Life in the Sick-room: Essays

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Crosby, 1845 - Conduct of life - 196 pages

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Page 17 - All places that the eye of heaven visits Are to a wise man ports and happy havens. Teach thy necessity to reason thus ; There is no virtue like necessity.
Page vi - Thou must endure, yet loving all the while, Above, yet never separate from, thy kind, — Meet every frailty with the gentlest smile, Though to no possible depth of evil blind. " This is the riddle thou hast life to solve ; But in the task thou shalt not work alone ; For, while the worlds about the sun revolve, God's heart and mind are ever with his own.
Page 55 - ... away amidst his chat, till the wife appears, with a shawl over her cap, to see what can detain him so long; and the daughter follows, with her gown turned over head (for it is now chill evening), and at last the sociable horseman finds he must be going, looks at his watch, and, with a gesture of surprise, turns his steed down a steep broken way to the beach, and canters home over the sands, left hard and wet by the ebbing tide, the white horse making his progress visible to me through the dusk.
Page 25 - ... unworthy object, and dwells and broods on the eternal, and when the poor interposed mask crumbles, it is not sad, but feels rid of so much earth, and feels its independency the surer. Yet these things may hardly be said without a sort of treachery to the relation. The essence of friendship is entireness, a total magnanimity and trust. It must not surmise or provide for infirmity. It treats its object as a god, that it may deify both.
Page 17 - Sick-room,' a book which will be found replete with all kinds of comforting suggestions to the invalid who has strength of mind to turn it to account. The key-note is given in the first sentence:— ' The sick-room becomes the scene of intense convictions, and among these, none, it seems to me, is more distinct and powerful than that of the permanent nature of good, and the transient nature of evil.
Page v - MORTAL ! that standest on a, point of time, With an eternity on either hand, Thou hast one duty above all sublime, Where thou art placed serenely there to stand : To stand undaunted by the threatening death, Or harder circumstance of living doom, Nor less untempted by the odorous breath Of Hope, that rises even from the tomb. For Hope will never dull the present pain, And Time will never keep thee safe from fall, Unless thou hast in thee a mind to reign Over thyself, as God is over all.
Page 55 - ... wilfulness ; and three or four farms, at various degrees of ascent, whose yards, paddocks, and dairies, I am better acquainted with than their inhabitants would believe possible. I know every stack of the one on the heights. Against the sky I see the stacking of corn and hay in the season, and can detect the slicing away of the provender, with an accurate eye, at the distance of several miles.
Page 20 - Even the courses of the planets, and the changes of the moon, and the hay-making and harvest, are so much immortal wealth — as real a possession as all the pain of the year was a passing apparition. Yes, even the quick bursts of sunshine are still mine. For one instance, which will well illustrate what I mean, let us look back so far as the Spring, and take one particular night of severe pain, which made all rest impossible. A short intermission, which enabled me to send my servant to rest, having...
Page 22 - This is an illustration of the universal fact. That brief instant of good has swallowed up long weary hours of pain. An inexperienced observer might, at the moment, have thought the conditions of my gain heavy enough ; but the conditions being not only discharged, but annihilated long ago, and the treasure remaining...
Page 54 - Beyond the harbour lies another county, with, first, its sandy beach, where there are frequent wrecks — too interesting to an invalid, — and a fine stretch of rocky shore to the left ; and above the rocks, a spreading heath, where I watch troops of boys flying their kites ; lovers and friends taking their breezy walk on Sundays ; the sportsman with his gun and dog ; and the...

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