Wide of the mark, by the author of 'Recommended to mercy', etc, Volume 3

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1871
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Page 200 - OH happiness ! our being's end and aim ! Good, pleasure, ease, content ? whate'er thy name : That something still which prompts th' eternal sigh, For which we bear to live, or dare to die, Which still so near us, yet beyond us lies, O'er-look'd, seen double, by the fool, and wise.
Page 244 - Meantime I seek no sympathies, nor need ; The thorns which I have reap'd are of the tree I planted, — they have torn me — and I bleed : I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed.
Page 305 - Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do, Not light them for ourselves ; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not.
Page 16 - As travellers oft look back at eve, When eastward darkly going, To gaze upon that light they leave Still faint behind them glowing,— So, when the close of pleasure's day To gloom hath near consign'd us, We turn to catch one fading ray Of joy that's left behind us.
Page 176 - The future cannot contradict the past : Mortality's last exercise and proof Is undergone ; the transit made that shows The very Soul, revealed as she departs.
Page 153 - Ah little think they, while they dance along, How many feel, this very moment, death, And all the sad variety of pain.
Page 218 - No action, whether foul or fair, Is ever done, but it leaves somewhere A record, written by fingers ghostly, As a blessing or a curse, and mostly In the greater weakness or greater strength Of the acts which follow it, till at length The wrongs of ages are redressed, And the justice of God made manifest!
Page 182 - The secret Strength of things Which governs thought, and to the infinite dome Of Heaven is as a law, inhabits thee ! And what were thou, and earth, and stars, and sea, If to the human mind's imaginings Silence and solitude were vacancy ? July 23, 1816.
Page 95 - For forms of faith let graceless zealots fight, He can't be wrong whose life is in the right.

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