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Treason.-Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason ?
Why, if it prosper, none dare call it TREASON.

Sir J. HARRINGTON, Epigrams, bk iv. ep. 5.

Tree.- In the place where the TREE falleth, there it shall be.

Ecclesiastes xi. 3.

Trick.--I know a TRICK worth two of that.

SHAKESPERE, King Henry IV., part i. act ii. sc. 1.

Trifle.—Think naught a TRIFLE, though it small appear;

Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.—YOUNG, Love of Fame, satire vi. 1. 208.

Triton.-A TRITON among the minnows. A giant among pigmies.

This iş Shakesperian; but as the saying really is “ Triton of the minnows,” it has more of a satirical aspect than belongs to it as used by us. Triton was a sea deity-half man, half fish—who ruled the waves at pleasure.

True blue.-Presbyterian TRUE BLUE.

BUTLER, Hudibras, part i. canto i. 1. 191. Truth.–And TRUTH severe, by fairy fiction drest.

Gray, The Bard, iii. 3, 1. 3. - For TRUTH has such a face and such a mien, As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.

· DRYDEN, The Hind and Panther, 1. 33.

- For TRUTH is precious and divine, Too rich a pearl for carnal swine.

BUTLER, Hudibras, part ii. canto ii. 1. 257. - No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage

ground of TRUTH.-BACON, Essay 1, Of Truth.

O, while you live, tell TRUTH, and shame the Devil.

SHAKESPERE, King Henry IV., part i. act iii. sc. 1.

'Tis strange—but true ; for TRUTH is always strange; Stranger than fiction.—BYRON, Don Juan, canto xiv. st. 101.

TRUTH crushed to earth shall rise again :

The eternal years of God are hers;
But error, wounded, writhes with pain,

And dies among his worshippers.—BRYANT, The Battle-field.

TRUTH is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.-MILTON, The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce.

Truth.—Who ever knew TRUTH put to the worse, in a free and open

encounter ? - Ibid., Areopagitica.

Yet TRUTH will sometimes lend her noblest fires,
And decorate the verse herself inspires :
This fact, in Virtue's name, let Crabbe attest:
Though Nature's sternest painter, yet the best.

BYRON, English Bards, 1. 839. – I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smooth pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of TRUTH lay all undiscovered before me. -NEWTON. See BREWSTER's Memoirs of Newton, vol. ii. chap. 27.

Pilate saith unto him, What is TRUTH ?

St. John, chap. xviii. v. 38.
TRUTH from his lips prevail'd with double sway,
And fools, who came to scoff, remain'd to pray.

GOLDSMITH, Deserted Village, 1. 179.

Truth is TRUTH
To the end of reckoning.

SHAKESPERE, Measure for Measure, act v. sc. 1.

Tub.Every TUB must stand upon its own bottom.-RAY's Proverbs,

BUNYAN, Pilgrim's Progress. MACKLIN, Man of the World, act i. sc. 2.

Tweedledum.-Some say, compar'd to Bononcini,

That Mynheer Handel's but a ninny;
Others aver that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.
Strange all this difference should be
'Twixt TWEEDLEDUM and Tweedledee.

J. BYROM, 1762, On the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini. Ugliness.—Nothing keeps me in such awe as perfect beauty: now there is something consoling and encouraging in UGLINESS.

R. B. SHERIDAN, Duenna, act ii. sc. 2.

Unclasps.—UNCLASPs her warmèd jewels one by one.

KEATS, St. Agnes' Eve. Uncle.-Tut, tut! Grace me no grace, nor UNCLE me no uncle.

SHAKESPERE, King Richard II., act ii. sc. 3.

Unexpressive.-The fair, the chaste, the UNEXPRESSIVE she.

Ibid., As You Like It, act ii. sc. 2.

Union. A song for our banner? The watchword recall

Which gave the Republic her station :
“United we stand-divided we fall !"

It made and preserves us a nation !
The UNION of lakes —the union of lands

The union of States none can sever-
The union of hearts—the union of hands-
And the Flag of our Union for ever!

G. P. MORRIS, The Flag of our Union. Uniting.–By UNITING we stand, by dividing we fall.

DICKINSON, Liberty Song (1768). Unkennel.-UNKENNEL the fox.

SHAKESPERE, Merry Wives, act ii. sc. 3. Unlearn'd.Content if hence th' UNLEARN'D their wants may view, The learn'd reflect on what before they knew.

POPE, Essay on Criticism. Unsung.-There was a time, a blessèd time,

When hearts were fresh and young,
When freely gushed all feelings forth

Unsyllabled—UNSUNG.-MOTHERWELL, Jeanie Morrison.

Unwashed.-Another lean, UNWASHED artificer
Cuts off his tale, and talks of Arthur's death.

SHAKESPERE, King John, act iv. sc. 2

Clubs upstairs,
To which the UNWASHED artificer repairs.

COWPER, Table Talk, 1. 151.

Unwept.-UNWEPT, unhonoured, and unsung.

SCOTT, Lay of the Last Minstrel, canto vi. st. 1.

Urchin.-The shivering URCHIN, bending as he goes
With slipshod heels, and dewdrop at his nose.

COWPER, Truth, 1, 143.
Urns.—The dead, but scept’red sovereigns, who still rule

Our spirits from their URNS. —BYRON, Manfred, act iii. sc. 4. Use.—USE can almost change the stamp of nature.

SHAKESPERE, Hamlet, act iii. sc. 4. USE is the judge, the law, and rule of speech.

Ibid., Henry VI., part 1, act ii. sc. 1.

Utterance. That large UTTERANCE of the early gods.

KEATS, Hyperion.


Valet.-No one is a hero to his VALET. This phrase is commonly

attributed to Madame de Sévigné. On the authority of Madame Aisse, it belongs to Madame Cornuel.Lettres édit. J. Ravenal, 1853. Few men are admired by their servants.-MONTAIGNE, Essays, book iii. ch. 11. When Hermodotus in his poems described Antigonus as the son of Helios (the sun), “My valet-dechambre," said he, “is not aware of this.”—PLUTARCH, De Iside

et Osiride, ch. xxiv. Valour.-As much VALOUR is to be found in feasting as in fighting ;

and some of our city captains and carpet knights will make this good. and prove it.—BURTON, Anatomy of Melancholy, part 1, sec. 2, mem. 2, subs. 2.

Call old VALOUR from the grave.

BLOOMFIELD, Banks of the Wye, book ii.

My VALOUR is certainly going! it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out, as it were, at the palm of my hands.

SHERIDAN, T'he Rivals, act v. sc. 3.

Vanille.—You flavour everything ; you are the VANILLE of society.


Vanity.-All is VANITY and vexation of spirit. — Eccles. i. 14.

Vanity.–And not a VANITY is given in vain.

POPE, Essay on Man, Ep. ii. 1. 290.

The fool of VANITY; for her alone
He lives, loves, writes—and dies but to be known.

CANNING, New Morality.

VANITY of vanities, saith the preacher; vanity of vanities : all is vanity.-Eccles. i. 2, and xii. 8.

Vanity Fair.-In Bunyan's spiritual allegory, “ The Pilgrim's Progress,"

this is the name of a fair which was held all the year round in the town of Vanity. “It beareth the name because the town where it is kept is lighter than vanity (Ps. lxii. 9), and also because all that is there sold, or that cometh thither, is vanity." *

Variety.-Not chaos-like together crush'd and bruis'd,

But, as the world, harmoniously confus'd,
Where order in VARIETY we see,
And where, though all things differ, all agree.

POPE, Windsor Forest, 1. 13.

VARIETY alone gives joy;
The sweetest meats the soonest cloy.

PRIOR, The Turtle and Sparrow, 1. 234.

VARIETY's the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavour.

COWPER, The Task, book ii. ; The Timepiece, l. 606.

Vase.—You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will,
But the scent of the roses will hang round it still.

MOORE, Farewell! But whenever you welcome the hour.

* The origin and history of this fair are thus described : “ Almost five thousand years ago there were pilgrims walking to the Celestial City, and Beelzebub, Apollyon, and Legion, with their companions, perceiving by the path that the pilgrims made, that their way to the city lay through this town of Vanity, they contrived here to set up a fair-a fair wherein should be sold all sorts of vanity, and that it should last all the year long. Therefore, at this fair, are all such merchandise sold, as houses, lands, trades, places, honours, preferments, titles, countries, kingdoms, lusts, pleasures, and delights of all sorts, as harlots, wives, husbands, children, lives, blood, bodies, souls, silver, gold, pearls, precious stones, and what not. And, moreover, at this fair, there is, at all times, to be seen jugglings, cheats, games, fools, knaves, rogues, and that of every kind.

Now, as I saiil, the way to the Celestial City lies just through this town where this lusty fair is kept; and he that would go to the city, and yet not go through this town, must needs go out of the world."

Thackeray has made use of the name of Vanity Fair as the title of his satirical novel.

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