Life in the Sick-room: Essays by an Invalid (Google eBook)

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E. Moxon, 1844 - Conduct of life - 221 pages
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Page 197 - Sadder and wearier than the rest are found, Wish not thy Soul less wise or less refined. True that the small delights which every day Cheer and distract the pilgrim are not theirs ; True that, though free from Passion's lawless sway, A loftier being brings severer cares. Yet have they special pleasures, even mirth, By those...
Page 104 - He that hath found some fledged bird's nest may know At first sight if the bird be flown ; But what fair well or grove he sings in now, That is to him unknown. And yet, as angels in some brighter dreams Call to the soul when man doth sleep, So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes. And into glory peep.
Page 48 - ... 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 and wet by the ebbing tide, the white horse making his progress visible to me through the dusk.
Page 174 - We sigh, and say it may be so ; but they see that we are neither roused nor soothed by it. Then one speaks differently, tells us we shall never be better, that we shall continue for long years as we are, or shall sink into deeper disease and death ; adding, that pain and disturbance and death are indissolubly linked with the indestructible life of the soul, and supposing that we are willing to be conducted on in this eternal course by Him whose thoughts and ways are not as ours, but whose...
Page 162 - 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 197 - Where the heart is, there the muses, there the gods sojourn, and not in any geography of fame. Massachusetts, Connecticut River and Boston Bay you think paltry places, and the ear loves names of foreign and classic topography. But here we are ; and, if we will tarry a little, we may come to learn that here is best.
Page 1 - 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 48 - ... 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 148 - The truth is, as all will declare who are subject to a frequently recurring pain, a familiar pain becomes more and more dreaded, instead of becoming lightly esteemed in proportion to its familiarity. The general sense of alarm which it probably occasioned when new, may have given way and disappeared before a knowledge of consequences, and a regular method of management or endurance ; but the pain itself becomes more odious, more oppressive, more feared, in proportion to the accumulation of experience...
Page 146 - ... discipline, and religious fear, And soft obedience, find sweet biding here ; Silence, and sacred rest; peace, and pure joys ; Kind loves keep house, lie close, and make no noise; And room enough for monarchs, while none swells Beyond the kingdoms of contentful cells.

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JSTOR: Harriet Martineau and the Reform of the Invalid in ...
... after four years of illness, Martineau published Life in the sick- room: essays by an invalid, a normative treatise on invalidism. ...
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