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1872
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Page 52 - But little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Page 163 - EVEN such is time, that takes in trust Our youth, our joys, our all we have, And pays us but with age and dust ; Who in the dark and silent grave, When we have wandered all our ways, Shuts up the story of our days ; But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust.
Page 25 - London and accept of her choice; and he did so in that or about the year following. Now the wife provided for him was her daughter Joan, who brought him neither beauty nor portion; and for her conditions, they were too like that wife's which is by Solomon compared to a dripping house; so that the good man had no reason to rejoice in the wife of his youth...
Page xi - So here shall silence guard thy fame But somewhere, out of human view, Whate'er thy hands are set to do Is wrought with tumult of acclaim.
Page 247 - Wales, upon trust, to the intent the same shall be used and employed, for the keeping, correcting, and setting to work of the said rogues, vagabonds,, sturdy beggars, and other idle and disorderly persons.
Page 39 - ... of words which have never been explained to them ; ceremonies performed which, to them, are entirely without meaning ; sermons preached which, as often as not, have no meaning, or, when they have, a meaning intelligible only to those who have studied theology all their lives.
Page 213 - Who bid the stork, Columbus-like, explore Heavens not his own, and worlds unknown before ? Who calls the council, states the certain day, Who forms the phalanx, and who points the way ? III.
Page 8 - I imagine that the evil condition of the population is rather owing to the total absence of residents of a better class - to the dead level of labour which prevails over that wide region, than to anything else. There is I fancy less absolute destitution and less crime than in the Newport Market region ; but there is no one to give a push to struggling energy, to guide aspiring intelligence, or to break the fall of unavoidable misfortune.
Page 47 - ... of the tree ; but if it were of anything like common occurrence, the destitution and disease of this city would be kept within quite manageable limits. And this will take place. I may not live to see it, but it will be within two generations. For, unfortunately, this amount of change may be effected without the least improvement in the spiritual condition of the people. Good laws, energetically enforced, with compulsory education, supplemented by gratuitous individual exertion (which will then...
Page 37 - I only teach in a night school, and do what in me lies in looking after the sick, keeping an eye upon nuisances and the like, seeing that the local authorities keep up to their work. I go tomorrow before the Board at the workhouse, to compel the removal to the infirmary of a man who ought to have been there already. I shall drive the sanitary inspector to put the Act against overcrowding in force with regard to some houses in which there have been as many as eight and ten bodies occupying one room.

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