Fairy Stories with a Purpose

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T. Nelson and sons, 1871 - Conduct of life - 161 pages
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Page 72 - Howe'er it be, it seems to me, Tis only noble to be good. Kind hearts are more than coronets, And simple faith than Norman blood.
Page 7 - Another sort there be, that will Be talking of the Fairies still, Nor never can they have their fill, As they were wedded to them; No tales of them their thirst can slake, So much delight therein they take, And some strange thing they fain would make, Knew they the way to do them. Then since no Muse hath been so bold, Or of the later, or the old, Those elvish secrets to unfold, Which lie from others...
Page 116 - tis a fairer season ; ye have breathed Rich benedictions o'er us ; ye have wreathed Fresh garlands : for sweet music has been heard In many places ; some has been upstirred From out its crystal dwelling in a lake...
Page 105 - The dairymaid expects no fairy guest, To skim the bowls, and after pay the feast. She sighs and shakes her empty shoes in vain, No silver penny to reward her pain...
Page 104 - ... and laughter being a visible symptom of some inward satisfaction, it is then, if ever, we may believe the face. There is, perhaps, no better index to point us to the particularities of the mind than this, which is in itself one of the chief distinctions of our rationality. For, as Milton says, — Smiles from reason flow, to brutes denied, — And are of love the food.
Page 19 - Then, fair lady," said the cavalier, removing hia plumed hat, " deign to receive this letter which the king, your father, has charged me to place in your hands." Rosetta, surprised, took the missive, opened it, and read as follows : — " ROSETTA, — Your sisters are now eighteen years old; and of an age to be married. I have invited the princes and princesses of every kingdom in the world to be present at the fetes which I shall give in order to select suitable husbands for them.
Page 87 - Almighty's form ;' the sky is not to the poet a ' foul and pestilent congregation of vapours,' it is a magnificent canopy ' fretted with golden fire,' nay, to his anointed eye every blade of grass lives, every flower has its sentiment, every tree its moral, and — ; Visions, as poetic eyes avow, Hang in each leaf, and cling to every bough.' This perpetual personification springs from that principle of love which teaches the poet not only to regard all men as his brethren, the whole earth as his...
Page 97 - As she spoke these words, the young physician unveiled her bosom, and Kelaun perceived that he had been healed by a beauteous woman. " Happy am I," he exclaimed, "that I can reward thee in such wise as to secure my own bliss. Henceforth, fair stranger, thou art the mistress of my heart, and shalt divide with me my empire.
Page 117 - Why art thou so sad?" she inquired; "why are thine eyes heavy, and thy brow wrinkled with care?" Rudolph's knees knocked together when he heard her speak ; and it was a minute or two before he could recover himself sufficiently to answer : "I was once rich and happy, most serene; but misfortunes have fallen upon me.

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