The Headsman: A Tale

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G. Routledge, 1854 - 302 pages

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Page 52 - A thousand men, that fishes gnawed upon ; Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl, Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels, All scattered in the bottom of the sea. Some lay in dead men's skulls ; and, in those holes, Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept (As 'twere in scorn of eyes) reflecting gems, That wooed the slimy bottom of the deep, And mocked the dead bones that lay scattered by.
Page 261 - Then stay the present instant, dear Horatio ; Imprint the marks of wisdom on its wings. 'Tis of more worth than kingdoms ! far more precious Than all the crimson treasures of life's fountain...
Page 243 - With speed that, entering, speaks his haste to go, He bids the gazing throng around him fly, And carries fate and physic in his eye...
Page 165 - Go, wiser thou ! and, in thy scale of sense Weigh thy opinion against Providence ; Call imperfection what thou fanciest such, Say, 'Here he gives too little, there too much;' Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust, Yet cry, 'If man's unhappy, God's unjust...
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