The Blue Friars: Their Sayings and Doings ; Being a New Chapter in the History of Old Plymouth

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Simpkin, Marshall and Company, 1889 - Clubs - 224 pages
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Page 196 - SEA The Sea! the Sea! the open Sea! The blue, the fresh, the ever free! Without a mark, without a bound, It runneth the earth's wide regions 'round; It plays with the clouds; it mocks the skies; Or like a cradled creature lies. I'm on the Sea! I'm on the Sea! I am where I would ever be...
Page 196 - And backwards flew to her billowy breast, Like a bird that seeketh its mother's nest; And a mother she was, and is, to me; For I was born on the open sea...
Page 69 - A THING of beauty is a joy for ever : Its loveliness increases ; it will never Pass into nothingness ; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Page 199 - But love, first learned in a lady's eyes, Lives not alone immured in the brain; But, with the motion of all elements, Courses as swift as thought in every power, And gives to every power a double power, Above their functions and their offices.
Page 69 - A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing A flowery band to bind us to the earth, Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth Of noble natures, of the gloomy days, Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darken'd ways Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all, Some shape of beauty moves away the...
Page 141 - To have done, is to hang Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail In monumental mockery. Take the instant way For honour travels in a strait so narrow, W'here one but goes abreast: keep then the path; For emulation hath a thousand sons, That one by one pursue: If you give way...
Page 129 - Ten times a day has Yorick's ghost the consolation to hear his monumental inscription read over with such a variety of plaintive tones, as denote a general pity and esteem for him; — a foot-way crossing the church-yard close by the side of his grave, - not a passenger goes by without stopping to cast a look upon it, - and sighing as he walks on, Alas, poor YORICK!
Page 39 - Of those who rear this monumental stone,— The son and widow, who with bosoms torn, The best of fathers and of husbands mourn. Of all this public, social, private woe Here lies the cause,— CHARLES MATHEWS sleeps below ! * Horatio Smith, Esq.
Page 129 - ... brief while longer. I cannot help lingering over his grave, for I knew him as a man ; you, perhaps, only as an actor. I had opportunities of observing his scrupulous integrity ; his affectionate and grateful attachment to those who loved him ; his forgiving generosity towards those who had wronged him; and, more than all, his Christian resignation when threatened by the death which has since laid him low. And now adieu for ever ! Adieu, Charles Mathews ! for the many hours of innocent and instructive...
Page 122 - where," said he, "having by accident found a bottle of ink, I drank to the bottom." On our expressing the fears we should have of inducing illness by such a " black draught," Mathews for an instant opened all the brilliancy of his eye upon us, and remarked, with as much voice as his then exhausted condition would allow, "Why — all you'd have to do — would be — to swallow — a — piece of blotting paper.

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