C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • Oh, leave the gay and festive scenes,
  • The halls of dazzling light.
  • H. S. Vandyke.

  • Venice once was dear,
  • The pleasant place of all festivity,
  • The rival of the earth, the masque of Italy.
  • Byron.

  • We keep the day. With festal cheer,
  • With books and music, surely we
  • Will drink to him, whate’er he be,
  • And sing the songs he loved to hear.
  • Tennyson.

  • There was a sound of revelry by night,
  • And Belgium’s capital had gather’d then
  • Her Beauty and her Chivalry, and bright
  • The lamps shone o’er fair women and brave men.
  • Byron.

  • The music, and the banquet, and the wine—
  • The garlands, the rose odors, and the flowers,
  • The sparkling eyes, and flashing ornaments—
  • The white arms and the raven hair—the braids,
  • And bracelets; swan-like bosoms, and the necklace,
  • An India in itself, yet dazzling not.
  • Byron.