The Disgrace to the Family: A Story of Social Distinctions

Darton and Company, 1848 - 282 pages

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Page 85 - Art is long, and Time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating Funeral marches to the grave.
Page 145 - And, generally, men ought to find the difference between saltness and bitterness. Certainly he that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others
Page 28 - XXIX. YES — loving is a painful thrill, And not to love more painful still ; But oh, it is the worst of pain, To love and not be loved again...
Page 60 - Oh, -woman! in our hours of ease Uncertain, coy, and hard to please; When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou.
Page 97 - ... Yet well I ken the banks where Amaranths blow, Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow. Bloom, O ye Amaranths ! bloom for whom ye may, For me ye bloom not ! Glide, rich streams, away ! With lips unbrightened, wreathless brow, I stroll : And would you learn the spells that drowse my soul ? WORK WITHOUT HOPE draws nectar in a sieve, And HOPE without an object cannot live.
Page 246 - ... loveliness fade as it will ; And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart Would entwine itself verdantly still. It is not while beauty and youth are thine own. And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear. That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known.
Page 90 - See how the world its veterans rewards! A youth of frolics, an old age of cards; Fair to no purpose, artful to no end, Young without lovers, old without a friend; A fop their passion, but their prize a sot; Alive, ridiculous, and dead, forgot!
Page 265 - Joy, most of all, loves to see Death, at her festive board ; for he is himself a joy, and the last rapture of earth. Only the vulgar can confound the heavenward soaring flight of humanity into the far land of the spring with the mock funereal phenomena on the earth; in the same manner as they take the hooting of the owls, on their departure for warmer climes, for the rattling of ghosts : and yet, good Natalie, in your case, I cannot bear to think of what you have said.
Page 103 - I will add one quotation more : it is from an invocation to Silence :— " Sacred Silence, thou that art Flood-gate of the deepest heart, Offspring of a heavenly kind, Frost of the mouth, and thaw of the mind, Admiration's readiest tongue.
Page 10 - Even a poor lord is despised ; and to increase his fortune, a necessitous peer will condescend to marry into a rich citizen's family. An over-weening affection for money, an idolatrous worship of gain, have absolutely confounded the general intellect, and warped the judgment of many to that excess, that, in estimating men or things, they refer always to

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