Plays, Prose and Poetry

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E. H. Butler & Company, 1848 - American drama - 489 pages
 

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Page 313 - And sweeter thy discourse is to my ear Than fruits of palm-tree, pleasantest to thirst And hunger both, from labor, at the hour Of sweet repast. They satiate, and soon fill, Though pleasant; but thy words, with grace divine Imbued, bring to their sweetness no satiety.
Page 329 - An elegant sufficiency, content, 'Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, Ease and alternate labour, useful life, Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven.
Page 321 - Trust no future, howe'er pleasant! Let the dead past bury its dead! Act, — act in the living present! Heart within, and GOD o'erhead!
Page 347 - Woe to the youth whom Fancy gains, Winning from Reason's hand the reins, Pity and woe! for such a mind Is soft, contemplative, and kind; And woe to those who train such youth, And spare to press the rights of truth, The mind to strengthen and anneal While on the stithy glows the steel!
Page 406 - Love, that midst grief began, And grew with years, and faltered not in death. Full many a mighty name Lurks in thy depths, unuttered, unrevered ; With thee are silent fame, Forgotten arts, and wisdom disappeared.
Page 277 - ... a character of a highly virtuous and lofty stamp, is degraded rather than exalted by an attempt to reward virtue with temporal prosperity. Such is not the recompense which Providence has deemed worthy of suffering merit, and it is a dangerous and fatal doctrine to teach young persons, the most common readers of romance, that rectitude of conduct and of principle are either naturally allied with, or adequately rewarded by, the gratification of our passions, or attainment of our wishes.
Page 330 - Oh if there is one law above the rest Written in wisdom — if there is a word That I would trace as with a pen of fire Upon the unsunn'd temper of a child — If there is any thing that keeps the mind Open to angel visits, and repels The ministry of ill — 'tis human love ! God has made nothing worthy of contempt.
Page 406 - Thou unrelenting Past! Strong are the barriers round thy dark domain, And fetters, sure and fast, Hold all that enter thy unbreathing reign. Far in thy realm withdrawn Old empires sit in sullenness and gloom, And glorious ages gone Lie deep within the shadow of thy womb.
Page 268 - ... (1844) of Charlotte Barnes Conner. Mrs. Conner, an actress, stuck close to the worst nineteenth-century concepts of theatre and produced a series of unlikely postures which are epitomized in her final scene, where a pious Rebecca dying in England, hand stretched heavenward, speaks her last iambics: I hear my father — Husband, fare thee well. We part — but we shall meet — above! after which the hand drops with the curtain. John Brougham's Pocahontas (1855) was honorably designed to stop...
Page 367 - ... as he used to do with a key. He was rather ashamed to perceive that he had not yet cured himself of such a silly habit. ' I thought the lesson I got at the brewery...

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