Novels and Romances of the Author of Waverley, Volume 20

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A. Constable, 1825
 

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Page 393 - Full little knowest thou, that hast not tried, What hell it is in suing long to bide ; To lose good days that might be better spent ; To waste long nights in pensive discontent ; To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow ; To feed on hope ; to pine with fear and sorrow ; To have thy Prince's grace, yet want her peer?
Page 227 - Their destined glance some fated youth descry, Who now, perhaps, in lusty vigour seen, And rosy health, shall soon lamented die. For them the viewless forms of air obey; Their bidding heed, and at their beck repair: They know what spirit brews the stormful day, And, heartless, oft like moody madness, stare To see the phantom train their secret work prepare.
Page 136 - Some of their chiefs were princes of the land; In the first rank of these did Zimri stand, A man so various that he seemed to be Not one, but all mankind's epitome...
Page 144 - Over the mountains And over the waves, Under the fountains And under the graves ; Under floods that are deepest, Which Neptune obey ; Over rocks that are steepest Love will find out the way.
Page 233 - I should write with sense and spirit a few scenes unlaboured and loosely put together, but which had sufficient interest in them to amuse in one corner the pain of body ; in another, to relieve anxiety of mind ; in a third place, to unwrinkle a brow bent with the furrows of daily toil ; in another, to fill the place of bad thoughts, or to suggest better; in yet another, to induce an idler to study the history of his country ; in all, save where the perusal interrupted the discharge of serious duties,...
Page 146 - The country rings around with loud alarms, And raw in fields the rude militia swarms ; Mouths without hands, maintain'd at vast expense, In peace a charge, in war a weak defence : Stout once a month they march, a blust'ring band; And ever, but in times of need, at hand...
Page 125 - she has all the look of it. She runs before the wind that we must battle with, which is the wonted way of the world. As glorious John...
Page 125 - And sanguine streamers seem'd the flood to fire: The weaver, charm'd with what his loom design'd, Goes on to sea, and knows not to retire. With roomy decks, her guns of mighty strength, Whose low-laid mouths each mounting billow laves, Deep in her draught, and warlike in her length, She seems a sea-wasp flying on the waves.
Page 240 - I have repeatedly laid down my future work to scale, divided it into volumes and chapters, and endeavoured to construct a story which I meant should evolve itself gradually and strikingly, maintain suspense, and stimulate curiosity; and which, finally, should terminate in a striking catastrophe. But I think there is a demon who seats himself on the feather of my pen when I begin to write, and leads it astray from the purpose. Characters expand under my hand ; incidents are multiplied ; the story...

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