The Vicar of Wakefield

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D. Appleton and Company, 1884 - 308 pages
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Page 49 - Could nought of purity display To emulate his mind. " The dew, the blossom on the tree, With charms inconstant shine ; Their charms were his, but woe to me ! Their constancy was mine.
Page 46 - And water from the spring. Then, pilgrim, turn, thy cares forego; All earth-born cares are wrong: Man wants but little here below, Nor wants that little long.
Page 49 - Each hour a mercenary crowd With richest proffers strove ; Amongst the rest young Edwin bow'd, But never talk'd of love. " In humble, simplest habit clad/ No wealth nor power had he ; Wisdom and worth were all he had, But these were all to me. " And, when beside me in the dale He caroll'd lays of love, His breath lent fragrance to the gale, And music to the grove.
Page 22 - Though the same room served us for parlour and kitchen, that only made it the warmer. Besides, as it was kept with the utmost neatness, the dishes, plates, and coppers being well scoured, and all disposed in bright rows on the shelves, the eye was agreeably relieved, and did not want richer furniture. There were three other apartments — one for my wife and me, another for our two daughters, within our own, and the third, with two beds, for the rest of the children.
Page 153 - However, my skill in music could avail me nothing in a country where every peasant was a better musician than I : but by this time I had acquired another talent, which answered my purpose as well, and this was a skill in disputation. In all the foreign universities and convents there are, upon certain days, philosophical theses maintained against every adventitious disputant ; for which, if the champion opposes with any dexterity, he can claim a gratuity in money, a dinner, and a bed for one night.
Page 13 - Jewel, this staff, and take this book too, it will be your comfort on the way : these two lines in it are worth a million, ' I have been young, and now am old ; yet never saw I the righteous man forsaken, or his seed begging their bread.' Let this be your consolation as you travel on. Go, my boy ; whatever be thy fortune let me see thee once a year ; still keep a good heart, and farewell.
Page 50 - Twas Edwin's self that prest. " Turn, Angelina, ever dear, My charmer, turn to see Thy own, thy long-lost Edwin here, Restor'd to love and thee. " Thus let me hold thee to my heart, And every care resign : And shall we never, never part, My life— my all that's mine ? " No, never from this hour to part, We'll live and love so true ; The sigh that rends thy constant heart, Shall break thy Edwin's too.
Page 180 - The only art her guilt to cover, To hide her shame from every eye, To give repentance to her lover, And wring his bosom, is — to die.
Page 47 - Alas ! the joys that fortune brings, Are trifling and decay ; And those who prize the paltry things, More trifling still than they. And what is friendship but a name, A charm that lulls to sleep ; A shade that follows wealth or fame, But leaves the wretch to weep?
Page 76 - no more silver than your saucepan." "And so," returned she, "we have parted with the colt, and have only got a gross of green spectacles, with copper rims and shagreen cases ! A murrain take such trumpery. The blockhead has been imposed upon, and should have known his company better." " There, my dear," cried I, "you are wrong; he should not have known them at all.

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