Cecil: Or, The Adventures of a Coxcomb, a Novel

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Page 231 - His presence is like sunshine sent to gladden home and hearth, To comfort us in all our griefs, and sweeten all our mirth. Should he grow up to riper years, God grant his heart may prove As sweet a home for heavenly grace as now for earthly love : And if, beside his grave, the tears our aching eyes must dim, God comfort us for all the love which we shall lose in him.
Page 231 - Oh! should my gentle child be spared to manhood's years like me, A holier and a wiser man I trust that he will be ; And when I look into his eyes and stroke his thoughtful brow, I dare not think what I should feel, were I to lose him now.
Page 212 - Love had he found in huts where poor Men lie : His daily Teachers had been Woods and Rills, The silence that is in the starry sky, The sleep that is among the lonely hills.
Page 93 - Napoleon is beginning to receive ample justice at the hands of a new generation ; and our grand-nephews will behold in George Brummell a great reformer — a man who dared to be cleanly in the dirtiest of times — a man who compelled gentlemen to quit the coach-box, and assume a place in their own carriage — a man who induced the ingenuous youth of Britain to prove their valour otherwise than by thrashing superannuated watchmen — a man, in short, who will survive for posterity as Charlemagne...
Page 7 - Penruddock," and subscribed to a circulating-library to weep over " The Father and Daughter." The severest poetry tolerated by May Fair was that of Hayley, William Spencer, and Samuel Rogers. In short, people had supped full of horrors during the Revolution, and were now devoted to elegiac measures. My languid smile and hazel eyes were the very thing to settle the business of the devoted beings left for execution.
Page 216 - She was a capital listener; — "an excellent thing in woman," and rare as excellent. An intelligent countenance bent upon one while telling a story is positively colloquial.
Page 33 - We believethat man's natural state is that of society, in a physical, as well as in a moral, point of view, and that man, in the savage state, is no more in a natural condition than a pine tree which is found growing near the limits of perpetual snow on the Alps, where it is stunted to the height of two or three feet.
Page 230 - But now I envy at their liberty, And will again commit them to their bonds, Because my poor child is a prisoner. And, father Cardinal, I have heard you say That we shall see and know our friends in heaven; If that be true, I shall see my boy again; For since the birth of Cain, the first male child, To him that did but yesterday suspire, There was not such a gracious creature born.
Page 355 - I wonder how the deuce any body could make such a world ; for what purpose dandies, for instance, were ordained — and kings — and fellows of colleges — and women of
Page 183 - At five-and-twenty, when the better part of life is over, one should be something ; — and what am I? nothing but five-and-twenty — and the odd months. What have I seen? the same man all over the world,— ay, and woman too.

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