Ballast: A Novel

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1901 - 361 pages

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Page 353 - ... on the hillside, while our shadows stretched long over the meadow eastward, as if we were the only motes in its beams. It was such a light as we could not have imagined a moment before, and the air also was so warm and serene that nothing was wanting to make a paradise of that meadow.
Page 95 - Sow an act, and you reap a Habit ; Sow a habit, and you reap a Character; Sow a character, and you reap a Destiny.
Page 290 - To go on for ever and fail and go on again, And be mauled to the earth and arise, And contend for the shade of a word and a thing not seen with the eyes: With the half of a broken hope for a pillow at night That somehow the right is the right And the smooth shall bloom from the rough: Lord, if that were enough?
Page 1 - Then the Master, With a gesture of command. Waved his hand; And at the word. Loud and sudden there was heard. All around them and below; The sound of hammers, blow on blow; Knocking away the shores and spurs. And see! she stirs! She starts, — she moves, — she seems to feel The thrill of life along her keel, And, spurning with her foot the ground, With one exulting, joyous bound, She leaps into the oceans arms!
Page 203 - There was the Door to which I found no Key; There was the Veil through which I might not see: Some little talk awhile of ME and THEE There was — and then no more of THEE and ME.
Page 228 - A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing , can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace \. but the triumph of principles.
Page 353 - When we reflected that this was not a solitary phenomenon, never to happen again, but that it would happen for ever and ever an infinite number of evenings, and cheer and reassure the latest child that walked there, it was more glorious still. The sun sets on some retired meadow...
Page 307 - In few, they hurried us aboard a bark , Bore us some leagues to sea ; where they prepared A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigged, Nor tackle, sail, nor mast ; the very rats Instinctively had quit it...
Page 267 - ... let my tears run smooth, — It were the happier way, she said. VI. And since that must not be, she said, I fain your bitter world would leave. How calmly, calmly, smile the Dead, Who do not, therefore, grieve ! The yea of Heaven is yea, she said. VII. But in your bitter world, she said, Face-joy's a costly mask to wear, And bought with pangs long nourished And rounded to despair. Grief's earnest makes life's play, she said.
Page 202 - There is no king that can be saved by the multitude of an host : neither is any mighty man delivered by much strength. 16 A horse is counted but a vain thing to save a man : neither shall he deliver any man by his great strength.

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