A Sentimental Journey

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John Long, 1905 - Clergy - 191 pages

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Page 38 - The learned SMELFUNGUS travelled from Boulogne to Paris from Paris to Rome and so on but he set out with the spleen and jaundice, and every object he pass'd by was discoloured or distorted He wrote an account of them, but 'twas nothing but the account of his miserable feelings.
Page 37 - I pity the man who can travel from Dan. to Beersheba, and cry, 'Tis all barren and so it is; and so is all the world to him, who will not cultivate the fruits it offers.
Page 87 - I was going to begin with the millions of my fellowcreatures born to no inheritance but slavery : but finding, however affecting the picture was, that I could not bring it near to me, and that the multitude of sad groups in it did but distract me. — I took a single captive ; and, having first shut him up in his dungeon, I then looked through the twilight of his grated door to take his picture.
Page 86 - I'll let thee out, cost what it will; so I turned about the cage to get the door : it was twisted and double twisted so fast with wire, there was no getting it open without pulling the cage to pieces. — I took both hands to it. The bird flew to the place where I was attempting his deliverance, and thrusting his head through the trellis, pressed his breast against it, as if impatient. — I fear, poor creature, said I, I cannot set thee at liberty. " No," said the starling ; " I can't get out, —...
Page 135 - I am positive I have a soul; nor can all the books with which materialists have pestered the world ever convince me to the contrary.
Page 38 - I, clapping my hands cheerly together, " that was I in a desert, I would find out wherewith in it to call forth my affections : If I could not do better, I would fasten them upon some sweet myrtle, or seek some melancholy cypress to connect myself to...
Page 143 - In a word, I thought I beheld Religion mixing in the dance ; but as I had never seen her so engaged, I should have...
Page 37 - What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything, and who, having eyes to see what time and chance are perpetually holding out to him as he journeyeth on his way, misses nothing he can fairly lay his hands on...
Page 12 - ... truth might lie between, — he was certainly sixtyfive ; and the general air of his countenance, notwithstanding something seem'd to have been planting wrinkles in it before their time, agreed to the account. It was one of those heads...
Page 14 - Psha ! said I, with an air of carelessness, three several times, — but it would not do ; every ungracious syllable I had uttered crowded back into my imagination : I reflected I had no right over the poor Franciscan but to deny him ; and that the punishment of that was enough to the disappointed, without the addition of unkind language — I considered his grey hairs : — his courteous figure seem'd to reenter and gently ask me what injury he had done me ? — and why I could use him thus ? —...

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