The Epicurean, a Tale, with Vignette Illustrations by J.M.W. Turner ; And, Alciphron, a Poem

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John Macrone, 1839 - English literature - 238 pages
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Page 24 - ... calm, is the low humming sound of the priests at prayer, when a new inhabitant is added to the silent city. It was towards this place of death that, in a mood of mind, as usual, half gloomy, half bright, I now, almost unconsciously, directed my bark. The form of the young Priestess was continually before me.
Page 177 - Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery ? for they say, The Lord seeth us not ; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.
Page 18 - THE rising of the Moon, slow and majestic, as if conscious of the honours that awaited her upon earth, was welcomed with a loud acclaim from every eminence, where multitudes stood watching for her first light. And seldom had that light risen upon a more beautiful scene. The city of Memphis— still grand, though no longer the unrivalled Memphis, that had borne away from Thebes the crown of supremacy, and worn it undisputed through ages — now, softened by the mild moonlight that harmonised with...
Page 22 - ... with the rest. As she went rapidly past the pillar against which I leaned, the ivy that encircled it caught in her drapery, and disengaged some ornament which fell to the ground. It was the small mirror which I had seen shining on her bosom.
Page 76 - ... the green bank, or floated, like living silver, over the flood. The flowers, too, both of land and water, looked freshly awakened; — and most of all, the superb lotus, which had risen with the sun from the wave, and was now holding up her chalice for a full draught of his light.
Page 103 - The unity and perfect goodness of the Creator ; the fall of the human soul into corruption ; its struggles with the darkness of this world, and its final redemption and reascent to the source of all spirit ; — these natural solutions of the problem of our existence, these elementary grounds of all religion and virtue...
Page 41 - This terrible track, To live, or to die, But ne'er to look back ; "You, who aspire To be purified there By the terrors of Fire...
Page 77 - Even the nimble lizards upon the bank seemed to move more languidly, as the light fell upon their gold and azure hues. Overcome as I was with watching, and weary with thought, it was not long before I yielded to the becalming influence of the hour. Looking fixedly at the...
Page 19 - Vessels of every kind — from the light coracle, built for shooting down the cataracts, to the large yacht that glides slowly to the sound of flutes — all were afloat for this sacred festival, filled with crowds of the young and the gay, not only from Memphis and Babylon, but from cities still farther removed from the festal scene. As I approached the island I could see, glittering through the trees on the bank, the lamps of the pilgrims hastening to the ceremony. Landing in the direction which...
Page 191 - Or is it that there lurks, indeed, Some truth in man's prevailing creed, And that our guardians from on high Come, in that pause from toil and sin, To put the senses...

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