Merry England, Volumes 1-2

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Page 300 - Lovely are the curves of the white owl sweeping Wavy in the dusk lit by one large star. Lone on the fir-branch, his rattle-note unvaried, Brooding o'er the gloom, spins the brown eve-jar. Darker grows the valley, more and more forgetting : So were it with me if forgetting could be willed.
Page 287 - gainst my fury • Do I take part : the rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance : they being penitent, The sole drift of my purpose doth extend Not a frown further : Go, release them, Ariel ; My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore, • And they shall be themselves.
Page 45 - Madonna, turning her mild face upward and opening her arms to welcome the divine glory; but do not impose on us any aesthetic rules which shall banish from the region of Art those old women scraping carrots with their work-worn hands, those heavy clowns taking holiday in a dingy pot-house, those rounded backs and stupid weather-beaten faces that have bent over the spade and done the rough work of the world— those homes with their tin pans, their brown pitchers, their rough curs, and their clusters...
Page 45 - Art always remind us of them; therefore let us always have men ready to give the loving pains of a life to the faithful representing of commonplace things - men who see beauty in these commonplace things, and delight in showing how kindly the light of heaven falls on them.
Page 256 - ... looking-glass could not render a better facsimile. Here we have the real identical man Dickens: the artist must have understood the inward Boz as well as the outward before he made this admirable representation of him.
Page 31 - For the lips of the priest shall keep knowledge and they shall seek the law at his mouth because he is the angel of the Lord of hosts.
Page 48 - ... he tossed the outlying scraps of fuel into the conflagration, looking at the midst of the pile, occasionally lifting his eyes to measure the height of the flame, or to follow the great sparks which rose with it and sailed away into darkness. The beaming sight, and the penetrating warmth, seemed to breed in him a cumulative cheerfulness, which soon amounted to delight. With his stick in his hand he began to jig a private minuet, a bunch of copper seals shining and swinging like a pendulum from...
Page 256 - I cannot mention the name, but which were coloured light green, and came out once a month, this young man wanted an artist to illustrate his writings, and I recollect walking up to his chambers in Furnival's Inn with two or three drawings in my hand, which strange to say, he did not find suitable.
Page 231 - As the keeper of the king's peace, both by common law and special commission, he is the first man in the county, and superior in rank to any nobleman therein, during his office p.
Page 49 - Fri'ar and' his bro'-ther." I met Mis'ess Yeobright, the young bride's aunt, last night, and she told me that her son Clym was coming home a' Christmas. Wonderful clever, 'a believe — ah, I should like to have all that's under that young man's hair. Well, then, I spoke to her in my well-known merry way, and she said, " O that what's shaped so venerable should talk like a fool ! " — that's what she said to me. I don't care for her, be j owned if I do, and so I told her. " Be jowned if I care for...

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