Philip James Bailey
Philip James Bailey English poet, author of Festus, was born at Nottingham
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His father, who himself published both prose and verse, owned and edited from 1845 to 1852 the Nottingham Mercury, one of the chief journals in his native town. Philip James Bailey received a local education until his sixteenth year, when he matriculated at Glasgow University
University of Glasgow
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. He did not, however, take his degree, but moved in 1835 to London
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 and entered Lincoln's Inn
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Art is man's nature; nature is God's art.


Let each man think himself an act of God,His mind a thought, his life a breath of God;And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds,To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.


Men might be better if we better deemedOf them. The worst way to improve the worldIs to condemn it.

Scene iv. A Mountain; Sunrise. Compare: "The surest plan to make a man / Is to think him so", J. R. Lowell, Biglow Papers, II, ii. St. 9.

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;In feelings, not in figures on a dial.We should count time by heart-throbs. He most livesWho thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.Life's but a means unto an end; that endBeginning, mean, and end to all things, —God.

Scene v. A Country Town.

Who never doubted never half believedWhere doubt there truth is—'t is her shadow.

Scene v. A Country Town. Compare: "There lives more faith in honest doubt / Believe me, than in half the creeds", Alfred Tennyson.

America thou half-brother of the world!With something good and bad of every land.

Scene x. Earth's Surface.

Music tells no truths.

Scene xi. A Village Feast.

Poets are all who love, who feel great truths,And tell them; and the truth of truths is love.

Scene xvi. The Hesperian Sphere.

The worst men often give the best advice.

They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.