Evenings with the Old Story Tellers: Select Tales from the Gesta Romanorum, Etc (Google eBook)

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G. B.
Wiley and Putnam, 1845 - Tales - 155 pages
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Page 47 - Approach'd the careless guide, and thrust him in : Plunging he falls, and rising lifts his head ; Then flashing turns, and sinks among the dead ! Wild, sparkling rage inflames the Father's eyes, ^He bursts the bands of fear, and madly cries, 'Detested wretch...
Page 47 - Though loud at first the pilgrim's passion grew, Sudden he gaz'd, and wist not what to do; Surprise in secret chains his words suspends, And in a calm his settling temper ends. But silence here the beauteous angel broke, The voice of music ravish'd as he spoke.
Page 24 - Watch ye for ye know not the day nor the hour when the Son of Man cometh an impressive solemn discourse [March] 14 Tuesday Evening [1848] Quite unwell last evening but about.
Page 66 - All who mighty love obey, Sadly wasting in your prime, Clerk and luick, grave and gay ! Yet do ye, before the rest, Gentle maidens, mark me tell ! Store my lesson in your breast, Trust me it shall profit well : Hear, and heed me, and be...
Page 67 - What may I more relate ? the captive wight Assay'd to melt the villain all he might ; And fairly promis'd, were he once set free, In gratitude to teach him secrets three ; Three secrets, all so marvellous and rare, His race knew nought that might with these compare. " The carle prick'd up his ears amain ; he loos'd The songster thrall, by love of gain seduc'd : Up to the summit of the pine-tree's shade Sped the blithe bird, and there at ease he stay'd, And trick'd his plumes full leisurely, I...
Page 47 - I took away the cup, and he has returned to his former sobriety. Again, I cast the pilgrim into the river; and know, that he whom I drowned was a good Christian, but had he proceeded much further, he would have fallen into a mortal sin. Now he is saved, and reigns in celestial glory. Then, that I bestowed the cup upon the inhospitable citizen, know, nothing is done without reason. He suffered us to occupy the swine-house, and I gave him a valuable consideration. But he will hereafter...
Page 69 - Tears, wailings, and woe ; Moisture above, and moisture below *. Scholar. It is not customary to buy tears and wailings, yet I will buy it ; because the saints desire it at this price. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. What is the fifth package ? Preceptor. It is a divided parcel, and contains mercy, which I will weigh to please you. At a word, I will take mercy for mercy ; eternity for time. Scholar. You were a bad umpire to ask this, unless mercy should plead for you. Nevertheless,...
Page 64 - IN days of yore, at least a century since, There liv'da carle as wealthy as a prince : His name I wot not ; but his wide domain .Was rich with stream and forest, mead and plain ; To crown the whole, one manor he possess'd In choice delight so passing all the rest, No castle, burgh, or city might compare With the quaint beauties of that mansion rare. The sooth to say, I fear my words may seem Like some strange fabling, or...
Page 66 - In the clown's breast at his reproachful word : Bent was his wit alone by quaint device To snare, and sell him for a passing price. So well he wrought, so craftily he spread In the thick foliage green his slender thread, That when at eve the little songster sought His wonted spray, his heedless foot was caught. ' How have I harm'd you?' straight he 'gan to cry, And wherefore would you do me thus to die ?'
Page 67 - quoth the moody elf, ' Keep then thy silly lesson for thyself; ' I need it not :' ' Howbe 'tis not amiss ' To prick thy memory with advice like this ' But late, meseems, thou hadst forgot the lore ; ' Now may'st thou hold it fast for evermore. ' Mark next my second rule, and sadly know, ' WHAT'S LOST, 'TIS WISE WITH PATIENCE TO FOREGO.' The carle, though rude of wit, now chaf'd amain ; He felt the mockery of the songster's strain.

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