Reuben Medlicott: Or, The Coming Man

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D. Appleton and Company, 1852 - English fiction - 443 pages
 

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Page 179 - AT THE AGE OF TWENTY-THREE How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, Stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth year! My hasting days fly on with full career, But my late spring no bud or blossom shew'th. Perhaps my semblance might deceive the truth That I to manhood am arrived so near; And inward ripeness doth much less appear, That some more timely-happy spirits endu'th.
Page 443 - When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom for it was too small a bound; But now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough.
Page 180 - Yet be it less or more, or soon or slow, It shall be still in strictest measure even To that same lot, however mean or high, Toward which Time leads me, and the will of Heaven ; All is, if I have grace to use it so, As ever in my great Task-Master's eye.
Page 65 - Take the instant way For honour travels in a strait so narrow, W'here one but goes abreast: keep then the path; For emulation hath a thousand sons, That one by one pursue: If you give way, Or hedge aside from the direct forthright, Like to an enter'd tide, they all rush by, And leave you hindmost...
Page 91 - KEEP doing, always doing; and whatever you do, do it with all your heart, soul and strength. Wishing, dreaming, intending, murmuring, talking, sighing and repining are all idle and profitless employments.
Page 65 - Perseverance, dear my lord, Keeps honour bright: To have done, is to hang Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail In monumental mockery. Take the instant way For honour travels in a strait so narrow, W'here one but goes abreast: keep then the path; For emulation hath a thousand sons, That one by one pursue: If you give way, Or hedge...
Page 279 - Yet all the while be in the wrong. And 'tis remarkable that they Talk most, who have the least to say. Your dainty speakers have the curse, To plead bad causes down to worse : As dames, who native beauty want, Still uglier look, the more they paint.
Page 419 - HOPE ! of all ills that men endure, The only cheap and universal cure ! Thou captive's freedom, and thou sick man's health ! Thou loser's victory, and thou beggar's wealth ! Thou manna, which from heaven we eat, To every taste a several meat ! Thou. strong retreat ! thou...
Page 69 - I have found out a gift for my fair; I have found where the wood-pigeons breed; But let me that plunder forbear, She will say 'twas a barbarous deed...
Page 213 - Eloquence, like the fair sex, has too prevailing beauties in it to suffer itself ever to be spoken against. And it is in vain to find fault with those arts of deceiving, wherein men find pleasure to be deceived.

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