Mesmeric Experiences

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H. Bailliere, 1845 - 103 pages
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Page 98 - Man is all symmetry, Full of proportions, one limb to another, And all to all the world besides: Each part may call the farthest, brother: For head with foot hath private amity, And both with moons and tides.
Page 99 - The stars have us to bed : Night draws the curtain, which the sun withdraws ; Music and light attend our head. All things unto our flesh are kind In their descent and being ; to our mind In their ascent and cause. More servants wait on man Than he'll take notice of : in every path He treads down that which doth befriend him When sickness makes him pale and wan. O mighty love ! Man is one world, and hath Another to attend him.
Page 10 - An active Principle : — howe'er removed From sense and observation, it subsists In all things, in all natures; in the stars Of azure heaven, the unenduring clouds, In flower and tree, in every pebbly stone That paves the brooks, the stationary rocks, The moving waters, and the invisible air.
Page 98 - He is in little all the sphere. Herbs gladly cure our flesh, because that they Find their acquaintance there. For us, the winds do blow, The earth doth rest, heaven move, and fountains flow; Nothing we see, but means our good, As our delight, or as our treasure; The whole is either our cupboard of food, Or cabinet of pleasure.
Page 98 - And both with moons and tides. Nothing hath got so far, But Man hath caught and kept it, as his prey His eyes dismount the highest star He is in little all the sphere. Herbs gladly cure our flesh, because that they Find their acquaintance there.
Page 71 - O deepen it — deepen it !' supposing this the precursor of the sleep. It could not be deepened, however ; and when I glanced aside from the luminous point, I found that I need not fear the return of objects to their ordinary appearance while the passes were continued. The busts reappeared, ghost-like, in the dim atmosphere, like faint shadows, except that their outlines, and the parts in the highest relief, burned with the same phosphoric light. The features of one, an Isis with bent head, seemed...
Page 73 - I became hungry, and ate with relish, for the first time these five years. There was no heat, oppression, or sickness during the seance, nor any disorder afterwards. During the whole evening instead of the lazy hot ease of opiates, under which pain is felt to lie in wait, I experienced something of the indescribable sensation of health, which I had quite lost and forgotten.
Page 70 - On Saturday, June 22nd, Mr. Spencer Hall and my medical friend came, as arranged, at my worst hour of the day, between the expiration of one opiate and the taking of another. By an accident, the gentlemen were rather in a hurry, — a circumstance unfavourable to a first experiment. But result enough was obtained to encourage a further trial, though it was of a nature entirely unanticipated by me. I had no other idea than that I should either drop asleep or feel nothing. I did not drop asleep, and...
Page 71 - I had ever conceived of. Something seemed to diffuse itself through the atmosphere — not like smoke, nor steam, nor haze — but most like a clear twilight, closing in from the windows, and down from the ceiling, and in which one object after another melted away, till scarcely anything was left visible before my wide-open eyes.
Page 73 - I experienced something of the indescribable sensation of health, which 1 had quite lost and forgotten. I walked about my rooms, and was gay and talkative. Something of this relief remained till the next morning ; and then there was no reaction. I was no worse than usual ; and perhaps rather better. " Nothing is to me more unquestionable and more striking about this influence than the absence of all reaction.

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