Lectures, Including Her Autobiography

Rudd & Carleton, 1859

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Sida 81 - Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been — A sound which makes us linger; — yet— farewell ! Ye ! who have traced the Pilgrim to the scene Which is his last, if in your memories dwell A thought which once was his, if on ye swell A single recollection, not in vain He wore his sandal-shoon, and scallop-shell ; Farewell! with him alone may rest the pain, If such there were — with you, the moral of his strain.
Sida 262 - The accusing spirit, which flew up to heaven's chancery with the oath, blushed as he gave it in ; and the recording angel, as he wrote it down, dropped a tear upon the word, and blotted it out for ever.
Sida 181 - A holiness in those bright eyes, Which showed, though wandering earthward now, Her spirit's home was in the skies. Yes, for a spirit pure as hers, Is always pure, e'en while it errs, As sunshine broken in the rill, Though turned astray, is sunshine still.
Sida 14 - ... whose natural propensities and powers, push her forward beyond the line of the ordinary routine of female life, unless she possesses a saving amount of that force of resistance. Many a woman who has had strength to get outside of that line, has not possessed the strength to stand there ; and the fatal result has been that she has been swept down into the gulf of irredeemable sin. The great misfortune was that there was too much of her to be held within the prescribed and safe limits allotted...
Sida 5 - Let Lola Montez have credit for her talents, her intelligence, and her support of popular rights. As a political character, she held, until her retirement from Switzerland, an important position in Bavaria and Germany, besides having agents and correspondents in various parts of Europe. On foreign politics she has clear ideas, and has been treated by the political men of the country as a substantive power. She always kept state secrets, and could be consulted in safety in cases in which her original...
Sida 115 - Of accident disastrous. Hence the limbs Knit into force; and the same Roman arm, That rose victorious o'er the conquer'd earth, First learn'd, while tender, to subdue the wave. Even, from the body's purity, the mind Receives a secret sympathetic aid.
Sida 195 - Amid the pleasures and avocations of a court, she ceased not to cultivate learning; and, in addressing ambassadors of different languages, she astonished them with the correctness and fluency of her diction. If you say of this great woman that it was by ambition and passion that she finally lost her power and her life, I shall ask you of how many thousands of male monarchs has the same thing been more than true ? Cleopatra was born in troublesome times, and drew her first breath in the contagion...
Sida 87 - With the Modern Greeks, and other nations on the shores of the Mediterranean, corpulency is the perfection of form in a woman ; and those very attributes which disgust the western European, form the attractions of an oriental fair. It was from the common and admired shape of his countrywomen, that Rubens in his pictures delights so much in a vulgar and odious plumpness : — when this master was desirous to represent the "beautiful," he had no idea of beauty under two hundredweight.
Sida 120 - Petersburgh, from Paris to India, and yet I know of no art which can atone for the defect of an unpolished mind and an unlovely heart. That charming activity of soul, that spiritual energy, which gives animation, grace, and living light to the animal frame, is, after all, the real source of Woman's Beauty. It is that which gives eloquence to the language of her eyes, which gives the sweetest expression to her face, and lights 123 up her whole personnel as if her very body thought.
Sida 112 - How must the constitution suffer in digesting this melange! How does the heated complexion bear witness to the combustion within, and. when we consider that the beverage she takes to dilute this mass of food and assuage the consequent fever...

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