Woman; Or, Ida of Athens

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Bradford & Inskeep, 1809
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Page 20 - like Aurora, the extremities of her delicate limbs were rosed with flowing hues ; and her little foot, as it pressed its naked beauty on a scarlet cushion, resembled that of a youthful Thetis, from its blushing tints ; or that of a fugitive Atalanta, from its height
Page 88 - for virtue itself is but composed of the affections; and the maxim of wisdom, or the exertion of art, proceeds only from that secret impulse, by which nature urges man to enlighten and to cherish his brother man. Nature has. only given us desires, whose gratification is enjoyment; but society, in its gradual
Page 8 - over a form .whose exquisite symmetry was at once betrayed and concealed by the apparent tissue of woven air which fell like a vapour round her.
Page vi - that lends their manner its animated softness, that gives their eye its languid brilliancy $. I must also confess that the historic retrospect and existing political situation of Greece in general, and of Athens in particular, held out a lure to the imagination, which I found too difficult to resist. To that country in which
Page 88 - traced the arrogant faith of its own infallibility, and in the breast of every fanatic sectarian is established a secret inquisition by which the opinion of others is tried and condemned on every side. Virtue and felicity are of nature on every side vice and misery are of man.
Page 88 - of the Universe those beneficent laws, which should form the social compact of mankind. Whenever the institutions of government shall tend to excite and develope the natural sensibility of man, the happiness of the state will be
Page v - gracious to the mind. But that nice power of developement which would justify the intentions of nature in their favour, is denied them by the oppression of the government under which they live, and the ignorance of those with whom they associate. And many a fair Leontium, and many a charming Aspasia, may still exist in Athens, unconscious of the latent powers of
Page ii - printed from the first copy. •f It is a fact that can be attested by my publishers that I never corrected a proof sheet of any one of my works, nor ever resided in England during their
Page 84 - has a thousand charms! but your arguments carry not a single conviction ; they are untrue to nature, and must be false to reason ! Again farewell, interesting, but deluded stranger; consult the natural feelings of your heart, and they will correct the errors which prejudice has instilled into your mind. Farewell
Page 88 - everywhere he observed the existence of physical evil, produced by the outrages committed on nature ; and moral disorder, everywhere produced by the prejudice and corruption of society. " It is," said he, " from the harmonies and conformities of nature, that man should borrow his political and moral

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