mumbling to herself; Her eyes with scalding rheum, were gall’d and red, Cold palsy shook her head, her hands seem'd wither'd, And on her crooked shoulders had she wrapp'd The tatter'd remnants of an old striped hanging,
Which sert'd to keep her carcase from the cold. Otway, Orph. WOES —see Adversity, Grief, Sorrow.
So many miseries have craz'd my voice,
Woes cluster ; rare are solitary woes ;
Young, N. T. III. 63. No words suffice the secret soul to show,
And truth denies all eloquence to woe. Byron, Corsair, 111.22. WOMAN, WOMEN —see anger, Coquette, Courtship, Frailty, Love,
Maidens, Ruling Passion, Secrecy. He water ploughs and soweth in the sand And hopes the flickering wind with net to hold, Who hath his hopes laid on a woman's hand. Sir P. Sydney. Trust not the treason of those smiling looks, Until
ye have their guileful trains well tried, For they are like unto the golden hooks, That from the foolish fish their baits do hide. Ed. Spenser. Extremely mad the man I surely deom, That weens with watch and hard restraint to stay A woman's will, which is dispos’d to go astray. Ed. Spencer. A woman's love is river-like, which stopt will overflow; And when the current finds no let, it often falls too low. There cannot be a greater clog to man,
Women are frail,
Sh. M. for M. 11. 4.
Sh. Mid. N. 11. 2. What? I! I love! I sue! I seek a wife! A woman, that is like a German clock, Still a repairing, ever out of frame, And never going aright; being a watch, And being watch'd that it may still go right!
Sh. Love's L. L. II. 1. If ladies be but young and fair, They have the gift to know it.
Sh. As Y. L.11.7.
699 WOMAN, WOMEN-continued.
All that life can rato Worth name of life, in thee hath estimate : Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, virtue, all That happiness and prime can happy call. Sh. All's 1.11.1. Why are our bodies soft, and weak, and smooth, Unapt to toil and trouble in the world ; But that our soft conditions, and our hearts, Should well agree with our external parts. Sh. Tam. S. v. 2. 'Tis a good hearing, when children are toward : But a harsh hearing, when women are froward. Sh.Tam.S.v.2. 'Tis beauty, that doth oft make women proud ; 'Tis virtue, that doth make them most admired; 'Tis modesty, that makes them seem divine. Sh. Hen. V1.3,1 4. Women are soft, mild, pitiful, and flexible ; Thou stern, obdurate, flinty, rough, remorseless.
Sh. Hen. VI. 3, 1. 4. Two women plac'd together makes cold weather.
Sh. Hen. VIII. I. 4. A woman impudent and mannish grown Is not more soath'd, than an effeminate man In time of action.
Sh. Troil. III, 3. O most delicate friend ! Who is't can read a woman ?
Sk. Cymb. v. 5. Proper deformity seems not in the fiend So horrid, as in woman.
Sh. Lear, iv.2. You are pictures out of doors, Bells in your parlours, wild cats in your kitchens, Saints in your injuries, devils being offended, Players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds.
Šh. Oth. 11. 1. Have you not heard it said full oft, A woman's nay doth stand for naught? Sh. Pass. Pilg. 17. Among the many rare and special gifts, That in the female sex are found to sit, This one is chief, that they at merest shifts Give best advice, and shew most ready wit; But man, except he chew and think and sift, How every part may answer to their fit, By rash abuse doth often over-shoot him, And doth accept the things that do not boot him. J. Wecver.