The moon's histories

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Page 61 - When the cold light's uncertain shower Streams on the ruined central tower; When buttress and buttress, alternately, Seem framed of ebon and ivory; When silver edges the imagery, And the scrolls that teach thee to live and die; When distant Tweed is heard to rave, And the owlet to hoot o'er the dead man's grave; Then go — but go alone the while — Then view St David's ruined pile; And, home returning, soothly swear, Was never scene so sad and fair!
Page 59 - The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath ; it is twice blessed ; It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes...
Page 172 - ... there be pens and heads there, sitting by their studious lamps, musing, searching, revolving new notions and ideas wherewith to present as with their homage and their fealty the approaching Reformation, others as fast reading, trying all things, assenting to the force of reason and convincement.
Page 172 - Behold now this vast city, a city of refuge, the mansion-house of liberty, encompassed and surrounded with his protection ; the shop of war hath not there more anvils and hammers working, to fashion out the plates and instruments of armed justice in defence of beleaguered truth, than there be pens and heads there, sitting by their studious lamps, musing, searching, revolving new notions and ideas...
Page 171 - Ireland than for this ; saying to his daughter, and those that endeavoured to comfort him, ' I know that it is God's hand, and I must endeavour to bear it patiently ; though I have too much human frailty not to be extremely concerned; for I am touched in a very tender place, and he has thought fit to take from me at once all that I have been gathering together above these twenty years, and which I intended to publish for the advancement of learning, and the good of the church.
Page 81 - SIR — I am directed to inform you that the Honourable the Governor in Council, having formed a very high estimate of your talents and acquirements, and of the spirit of enterprise and decision, united with...
Page 137 - My children," said His Majesty in a sepulchral voice, as he extended his burning hand towards his European visiters — "behold, I am sore stricken. Last night they believed me dead, and the voice of mourning had arisen within the palace walls, but God hath spared me until now. Tell me the medicine for this disease.
Page 118 - ... shows the powerful effect of the presents on the courtly sensibilities. The speech was as follows: — "Forty years have rolled away since Asfa Woosen, on whose memory be peace! grandsire to our beloved monarch, saw in a dream that the red men were bringing into his kingdom, curious and beautiful commodities from countries beyond the great sea. The astrologers, on being commanded to give an interpretation thereof, predicted with one accord, that foreigners from the land of Egypt would come into...
Page 139 - I will release them,' returned the monarch, after a moment's debate within himself. 'By the Holy Eucharist I swear, and by the Church of the Holy Trinity in Koora Gadel, that if Sahela...
Page 113 - ... white calicoes, Indian piece goods, Indian prints, silks, and shawls, red cotton yarn, silk threads, beads, frankincense, copper wire, and zinc. A fortnight rolled away painfully in this detestable place, which was named Alio Amba, when a summons came from the monarch in these formal words : — " Tarry not by day, neither stay ye by night ; for the heart of the father longeth to see his children, and let him not be disappointed.

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