A Family Chronicle

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John Murray, 1908 - 344 pages
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Page 192 - They tame but one another still: Early or late They stoop to fate, And must give up their murmuring breath When they, pale captives, creep to death. The garlands wither on your brow; Then boast no more your mighty deeds; Upon Death's purple altar now See where the victor-victim bleeds: Your heads must come To the cold tomb; Only the actions of the just Smell sweet, and blossom in their dust...
Page 96 - Mais elle était du monde, où les plus belles choses Ont le pire destin ; Et, rose, elle a vécu ce que vivent les roses, L'espace d'un matin.
Page 243 - Let there be light" that shall not fail ! So, Angel guarded, may'st thou tread The narrow path which few may find. And at the end look back, nor dread To count the vanished years behind ! And pray that she. whose hand doth trace This heart-warm prayer — when life is past — . May see and know thy blessed face, In God's own glorious light at last...
Page 243 - Knowing no shadow and no change. Light! which of all the lovely shows To our poor world of shadows given, The fervent Prophet-voices chose Alone, as attribute of heaven! At a most solemn pause we stand, From this day forth, for evermore, The weak but loving human hand Must cease to guide thee as of yore. Then, as thro' life thy footsteps stray, And earthly beacons dimly shine, 'Let there be light' upon thy way, And holier guidance far than mine!
Page 144 - Many thanks, dear Lady Dacre, for your beautiful translations in your beautiful book — I read forthwith several beautiful sonnets upon Love, which paint with great fidelity some of the worst symptoms of that terrible disorder, than which none destroys more completely the happiness of common existence, and substitutes for the activity which Life demands a long and sickly dream with moments of pleasure and days of intolerable pain. The Poets are full of false views: they make mankind believe that...
Page 242 - How shall I bless thee ? Human Love Is all too poor in passionate words ! The heart aches with a sense above All language that the lip affords ! Therefore, a symbol shall express My love ; — a thing...
Page 97 - ... la prier, La cruelle qu'elle est se bouche les oreilles Et nous laisse crier. Le pauvre en sa cabane, où le chaume le couvre, Est sujet à ses lois; Et la garde qui veille aux barrières du Louvre N'en défend point nos rois. De murmurer contre elle et perdre patience, II est mal à propos; Vouloir ce que Dieu veut est la seule science Qui nous met en repos.
Page 21 - Ogle, dean of Winchester, the author was related. It was not sufficiently successful to induce its repetition. It was printed in 1815, as produced on the stage, but in Lady Dacre's collected works she restored 'the original catastrophe, and some other parts which had been cut out.
Page 192 - We shall both be a brown infragrant powder in thirty or forty years. Let us contrive to last out for the same time, or nearly the same time.
Page 5 - We reached this place yesterday morning. You will judge of the size of the house, when I tell you there are eleven visitors, and all perfectly well accommodated. The Wilmots live in the greatest magnificence ; but what is a much better thing, they live also rationally and sensibly. On Sunday evening, however, I was a little alarmed ; they were preparing for music (sacred music was the ostensible thing), but before I had time to feel uneasy, Garrick turned round, and said, " Nine, you are a Sunday...

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