Pages from the Day-book of Bethia Hardacre

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Chapman & Hall, 1895 - 307 pages
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Page 210 - There shall never be one lost good! What was, shall live as before; The evil is null, is nought, is silence implying sound; What was good shall be good, with, for evil, so much good more; On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven, a perfect round.
Page 5 - STILL to be neat, still to be drest, As you were going to a feast; Still to be powder'd, still perfumed: Lady, it is to be presumed, Though art's hid causes are not found, All is not sweet, all is not sound. Give me a look, give me a face That makes simplicity a grace; Robes loosely flowing, hair as free: Such sweet neglect more taketh me Than all th...
Page 246 - And if they will reply, Then give them all the lie. Tell arts they have no soundness, But vary by esteeming ; Tell schools they want profoundness, And stand too much on seeming : If arts and schools reply, Give arts and schools the lie. Tell faith it's fled the city; Tell how the country erreth ; Tell manhood shakes off pity ; . Tell virtue least preferreth : And if they do reply, Spare not to give the lie.
Page 168 - AH, did you once see Shelley plain, And did he stop and speak to you, And did you speak to him again ? How strange it seems and new ! But you were living before that, And also you are living after ; And the memory I started at—- My starting moves your laughter...
Page 245 - Tell them that brave it most; They beg for more by spending, Who in their greatest cost Seek nothing but commending: And if they make reply, Then give them all the lie.
Page 214 - If there be any among those common objects of hatred I do contemn and laugh at, it is that great enemy of reason, virtue, and religion, the multitude; that numerous piece of monstrosity, which taken asunder seem men, and the reasonable creatures of God, but confused together, make but one great beast, and a monstrosity more prodigious tban hydra; it is no breach of charity to call these fools...
Page 161 - Hear, ye ladies that are coy, What the mighty Love can do ; Fear the fierceness of the boy: The chaste moon he makes to woo ; Vesta, kindling holy fires, Circled round about with spies, Never dreaming loose desires, Doting at the altar dies ; Ilion, in a short hour, higher He can build, and once more fire.
Page 210 - All we have willed or hoped or dreamed of good shall exist; Not its semblance, but itself; no beauty, nor good, nor power Whose voice has gone forth, but each survives for the melodist When eternity affirms the conception of an hour. The high that proved too high, the heroic for earth too hard, The passion that left the ground to lose itself in the sky, Are music sent up to God by the lover and the bard; Enough that he heard it once: we shall hear it by and by.
Page 73 - Why, so can I ; or so can any man : But will they come, when you do call for them ? Glend.
Page 245 - Go, soul, the body's guest, Upon a thankless errand ! Fear not to touch the best, The truth shall be thy warrant Go, since I needs must die, And give the world the lie. Go, tell the court it glows, And shines like rotten wood Go, tell the church it shows What's good, and doth no good If church and court reply, Then give them both the lie. Tell potentates, they live Acting by others...

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