Women; Or, Pour Et Contre. a Tale Volume 1

Women; Or, Pour Et Contre. a Tale Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ... he had got very far when he had led Eva to quote poetry, and " on that hint he spake." It was in vain. Beyond Cowper, the evangelical poet, she knew nothing, and would' know nothing; and such was the tranquil purity of her mind, such was " the sober certainty of waking bliss" with which she seemed to fill the narrow sphere of her enjoyment, that Charles felt it almost a crime to try to familiarise her with works of iinagination and passion, to communicate to her " the sweet madness" with which she had inspired him. At times he felt it was like the attempt of Milton's Satan to introduce into the pure region of heaven " strange fire, his own invented torment." Still he urged her to read poetry, for he felt as if itmight plead for him, --as if its impassioned language could convey to her what he could not utter. One evening he had succeeded in prevailing on her to listen to " The Lay of the Last Minstrel;" she was struck by the introduction, and Charles was proceeding with that increasing confidence which the increasing interest of a listener gives a reader, when the clock struck, and she reminded him it was time to go to the evening lec ture at Bethesda Chapel. Charles, with a sigh, threw aside the poem, and accompanied her. The sermon was eloquent and long, the congregation profoundly attentive; Charles sate abstracted and listless. As theyreturned, the lovely calmness of a vernal night revived the feelings of Charles; and as Eva leaned on his arm, and sometimes raised her looks (but with other feelings'' than his) to the bright blue spangled sky, that exquisite passage broke involuntarily fiom his 'lips, that ends with, "for lovers love the...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236936094
  • 9781236936097