Talk at a Country House: Fact and Fiction

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1894 - 249 pages
 

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Page 6 - But love, first learned in a lady's eyes, Lives not alone immured in the brain, But with the motion of all elements Courses as swift as thought in every power, And gives to every power a double power Above their functions and their offices.
Page 67 - Now entertain conjecture of a time When creeping murmur and the poring dark Fills the wide vessel of the universe. From camp to camp through the foul womb of night The hum of either army stilly sounds, That the fixed sentinels almost receive The secret whispers of each other's watch...
Page 7 - Subtle as sphinx ; as sweet, and musical, As bright Apollo's lute, strung with his hair ; And, when love speaks, the voice of all the gods Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.
Page 67 - The hum of either army stilly sounds, That the fix'd sentinels almost receive The secret whispers of each other's watch : Fire answers fire ; and through their paly flames Each battle sees the other's umber'd face : Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs Piercing the night's dull ear ; and from the tents, The armourers, accomplishing the knights, With busy hammers closing rivets up, Give dreadful note of preparation.
Page 152 - Herostratus lives that burnt the temple of Diana, he is almost lost that built it. Time hath spared the epitaph of Adrian's horse, confounded that of himself. In vain we compute our felicities by the advantage of our good names, since bad have equal durations, and Thersites is like to live as long as Agamemnon.
Page 215 - A heavenly image in the glass appears, To that she bends, to that her eyes she rears ; The inferior priestess, at her altar's side, Trembling begins the sacred rites of pride.
Page 114 - twill cost a sigh, a tear ; Then steal away, give little warning, Choose thine own time ; Say not Good Night, but in some brighter clime Bid me Good Morning.
Page 112 - And his disciples asked him, saying : " Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind ? " Jesus answered : " Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents : but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Page 143 - And on thro' zones of light and shadow Glimmer away to the lonely deep, We might discuss the Northern sin Which made a selfish war begin; Dispute the claims, arrange the chances; Emperor, Ottoman, which shall win : Or whether war's avenging rod Shall lash all Europe into blood...
Page 232 - I pray you, speak not ; he grows worse and worse; Question enrages him : at once, good night : Stand not upon the order of your going, But go at once.

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