Spurinna or the Comforts of Old Age; With Notes and Biographical Illustrations

Spurinna or the Comforts of Old Age; With Notes and Biographical Illustrations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ...a ninth statue, of a thousand times greater value than them all. The acquisition of this inestimable prize becomes his object. The Statue is at length obtained, --a lovely female of a pure unadulterated mind, whom he receives with this admirable lesson: " If you wish she should preserve for " you a constant and unbroken faith, " love her always, and Love Only " Her: admit no rival in your affec" tions, and I will be answerable for " her fidelity." Bishop Hough. What, my young friend! still thinking of the Eve, that is to adorn your paradise? Do you then desire to apply these eight diamond statues, as foils--all to display the greater beauty of one beloved object? and do you not willingly admit, that one statue parlante would surpass the other eight? Me. Lyttelton. And with reason, my Lord: for what is the worth of mountains of diamonds, compared with a pure, spotless, female form, illumined by benignity and intelligence, and endowed with an immortal soul? How should a mere inanimate substance be ever capable of vying with the display of mind in the human countenance? or what brilliancy can gems and senseless matter add to the beams of benevolence and affection, emitted from the eye of a lovely Woman, and diffusing a gleam of light on all around her? They can have no unison of character; but instead of adding lustre, must debase and contaminate the brightness of living beauty, and deteriorate what is divine and intellectual. Bishop Hough. Do you then venture, Mr. Lyttelton, to exclude diamonds from your thirty nine articles of female attire? and will not a synod of matrons condemn such a doctrine as heresy? Mr. Lyttelton. Their matron rights, my Lord Bishop, I respect, and do not presume to invade. I am ready to indulge those who may want it, in...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659163
  • 9781236659163