Fragments in prose and verse: by E. Smith. With some account of her life and character by H.M. Bowdler

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Page 151 - IT is not learning that is disliked in women, but the ignorance and vanity which generally accompany it. A woman's learning is like the fine clothes of an upstart, who is anxious to exhibit to all the world the riches so unexpectedly acquired. The learning of a man, on the contrary, is like hereditary rank, which having grown up with him, and being in a manner interwoven with his nature, he is almost unconscious of possessing it. The reason of this difference is the scarcity of the commodity amongst...
Page 184 - God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
Page 186 - Though the fig tree do not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Page 148 - ... compared to a magnificent column, whose summit always points to heaven. The innocent, and therefore real pleasures of this world, are the ornaments on the pedestal ; very beautiful, and highly to be enjoyed when the eye is near, but which should not too long or too frequently detain us from that just distance, where we can contemplate the whole column, and where the ornaments on its base disappear.
Page 250 - And art thou, Stanley,* of that sacred band! Alas, for us too soon t though raised above The reach of human pain, above the flight Of human joy; yet, with a mingled ray Of sadly pleased remembrance, must thou feel A mother's love, a mother's tender woe: • Who seeks thee still, in many a former scene...
Page 265 - I dwell with the greatest satisfaction, is that exalted piety, which seemed always to raise her above this world, and taught her, at sixteen years of age, to resign its riches and its pleasures, almost without regret; and to support with dignity a very unexpected change of situation.
Page 24 - I am much obliged to you for all the trouble you have taken about the places I wished to find, but I believe it is a fruitless search.
Page 86 - I am resolved to endeavour to be more careful for the future, if the future be granted me; to try to make amends for past negligence, by employing every moment I can command to some good purpose; to endeavour to acquire all the little knowledge that human nature is capable of on earth, but to let the word of God be my chief study, and all others subservient to it; to model myself as far as I am able, according to the gospel of Christ;. to be content while my trial lasts, and •when it is finished...
Page 147 - IF it were the business of man to make a religion for himself, the Deist, the Theophilanthropist, the Stoic, or even the Epicurean, might be approved; but this is not the case. We are to believe what GOD has taught us, and to do what He has commanded. All other systems are but the reveries of mortals, and not religion.
Page 215 - ELIZABETH was born at Burnhall, in the county of Durham, in December 1776. At a very early age she discovered that love of reading, and that close application to whatever she engaged in, which marked her character through life. She was. accustomed, when only three years old, to leave an elder brother and younger sister to play and amuse themselves, while she eagerly seized on such books as a nursery library commonly affords, and made herself mistress of their contents. At four years of age she read...

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