The Modern Pythagorean: A Series of Tales, Essays, and Sketches, Volume 2

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W. Blackwood and Sons, 1838
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Page 467 - There's statues gracing This noble place in — All heathen gods And nymphs so fair; Bold Neptune, Plutarch, And Nicodemus, All standing naked In the open air!
Page 249 - He tugged, he shook, till down they came, and drew The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder Upon the heads of all who sat beneath, Lords, ladies, captains, counsellors...
Page 234 - But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flower, its bloom is shed; Or like the snow-fall in the river, A moment white — then melts for ever; Or like the borealis race, That flit ere you can point their place; Or like the rainbow's lovely form Evanishing amid the storm. Nae man can tether time or tide; The hour approaches Tarn maun ride — That hour o...
Page 245 - like the baseless fabric of a vision, and left not a wreck behind...
Page 38 - ... The punishment had its evident effect, however, upon Wolstang, for he became agitated and alarmed, grew pale, and entreated me to let him go. " Never, you villain, till you return me back my body. Let me be myself again, and then you are free." " That is impossible," said he, " and cannot be done without the agency of another person, who is absent ; but I hereby solemnly swear, that five days after my death your body shall be your own.
Page 15 - And do you really go all the lengths of Pythagoras?" I demanded. " I not only go all his lengths, but I go much farther. For instance, he believed that the soul never left the body until the latter was dead. Now, my belief is, that two living bodies may exchange souls with each other. For instance, your soul may take possession of my body, and my soul of yours, and both our bodies may be alive.
Page 44 - Then, fool," said he, while a frown perfectly unnatural to him corrugated his brow, and his eyes shot forth vivid glances of fire — " then, fool, I leave you to your fate. You shall never see me again." So saying, he walked out of the room, dispensing with his usual bows and grimaces, and dashing the door fiercely after him, while I threw myself upon a couch in an agony of despair. My doom was now sealed beyond all hope ; for, going to the windows a few minutes thereafter, I beheld my own funeral,...
Page 39 - ... body." In an instant I felt great pains shoot through me, and I lay on the ground, breathless and exhausted as if from some dreadful punishment. I also saw the little gentleman, and the tall stout figure of Wolstang, walk away arm in arm, and enter the wood. I was now myself again, but had at first little cause of congratulation on the change, for I was one heap of bruises, while the unprincipled author of my calamities was moving off in his own body without a single scratch. If my frame was...
Page 47 - I was terrified to breathe, because the pent air within it would be exhausted, and the suffocation of struggling humanity would seize upon me. I was even terrified to open my eyes, and gaze upon the eternal darkness by which I was surrounded. Could I resist ? the idea was madness. What would my strength avail against the closed coffin, and the pressure above, below, and on every side ? " No, I must abide the struggle, which a few seconds more will bring on : I must perish deplorably in it.
Page 40 - I made a point of calling at my own house, and inquiring for myself. The servant said that I could not be seen, being confined to bed in consequence of several bruises received in an encounter with two highwaymen. I called next day, and was still confined. On the third I did the same, but I had gone out with a friend. On the fourth I learnt that I was dead. It will readily be believed that this last intelligence was far from being unwelcome. On hearing of my own death I felt the most lively pleasure,...

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