The Keepsake

Hurst, Chance, & Company, 1852

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Pagina 65 - Sweet records, promises as sweet; A creature not too bright or good For human nature's daily food, For transient sorrows, simple wiles, Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.
Pagina 68 - Wisdom for a man's self is, in many branches thereof, a depraved thing. It is the wisdom of rats, that will be sure to leave a house somewhat before it fall. It is the wisdom of the fox, that thrusts out the badger who digged and made room for him. It is the wisdom of crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.
Pagina 90 - God's Creation, I am ? And a world all dying because I am, and show myself to be, and to have long been, even that ? John, the carriage, the carriage; swift! Let me go home in silence, to reflection, perhaps to sackcloth and ashes!
Pagina 86 - ... elements, into the eternal Sea of Light, when song leads and inspires us. Serious nations, all nations that can still listen to the mandate of Nature, have prized song and music as the highest ; as a vehicle for worship, for prophecy, and for whatsoever in them was divine. Their singer was a vales, admitted to the council of the universe, friend of the gods, and choicest benefactor to man.
Pagina 47 - If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
Pagina 37 - Yet it shall be : thou shalt lower to his level day by day, What is fine within thee growing coarse to sympathise with clay. As the husband is, the wife is : thou art mated with a clown. And the grossness of his nature will have weight to drag thee down.
Pagina 87 - Sophocles, all noble poets were priests as well ; and sang the truest (which was also the divinest) they had been privileged to discover here below. To " sing the praise of God," that, you will find, if you can interpret old words, and see what new things they mean, was always, and will always be, the business of the singer. He who forsakes that business, and, wasting our divinest gifts, sings the praise of Chaos, what shall we say of him...
Pagina 88 - I could read it, to be a man of deep and ardent sensibilities, of delicate intuitions, just sympathies ; originally an almost poetic soul, or man of genius, as we term it ; stamped by Nature as capable of far other work than squalling here, like a blind Samson, to make the Philistines sport ! Nay, all of them had aptitudes, perhaps of a distinguished kind ; and must, by their own and other people's labour, have got a training equal or superior in toilsomeness, earnest assiduity and patient travail...
Pagina 90 - Dignitary, tripping into the boxes of said females ; grinning there awhile, with dyed moustachios and macassar-oil graciosity, and then tripping out again: — and, in fact, I perceived that Coletti and Cerito and the Rhythmic Arts were a mere accompaniment here. Wonderful to see ; and sad, if you had eyes ! Do but think of it. Cleopatra threw pearls into her drink, in mere waste ; which was reckoned foolish of her. But here had the Modern Aristocracy of men brought the divinest of its Arts, heavenly...
Pagina 88 - Lamp; a hall as if fitted-up by the genii, regardless of expense. Upholstery, and the outlay of human capital, could do no more. Artists, too, as they are called, have been got together from the ends of the world, regardless likewise of expense, to do dancing and singing, some of them even geniuses in their craft.

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