The works of Lady Blessington, Volume 1

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E.L. Carey and A. Hart, 1838 - Biography & Autobiography - 387 pages
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Page 68 - MAN, that is born of a woman, hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.
Page 294 - How poor are they that have not patience ! What wound did ever heal but by degrees ? Thou know'st we work by wit and not by witchcraft, And wit depends on dilatory time.
Page 229 - tis slander; Whose edge is sharper than the sword; whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile ; whose breath Rides on the posting winds, and doth belie All corners of the world : kings, queens, and states. Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave This viperous slander enters.
Page 196 - Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise (That last infirmity of noble mind) To scorn delights, and live laborious days : But the fair guerdon when we hope to find, And think to burst out into sudden blaze, Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears And slits the thin-spun life. But not the praise...
Page 158 - Dangerous conceits are, in their natures, poisons, Which, at the first, are scarce found to distaste ; But, with a little act upon the blood, Burn like the mines of sulphur.
Page 342 - I thought it the most prudent advice from 'a friend of the family' — ha! ha! ha! — for the soul of me I can't help laughing!" " Ha! ha! ha! nor I neither. Both of us consulted, and from the same motive." "It's capital, and worthy of the old lady, who has as much cunning, and as little heart, as any dowager in the purlieus of St. James's.'' " I'll lay an even wager that we twain were not the only single men consulted on the occasion.
Page 341 - ... as the bowing shopman observed, I was rash enough to conclude my purchases by a necklace of rubies, set in diamonds, requiring ear-rings, brooches, head ornaments, and bracelets, en suite. Thus, instead of the few hundreds I had intended to disburse, I found, on a hasty and reluctant retrospect of my expenditure, that I must have dissipated some thousands; and I consequently returned from...
Page 344 - ... said his deceitful companion. " Here am I, ready to sacrifice myself to a rich marriage to save you, Edward, from a poor one, for to marry a portionless girl like me would be your ruin, and I love you too well, ungrateful as you are, to bring this misery upon you. When you come as a visitor to my house, and see me in the possession of comforts and luxuries you could not give me, you will rejoice in the prudence, ay, and generosity too, that gave me courage to save you from a poor and wretched...
Page 247 - The world's all title-page ; there's no contents. The world's all face : the man who shows his heart Is hooted for his nudities, and scorn'd. A man I knew who liv'd upon a' smile, And well it fed him ; he look'd plump and fair, While rankest venom foam'd through every vein.
Page 346 - I shan't give you that affectionate appellation while you are so odd and so cross. And why am I not to see them, pray ? Surely you do not intend to prevent my associating with my sweet child when she becomes your wife? No, you never could be so cruel." And the old hypocrite laid her hand on my arm in her most fawning manner. " I have no intention, madam, of separating two persons who seem so peculiarly formed for each other.