Miscellaneous Thoughts on Men, Manners, and Things

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Plaskitt & Cugle, 1841 - 385 pages

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Page 298 - O all-seeing light, and eternal life of all things, to whom nothing is either so great that it may resist, or so small that it is contemned : look upon my misery with Thine eye of mercy, and let Thine infinite power vouchsafe to limit out some proportion of deliverance unto me, as to Thee shall seem most convenient.
Page 282 - And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever . . . that there should be time no longer...
Page 299 - Lord, be accepted of thee, since even that proceeds from thee,) let me crave, even by the noblest title, which in my greatest affliction I may give myself, that I am thy- creature, and by thy goodness (which is thyself) that thou wilt suffer some 'beam of thy Majesty So to shine into my mind, that it may still depend confidently on thee.
Page 126 - His house was known to all the vagrant train ; He chid their wanderings, but relieved their pain.
Page 252 - ... meet in some alehouse ; in another place you see a pious circle sitting round an ale-barrel, many of which stand ready upon carts for the refreshment of the saints. The heat of the summer season, the fatigue of travelling, and the greatness of the crowd naturally dispose them to drink, which inclines some of them to sleep, works up the...
Page 253 - ... drink ; which inclines some of them to sleep, works up the enthusiasm of others, and contributes not a little to produce those miraculous conversions that sometimes happen at these occasions ; in a word, in this sacred assembly there is an odd mixture of religion, sleep, drinking, courtship, and a confusion of sexes, ages, and characters. When you get a little nearer the speaker, so as to be within...
Page 253 - ... neighbour for squeezing or treading on him ; in an instant after, his countenance is composed to the religious gloom, and he is groaning, sighing, and weeping for his sins...
Page 298 - ... heart be thus to be broken ; O Lord, I yield unto thy will, and joyfully embrace what sorrow thou wilt have me suffer.
Page 282 - From the principles he lays down, some " useful and entertaining conclusions are drawn." The first is as follows : " If time be no more than the succession of ideas and actions, however these may be accelerated or retarded, time will be just the same : that is, neither longer or shorter, provided the same ideas and actions succeed one another, as far, I mean, as it relates to beings so thinking and acting. For instance, were the earth and all the celestial bodies to perform the same revolutions in...
Page 78 - Montaigne saith prettily, when he inquired the reason why the word of the lie should be such a disgrace, and such an odious charge, saith he, 'If it be well weighed, to say that a man lieth, is as much as to say that he is brave towards God and a coward towards men. For a lie faces God, and shrinks from man.

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