The Brothers Wiffen: Memoirs and Miscellanies

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Samuel Rowles Pattison
Hodder and Stoughton, 1880 - 375 pages

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Page 18 - own exceeding great reward ; ' it has soothed my afflictions ; it has multiplied and refined my enjoyments ; it has endeared solitude ; and it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and the beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
Page 68 - As for nobility in particular persons; it is a reverend thing to see an ancient castle or building not in decay, or to see a fair timber-tree sound and perfect: how much more to behold an ancient noble family, which hath stood against the waves and weathers of time.
Page 16 - For some, that hath abundance at his will, Hath not enough, but wants in greatest store; And other, that hath little, asks no more...
Page 279 - More sweet than odours caught by him who sails Near spicy shores of Araby the blest, A thousand times more exquisitely sweet, The freight of holy feeling which we meet, In thoughtful moments, wafted by the gales From fields where good men walk, or bowers wherein they rest.
Page 72 - ... as the other. He that dies in an earnest pursuit is like one that is wounded in hot blood, who for the time scarce feels the hurt' and therefore, a mind fixed and bent upon somewhat that is good, doth avert the dolours of death. But above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is Nunc dimittis, when a man hath obtained worthy ends and expectations.
Page 1 - ... devout prayer to that eternal Spirit who can enrich with all utterance and knowledge, and sends out his seraphim, with the hallowed fire of his altar, to touch and purify the lips of whom he pleases...
Page 89 - There are among the walks of homely life Still higher, men for contemplation framed, Shy, and unpractised in the strife of phrase: Meek men, whose very souls perhaps would sink Beneath them, summoned to such intercourse: Theirs is the language of the heavens, the power, The thought, the image, and the silent joy: Words are but under-agents in their souls...
Page 249 - ... shall find it prove to him a cornucopia of good fortune, if he can bear it in safety across a running stream. A goblet is still carefully preserved in Eden-hall, Cumberland, which is supposed to have been seized, at such a banquet, by one of the ancient family of Musgrave. The fairy train vanished, crying aloud, " If that glass either break or fall, Farewell the luck of Eden-hall ! " From this prophecy the goblet took the name it bears — the Luck of Kdcn-hM.
Page 255 - Tis dusk of day; — in Eden's towers A mother o'er her infant bends, And lists, amid the whispering bowers, The sound that from the stream ascends. It comes in murmurs up the stairs, A low, a sweet, a mellow voice, And charms away the lady's cares, And bids the mother's heart rejoice. " Sleep sweetly, babe !" 't was heard to say ; " But if the goblet break or fall, Farewell thy vantage in the fray ! Farewell the luck of Eden-hall!
Page 254 - A sudden thought fires Musgrave's brain, — So help him all the Powers of Light ! — He rushes to the festal train, And snatches up that goblet bright ! With three brave bounds the lawn he crossed, The fourth it seats him on his steed ; " Now, Luath ! or thy lord is lost — Stretch to the stream with lightning speed...

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