The Life of Mrs. Godolphin

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Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1888 - 287 pages
 

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Page xix - I was witness of, the King sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth, Cleveland, and Mazarine, &c., a French boy singing love-songs,* in that glorious gallery, whilst about twenty of the great courtiers and other dissolute persons were at Basset round a large table, a bank of at least 2000 in gold before them ; upon which two gentlemen who were with me made reflections with astonishment. Six days after was all in the dust...
Page xix - I can never forget the inexpressible luxury and profaneness, gaming and all dissoluteness, and as it were total forgetfulness of God (it being Sunday evening) which this day se'nnight I was witness of, the king sitting and toying with his concubines, Portsmouth...
Page 218 - For by grace are ye saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God : not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Page 241 - Duchess marked his weary pace, His timid mien and reverend face, And bade her page the menials tell, That they should tend the old man well : For she had known adversity, Though born in such a high degree ; In pride of power, in beauty's bloom, Had wept o'er Monmouth's bloody tomb...
Page 257 - What mad freaks the Mayds of Honour at Court have: that Mrs. Jenings/ one of the Duchess's maids, the other day dressed herself like an orange wench, and went up and down and cried oranges; till, falling down, or by some accident, her fine shoes were discerned, and she put to a great deal of shame...
Page 281 - For unto such the prosperous winds do blow As run from port to port to seek 'avail.* This bred despair; whereof such doubts did grow That I gan faint, and all my courage fail. But now, my Blage, mine error well I see ; Such goodly light king David giveth me.
Page 222 - ... modesty, and goodness Imaginable, agreeable to the Composure of her thoughts, and the union of a thousand perfections : add to all this, she was Just, Invincible, secrett, ingeniously sinceere, faithfull in her promises, and to a Miracle, temperate, and mistress of her passions and resolutions, and soe well had she imployed her spann of tyme, that as oft as I consider how much she knew, and writt, and did, I am plainly astonished, and blush even for my selfe. O how delightfull entertaining was...
Page 20 - If you speake any thing they like, say 'tis borrowed, and be humble when commended. Before I speake, Lord, assist me ; when I pray, Lord, heare me ; when I am praised, God, humble me. May the clock, the candle, every thing I see, instruct me.
Page 51 - tis done, (my friend) 'tis done, and from my soule I am thankfull ; and, tho' I beleive he loves me passionately, yett I am not where I was : my place is fill'd vpp with HIM who is all in all. I find in him none of that tormenting passion to which I need...
Page 66 - I know not what to determine ; sometymes I think one thing, sometymes another ; one day I fancy noe life soe pure as the vnmarryed, another day I think it less exemplarye, and that the marryed life has more opportunity of exerciseing Charity; and then, againe, that 'tis full of solicitude and worldlyness; soe as what I shall doe I know not.

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