Memoirs and select remains of an only son [W.F. Durant].

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T. Hamilton, 1822 - Death - 278 pages
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A biographical account of William Friend Durant.
 

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Page 87 - I AM monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute ; From the centre all round to the sea I am lord of the fowl and the brute. 0 Solitude ! where are the charms That sages have seen in thy face ? Better dwell in the midst of alarms Than reign in this horrible place.
Page v - His death and passion: and grant, that the grace of God, which bringeth salvation, may effectually teach and persuade me to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world...
Page 8 - Happy the man, and happy he alone, He, who can call to-day his own : He who, secure within, can say, To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Page 61 - Paradise Lost is one of the books which the reader admires and lays down, and forgets to take up again. None ever wished it longer than it is. Its perusal is a duty rather than a pleasure.
Page 2 - The LORD gave and the LORD taketh away, and blessed be the name of the LORD.
Page 38 - God that his parents 37 had never departed from it. I am not sure that my agony, on hearing of his death, was much more intense than that which I then endured, from an apprehension of his guilt. Instantly, but without betraying my emotions, I asked him what he had said. He answered, at once, in so artless and unembarrassed a manner, as to convince me that he was unconscious of falsehood, — that there must have been some misconception in the case, and that my boy was yet innocent.
Page 38 - ... death, was much more intense than that which I then endured, from an apprehension of his guilt. Instantly, but without betraying my emotions, I asked him what he had said. He answered, at once, in so artless and unembarrassed a manner, as to convince me that he was unconscious of falsehood, — that there must have been some misconception in the case, and that my boy was yet innocent. I pursued the inquiry, and in a few moments found, to my inexpressible joy, that he was perfectly correct in...
Page 4 - Thou embryo-angel, or thou infant fiend, A being now begun, but ne'er to end, What boding fears a Father's heart torment, Trembling and anxious for the grand event, Lest thy young soul so late by...
Page 37 - I was thunderstruck and almost distracted ; for the information seemed to blast my most cherished hopes. This might, I thought, be the commencement of a series of evils for ever ruinous to our peace. I am not — I never was — naturally of a temper to augur the worst; but the first grand moral delinquency, even at such...
Page 156 - He will have it known, that though he uses instruments, he needs them not. It is a piece of divine royalty and magnificence, that when he hath prepared and polished such a utensil, so as to be capable of great service, he can lay it by without loss.

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