The Listener, Volumen1

Latimer and Company, 1832

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Página 81 - tis slander; Whose edge is sharper than the sword ; whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile; whose breath Rides on the posting winds, and doth belie All corners of the world : kings, queens, and states, Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave This viperous slander enters.
Página 26 - Yon cottager, who weaves at her own door, Pillow and bobbins all her little store: Content though mean, and cheerful if not gay, Shuffling her threads about the livelong day, Just earns a scanty pittance, and at night Lies down secure, her heart and pocket light; She for her humble sphere by nature fit, Has little understanding and no wit, Receives no praise; but though her lot be such, (Toilsome and indigent) she renders much; Just knows, and knows no more, her Bible true — A truth the brilliant...
Página 160 - It is surely absurd in you," said Fanny to her, one day, " to give up this ball on purpose to make yourself singular. It will have a very odd appearance in the eyes of the world. I cannot think it right in one so young to make such a public display of religion by acting differently from the rest of her family. Singularity always wears the appearance of pride : to say nothing of the pleasure you needlessly throw away." "It cannot be making any display at all...
Página 31 - In the broad road, to use her own expressions, there were many walking, it was smooth and pleasant, and they got on fast — but the end of it was dark. On the narrow road she herself was treading and some few others — but the way was rugged — some turned back, and others sat down unable to proceed. She herself advanced till she reached a place more beautiful, she said, than any thing to which she could compare it. When asked what it was like, she could not say, but that it was very bright, and...
Página 28 - ... on the wall before her — an expression of suffering, and a faint movement of the lip, alone giving token of existence. Placed with her back towards the door, she perceived not the intrusion, and while I paused to listen and to gaze, I might have determined that here at least was a spot where happiness could not dwell ; one being, at least, to whom enjoyment upon earth must be forbidden by external circumstance — with whom to live was of necessity to be wretched.
Página 28 - ... with whom to live was of necessity to be wretched. Well might the listener, in such a scene as this, be startled by expressions of delight, strangely contrasted with the murmurs we are used to hear amid the world's abundance. But it was even so. From the pale, shrivelled lips of this poor woman, we heard a whispering expression of enjoyment, scarcely articulate, yet not so low but that we could distinguish the words " Delightful,
Página 8 - I a&w the leaves gliding down a brook — Swift the brook ran, and bright the sun burn'd — The sere and the verdant, the same course they took; And sped gaily and fast — but they never return'd. And I thought how the years of a man pass away, Threescore and ten — and then where are they? H. NKELE.
Página 8 - ... them. Nature itself wore the garb of sadness, and man's too dependent spirits were ready to assume it — those, at least, that were not so happy as to find means of forgetting it. Such was the case with my unfortunate self. I had descended to the breakfast-room, at the usual hour, but no one appeared; I looked for a book, but found none but an almanac.

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