The Odd Volume

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1827 - 381 pages

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Page 113 - And, certes,* in fair virtue's heavenly road, The cottage leaves the palace far behind. What is a lordling's pomp ? A cumbrous load, Disguising oft the wretch of human kind!
Page 217 - Meantime I seek no sympathies, nor need ; The thorns which I have reap'd are of the tree I planted, they have torn me and I bleed : I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed.
Page 88 - O life ! how pleasant in thy morning. Young Fancy's rays the hills adorning ! Cold-pausing Caution's lesson scorning, We frisk away, Like school-boys, at th' expected warning, To joy and play.
Page 201 - Fatherland !" in vain streamed his own warm blood, and the blood of the foe, over his resplendent armour. The ponderous mass gave way ; and the enemy, secure on the height, rejoiced in their decided victory. Again rushed Adalbero on with a few gallant warriors ; again the fainthearted fell behind ; and again the enemy rejoiced.
Page 185 - There he left Theresa, after receiving her solemn promise that she would return with him the day before that on which she should complete her eighteenth year. " Father," said she, with streaming eyes, " I have never deceived you. If I live, I will return but do not grieve too deeply, should my heart break in this fearful struggle.
Page 179 - Hungary, and many an unhelieving dog had his good sword smitten to the earth. Various had been the fortune of the war, and too often was the glory of the holy cross dimmed by the lustre of the triumphant crescent. Such sad disasters were seldom alluded to by the brave hussar, but he loved to dwell on the successful actions in which he had been engaged. It was in one of those fierce combats that, suddenly cut off from his party, he found himself surrounded by four infuriated Turks. " But the recollection...
Page 170 - ... them still more consternation. They believed the former indicated some dreadful event, which the latter betokened to be near. On the knight this anticipation had a most terrible effect ; he became pale and haggard, and his countenance assumed such a disturbed appearance, that the inmates of the castle were of opinion that the apparition gave warning of his death. It was not so. . One day, as was his custom, the knight rode to the chase ; and in his present distraction of mind, he approached,...
Page 182 - The hussar interfered, and the quarrel rose so high as to draw Ludovic to the spot. Karl, in a voice almost choked with passion, laid his grievances before him. Theresa, in a tone of indignation, complained to her father of his insolence, and appealed to him whether she were not at liberty to select any partner for the dance she thought proper. " You have no such liberty !
Page 204 - I also will be there," the hero repeated, as, dissolved in grief, he stood by the flaming pile, with his drawn sword in his trembling hand. He lamented aloud over the joyful innocent child, and the graceful obedient wife, who brought the bowl and pitcher, perfuming-pan and taper, used in sacrifices. Then it passed through his mind, that his vow could not be valid ; for such sorrow could not find a place in the heart of man. But the answer was given in dreadful peals of thunder down from the heavens....
Page 202 - Then Adalbero tore open his bosom, and implored the Mighty God of Thunder to pierce it with a thunder-bolt, or to give the victory to his army. But there came no bolt from Heaven ; and the squadron stood timid, and followed not the call. In boundless despair, Adalbero at last said, " There remains only that which is most dear to me. Wife and child I offer to thee, thou God of armies, for victory. My beautiful blooming wife, my only heart-loved child, they belong to thee, Great Ruler in Asgard...

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