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The present is, in many respects, a more reflective volume than its predecessor: for it is scarcely possible to illustrate the Ages of Man without

Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears. This is one of the byways of the book : its highway lies through the crowded city, and upon “the full tide of human affairs ;" and the Experiences here set down are, in common parlance, original, and have been chiefly garnered throughout a long life, in which truthful observation has been the cardinal aim.

With these few words of introduction, I commend to your indulgence this volume of Things to be Remembered in Daily Life, in the hope that its contents may be considered worthy of the reminiscence.

London, March 1863.

ERRATUM. Page 20. The Terrace, New Palace-yard, Westminster, was taken down in the spring of 1863; the Sun-dial had previously been removed.


Time. The conventional personification of Time, with which every one is familiar, is the figure of Saturn, god of Time, represented as an old man, holding a scythe in his hand, and a serpent with its tail in its mouth, emblematical of the revolutions of the year: sometimes he carries an hour-glass, occasionally winged ; to him is attributed the invention of the scythe. He is bald, except a lock on the forehead; hence Swift says: “Time is painted with a lock before, and bald behind, signifying thereby that we must take him (as we say) by the forelock; for when it is once passed, there is no recalling it.”

The scythe occurs in Shirley's lines, written early in the seventeenth century:

The glories of our blood and state

Are shadows, not substantial things ;
There is no armour against fate;
Death lays his icy hand on kings.

Sceptre and crown

Must tumble down,
And in the dust be equal made

With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
Shakspeare prefers the scythe:

Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth,

And delves the parallels in beauty's brow,
Feeds on the rarities of nature's truth,

And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow.
The stealthiness of his flight is also told by Shakspeare :

Let's take the instant by the forward top ;
For we are old, and our quick’st decrees
The inaudible and noiseless foot of Time
Steals ere we can effect them.


Mayne thus quaintly describes his flight:

Time is the feather'd thing,
And whilst I praise
The sparklings of thy locks, and call them rays,
Takes wing-
Leaving behind him, as he flies,

An unperceived dimness in thine eyes.
Gascoigne also thus paints the flight:

The heavens on high perpetually do move;

By minutes' meal the hour doth steal away,
By hours the days, by days the months remove,

And then by months the years as fast decay ;

Yea, Virgil's verse and Túlly's truth do say,
That Time flieth, and never clasps her wings;

But rides on clouds, and forward still she flings.
Shakspeare pictures him as the fell destroyer :
Misshapen time, copesmate of ugly night;

Swift subtle post, carrier of grisly care ;
Eater of youth, false slave to false delight,

Base watch of woes, sin's pack-horse, virtue's snare :

Thou nursest all, and murderest all that are.
And Spenser brands him as

Wicked Time, that all good thoughts doth waste,

And workes of noblest wits to naught outweare. The present section partakes much of the aphoristic character, which has its recommendatory advantages.Bacon says: “ Aphorisms representing a knowledge broken do invite men to inquire further; whereas methods, carrying the show of a total, do secure men as if they were at farthest.” Again : “Nor do apophthegms only serve for ornament and delight, but also for action and civil use, as being the edge-tools of speech, which cut and penetrate the knots of business and affairs."

Coleridge is of opinion that, exclusively of the Abstract Sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of Aphorisms; and the greatest and best of men is but an Aphorism.

Truths, of all others the most awful and interesting, are too often considered as so true, that they lose all the power of truth, and lie bedridden in the dormitory of the soul, side by side with the most despised and exploded errors.

“ There is one way of giving freshness and importance to


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