The History of the Lives of Abeillard and Heloisa: Comprising a Period of Eighty-four Years from 1079-1163 with Their Genuine Letters from the Collection of Abmoise

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M. Swinney, 1787 - 498 pages
 

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Page 120 - No sooner did I receive your commands than I quitted at once the habit of the world, and with it all the reluctance of my nature. I meant that you should be the sole possessor of whatever I had once a right to call my own.
Page 245 - In these lone walls (their days eternal bound) These moss-grown domes with spiry turrets crown'd, Where awful arches make a noon-day night, And the dim windows shed a solemn light ; Thy eyes diffus'da reconciling ray, And gleams of glory brighten'd all the day. But now no face divine contentment wears, 'Tis all blank sadness, or continual tears. See how the force of others...
Page 334 - Heloise : but I have said that he never really loved her. More than other men, he was not free to command his affections : and from motives of religion, perhaps even of compassion, he wished in her breast to check that ardent flame, which burned to no other purpose than...
Page 332 - But he was to take the world as he found it, for he could not correct its vicious taste, nor, indeed, did he attempt it. On the contrary, the vicious taste of the age seemed to accord with the most prominent features of his mind. He loved controversy, was pleased with the sound of his own voice, and, in his most favourite researches, rather looked for quibbles...
Page 407 - When the cause of grief is most pungent, then should consolation apply her strongest medicines. But it is you only can administer relief: by you I was wounded, and by you I must be healed. It is in your power alone to give me pain, to give me joy, and to give me comfort.
Page 333 - ... labours on through a tedious and digressive narration of incidents. In his theological tracts, he is more jejune, and in his letters he has not the elegance, nor the harmony, nor the soul of Heloise. Therefore, did we not know how much his abilities were extolled by his contemporaries, what encomiums they gave to his pen, and how much the proudest disputants of the age feared the fire of his tongue, we certainly should be inclined to say, perusing his works, that Abelard was not an uncommon man...
Page 249 - Ah, come not, write not, think not once of me, Nor fhare one pang of all I felt for thee. Thy oaths I quit, thy memory refign ; Forget, renounce me, hate whate'er was mine. Fair eyes, and tempting looks, (which yet I view...
Page 33 - Guibertus, archbifhop of Ravenna, whom he had chofen anti-pope, and laid fiege to the caftle of St. Angelo. The tiara trembled on the head of Gregory; and he was on the point of falling into the hands of his enemy, when the renowned Robert Guifcard, who was become the faft friend of the pontiff, marched from the Eaft to his deliverance.
Page 489 - ... which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.
Page 175 - ... this defart, funk down with care, where the goodnefs of heaven had watched over him, and he had found comfort, could he more emphatically exprefs his gratitude, than by confecrating this more auguft temple to that perfon of the holy triad, which more peculiarly is ftiled the Comforter? " We will dedicate it, faid he, to the Paradet*

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