Rainsford Villa, Or, Juvenile Independence: A Tale

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J. Harris and Son, 1823 - Brothers and sisters - 139 pages

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Page 102 - Unmix'd with drops of bitter, which neglect Or temper sheds into thy crystal cup ; Thou art the nurse of Virtue, in thine arms She smiles, appearing, as in truth she is, Heaven-born, and destined to the skies again.
Page 23 - ... pitying this, he goes, Lost and confounded with the various shows. Now night's dim shades again involve the sky, Again the wanderers want a place to lie ; Again they search, and find a lodging nigh.
Page 76 - Nor think the Muse, whose sober voice ye hear, Contracts with bigot frown her sullen brow ; Casts round Religion's orb the mists of fear, Or shades with horrors, what with smiles should glow. No ; she would warm you with seraphic fire, Heirs as ye are of heav'n's eternal day ; Would bid you boldly to that heav'n aspire, Not sink and slumber in your cells of clay.
Page 5 - He hath a tear for pity, and a hand Open as day for melting charity...
Page 85 - Low bent, and blushing inward ; nor jonquils, Of potent fragrance; nor Narcissus fair, As o'er the fabled fountain hanging still; Nor broad carnations, nor gay-spotted pinks; Nor, shower'd from every bush, the damask-rose. Infinite numbers, delicacies, smells, With hues on hues expression cannot paint, The breath of Nature, and her endless bloom.
Page 92 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not to your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Page 1 - The first step towards being wise is to know that thou art ignorant; and if thou wouldest not be esteemed foolish in the judgment of others, cast off the folly of being wise in thine own conceit. As a plain garment best adorneth a beautiful woman, so a decent behaviour is the greatest ornament of wisdom.
Page 67 - ... upon its stalwart virtue on the tranquil seas of prosperity, but rather that sort which, amid the storms of life and the intense struggle for existence, sits undisturbed amidst it all, indifferent alike to temptation and the blandishments of exalted preferment. "The honest heart that's free frae all Intended fraud or guile, However fortune kicks the ball, Has aye some cause to smile.
Page 36 - What is the blooming tincture of a skin To peace of mind, to harmony within? What the bright sparkling of the finest eye To the soft soothing of a calm reply? . Can comeliness of form, or shape, or air, With comeliness of words or deeds compare? No, those at first the unwary heart may gain, But these, these only can that heart retain.

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