French heroines, eminent for piety and virtue

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London, 1884 - 300 pages
 

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Page 216 - WHAT are we set on earth for ? Say, to toil ; Nor seek to leave thy tending of the vines For all the heat o' the day, till it declines, And Death's mild curfew shall from work assoil. God did anoint thee with His odorous oil, To wrestle, not to reign ; and He assigns All thy tears over, like pure crystallines, For younger fellow-workers of the soil To wear for amulets. So others shall Take patience, labour, to their heart and hand, From thy hand and thy heart and thy brave cheer, And God's grace...
Page 83 - If you please, mamma, will you go on? Mrs. M. " At six my brother went again to my father, to say his lessons, and to play till supper-time. After supper, my mother undressed him quickly and put him to bed. We then went up to our own apartment. The king did not go to bed till eleven. My mother worked a great deal of tapestry : she directed my studies, and often made me read aloud. My aunt was frequently at prayer, and read every morning the divine service for the day. She read a good many religious...
Page 82 - My father rose at seven, and was employed in his devotions till eight : afterwards he dressed himself and my brother, and at nine came to breakfast with my mother. After breakfast, my father taught my brother his lessons till eleven. The child then played till twelve, at which hour the whole family was obliged to walk in the garden, whatever the weather might be, because the guards, who were relieved at that time, wished to see all the prisoners, and satisfy themselves that we were safe.
Page 209 - Après vingt-cinq ans, il ne reste que les grandes choses et les grands hommes, Napoléon et Chateaubriand. « Trouvez bon que je dépose ces quelques vers à votre porte. Depuis longtemps vous avez fait une paix généreuse avec l'ombre illustre qui les a inspirés. « Permettez-moi, Monsieur le vicomte, de...
Page 138 - Mme. de Stael, and this harsh and arbitrary act showed me despotism under its most odious aspect. The man who banished a woman, and such a woman, who caused her such unhappiness, could only be regarded by me as an unmerciful tyrant ; and from that hour I was against him, against his elevation to the throne and the establishment of absolute power.
Page 112 - If thou art beautiful, and youth And thought endue thee with all truth — Be strong ; — be worthy of the grace Of God, and fill thy destined place : A soul, by force of sorrows high, Uplifted to the purest sky Of undisturbed humanity...
Page 143 - ... attached to his influence. The conversation was prolonged, and grew warm. Bernadotte lost his temper, and said to General Moreau, 'Ah! you are afraid to espouse the cause of liberty; and Bonaparte, do you say, will not dare to attack it ? Well, then, Bonaparte will make game of both liberty and you. She will perish in spite of our efforts ; and you will be involved in her ruin, without having fought for her.

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