The Rose and the Key, Volume 2

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Page 121 - ... flouted in a virtuous community. That there were souls unfit to bear the weight of Puritanism, and unable to escape from it, is a tragic truth. People have been born out of time and out of place since the Garden of Eden ceased to be a human habitation. When Judge Sewall read to his household a sermon on the text, "Ye shall seek me and shall not find me," the household doubtless protected itself by inattention, that refuge from admonition which is Nature's kindliest gift.
Page 108 - What is man, that the Lord is mindful of him, or the sons of men, that he visiteth them? They are less than nothing and vanity. Yet many, thinking themselves to be something, are soaring aloft on account of their moral characters, or a supposed interest in the Redeemer's righteousness. But is not the heart of man " deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked ?
Page 31 - ... robbed her cheek of its bloom and roundness, they had not extinguished the lustre of her eyes, nor thinned her raven hair. Checking an ominous cough, that ever and anon convulsed her lungs, the poor woman addressed a few parting words to her companion, who lingered at the doorway as if he had something on his mind, which he did not very well know how to communicate. " Well, good-night, Mr. Wood...
Page 108 - There is another occult force, a mechanical power, as it were, always formidably at the service of the devil and the soul. The inclined plane by which the mind glides imperceptibly from perversion into perjury. I once heard an attorney of great ability and experience remark : " You may take it as a rule that in every case, if your client says an untruth in support of his own case, when the time comes for filing his affidavit he will also swear it." It is the desire that governs the will, and the...
Page 107 - Men not only speak, but actually think well of those with whom they have a community of interest and profit, and evil of those who stand in their way. Government, by party, proceeds upon this ascertained law of humanity. As a rule, the brain does not lead. It is the instrument and the slave of the desire. There is another occult force, a mechanical power, as it were, always formidably at the service of the devil and the soul. The inclined plane by which the mind. glides imperceptibly from perversion...

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