A philosophical, historical, and moral essay on old maids, by a friend to the sisterhood [W. Hayley]., Volume 1

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Cadell, 1786 - 261 pages
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Page 145 - Some say, no evil thing that walks by night In fog or fire, by lake or moorish fen, Blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost That breaks his magic chains at curfew time, No goblin, or swart faery of the mine, Hath hurtful power o'er true virginity.
Page 216 - And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the LORD, do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; forasmuch as the LORD hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children of Ammon.
Page 36 - An old maid that is troubled with the vapours produces infinite disturbances of this kind among her friends and neighbours. I know a maiden aunt of a great family, who is one of these antiquated Sibyls, that forebodes and prophesies from one end of the year to the other.
Page 148 - My virgin flower uncropt, pure, chaste., and fair ; No goblin, wood-god, fairy, elf, or fiend, Satyr, or other power that haunts the groves, Shall hurt my body, or by vain illusion Draw me to wander after idle fires, Or voices calling me in dead of night To make me follow, and so tole me on Through mire, and standing pools, to find my ruin.
Page 148 - Yet I have heard (my mother told it me) And now I do believe it, if I keep My virgin flower uncropt, pure, chaste., and fair ; No goblin, wood-god, fairy, elf, or fiend, Satyr, or other power that haunts the groves, Shall hurt my body, or by vain illusion Draw me to wander after idle fires...
Page 117 - Amelia had, indeed, retired to her chamber, and pafl"ed there a very miferable half hour, much hurt by the treacherous cruelty of Mrs. Wormwood, and ftill more wounded by reflections on her own credulity, which fhe condemned with that excefs of feverity fo natural to a delicate mind in arraigning itfelf. She would have flown for immediate confolation to her friend, Mrs. Melford, but...
Page 151 - ... his fanciful purfuits ; fhe perfuaded him to retain every article in his new purchafe, which fhe obferved him to contemplate with particular delight ; fhe gave an air of uncommon elegance to the arrangement of all the curiofities which he determined to keep ; and, by an inceflant attention to the peace and pleafure of her father's life, moft effectually eftablifhed the felicity of her own. Their comfort and their amufements, being founded on the pureft and moft permanent of human affecYions,...
Page 131 - Lamech, and his bigamie ? I wot wel Abraham was an holy man, And Jacob eke, as fer as ever I can, And eche of hem had wives mo than two, And many another holy man also. Wher can ye seen in any maner age That highe God defended mariage By expresse word ? I pray you telleth me ; Or wher commanded he virginitee ? I wot as wel as ye, it is no drede, The apostle, whan he spake...
Page 36 - Sibyls, that fore- bodes and prophefies from one end of the year to the other. She is always feeing apparitions and hearing death-watches ; and was the other day almoft frighted out of her wits by the great houfe-dog, that howled ia the liable at a time when me lay ill of the tooth-ach.
Page 206 - As on the smooth expanse of crystal lakes The sinking stone at first a circle makes ; The trembling surface by the motion stirr'd, Spreads in a second circle, then a third ; Wide, and more wide, the floating rings advance, Fill all the watery plain, and to the margin dance...

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