Autobiography of Mrs. Fletcher: With Letters and Other Family Memorials

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Edmonston and Douglas, 1875 - 377 pages

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Page 305 - Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Page 42 - And he dreamed, and behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven : and behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Page 157 - blarney ; ' and in one who had moved in the best circles, both as to manners and mind, it surprised me not a little. She repelled all approach to intimacy on my part, by the excess of her complimentary reception of me when we were first introduced to each other at Mr. Alison's. I never felt confidence in the reality of what she said afterwards. I do not know whether it was the absence of good taste in her, or that she supposed I was silly and vain enough to be flattered by such verbiage. It was...
Page 128 - It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away the Comforter will not come unto you, but if I go away I will send Him unto you (John 16:7).
Page ix - We live by Admiration, Hope, and Love ; And, even as these are well and wisely fixed, In dignity of being we ascend.
Page 338 - ... society. She had been an only child, a cherished wife, an adored mother, unspoiled by love in any of these relations, because that love was founded on knowledge. In childhood she had warmly sympathized in the spirit that animated the American Revolution, and Washington had been her hero'; later, the interest of her husband in every struggle for freedom had cherished her own ; she had known in the course of her long life many eminent men...
Page 16 - LAERTES' head. And these few precepts in thy memory Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel ; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade.
Page 130 - IT has been the impulse of my heart to write to you, and yet I hardly know how. What can I say ? how can I express the shock this awful, this most affecting event has given me, has given all of us ! How are the fairest hopes destroyed ! How are the dearest ties severed ! When was the uncertainty of life and all its hopes exemplified in a more solemn manner ! Dear Grace ! I had hoped myself...
Page 236 - No anger find in thee, but pity and ruth. Thy care is fixed, and zealously attends To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light, And hope that reaps not shame.
Page 248 - Wordsworth considers him a dull man in conversation. He said he did not either give information, nor did he enliven any subject by discussion. He spoke highly of his writings as admirable specimens of the kind, but he does not like the misanthropic vein which runs through them. He was surprised to hear from my mother that Crabbe's prose style was stiff and artificial in his letters. He said that generally good writers of verse wrote good prose, especially good letters.

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