The Listener

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George Latimer, 1833 - 269 pages

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Page 158 - There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory.
Page 259 - O wad some pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us ! It wad frae monie a blunder free us And foolish notion : What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us, And ev'n Devotion ! ADDRESS TO EDINBURGH.
Page 45 - Then crown'd again their golden harps they took, Harps ever tuned, that glittering by their side Like quivers hung, and with preamble sweet Of charming symphony they introduce Their sacred song, and waken raptures high ; No voice exempt, no voice but well could join Melodious part : such concord is in heaven.
Page 249 - ... with it contentedly, being very well pleased that he had not been left to his own choice, as to the kind of evils which fell to his lot.
Page 26 - Discourse ensues, not trivial, yet not dull, Nor such as with a frown forbids the play Of fancy, or proscribes the sound of mirth. Nor do we madly, like an impious world, Who deem religion frenzy, and the God That made them an intruder on their joys, Start at his awful name, or deem his praise A jarring note...
Page 190 - ... in the gay crowd. She describes, I fear, but too correctly, the character of her piety — "It never passes the lips, and scarcely appears in the life." And Amelia forgets the word that says, — "These three years have I come seeking fruit, and find none ; cut it down ; why cumbereth it the ground ?
Page 139 - I hear," said Mrs. A., after some discourse of other matters. Mrs. W. replied, " Really I have not quite determined — I scarcely know what to do for the best. I am only anxious she should grow up like other girls, for of all things in the world, I have the greatest horror of a woman of talent. I had never thought to part from her, and am still averse to sending her from home : but she is so excessively fond of books, I can get her to do nothing else but learn ; she is as grave and sensible as a...
Page 158 - Why do we not censure the sun for outshining the stars, and the pale moon for having no light but what she borrows? Instead of settling for others what they ought to be, and choosing for ourselves what we will be, would it not be better to examine the condition in which we are actually placed, and the faculties actually committed to us? and consider what was the purpose of Heaven in the former, and what the demand of Heaven in the occupation of the latter? If we have much, we are not at liberty to...
Page 245 - Faults, that in the world we laught at, when they attain the dignity and purity of sacred things, become matter of serious regrets. I speak nothing further of the ostentatious display of pious and benevolent exertion. We live at a time when religion, its deepest and dearest interests, have become a subject of general conversation.
Page 151 - But it was better to walk than stay at home, so my companions assured me, for exercise and an appetite. After pursuing them, with hopeless assiduity, for more than a mile, without sight of egress or sign of termination, finding I had already enough of the one, and doubting how far the other might be off, I lagged behind, and began to think how I might amuse myself till their return. By one of those fortunate incidents, which, they tell me, never happen to any body but the Listener, I heard the sound...

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