The one hope left for me was the hope that she might have overlooked something in the chain of evidence—some mere trifle, perhaps, which might nevertheless, under careful investigation, be made the means of vindicating my innocence in the end.
And of such things is my life full; and my one hope is Thy wonderfulgreat mercy.
All these hopes were so many sweet thoughts for Milady; so, rocked by them, she soon fell asleep.
A dreadful uneasiness seized her mind; but as hope is the last thing which forsakes lovers, she entreated the caliph to give her leave to seek for Ganem herself; which being granted, she took a purse containing a thousand pieces of gold, and went one morning out of the palace, mounted on a mule from the caliph's stables, very richly caparisoned.
Arms they had none, nor scarcely anyone who knew the use of them; but desperate resolution, when every hope is at stake, supplies, for a while, the want of arms.
There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows all spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and the distressed.
But the hope of finding treasures of gold there was the sole motive which prompted to undertake it; and to give this motive the greater weight, it was proposed by Columbus, that the half of all the gold and silver that should be found there, should belong to the crown.
Our onlyhope, only confidence, only assured promise is Thy mercy.
20:010:028 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
And we may ask the scornful themselves: If our hope is a dream,when will you build up your edifice and order things justly by yourintellect alone, without Christ?
Perplexed, uncertain, to remain 'Twixt hope and fear, is death, not life; 'Twere better, sure, to end the strife, And dying, seek release from pain.
The vain hopes of gaining some of the great prizes is the sole cause of this demand.