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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 66 66 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 immediately 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,
SHAKESPERE, As You Like It.
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,
MALLET AND THOMSON.
AFFLICTION's sons are brothers in distress;
BURNS, A Winter's Night.
Age.-AGE cannot wither her, nor custom stale
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
With lenient arts extend a mother's breath,
Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death;
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;
Yet I doubt not through the AGES one increasing purpose runs,
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.
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.
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 devotior 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.
Why should we faint and fear to live ALONE,
Since all alone, so Heaven has willed, we die,
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, like a torrent, ne'er looks back-
A high mind can put off; being both a rebel
ALONE!-that worn-out word,
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.
SHAKESPERE, Henry VI.
I charge thee, fling away AMBITION:
By that sin fell the angels.—Ibid., Henry VIII.
When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept :
Amen. I had most need of blessing, and " AMEN
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.
Angels. But, sad as ANGELS for the good man's sin,
CAMPBELL, Pleasures of Hope.
ANGELS and ministers of grace, defend us!
ANGELS are bright still, though the brightest fell.
Thy purpose firm is equal to the deed:
Angel-Visits.-Cease, every joy, to glimmer on my mind,
YOUNG, Night Thoughts.
Angels' Visits.-How fading are the joys we dote upon !
But those which soonest take their flight
JOIN MORRIS, 1711, The Parting.
CAMPBELL, Pleasures of Hope.
BLAIR, The Grave.
Anger.-ANGER is like a full hot horse; who, being allowed his way, self-mettle tires him.-SHAKESPERE, Henry VIII.
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,
That, like an eagle in a dove-cote, I
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,
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.
THOMAS CAMPBELL, To the Rainbow.
GOLDSMITH, Deserted Village.
It would be ARGUMENT for a week, laughter for a month, and a good jest for ever.- SHAKESPERE, Ilenry IV.