Men of Character, Volume 2

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Tauchnitz, 1852
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Page 131 - Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world : now could I drink hot blood, And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on.
Page 67 - O Woman ! in our hours of ease, Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light quivering aspen made, When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou ! — Scarce were the piteous accents said, When, with the Baron's casque, the maid To the nigh streamlet ran.
Page 70 - Oh ! ever thus, from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower, But 'twas the first to fade away. I never nursed a dear gazelle. To glad me with its soft black eye, But when it came to know me well, And love me, it was sure to die ! Now too — the joy most like divine Of all I ever dreamt or knew.
Page 123 - Tis now the very witching time of night; When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world: Now could I drink hot blood, And do such business as the bitter day Would quake to look on.
Page 61 - Fare thee well! and if for ever, Still for ever, fare thee well: Even though unforgiving, never 'Gainst thee shall my heart rebel. Would that breast were bared before thee Where thy head so oft hath lain, While that placid sleep came o'er thee Which thou ne'er canst know again: Would that breast, by thee glanced over, Every inmost thought could show!
Page 117 - Tis Woman that seduces all Mankind, By her we first were taught the wheedling Arts: Her very Eyes can cheat; when most she's kind, She tricks us of our Money with our Hearts. For her, like Wolves by night we roam for Prey, And practise ev'ry Fraud to bribe her Charms; For Suits of Love, like Law, are won by Pay, And Beauty must be fee'd into our Arms.
Page 33 - tallow-chandler," — and he is riding in the Baltic, that the good folks at home may not go to bed without a candle. Canterbury had its pilgrims — its picturesque processions of shirtless monks, bully knights, and beardless squires ; but they are gone, — and seated in the parlour of our host, for the bridle of the churchman, " Gingeling in a whistling -wind as clere And eke, as loud as doth a chapel bell," — we hearken to the horn of the London mail — and for " The Golden Legend," we have...
Page 66 - They seek the second not to lose the first. Men, some to bus'ness, some to pleasure take; ™$ But ev'ry woman is at heart a rake: Men, some to quiet, some to public strife; But ev'ry lady would be queen for life.
Page 217 - The•truth is, we slander Fortune: because the wise and bountiful creature will not let us at all times and in all places have our wicked will of her, like unprincipled rakes, we take a poor revenge by calling her naughty names.

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