I could never pass that sentence of Paracelsus without an asterisk or annotation: "Ascendens astrum multa revelat quærentibus magnalia naturæ, i.e., opera Dei."

"'Quum primum pavido custos mihi purpura cernet, that passage on friendship which gushes out so livingly from the stern heart of the satirist. And when old complimented me on my verses, my eye sought yours. Verily, I now say as then, "'Nescio quod, certe est quod me tibi temperet astrum."

It is certain that People are got into a Way of Affectation, with a manner of overlooking the most solid Virtues, and admiring the most trivial Excellencies. Mr. SPECTATOR gives his most humble Service to Mr. No. 157. Thursday, August 30, 1711. Steele. ... Genius natale comes qui temperat astrum Naturae Deus humanae Mortalis in unum Quodque Caput ... Hor.

Defects at all events those which we call by that name are often the inborn, necessary, inevitable conditions of good qualities. Scit genius, natale comes qul temperat astrum. Who ever saw a medal without its reverse? a talent that had not some shadow with its brilliancy, some smoke with its flame? Such a blemish can be only the inseparable consequence of such beauty.

Grass, milfoil, water crowfoot, hornwort, starwort, horsetail, and a dozen other delicate plants, form one tangled forest, denser than those of the Amazon, and more densely peopled likewise. To this list will soon be added our Transatlantic curse, Babingtonia diabolica, alias Anacharis alsin astrum.

"'Quum primum pavido custos mihi purpura cernet, that passage on friendship which gushes out so livingly from the stern heart of the satirist. And when old complimented me on my verses, my eye sought yours. Verily, I now say as then, "'Nescio quod, certe est quod me tibi temperet astrum."

Est mihi nescio quid quod me tibi temperat astrum, says the old Latin poet "There is something, I know not what, which yokes our fortunes, yours and mine." Sometimes indeed we are mistaken, and the momentary nearness fades and grows cold. But it is not often so.