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Lenibus atque utinam scriptis adjuncta foret vis,

Comica ut æquato virtus polleret honore

Cum Græcis. I wish that his (Terence's) smoothly-flowing lines had such force, as to make his comic talents take equal rank with the Greek dramatists. Cæsar is far from denying Terence a comica virtus, but only considers it as falling short of the Greek models.

5267. Vis consili expers mole ruit sua;

Vim temperatam Di quoque provehunt

In majus iidem odere vires

Omne nefas animo moventes. (L.) Hor. C. 3, 4, 65.
Mere senseless force of its own weight

Must needs be wrecked; but force controll'd
The Gods will bless, who always hold
Sin-planning strength in righteous hate.-Ed.
Quis non?

5268. Vis recte vivere?

Si virtus hoc una potest dare; fortis omissis
Hoc age deliciis. Virtutem verba putas, et

Lucum ligna.

(L.) Hor. Ep. 1, 6, 29.

You wish to live aright (and who does not?)
If virtue holds the secret, don't defer;

Be off with pleasure, and be on with her.

But no you think all morals sophist's tricks,

Bring virtue down to words, a grove to sticks.-Conington.

5269. Vis unita fortior. (L.)-Power is strengthened by union Motto of the Earl of Mountcashel, Lord Wrottesley, and Woodmongers' Company.

5270. Vitæ est avidus, quisquis non vult

Mundo secum pereunte mori. (L.) Sen. Thyest. 882.
Too greedy he of life, who still would live

When all the world around is perishing.-Ed.

5271. Vita post-scenia. (L.) Lucret. 4, 1182.—The back scenes (or behind the scenes) of life.

5272. Vitæ via virtus. (L.)-Virtue is the way of life. Motto of Earl of Portarlington.

5273. Vita hominis sine literis mors est. (L.) Sen. Life without literary studies is death. Derby Grammar School.

5274. Vitam quæ faciunt beatiorem,

Jucundissime Martialis, hæc sunt:
Res non parta labore, sed relicta :
Non ingratus ager: focus perennis:
Lis nunquam: toga rara: mens quieta:
Vires ingenuæ salubre corpus:
Prudens simplicitas: pares amici:
Convictus facilis: sine arte mensæ;
Nox non ebria, sed soluta curis.

(L.) Mart. 10, 47, 1.

The elements of happiness.
The things that make life happiest,
Martial my own, in these consist.
An income left (not earned by toil),
A cheerful hearth, a grateful soil;
No law, and work all but resigned,
And perfect quietness of mind:
A frame that natural health attends,
With frugal tastes and equal friends:
A wholesome diet, artless fare,

Nights free from revelry and care.-Ed.

5275. Vitanda est improba Siren

Desidia aut, quicquid vita meliore parasti,
Ponendum æquo animo.

(L.) Hor. S. 2, 3, 14. Then stop your ears to sloth's enchanting voice,

Or give up your best hopes: there lies your choice.-Conington.

5276. Vita patris or v. p. (L.)—During the life of his father. 5277. Vita sine proposito vaga est. (L.) Sen. Ep. 95.-A life without an aim is a sadly desultory one.

5278. Vitiosum est ubique, quod nimium est. (L.) Sen. Tranq. 9.-Excess (redundancy) in everything is a fault.

5279. Vitium commune omnium est,

Quod nimium ad rem in senecta attenti sumus. (L.) Ter. Ad. 5, 8, 31.—It is a failing common to us all, that as we grow old, we get more and more attached to worldly interests.

5280. Vivamus mea Lesbia atque amemus:

Rumoresque senum severiorum
Omnes unius æstimemus assis.
Soles occidere et redire possunt,
Nobis, quum semel occidit brevis lux,
Nox est perpetua una dormienda.

To Lesbia.

Live we and love we, Lesbia dear;
And not a penny-piece we'll care
Though scolding elders prate amain.

Suns may set and rise again,

But we, when vanished this brief light,

Must sleep in one unending night.—Ed.

(L.) Cat. 5, 1.

5281. Vivat Rex (Regina). (L.)—Long live the king (queen)! 5282. Vivâ voce. (L.)-By the voice. By oral testimony, in contradistinction to what is committed to writing.

5283. Vive la bagatelle. (Fr.)-Long life to folly! Long may trifling prevail !

5284. Vive la Nation! (Fr.)-Long live the nation! The cry of the first French Revolution, and declared by Siéyès to have originated with himself.

5285. Vivendum est recte, quum propter plurima, tum his Præcipue causis, ut linguas mancipiorum

Contemnas, nam lingua mali pars pessima servi.

(L.) Juv. 9, 118.

Keep right for many reasons; specially

For this, that servants' tongues you may defy.

The tongue of a bad servant 's his worst part.-Ed.

5286. Vivent les gueux! (Fr.)-Long live the beggars!

Cry dating from the Spanish Netherlands in 16th cent., when a body of nobles under Count Louis of Nassau and Henry de Brederode, banded themselves together under the name of the Gueux, to oppose the introduction of the Inquisition by Philip II. The struggle, thus inaugurated, ended some eighty years after in the formation of the Dutch Republic. The words are repeated now without any political allusion.

5287. Vivere est cogitare.

(L.) Cic. Tusc. 5, 38.—The essence of life is thinking. To live is to think. Cf. Descartes' Cogito, ergo sum, I think, therefore I exist.

5288. Vivere, mi Lucili, militare est. (L.) Sen. Ep. 96.-To live, my Lucilius, is to fight. Cf. Volt. Mahomet, 2, 4, Ma vie est un combat. (Fr.)-My life is a warfare, words adopted by Beaumarchais as his motto; and see Vulg. Iob, 7, 1, Militia est vita hominis super terram. (L.)—Man's life on earth is a warfare.

5289. Vivere sat vincere. (L.)-To conquer is to live sufficiently long. Motto of Earl of Sefton and Lord Ventry.

5290. Vivere si recte nescis, decede peritis. (L.) Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 13. If live you cannot as befits a man

Make room, at least, you may for those who can.-Conington.
Learn to live well, or fairly make your will.-Pope.

5291. Vive sine invidia, mollesque inglorius annos

Exige, amicitias et tibi junge pares. (L.) Ov. T. 3, 4, 43.
Live without envy, tranquil and obscure :

Choose friends from equals, only such endure. -Ed.

5292. Vive ut vivas. (L.)-Live that you may live. L. Abercromby. 5293. Vive, valeque. (L.) Hor. S. 2, 5, 110.-Adieu, good-bye. Good-bye, God bless you!

5294. Vivite felices, quibus est fortuna peracta

Jam sua! nos alia ex aliis in fata vocamur.

(L.) Virg. A. 3, 493.

Live and be blest! 'tis sweet to feel
Fate's book is closed and under seal.
For us, alas! that volume stern

Has many another page to turn.-Conington.

5295. Vivit post funera virtus.

(L.)-Virtue survives death.

Motto of the Earl of Shannon.

5296. Vivitur exiguo melius: natura beatis Omnibus esse dedit, si quis cognoverit uti.

(L.) Claud. Ruf. 1, 215.

Small means are best: nature puts happiness
In each man's way, could he the secret guess.-Ed.

5297. Vivitur parvo bene, cui paternum Splendet in mensa tenui salinum,

Nec leves somnos timor, aut cupido
Sordidus, aufert.

(L.) Hor. C. 2, 16, 13.

More happy he, whose modest board
His father's well-worn silver brightens :
No fear, no lust for sordid hoard,

His light sleep frightens.-Conington.

5298. Vivo et regno, simul ista reliqui

Quæ vos ad cœlum fertis rumore secundo.

Country v. Town.

(L.) Hor. Ep. 1, 10, 8.

I breathe, and am a king, when once I'm free
From things you rave about in ecstasy.-Ed.

5299. Vivre, c'est penser et sentir son âme. (Fr.) Joubert? The essence of life consists in thinking, and being conscious of one's soul.

5300. Vivunt in venerem frondes, omnisque vicissim

Felix arbor amat; nutant ad mutua palmæ
Fœdera; populeo suspirat populus ictu ;

Et platani platanis, alnoque assibilat alnus.

The loves of the Trees.

(L.) Claud. Nupt. 65.

The leaves, like mortals, live to love,
And Venus rules the woodland grove.
Each happy tree that grows, by turns
With passion for its fellow burns.
Palm nods to palm in mutual ties,
Poplar to poplar throbs and sighs;

Plane yearns to plane, and alder trees

Whisper their loves with every breeze. -Ed.

These precious lines have the honour of anticipating by 1300 years the theory of the sexual system in botany, demonstrated afterwards by Linnæus.

5301. Vix a te videor posse tenere manus.

(L.) Ov. Am. 1, 4, 10.-I am scarcely able to keep my hands off you! as Sydney Smith said to the lady in red velvet, whose gown reminded him so vividly of his pulpit cushion.

5302. Vix duo tresve mihi de tot superestis amici; Cætera Fortunæ, non mea, turba fuit.

(L.) Ov. T. 1, 5, 33.

Friend after friend departs.

Two or three friends are all that now remain,
The rest were never mine, but Fortune's train. -Ed.

5303. Vix equidem credo, sed et insultare jacenti
Te mihi, nec verbis parcere, fama refert.

(L.) Ov. Ep. 4, 3, 27.

I scarce can credit it, yet fame affirms

You flout my downfall in unmeasured terms.-Ed.

5304. Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona

Multi: sed omnes illacrymabiles

Urgentur, ignotique longa

Nocte, carent quia vate sacro. (L.) Hor. C. 4, 9, 25.

Before Atrides men were brave,

But ah! oblivion, dark and long,

Has locked them in a tearless grave,

For lack of consecrating song.-Conington.

Cf. Ov. Ep. 4, 8, 47:

Carmine fit vivax virtus: expersque sepulcri,
Notitiam seræ posteritatis habet.

Song makes great deeds immortal, cheats the tomb,
And hands down fame to ages yet to come.-Ed.

5305. Vocalis Nymphe, quæ nec reticere loquenti
Nec prior ipsa loqui didicit, resonabilis Echo.


(L.) Ov. M. 3, 357.

Responsive Echo! vocal Nymph, that ne'er

Can learn to hold her tongue when others speak,
And yet will never first the silence break.-Ed.

5306. Vogue la galère! (Fr.)-Come what may! (Lit. Let the galley sail!)

Saying as old as the 16th cent., as the following rondo of that date

Il y avoit trois filles, toutes trois d'un grand,
Disoient l'une à l'autre, je n'ay point d'amant.
Et hé! hé!

Vogue la galée !
Donnez-lui du vent.

(See MM. des Marets and Rathery, Rabelais, 1, 19, n.)

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