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Էջ 171 - My cook and chamber-maid, who are sisters, are always finding some excuse for wanting to go to the city; and last night they got a letter, or pretended to get one from New York, saying that their father was very sick; and as I didn't know but it might be true, I couldn't refuse them, and they have gone for a week — though I won't be sure it was not for a mere frolic. As it happened, Mr. Taylor and Adeline came back from Saratoga, last night, and brought a house-full of company with them; an old...
Էջ 296 - Will no one tell me what she sings? — Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow For old, unhappy, far-off things, And battles long ago: Or is it some more humble lay, Familiar matter of to-day? Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain, That has been, and may be again?
Էջ 63 - By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp'st thou me? 'The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide, And I am next of kin; The guests are met, the feast is set: May'st hear the merry din.
Էջ 251 - WEAK and irresolute is man ; The purpose of to-day, Woven with pains into his plan, To-morrow rends away. The bow well bent, and smart the spring. Vice seems already slain ; But Passion rudely snaps the string, And it revives again.
Էջ 27 - ... for the blessing of our Creator is still within our reach, still vouchsafed to the humble Christian. If such be your views, my daughter, you will be prepared to find difficulties in acquiring and practising those virtues which it is the duty of life to cultivate; you will be prepared to meet those difficulties with the sincere humility of a Christian, and with Christian exertion. "My child, love the Truth, and the Truth only. "Cultivate daily a pious, thankful, humble disposition. "Love those...
Էջ 221 - Ah, freedom is a noble thing; Freedom makes men to have liking. To man all solace Freedom gives: He lives at ease who freely lives; And he that aye has lived free, May not well know the misery, The wrath, the hate, the spite, and all That's compass'd in the name of thrall.
Էջ 44 - Elinor sang — and he was so fond of music. Jane would do very well to sit and look at all day long; but, for walking, talking, riding, singing — ay, for thinking and feeling, Elinor would make precisely such a companion as a man of sense would wish for. By dint of dwelling on Elinor's good qualities, and on what he fancied the plans of his brother and sisterin-law, he came to the conclusion that the only thing to be done, under the circumstances, by a man of any character — by a man who had...
Էջ 239 - O that some minstrel's harp were near To utter notes of gladness, And chase this silence from the air That fills my heart with sadness ! Yet why? a silvery current flows With uncontrolled meanderings ; Nor have these eyes by greener hills Been soothed in all my wanderings.
Էջ 131 - Are you ready, Catherine?" inquired Mr. Clapp of his wife, appearing at the parlour-door, holding his hat and cane in one hand, and running the other through his brown curls. "Wait one minute, dear, until I have put a clean collar on Willie." Little Willie, who had been hopping about the room, delighted with the importance of sitting up later than his younger brothers and sisters, was persuaded to stand still for a few seconds, while his mother tied on the clean collar; when Mr. Clapp, his wife,...
Էջ 84 - IT is to be feared the reader will find fault with this chapter. But there is no remedy ; he must submit quietly to a break of three years in the narrative: having to choose between the unities and the probabilities, we greatly preferred holding to the last. The fault, indeed, of this hiatus, rests entirely with the young folk of Longbridge, whose fortunes we have undertaken to follow; had they remained together, we should, of course, have been faithful to our duty as a chronicler; but our task was...

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