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Adullamites.— Politicians who combine to desert their Party at a crisis.

This nickname originated in the discussions on a Reform Bill introduced by Earl Russell's Government in 1866, when Mr. Bright referred to the powerful opposition among the supporters of the Government as a cave of Adullam," into which went “ everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented,” gathering themselves under the leadership of two of the ablest spirits in their party. This opposition from their “candid friends" wrecked the Government, which imme

diately resigned. The reference is to 1 Samuel xxii., 2. Adversity.-If thou faint in the day of ADVERSITY, thy strength is

small.—Proverbs, xxiv. 10.

In the ADVERSITY of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. -ROCHEFOUCAULD, Maxim 245.

In all cases of heart-ache, the application of another man's disappointment draws out the pain and allays the irritation. — LYTTON's Lady of Lyons.

Sweet are the uses of ADVERSITY,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head ;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

Advice.-ADVICE is often seen,
By blunting us, to make our wits more keen.

Ibid., Lover's Complaint. Affections.-Alas! our young AFFECTIONS run to waste,

Or water but the desert. —BYRON, Childe Harold.
Affliction.-AFFLICTION is the wholesome soil of virtue;

Where patience, honour, sweet humanity, .
Calm fortitude, take root, and strongly flourish.

AFFLICTION's sons are brothers in distress;
A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss !

BURNS, A Winter's Night. Age.-AGE cannot wither her, nor custom stale

Her infinite variety.-SHAKESPERE, Ant. and Cleo.

But an old AGE serene and bright,
And lovely as a Lapland night,
Shall lead thee to thy grave.-WORDSWORTH.
Crabbed AGE and youth
Cannot live together.-SHAKESPERE, Passionate Pilgrim.

Age.-Good old AGE.—Genesis, xv. 15.

His hair just grizzled

As in a green old AGE.-DRYDEN, Edipus.

Me, let the tender office long engage
To rock the cradle of reposing AGE,

With lenient arts extend a mother's breath,

Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death;
Explore the thought, explain the asking eye,

And keep awhile one parent from the sky.-POPE. To Arbuthnot.

Ages.-Alike all AGES: dames of ancient days

Have led their children through the mirthful maze;
And the gay grandsire, skill'd in gestic lore,

Has frisk'd beneath the burden of threescore.

GOLDSMITH, Traveller.

Yet I doubt not through the AGES one increasing purpose runs,
And the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the
TENNYSON, Locksley Hall.


Agree. Where they do AGREE on the stage, their unanimity is wonderful.-SHERIDAN, The Critic.


Aim.-Let all the ends thou AIM'ST at be thy country's,

Thy God's, and truth's.-SHAKESPERE, Henry VIII.

Aisle.—Where, through the long-drawn AISLE and fretted vault,
The pealing anthem swells the note of praise.—GRAY, Elegy.
Ale. A quart of ALE is a dish for a king.

SHAKESPERE, Winter's Tale.

Allegory. As headstrong as an ALLEGORY on the banks of the Nile. (Mrs. Malaprop.)-SHERIDAN, The Rivals.

Alliteration. Apt ALLITERATION'S artful aid.

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CHURCHILL, Prophecy of Famine. All-the-Talents Administration.-An ADMINISTRATION formed by Lord Grenville on the death of Mr. Pitt (June 23, 1806). The friends of this ministry gave it the appellation of All the Talents,' which, being echoed in derision by the opposition, became fixed upon it ever after. The death of Mr. Fox, one of the members, Sept. 13, 1806, led to various changes, and this ministry was finally dissolved in March, 1807.

Almighty Dollar.-A personification of the supposed object of American idolatry, intended as a satire upon the prevailng passion for gain. The expression originated with Washington Irving:-"THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages."-The Creole Village.

Alone.-ALONE, alone, all, all alone,

Alone on a wide, wide sea.-COLERIDGE, Ancient Mariner.

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ALONE !—that worn-out word,
So idly spoken, and so coldly heard ;
Yet all that poets sing, and grief hath known,
Of hopes laid waste, knells in that word-Alone!

LYTTON, The New Timon.
They are never ALONE that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
-Sir PHILIP SIDNEY, Arcadia.
Why should we faint and fear to live ALONE,

Since all alone, so Heaven has willed, we die,
Nor even the tenderest heart, and next our own,
Knows half the reasons why we smile and sigh.

KEBLE, Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity. Ambassador.–An AMBASSADOR is an honest man sent to lie abroad

for the commonwealth.—Sir H. WOTTON. Ambition.–AMBITION hath one heel nail'd in hell,

Though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. -LILLY.

AMBITION is the mind's immodesty.—DAVENANT.
AMBITION, like a torrent, ne'er looks back-
And is a swelling and the last affection
A high mind can put off ; being both a rebel
Unto the soul and reason, and enforceth
All laws, all conscience, treads upon religion,
And offereth violence to nature's self.-BEN JONSON.
Banish the canker of AMBITIOUS thoughts.

I charge thee, fling away AMBITION :
By that sin fell the angels.— Ibid., Henry VIII.

I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent; but only
Vaulting AMBITION, which o'erleaps itself,
And falls on the other side.-Ibid., Macbeth.
Lowliness is young AMBITION's ladder,
Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
But when he once obtains the upmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By whioh he did ascend.-Ibid., Julius Cæsar.
When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept :

AMBITION should be made of sterner stuff.-Ibid.
Amen.-I had most need of blessing, and " AMEN

Stuck in my throat.-Ibid., Macbeth. Angel.—The accusing spirit, which flew up to heaven's chancery with

the oath, blushed as he gave it in; and the recording ANGEL, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out for ever. -STERNE, Tristram Shandy.

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Angels. But, sad as ANGELS for the good man's sin,
Weep to record, and blush to give it in.

CAMPBELL, Pleasures of Hope.

ANGELS and ministers of grace, defend us!


ANGELS are bright still, though the brightest fell.

Ibid., Macbeth.

Thy purpose firm is equal to the deed:
Who does the best his circumstance allows,
Does well, acts nobly; ANGELS could no more.

YOUNG, Night Thoughts.

Angel-Visits.-Cease, every joy, to glimmer on my mind,
But leave-oh! leave the light of Hope behind!
What though my winged hours of bliss have been,
Like ANGEL-VISITS, few and far between.

CAMPBELL, Pleasures of Hope.

Angels' Visits.-How fading are the joys we dote upon!
Like apparitions seen and gone;

But those which soonest take their flight
Are the most exquisite and strong;
Like ANGELS' VISITS, short and bright,
Mortality's too weak to bear them long.

JOHN MORRIS, 1711, The Parting.

The good he scorn'd

Stalked off reluctant, like an ill-us'd ghost,
Not to return; or, if it did, in VISITS

Like those of ANGELS, short and far between.

BLAIR, The Grave. Anger.-ANGER is like a full hot horse; who, being allowed his way, self-mettle tires him.-SHAKESPERE, Henry VIII.

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ANGER is the most impotent passion that accompanies the mind of man; it effects nothing it goes about; and hurts the man who is possessed by it more than any other against whom it is directed. -CLARENDON.

He carries ANGER as the flint bears fire;

Which, much enforced, shows a hasty spark,

And straight is cold again.-SHAKESPERE, Julius Cæsar.

Men in rage strike those that wish them best.-Ibid., Othello. Angle. I am, sir, a brother of the ANGLE.-WALTON, Angier. Angling. All that are lovers of virtue,


be quiet, and go

ANGLING is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so.— Ibid.

Angling. We may say of ANGLING as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries, "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did:" and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.—Ibid.

Annals. If you have writ your ANNALS true, 'tis there,

That, like an eagle in a dove-cote, I

Flutter'd your Volscians in Corioli:

Alone I did it.-Boy !-SHAKESPERE, Coriolanus.

Nor grandeur hear with a disdainful smile

The short and simple ANNALS of the poor.-GRAY, Elegy.

Annie. ANNIE of Tharaw, my light and my sun,
The threads of our two lives are woven in one.

LONGFELLOW, Annie of Tharaw. Another, yet the same.--POPE, Dunciad, book iii. TICKELL, From a Lady in England. JOHNSON, Life of Dryden. DARWIN, Botanic Garden, pt. i. canto 4, line 380. WORDSWORTH, The Excursion, book ix. SCOTT, The Abbot, ch. 1.

Apoplexy.-A slight touch of APOPLEXY may be called a retaining fee on the part of death.-MENAGE.

Apothecary.—I do remember an APOTHECARY,

And hereabouts he dwells.-SHAKESPERE, Romeo and Juliet.
Applaud. I would APPLAUD thee to the very echo,
That should applaud again.—Ibid., Macbeth.

Apples.-There's small choice in rotten APPLES.

Ibid., Taming of the Shrew.

While tumbling down the turbid stream,

Lord love us, how we APPLES swim !-D. MALLETT, Tyburn.

Arabie. Sabean odours from the spicy shore
Of ARABIE the blest.-MILTON, Paradise Lost.

Arch. Triumphal ARCII that fill'st the sky,
When storms prepare to part;

I ask not proud Philosophy

To teach me what thou art.

THOMAS CAMPBELL, To the Rainbow.

Arguing. In ARGUING, too, the parson own'd his skill,
For e'en though vanquished, he could argue still;
While words of learned length and thund'ring sound
Amazed the gazing rustics ranged around;
And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew
That one small head should carry all he knew.

GOLDSMITH, Deserted Village. Argument.-A knock-down ARGUMENT 'tis but a word and a blow. DRYDEN, Amphitryon.

It would be ARGUMENT for a week, laughter for a month, and a good jest for ever.- SHAKESPERE, Henry IV.

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