Mornings of the Recess, 1861-4, Volume 1

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Tinsley, 1864

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Page 163 - Flood contain, The Mole projected break the roaring Main; Back to his bounds their subject Sea command, And roll obedient Rivers thro' the Land: These Honours, Peace to happy Britain brings, These are Imperial Works, and worthy Kings.
Page 213 - Mr. Bacon, I can neither expound, nor censure your late actions; being ignorant of all of them, save one ; and having directed my sight inward only, to examine myself. You do pray me to believe, that you only aspire to the conscience and commendation, of
Page 126 - Pictures of startling clearness rose up of the gloomy winters, the long grey twilights, murky atmosphere, elongated shadows, chilly springs, and sloppy summers • of factory chimneys and crowds of grimy operatives, rung to work in early morning by factory bells ; of union workhouses, confined rooms, artificial cares and slavish conventionalities. To live again amidst these dull scenes I was quitting a country of perpetual summer, where my life had been spent like that of three-fourths of the people...
Page 96 - You would have thought the very windows spake, So many greedy looks of young and old Through casements darted their desiring eyes UpQn his visage, and that all the walls, With painted imagery, had said at once, — "Jesu preserve thee! welcome, Bolingbroke!
Page 114 - The few sounds of birds are of that pensive and mysterious character which intensifies the feeling of solitude rather than imparts a sense of life and cheerfulness.
Page 141 - With the assistance only of a long staff, I have several times met this man traversing the roads, ascending precipices, exploring valleys, and investigating their several extents, forms, and situations, so as to answer his designs in the best manner.
Page 12 - ... such was his unmoved courage and placid temper, that while it changed the affection of the enemies who had come to witness it, and turned their joy to sorrow, it filled all men else with admiration and emotion, leaving with them only this doubt, — whether death were more acceptable to him or he more welcome unto death.
Page 302 - It is plain that Lord Nelson thinks of nothing but Lady Hamilton, who is totally occupied by the same object. She is bold, forward, coarse, assuming, and vain. Her figure is colossal, but, excepting her feet, which are hideous, well shaped. Her bones are large, and she is exceedingly embonpoint. She resembles the bust of Ariadne ; the shape of all her features is fine, as is the form of her head, and particularly her ears ; her teeth are a little irregular, but tolerably white ; her eyes...
Page 212 - Lord to be the fittest instrument to do good to the state ; and therefore I applied myself to him in a manner which I think happeneth rarely among men ; for I did not only labor carefully and industriously in that he set me about, whether it were matter of advice or otherwise ; but neglecting the Queen's service, mine own fortune, and in a sort my vocation, I did nothing but advise and ruminate with myself to the best of my understanding...
Page 116 - I could not get him to go alone, and whenever we heard any ol the strange noises mentioned above, he used to tremble with fear. He would crouch down behind me, and beg of me to turn back. He became easy only after he had made a charm to protect us from the Curupira. For this purpose he took a young palm leaf, plaited it, and formed it into a ring, which he hung to a branch on our track.

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