A World Without Souls, and the Velvet Cushion Volume 1-2

A World Without Souls, and the Velvet Cushion Volume 1-2

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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. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ...living rays; Like as when round the pointed lance, In harmless eye-deceiving dance, The summer lightning idly plays. ' And memory says, that on thy brow Is pe.ncil'd such a peaceful bow As oft bestrides the sky; This phenomenon is_ said to occur in some southern climates. Prophetic too it seems to say, That many a holy happy day Is promis'd to my Emily. I see thee, as the moon's pale beam ' Silvers the scarcely heaving stream, . Count the slow waves which sullen break; Or steal along the chequer'd isle, While meek Devotion's sainted smile Sits calmly on thine angel cheek. I see thee climb the rugged steep, Vi/"here poor Valette forgets to weep, Cheer'd by thy pitying eye; But never see that eye severe, To frown on woe, or chide the tear Of helpless, hopeless misery. But why are these but mem0ry's themes, Of joys expir'd, but lingering dreams, The ghosts of what were mine P In each low bell that strikes mine ear, A mournful voice I seem to hear, " Those joys no more are thine."' O 2 But yield me to my native oaks, To laughing vallies bleached with flocks, To nature's ribs of stone; Another touch shall wake the string, And sweetly Emily shall sing, " Those joys are thine alone." '.' I once remarked," said M. " that it was not only sorrow which made a poet. But let me add, that poetry had some obligations to you for not prostituting it to any base employments. Love, when it borrows the aid of numbers, 'sometimes sings in strains fit only for the seraglio.--We are not however, to consider religion as an enemy to chaste affections;--it is not meant to destroy love, but to sanctify it. And the influence of modest love is reciprocal--it does not...
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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236768078
  • 9781236768070