The recess; or, A tale of other times, by the author of The chapter of accidents, Volume 3

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1821
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Page 324 - Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of just men made perfect, after they are delivered from their earthly prisons ; We humbly commend the soul of this thy servant, our dear brother, into thy hands, as into the hands of a faithful Creator, and most merciful Saviour ; most humbly beseeching thee, that it may be precious in thy sight.
Page 336 - Ah ! if sensibility should lead you more thoughtfully to retrace them, check every painful emotion, by recollecting that I shall then be past the power of suffering. — Yet, when your noble father reconducts you to the home you was born to embellish, grant a little to the weakness of mortality, and linger once more on the spot where we met : the pious De Vere will there attend your coming. — Accept from his hand the casket I bequeath, and suffer him to lead you to the nameless grave where he shall...
Page 26 - ... on all the rest of the world, while its last was solely reserved for me. Ah man, happy man! how superior are you in the indulgence of nature! blest with scientific resources, with boldness, and an activity unknown to more persecuted woman; from your various disappointments in life ever spring forth some vigorous and blooming hope, insensibly staunching those wounds in the heart through which the vital powers of the feebler sex bleed helplessly away...
Page 335 - Providence: it will point to the best and surest support under danger and adversity: and "it will teach the repiner at little evils to be juster to his God and to himself." It would be unnecessary and tedious to describe the first part of my life, as it exhibited nothing which is not daily observed in the common walks of mankind. Suffice it to say, that, blest with the affections of the best of husbands, and the love and esteem of the most dutiful of children...
Page 142 - ... overworn faculties. — I look back with wonder on all the past griefs, the mortal conflicts, my shattered frame has contended with. So pure, so perfect, is now my grateful tranquillity, that it seems proof even against misfortune itself. — No more shall my beating heart — my burning brain — but why should I revert to such dismal recollections? Embosomed in the maternal arms of nature; safe in the obscure and solitary situation of this ivied asylum, here my affrighted soul, like a scared...
Page 209 - I perceived the effect of these first afflictions on the tender spirits of my daughter : not that I sought totally to stifle the lively impressions of natural affection ; the tears of youth, like the genial showers of May, serve only to save the planter's toil, and simply ripen the rich fruits of the mind; but when either fall too often, they impoverish the soil, and wash away the buds yet blowing.
Page 174 - Me married to him!" resumed our friend, replying to some imaginary speech, — "oh, no, I took warning by my sister! — I will have no more bloody marriages: you see I have no ring," wildly displaying her hands, "except a black one; a black one indeed, if you knew all — but I need not tell you that — have I, my Lord? — look up — here is my love — he himself shall tell you.

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