The Works of Mrs. Chapone: Now First Collected: Containing I. Letters on the Improvement of the Mind. II. Miscellanies. III. Correspondence with Mr. Richardson. IV. Letters to Miss Carter. V. Fugitive Pieces. To which is Prefixed, an Account of Her Life and Character, Drawn Up by Her Own Family ...
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Page 71 - Tis not the coarser tie of human laws, Unnatural oft, and foreign to the mind, That binds their peace, but harmony itself, Attuning all their passions into love ; Where friendship full exerts her softest power. Perfect esteem, enliven'd by desire Ineffable, and sympathy of soul ; Thought meeting thought, and will preventing will, With boundless confidence ; for nought but love Can answer love, and render bliss secure.
Page 44 - But freedom is not, as we are told, 'a liberty for every man to do what he lists', for who could be free when every other man's humour might domineer over him? But a liberty to dispose and order as he lists his person, actions, possessions, and his whole property, within the allowance of those laws under which he is; and therein not to be subject to the arbitrary will of another, but freely follow his own.
Page 94 - Merciful Heaven, Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt Split'st the unwedgeable and gnarled oak Than the soft myrtle: but man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured, His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens, Would all themselves laugh mortal.
Page 76 - I require and charge you both (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgment, when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed) that if either of you know any impediment why ye may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony, ye do now confess it ; for be ye well assured that so many as are coupled together otherwise than God's Word doth allow, are not joined together by God, neither is their matrimony lawful.
Page 41 - The bonds of this subjection are like the swaddling clothes they are wrapt up in and supported by in the weakness of their infancy; age and reason, as they grow up, loosen them, till at length they drop quite off and leave a man at his own free disposal.
Page 45 - When he has acquired that state, he is presumed to know how far that law is to be his guide...
Page 188 - ... himself, and would stay with him while all the rest ran about the house. His conversation was surprisingly manly and clever for his age — yet, with the young Bullers, he was quite the boy ; and said to John Buller, by way of encouraging him to talk, Come, we are both boys, you know. — All of them shewed affectionate respect to the Bishop ; and the Prince of Wales pressed his hand so hard, that he hurt it.
Page 46 - Thus we are born free as we are born rational; not that we have actually the exercise of either: age that brings one, brings with it the other too.
Page 49 - ... which the father hath in the right of tuition during minority, and the right of honour all his life, may perhaps have caused a great part of the mistakes about this matter. For, to speak properly of them, the first of these is rather the privilege of children, and duty of parents, than any prerogative of paternal power. The nourishment and education of their children is a charge so incumbent on parents for their children's good that nothing can absolve them from taking care of it.