Metrical Legends of Exalted Characters

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1821 - English poetry - 373 pages
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Page 264 - My grandmother sent for the minister next day, and upon pretence of a mad dog, got him to hang all his dogs. There was also difficulty of getting victuals to carry him without the servants suspecting. The only way it was done was by stealing it off her plate at dinner into her lap. Many a diverting story she has told about this, and other things of the like nature.
Page 180 - Whilst in that sound there is a charm The nerves to brace, the heart to warm, As, thinking of the mighty dead, The young from slothful couch will start, And vow, with lifted hands outspread, Like them to act a noble part?
Page 203 - The figures of serpents, of tigers, and of other destructive animals, decorated their temples. Fear was the only principle that inspired their votaries. Fasts, mortifications, and penances, all rigid, and many of them excruciating to an extreme degree, were the means employed to appease the wrath of their gods, and the Mexicans never approached their altars without sprinkling them with blood drawn from their own bodies.
Page 373 - My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them? 22 And he answered, Thou shall not smite them : wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master.
Page 127 - ... tempest steer; And wise as bold, and good as wise ; The magnet of a thousand eyes, That on his form and features cast His noble mien and simple guise, In wonder seem'd to look their last. A form which conscious worth is gracing, A face where hope, the lines effacing Of thought and care, bestow'd, in truth, To the quick eyes' imperfect tracing The look and air of youth.
Page 371 - I think it very strange you charge me with such abominable tiiings ; you may remember when you came to me in prison, you told me such things were laid to my charge, but you did not believe them. How then, my Lord, came you to lay such a stain upon me with so much violence. Are you now convinced in your conscience, that I am more guilty than before ?— you may remember what passed betwixt us in the prison.
Page 234 - ... saintlier nature, Amidst her friends of pigmy stature, To see the maid in youth's fair bloom, A guardian sister's charge assume, And, like a touch of angel's bliss, Receive from each its grateful kiss. — To see them, when their hour of love is past, Aside their grave demeanour cast. With her in mimic war they wrestle ; Beneath her twisted robe they nestle , Upon her glowing cheek they revel, Low bended to their tiny level ; While oft, her lovely neck bestriding Crows some arch imp, like huntsman...
Page 181 - To earth-worn pilgrim's wistful eye The brightest rays of cheering shed, That point to immortality? A twinkling speck, but fixed and bright, To guide us through the dreary night, Each hero shines, and lures the soul To gain the distant happy goal. For is there one who, musing o'er the grave Where lies...
Page 203 - The aspect of superstition in Mexico was gloomy and atrocious. Its divinities were clothed with terror, and delighted in vengeance.
Page 266 - All the time they were there" (says his daughter), "there was not a week my mother did not sit up two nights, to do the business that was necessary. She went to market; went to the mill to have their corn ground, which, it seems, is the way with good managers there; dressed the linen; cleaned the house; made ready dinner; mended the children's stockings, and other clothes ; made what she could for them ; and, in short, did every thing.

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