No unregarded star Contracts its light Into so small a character, Removed far from our human sight, But if we steadfast look, We shall discern In it as in some holy book, How man may heavenly knowledge learn. Habington.Nox nocti, &c., Verse 4.
Here, in the country, my books are my sole occupation; books my sure solace, and refuge from frivolous cares. Books, the calmers, as well as the instruction of the mind. Mrs. Inchbald.To Marry or not to Marry, Act II. Scene 2.
Books, dear books, Have been, and are my comforts; morn and night, Adversity, prosperity, at home, Abroad, health, sicknessgood or ill report, The same firm friends; the same refreshment rich, And source of consolation. Dr. Dodd.Thoughts in Prison, Third Week. Pliny, Junior.Epistle I. Line 8.