The Life, Letters, and Friendships of Richard Monckton Milnes: First Lord Houghton, Volume 1

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Cassell, 1890 - 544 pages
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Page 181 - A shadow flits before me, Not thou, but like to thee: Ah Christ, that it were possible For one short hour to see...
Page 477 - Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my Maker would soon take me away.
Page 175 - But the beating of my own heart Was all the sound I heard. He came not, — no, he came not, — The night came on alone, — The little...
Page 472 - And they think," says the Venetian traveller of 1500, "no greater honor can be conferred or received, than to invite others to eat with them, or to be invited themselves, and they would sooner give five or six ducats to provide an entertainment for a person, than a groat to assist him in any distress.
Page 337 - Mr. Vavasour was a social favourite ; a poet and a real poet, and a troubadour, as well as a member of Parliament; travelled, sweet-tempered, and good-hearted ; amusing and clever. With catholic sympathies and an eclectic turn of mind, Mr. Vavasour saw something good in everybody and everything, which is certainly amiable, and perhaps just, but disqualifies a man in some degree for the business of life, which requires for its conduct a certain degree of prejudice. Mr. Vavasour's breakfasts were renowned....
Page 477 - Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
Page 180 - ... Believe me always thine affectionately, A. TENNYSON. I have spoken with Charles. He has promised to contribute to your Annual1. Frederick will, I daresay, follow his example. See now whether I am not doing my best for you, and whether you had any occasion to threaten me with that black "Anacaona2" and her cocoashod coves of niggers.
Page 194 - AT OLNEY. FROM this forlornest place, at morn and even, Issues a voice imperative, " Begone, All ye that let your vermin thoughts creep on Beneath the unheeded thunders of high Heaven ; Nor welcome they, who, when free grace is given To flee from usual life's dominion, Soon as the moving scene or time is gone, Return, like penitents unfitly shriven. But Ye, who long have wooed the memory Of this great Victim of sublime despair, Encompassed round with evil as with air, Yet crying, " God is good, and...
Page 338 - Vavasour moved amid the strife, sympathising with every one ; and perhaps, after all, the philanthropy which was his boast was not untinged by a dash of humour, of which rare and charming quality he possessed no inconsiderable portion. Vavasour liked to know everybody who was known, and to see everything which ought to be seen.
Page 338 - Kalisch in his yeomanry uniform, and assisted at the festivals of Barcelona in an Andalusian jacket. He was everywhere and at everything; he had gone down in a diving-bell and gone up in a balloon. As for his acquaintances, he was welcomed in every land; his universal sympathies seemed omnipotent. Emperor and king, jacobin and carbonaro, alike cherished him. He' was the steward of Polish balls and the vindicator of Russian humanity; he dined with Louis Philippe and gave dinners to Louis Blanc.

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