Reveries of a Bachelor: Or, A Book of the Heart

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H. Altemus, 1889 - American essays - 217 pages
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Page 26 - I care not, fortune, what you me deny ; You cannot rob me of free nature's grace ; You cannot shut the windows of the sky, Through which Aurora shows her brightening face, You cannot bar my constant feet to trace The woods and lawns, by living stream, at eve : Let health my nerves and finer fibres brace, And I their toys to the great children leave : Of fancy, reason, virtue, nought can me bereave.
Page 47 - Attractive, human, rational, love still: In loving thou dost well, in passion not, Wherein true love consists not. Love refines The thoughts, and heart enlarges ; hath his seat In reason, and is judicious ; is the scale By which to heavenly love thou may'st ascend, Not sunk in carnal pleasure: for which cause, Among the beasts no mate for thee was found.
Page 162 - tis not done: the attempt and not the deed Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready; He could not miss 'em.
Page 15 - Anthology — in lieu of the camphor bottle — or chant the alal alai of tragic chorus. —The nurse is getting dinner; you are holding the baby; Peggy is reading Bruyere. The fire smoked thick as pitch, and puffed out little clouds over the chimney-piece. I gave the forestick a kick, at the thought of Peggy, baby, and Bruyere. — Suddenly the flame flickered bluely athwart the smoke — caught at a twig below — rolled round the mossy...
Page 9 - This very marriage, which a brilliant •working imagination has invested time and again with brightness and delight, can serve no longer as a mine for teeming fancy. All, alas! will be gone — reduced to the dull standard of the actual. No more room for intrepid forays of imagination — no more gorgeous realm-making. All will be over! Why not, I thought, go on dreaming? Can any wife be prettier than an after-dinner fancy, idle and yet vivid, can paint for you? Can any children make less noise...
Page 32 - You find her propped up with pillows ; she is looking over a little picture-book bethumbed by the dear boy she has lost. She hides it in her chair ; she has pity on you. " Another day of revival, when the spring sun shines, and flowers open out of doors. She leans on your arm, and strolls into the garden where the first birds are singing.
Page 13 - said I ; and in so earnest a tone, that my dog started to his feet, cocked his eye to have a good look into my face, met my smile of triumph with an amiable wag of the tail, and curled up again in the corner. Again, Peggy is rich enough, well enough, mild enough, only she does n't care a fig for you.
Page 29 - You sigh, you pat your dog : it is over. Losses ? You retrench, you light your pipe : it is forgotten. Calumny ? You laugh, you sleep. But with that childless wife clinging to you in love and sorrow, — what then ? Can you take down Seneca now, and coolly blow the dust from the leaf-tops ? Can you crimp your lip with Voltaire ? Can you smoke idly, your feet dangling with the ivies, your thoughts all waving fancies upon a churchyard wall, — a wall that borders the grave of your boy ? Can you amuse...
Page 38 - God have mercy on him who outlives the tears that such admonitions and such affection call up to the eye ! There are others in the budget, in the delicate and unformed hand of a loved and lost sister ; written when she and you were full of glee, and the best mirth of youthfulness : does it harm you to recall that mirthfulness ? or to trace again, for the hundredth time, that scrawling postscript at the bottom, with its i's so carefully dotted, and its gigantic t's so carefully crossed by the childish...
Page 12 - You wonder why you did n't see that vulgar nose long ago ; and that lip, — it is very strange, you think, that you ever thought it pretty. And then, to come to breakfast with her hair looking as it does, and you not so much as daring to say,

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