The cat: being a record of the endearments and invectives lavished by many writers upon an animal much loved and much abhorred

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Sturgis & Walton Company, 1912 - Cats - 172 pages
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Page 159 - A favorite has no friend! From hence, ye beauties, undeceived, Know, one false step is ne'er retrieved, And be with caution bold. Not all that tempts your wandering eyes And heedless hearts is lawful prize; Nor all that glisters, gold.
Page 79 - Hodge. I recollect him one day scrambling up Dr. Johnson's breast, apparently with much satisfaction, while my friend, smiling and half-whistling, rubbed down his back, and pulled him by the tail ; and when I observed he was a fine cat, saying " why, yes, Sir, but I have had cats whom I liked better than this ; " and then as if perceiving Hodge to be out of countenance, adding, " but he is a very fine cat, a very fine cat indeed.
Page 158 - ... midst the tide Two angel forms were seen to glide, The genii of the stream: Their scaly armour's Tyrian hue Through richest purple to the view Betray'da golden gleam. The hapless nymph with wonder saw: A whisker first, and then a claw, With many an ardent wish, She stretch'd, in vain, to reach the prize, What female heart can gold despise? What cat's averse to fish?
Page 158 - The fair round face, the snowy beard, The velvet of her paws, Her coat that with the tortoise vies, Her ears of jet, and emerald eyes — She saw, and purr'd applause. Still had she gazed, but 'midst the tide Two angel forms were seen to glide, The Genii of the stream: Their scaly armour's Tyrian hue Through richest purple, to the view Betray'da golden gleam.
Page 29 - Faery hither tending, — To this lower world descending, Each invisible and mute, In his wavering parachute. But the Kitten, how she starts, Crouches, stretches, paws, and darts ! First at one, and then its fellow Just as light and just as yellow...
Page 30 - First at one, and then its fellow Just as light and just as yellow; There are many now — now one — Now they stop ; and there are none — What intenseness of desire In her upward eye of fire...
Page 29 - See the Kitten on the Wall, Sporting with the leaves that fall, Withered leaves — one — two — and three From the lofty Elder-tree ! Through the calm and frosty air Of this morning bright and fair Eddying round and round they sink Softly, slowly : one might think, From the motions that are made, Every little leaf conveyed Sylph or...
Page 155 - Twas in the garden that I found him first. Even there I found him, there the full-grown cat His head, with velvet paw, did gently pat, As curious as the kittens erst had been To learn what this phenomenon might mean. Fill'd with...
Page 148 - MORAL. Beware of too sublime a sense Of your own worth and consequence. The man who dreams himself so great, And his importance of such weight, That all around in all that 's done Must move and act for him alone, Will learn in school of tribulation The folly of his expectation.
Page 157 - As one ought to be particularly careful to avoid blunders in a compliment of condolence, it would be a sensible satisfaction to me, before I testify my sorrow, and the sincere part I take in your misfortune, to know for certain who it is I lament. I knew Zara and Selima (Selima, was it ? or Patima ?), or rather I knew them both together ; for I cannot justly say which was which. Then as to your

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