The Potter's Wheel

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Dodd, Mead, 1897 - Consolation - 209 pages
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Page 71 - ... bloom of the year in the bag of one bee : All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem : In the core of one pearl all the shade and the shine of the sea: Breath and bloom, shade and shine, — wonder, wealth, and — how far above them — Truth, that's brighter than gem, Trust, that's purer than pearl, — Brightest truth, purest trust in the universe— all were for me In the kiss of one girl.
Page 194 - O' the world are that ? What use of swells and falls From Levites' choir, Priests' cries, and trumpet-calls ? XII.
Page 39 - The deeps of life are opened with their solemnities, their realities, their tragedies. The character loses its light grace, its gay delight in the comedy of existence ; but it gains instead an understanding of the inwardness of things and the responsibilities of the soul. Family bereavement also works a singular and beautiful gentleness that can be detected almost without fail in the expression of the eye — in the tone of the voice. Some of the best wine is harsh and unpalatable till it goes a...
Page 174 - ... buttercups in her hand. Her misery and suffering are nothing to the vast spiritual deprivations of the world which the preacher has laboured. It does not matter : in such circumstances people do not criticise nor calculate. A little maid has been hurt, and her calamity conquers the heart. Men are instantly shaken out of their composure and rush to her aid ; ,women forget their finery and wipe away the blood. A whole company are of a sudden delivered from their selfishness and inspired with human...
Page 33 - No little child has ever come from God and stayed a brief while in some human home — to return again to the Father — without making glad that home and leaving behind some trace of heaven." In many instances death has been a merciful escape from evils of body or mind. Is it not an unconscious and cruel selfishness of love that would wish for such a child a prolonged hospital life? There are worse evils than pain of body ; and no one can look on the innocent face of a little child that...
Page 173 - ... men generally and ethically, and in the search this incident comes under his notice. A congregation, made up of well-to-do and easy-going people, whom the preacher has sought to move to the pity and service of their fellow-creatures, as, he fears, in vain, is coming out of church. Just as they emerge a runaway horse knocks down and tramples upon a young child. She is only a child of the city — nameless, and not lovely, who has been in the park, and was trudging home with a few buttercups in...
Page 53 - ... TRIALS OF FAITH PERSONS familiar with the Vatican will remember the little chapel of Nicholas V., which opens out of the Constantine chamber, and is a welcome refuge from the crowd of curious sightseers. Beyond quietness and the chastened light, its attraction is some of the finest work of Fra Angelico, which he must have done on his last visit to Rome, and not long before his death. He once described himself as a monk who painted for the love of God, and he was so lifted above this world that...
Page 173 - Her misery and suffering are nothing compared with the vast spiritual deprivations of the world which the preacher has laboured. It does not matter: in such circumstances people do not criticise nor calculate. A little maid has been hurt, and her calamity conquers the heart. Men are instantly shaken out of their composure and rush to her aid ; women forget their finery and wipe away the blood. A whole company are of a sudden delivered from their selfishness and inspired with human interest. Every...

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