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Earthly bliss.
Give me my hearth, my roof-tree well-defiled
With welcome reek, a spring and herbage wild,
A well-fed slave, and not too learn'd a wife,

Sound sleep by night, and days devoid of strife.-Ed. 2999. Μέγα βιβλίον μέγα κακόν. (Gr.) Callim.-A great book

is a great evil. 3000. Meglio amici da lontano che nemici d'appresso. (It.)-11

is better to be friends at a distance, than enemies near to

each other. 3001. Meglio è un magro accordo che una grassa sentenza. (It.)

Prov.-Better a lean agreement than a fat judgment.
Esto consentiens adversario tuo cito dum es in via cum eo. (L.)
Vulg. Matt. v. 25.–Agree with thine adversary quickly whilst thou

art in the way with him. 3002. Meglio solo che mal accompagnato. (It.) Prov.It is

better to be alone than in bad company. 3003. Meglio tardi che mai. (It.) Prov.Better late than never. 3004. Mehr Licht! (G.) Goethe.More light! His last words. 3005. Μή κακά κερδαίνειν κακά κέρδεα τσ' άτησιν. (Gr.) Hes.

Op. 352.—Do not make evil gains : they are equal to

losses. 3006. My kivet Kapapívav. (Gr.) Prov.-Do not stir Camarina.

Let well alone. 3007. Meléty tò tav. (Gr.)--Practice is everything.

Saying of Periander, one of the seven wise men of Greece. The word also includes the notion of attention and application. To Tâv=the whole; all that can be conceived or expressed ; the

universe. 3008. Me liceat casus misereri insontis amici. (L.) Virg. A. 5, 350.

Let me be suffered to extend

Compassion to a helpless friend.-Conington. 3009. Mel in ore, verba lactis, Fel in corde, fraus in factis.

(L.) Words of milk, and honied tongue :

Heart of gall and deeds of wrong. -Ed. 3010. Melior (or Potior) est conditio possidentis. (L.) Law

Max.The claim of the party in possession is the better of the two. Cf. Favorabiliores rei potius quam actores habentur, The case of the defendant shall be favoured rather than that of the plaintiff

. Where it appears

that the plaintiff has no cause of action, the Court will never favour his suit.

3011. Melioribus auspiciis. (L.)Under better auspices. 3012. Melius est cavere semper, quam pati semel. (L.) Prov.

It is better to be always on one's guard, than once to suffer. This saying Julius Cæsar used to reverse, holding that it was better to suffer once than to live in continual

apprehension. Melius est pati semel, quam cavere semper. 3013. Melius omnibus quam singulis creditur. Singuli enim

decipere et decipi possunt: nemo omnes, neminem omnes fefellerunt. (L.) Plin. Sec. Pan.-- More credence is reposed on united than on particular testimony. Individuals can both mislead and be misled: but no one man ever yet succeeded in imposing on the whole world, nor has the whole world ever combined to deceive one man. The universal consent of mankind must be taken as the

final decision on any given point. 3014. Melius, pejus, prosit, obsit, nil vident nisi quod lubet. (L.)

Ter. Heaut. 4, 1, 30.Better or worse, help or hurt, they

see nothing but what suits their humour. 3015. Melius te posse negares

Bis terque expertum frustra : delere jubebat
Et male tornatos incudi reddere versus.

(L.) Hor. A. P. 439.
Verse-making.
Tell him you found it hopeless to correct :
You've tried it twice and thrice without effect;
He'd calmly bid you make the three times four,

And take the unlicked cub in hand once more.-Conington. 3016. Membra reformidant mollem quoque saucia tactum : Vanaque sollicitis incutit umbra metum.

(L.) Ov. Ep. 2, 7, 13. Of the least touch a wounded limb's afraid :

And timorous souls are frightened at a shade. -Ed. 3017. Me, me (adsum, qui feci) in me convertite ferrum

O Rutuli: mea fraus omnis : nihil iste nec ausus,
Nec potuit; cælum hoc et conscia sidera testor.

(L.) Virg. A. 9, 427.
Nisus and Euryalus.
Me! me, he cried, turn all your swords alone
On me! The fact confess'd, the fault my own!
He neither could nor durst, the guiltless youth:
Yon heaven and stars bear witness to the truth.-Dryden.

3018. Memento mori. (L.)-Remember you must die. Motto of

the Order of the Death's Head.
A reminder of our latter end. The Egyptians passed round a skull
at their feasts for this purpose : and behind the Roman general in
his triumphal chariot stood a slave whispering in his ear, Respice
post te, hominem memento te, Look behind you, remember that you
are but a man. The Russian Tsars used to be presented with
specimens of marble at their Coronation, from which to select one

for their tombs. 3019. Meminerunt omnia amantes. (L.) Ov. Her. 15, 43.

Lovers remember everything. 3020. Memini etiam quæ nolo : oblivisci non possum quæ volo.

(L.) Themist. ap. Cic. Fin. 2, 32, 104.—I remember things I had rather not: and I am unable to forget those

I would. 3021. Memorabilia. (L.) - Things to be remembered. Things

worthy of record. 3022. Memorem immemorem facit, qui monet quod memor

meminit. (L.) Plaut. Ps. 4, 1, 30.—Who is for ever reminding a man of good memory of what he remembers,

makes him forget. 3023. Memoria pii in æterna. (L.)-The remembrance of the just

is eternal. Motto of Lord Sudeley. 3024. Memoria technica. (L.)

Artificial memory.

Lines or sentences so composed as to contain any series of things necessary to be remembered, such as dates and principal

events. 3025. Menace-moy de vivre et non pas de mourir. (Fr.) Salle

bray (1640), Troade.Threaten me with life and not with death. Andromache, Hector's wife, thus retorts on Ulysses in words that might well have been hurled in the face of Fouquier Tinville by the last survivor of

some aristocratic house during the Reign of Terror. 3026. Mendacem memorem esse oportet. (L.)

(L.) Quint. 4, 2, 91. -A liar should have a good memory. Corneille borrows the line for his Menteur, 4, 5 : Il faut bonne mémoire,

après qu'on a menti. 3027. Mendici, mimi, balatrones, hoc genus omne. (L.) Hor. S.

1, 2, 2.Beggars, buffoons, and jesters, all this class. Id genus omne, All that class, is often used in the same way to denote in a comprehensive manner any category or description of people or things.

3028. Mene fugis? per ego has lachrymas, dextramque tuam te

(Quando aliud mihi jam miseræ nihil ipsa reliqui)
Per connubia nostra, per inceptos Hymeneos;
Si bene quid de te merui, fuit aut tibi quicquam
Dulce meum, miserere domus labentis, et istam
Oro, siquis adhuc precibus locus, exue mentem.

(L.) Virg. A. 4, 314.
Dido's appeal to Æneas.
See whom you fly, am I the foe you shun?
Now, by those holy vows so late begun,
By this right hand (since I have nothing more
To challenge, but the faith you gave before) ;
I beg you by these tears so truly shed,
By the new pleasures of our nuptial bed ;
If ever Dido, when you most were kind,
Were pleasing in your eyes, or touch'd your mind,
By these my pray’rs, if pray’rs may yet have place,

Pity the fortunes of a fallen race. —Dryden. 3029. Me nemo ministro Fur erit. (L.) Juv. 3, 46.—No man

shall have my help to play the thief. 3030. Me non solum piget stultitiæ meæ, sed etiam pudet. (L.)

Cic. I am more than annoyed, I am ashamed at my

folly. 3031. Mens æqua rebus in arduis. (L.)Self-controlled in diffi

culties. Motto of Viscount Hardinge and, omitting

rebus, of Warren Hastings. 3032. Mens agitat molem. (L.) Virg. A. 6, 727.-A mind

moves the mass. Said of the celestial principle of life supposed to animate the universe in all its parts. The disciples of St Simon adopted the words as motto for their scheme of regeneration of the masses by the lights

of the “New Christianity." 3033. Mens conscia recti. (L.)- A mind conscious of rectitude.

Motto of Viscount Ashbrook. 3034. Mens cujusque is est quisque : non ea figura que digito

demonstrari potest. (L.) Cic. Rep. 6, 24, 26.-The mind is the man, not the human body which can be pointed out with the finger. First five words, Motto of

Earl of Cottenham. 3035. Mens immota manet, lacrimæ volvuntur inanes.

(L.) Virg. A. 4, 449. Unchanged his heart's resolves remain, And falling tears are idle rain.—Conington.

3036. Mens regnum bona possidet. (L.) Sen. Thyest. 380.-A

good conscience is a kingdom.

My mind to me a kingdom is
Such perfect joy therein I find.

-Byrd, Psalmes and Sonnets, 1588. 3037. Mens soluta quædam et libera, segregata ab omni concre

tione mortali, omniaque sentiens et movens, ipsaque prædita motu sempiterno. (L.) Cic. Tusc. 1, 27, 66.

Conception of the Divine Being. A mind, acting freely and independently, entirely separated from all earthly matter, conscious of all and moving all; itself being

endowed with a perpetual motion of its own. 3038. Mentem peccare, non corpus; et, unde consilium abfuerit,

culpam abesse. (L.) Liv. 1, 58, 9.-The mind sins, not the body, and where there is no criminal intention, there

is no guilt. 3039. Mentis penetralia. (L.) Ambros. in Luc. Lib. 9, p. 240

(Ed. Paris, 1586).—The inmost recesses of the mind. The

secrets of the heart. 3040. Me pinguem et nitidum bene curata cute vises Quum ridere voles, Epicuri de grege porcum.

(L.) Hor. Ep. 1, 4, 15. Ask you of me? you'll laugh to see me grown

A hog of Epicurus, full twelve stone. -Conington. 3041. Me quoque Musarum studium sub nocte silenti Artibus assuetis sollicitare solet.

(L.) Claud. Præf. in Sext. Con. 11. Me too the study of the Muse invites

With wonted charm upon the silent nights. -Ed. 3042. Merses profundo pulcrior evenit;

Luctere, multa proruet integrum
Cum laude victorem. (L.) Hor. C. 4, 4, 65.
Plunged in the deep, it mounts to sight

More splendid ; grappled, it will quell

Unbroken powers.- Conington. Pliny says of the crocus (H.N. 21, 6, 17, § 34), Gaudet calcari et atteri, pereundoque melius provenit. - It loves to be trodden and

bruised under foot, and the more it is destroyed, the better it thrives. 3043. Mes jours s'en sont allez errant. (Fr.) Villon, Grand

Testament.- My days are gone a wandering. Cf. Vulg.

Iob. vii. 6. 3044. Messe tenus propria vive. (L.) Pers. 6, 25.—Live within

your proper means, lit. harvest.

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