The Miscellaneous Works of Henry Mackenzie ...

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Harper & Brothers, 1854 - 512 pages
 

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Page 170 - ... demands. The fineness of mind, which is created or increased by the study of letters, or the admiration of the arts, is supposed to incapacitate a man for the drudgery by which professional eminence is gained ; as a nicely tempered edge applied to a coarse and rugged material is unable to perform what a more common instrument would have successfully achieved.
Page 126 - ... insensible to the pleasures of home, to the little joys and endearments of a family, to the affection of relations, to the fidelity of domestics. Next to being well with his own conscience, the friendship and attachment of a man's family and dependents seems to me one of the most comfortable circumstances in his lot.
Page 489 - I look toward him who struck me ; I see the hand of a father amidst the chastenings of my God. Oh ! could I make you feel what it is to pour out the heart...
Page 111 - I care not, fortune, what you me deny : You cannot rob me of free nature's grace ; You cannot shut the windows of the sky, Through which Aurora shows her brightening face : You cannot bar my constant feet to trace The woods and lawns by living stream at eve. Let health my nerves and finer fibres brace, And I their toys to the great children leave : Of fancy, reason, virtue, nought can me bereave.
Page 30 - Harley had drawn a shilling from his pocket ; but Virtue bade him consider on whom he was going to bestow it. Virtue held back his arm; but a milder form, a younger sister of Virtue's, not so severe as Virtue nor so serious as Pity, smiled upon him : his fingers lost their compression ; nor did Virtue offer to catch the money as it fell.
Page 96 - that it is usual with persons at my time of life to have these hopes, which your kindness suggests ; but I would not wish to be deceived. To meet death as becomes a man, is a privilege bestowed on few. I would...
Page 95 - Being, and rejoice at the thoughts of its exertion in my favour. My mind expands at the thought I shall enter into the society of the blessed, wise as angels, with the simplicity of children.' He had by this time clasped my hand, and found it wet by a tear which had just fallen upon it. — His eye began to moisten too — we sat for some time silent — At last, with an attempt to a look of more composure, 'There are some remembrances' (said Harley) 'which rise involuntarily on my heart, and make...
Page 484 - The old man's sorrow was silent; his daughter sobbed and wept. Her father took her hand, kissed it twice, pressed it to his bosom, threw up his eyes to heaven ; and, having wiped off a tear that was just about to drop from each, began to point out to his guest some of the most striking objects which the prospect afforded. The philosopher interpreted all this ; and he could but slightly censure the creed from which it arose.
Page 93 - I make no doubt they contained ; but it is likely that many of those, whom chance has led to a perusal of what I have already presented, may have read it with little pleasure, and will feel no disappointment from the want of those parts which I have been unable to procure : to such as may have expected the intricacies of a novel, a few incidents in a life undistinguished, except by some features of the heart, cannot have afforded much entertainment.
Page 95 - here is Miss Walton, who has been so kind as to come and inquire for you herself." I could observe a transient glow upon his face. He rose from his seat — "If to know Miss Walton's goodness," said he, "be a title to deserve it, I have some claim.

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