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" Mild light, and by degrees, should be the plan To cure the dark and erring mind ; But who would rush at a benighted man, And give him two black eyes for being blind... "
The Living Age - Page 341
1905
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Poems of Thomas Hood: Memoir. Serious poems

Thomas Hood - 1897
...puppet's play, If their " offence be rank," should mine be rancour ? ' • ISO ODK TO RAE WILSON, ESQ. Mild light, and by degrees, should be the plan To...benighted man, And give him two black eyes for being blind ? Suppose the tender but luxuriant hop Around a canker'd stem should twine, What Kentish boor would...
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Yesterdays with Authors

James Thomas Fields - Authors - 1899 - 419 pages
...Hood's advice, that gentleness in a case of wrong direction is always better than vituperation. " Mid light, and by degrees, should be the plan To cure...erring mind ; But who would rush at a benighted man And giye him two black eyes for being blind ?" I recollect there was much converse that day on the love...
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The Backwater of Life: Or Essays of a Literary Veteran

James Payn - 1899 - 223 pages
...of years than that pure unquestioning faith which is occasionally found in men, and often in women ; but Who would rush at a benighted man, And give him two black eyes for being blind 1 It is surely no sin that, with all the will in the world to believe certain statements, we find great...
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The Living Age, Volume 244

1905
...better tilings in the future, remembering that if hard words break no bones, they certainly will uot mend those that are already broken. Mild light and...things that come between you and your rest, Cornelia, ns you think of Boy at the beginning of his first term at the Public School. Por you have long since...
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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 177

Scotland - 1905
...Hope on for better things in the future, remembering that if hard words break no bones, they certainly will not mend those that are already broken. " Mild...For Boy as well as for other people a dearly bought experi1905.] Boy at the Public School. enoe may in the long-run turn out to be the most efficient teacher....
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The Medical News, Volume 45

Medicine - 1884
...friends be converted by a coarse assault ? It would be better than this to follow Hood's advice : " 'Mid light, and by degrees should be the plan To cure the...benighted man And give him two black eyes for being blind ? " Personalities may sometimes give a piquancy to an address, an essay, or a discussion — they may...
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Complete Poetical Works

Thomas Hood - 1920 - 773 pages
...170 Like crazy Quixote at the puppet's play, If their ' offence be rank,' should mine be rancour ? Mild light, and by degrees, should be the plan To...benighted man, And give him two black eyes for being blind ? Suppose the tender but luxuriant hop Around a canker'd stem should twine, What Kentish boor would...
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The Twentieth Century, Volume 7

Nineteenth century - 1880
...fly at them with bludgeons, and dance upon their prostrate bodies with clogs. For who would rush on a benighted man, And give him two black eyes for being blind ? inquires the poet. I answer, ' lots of people,' and especially those who worship the pagan divinities...
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The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - Reference - 1989 - 343 pages
...my own — Scarce half I seem to live, dead more than half. . . John Milton (1608-1674) English poet But who would rush at a benighted man And give him two black eyes for being blind? Thomas Hood (1799-1845) English poet If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Jesus...
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The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - Reference - 1993 - 1092 pages
...the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. BIBLE: NEW TESTAMENT. Matthew 15:14. 2 Bui who would rush at a benighted man. And give him two black eyes for being blind? THOMAS HOOD (1 799-1 845). English poet. Ode to Rae Wilson, 3 We may remark in passing that to be blind...
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