What might have been; or, The old love and the new, by the author of 'Cross purposes'.

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Page 79 - That not to know at large of things remote From use, obscure and subtle, but to know That which before us lies in daily life, Is the prime wisdom...
Page 304 - He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all.
Page 62 - twere the cape of a long ridge of such, Save that there was no sea to lave its base, But a most living landscape, and the wave Of woods and corn-fields, and the abodes of men Scattered at intervals, and wreathing smoke Arising from such rustic roofs...
Page 312 - ... which I gave to the boatmen for my passage. At first they refused it, on account of my having rowed, but I insisted on their taking it. Man is sometimes more generous when he has little money, than when he has plenty ; perhaps to prevent his being thought to have but little.
Page 79 - Heaven is for thee too high To know what passes there ; be lowly wise : Think only what concerns thee and thy being...
Page 79 - And I smiled as one never smiles but once, Then first discovering my own aim's extent, Which sought to comprehend the works of God, And God himself, and all God's intercourse With the human mind ; I understood, no less, My fellows' studies, whose true worth I saw, But smiled not, well aware who stood by me.
Page 350 - CHILDREN themselves, they are commanded to "remember their Creator in the days of their youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh when they shall say, I have no pleasure in them...
Page 389 - A nation whose wealth and social leadership are in the hands of people who fancy that day after day, like those of old, they can " sit down to eat and drink and rise up to play," careless of those who earn the dividends that they spend and pay the rents of the tenement-houses that they own, but too often never visit or inspect, has but one doom before it, and that the worst.
Page 386 - I've thus laid before ye ; For, if rather too gay, I can venture to say, A fine vein of morality is, in each lay Of my primitive Muse, the distinguishing trait! — First of all — Don't put off till to-morrow what may, Without inconvenience, be managed to-day ! That golden occasion we call "Opportunity...
Page 188 - If you can mend it — mend it If you can't mend it — end it.

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