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Page 33 - True love transcends the unworthy object, and dwells and broods on the eternal, and when the poor interposed mask crumbles, it is not sad, but feels rid of so much earth, and feels its independency the surer. Yet these things may hardly be said without a sort of treachery to the relation. The essence of friendship is entireness, a total magnanimity and trust. It must not surmise or provide for infirmity. It treats its object as a god, that it may deify both.
Page x - Thou must endure, yet loving all the while, Above, yet never separate from, thy kind, — Meet every frailty with the gentlest smile, Though to no possible depth of evil blind. " This is the riddle thou hast life to solve ; But in the task thou shalt not work alone ; For, while the worlds about the sun revolve, God's heart and mind are ever with his own.
Page 63 - ... and puffs away amidst his chat, till the wife appears, with a shawl over her cap, to see what can detain him so long ; and the daughter follows, with her gown turned over head (for it is now chill evening) ; and at last the sociable horseman finds he must be going, looks at his watch, and, with a gesture of surprise, turns his steed down a steep broken way to the beach, and canters home over the sands, left hard anil wet by the ebbing tide, the white horse making his progress visible to me through...
Page 167 - Him whose thoughts and ways are not as ours, — but whose tenderness Then how we burst in, and take up the word ! What have we not to say from the abundance of our hearts, — of that benignity, — that transcendent wisdom, — our willingness, — our eagerness, — our sweet security, — • till we are silenced by our unutterable joy ?
Page 157 - If we cannot pursue a trade or a science, or keep house, or help the state, or write books, or earn our own bread, or that of others, we can do the work to which all this is only subsidiary, — we can cherish a sweet and holy temper, — we can vindicate the supremacy of mind over body, — we can, in defiance of our liabilities, minister pleasure and hope to the gayest who come prepared to receive pain from the spectacle of our pain ; we can, here as well as in heaven's courts hereafter, reveal...
Page 25 - Sick-room,' a book which will be found replete with all kinds of comforting suggestions to the invalid who has strength of mind to turn it to account. The key-note is given in the first sentence:— ' The sick-room becomes the scene of intense convictions, and among these, none, it seems to me, is more distinct and powerful than that of the permanent nature of good, and the transient nature of evil.
Page ix - MORTAL ! that standest on a, point of time, With an eternity on either hand, Thou hast one duty above all sublime, Where thou art placed serenely there to stand : To stand undaunted by the threatening death, Or harder circumstance of living doom, Nor less untempted by the odorous breath Of Hope, that rises even from the tomb. For Hope will never dull the present pain, And Time will never keep thee safe from fall, Unless thou hast in thee a mind to reign Over thyself, as God is over all.
Page 63 - ... wilfulness ; and three or four farms, at various degrees of ascent, whose yards, paddocks, and dairies, I am better acquainted with than their inhabitants would believe possible. I know every stack of the one on the heights. Against the sky I see the stacking of corn and hay in the season, and can detect the slicing away of the provender, with an accurate eye, at the distance of several miles.
Page 62 - Beyond the harbour lies another county, with, first, its sandy beach, where there are frequent wrecks — too interesting to an invalid, — and a fine stretch of rocky shore to the left ; and above the rocks, a spreading heath, where I watch troops of boys flying their kites ; lovers and friends taking their breezy walk on Sundays ; the sportsman with his gun and dog ; and the...