The Waverley Novels, Issue 26 (Google eBook)

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Estes and Lauriat, 1893
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Page 149 - Full little knowest thou, that hast not tried, What hell it is, in sueing long to bide : To lose good days that might be better spent ; To waste long nights in pensive discontent ; To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow ; To feed on hope, to pine with fear and sorrow ; To have thy Prince's grace, yet want her Peers...
Page 314 - ... we verily believed the west end of the church would have fallen upon us. Our rods would not move at all ; the candles and torches, all but one, were extinguished, or burned very dimly. John Scott, my partner, was amazed, looked pale, knew not what to think or do, until I gave directions and command to dismiss the demons ; which, when done, all was quiet again...
Page xxxv - Their destined glance some fated youth descry, Who now, perhaps, in lusty vigour seen, And rosy health, shall soon lamented die. For them the viewless forms of air obey; Their bidding heed, and at their beck repair: They know what spirit brews the stormful day, And, heartless, oft like moody madness, stare To see the phantom train their secret work prepare.
Page xliv - I think there is a demon who seats himself on the feather of my pen when I begin to write, and leads it astray from the purpose. Characters expand under my hand ; incidents are multiplied ; the story lingers, while the materials increase; my regular mansion turns out a Gothic anomaly, and the work is closed long before I have attained the point I proposed. Captain. Resolution and determined forbearance might remedy that evil. Author. Alas ! my dear sir, you do not know the force of paternal affection.
Page 319 - ... which caused great fear, tumult, and confusion among the spectators and throughout the hall, every one fearing hurt, as if the devil had been present and grown angry to have his workmanship showed to such as were not his own scholars.
Page 322 - Or common out-cry ; goodness gave the greatness, And greatness worship : every house became An academy of honour, and those parts We see departed, in the practice now Quite from the institution. Lov. Why do you say so, Or think so enviously ? do they not still Learn there the Centaur's skill, the art of Thrace, To ride ? or Pollux...
Page 317 - ... drink very uncomely, as if eating his drink, which came out into the cup of each side of his mouth; his skin was as soft as taffeta sarsnet, which felt so, because hee never washt his hands, onely rubb'd his fingers...
Page xliv - I have repeatedly laid down my future work to scale, divided it into volumes and chapters, and endeavoured to construct a story which I meant should evolve itself gradually and strikingly, maintain suspense and stimulate curiosity; and which, finally, should terminate in a striking catastrophe. But I think there is a demon who seats himself on the feather of my pen when I begin to write, and leads it astray from the purpose. Characters expand under my hand ; incidents are multiplied ; the story lingers,...
Page xxix - I have much marvelled at these strange pageantries, and they do bring to my recollection what passed of this sort in our Queen's days, in which I was sometimes an assistant and partaker: but never did I see such lack of good order and sobriety as I have now done. The gunpowder fright is got out of all our heads, and we are going on hereabout as if the devil was contriving every man should blow up himself by wild riot, excess, and devastation of time and temperance. The great ladies do go well masqued;...
Page 314 - The true miscarriage of the business was by reason of so many people being present at the operation ; for there was about thirty, some laughing, others deriding us ; so that, if we had not dismissed the demons, I believe most part of the abbey church would have been blown down. Secrecy and intelligent operators, with a strong confidence and knowledge of what they are doing, are best for the work." Lilly's Life mid Times, p.

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