Not one of us who has grown to middle age but can remember, looking back to her own girlhood, how meekly and as a matter of course women of all classes accepted every sort of suffering as part of the lot of woman, especially of the married woman, whether it was excessive child-bearing, pain in childbirth, physical overwork, or the mental suffering arising out of a penniless and dependent condition, with the consequent absolute right of the husband to the custody and control of the children of the union.
A wild ass, though brought up from its birth in a stable, would make a very intractable costermonger's moke.
John called by Lord Byron "The Anax of Publishers," nicknamed "The Emperor of the West," 1778-92--Birth, at Edinburgh High School, at school at Margate, at school at Gosport, sight of one eye destroyed, 1793--At school at Kennington, 1795--Enters his father's business firm of Murray & Highley, 1802--Dissolves partnership with Highley and starts business alone, 1803--Offers to publish Colman's Comedy "John Bull," money difficulties, military duties, friendship with Isaac D'Israeli, Isaac D'Israeli's "Narrative Poems," business transactions with Constable, appoints Constable his agent in Edinburgh; pushes sale of Edinburgh Review, 1804--Birth of Benjamin Disraeli, takes Charles Hunter as apprentice, 1805--Isaac D'Israeli's letters to him, attempts to reconcile Constable and Longman, expedition to Edinburgh, attachment to Miss Elliot, 1806--The "Miniature" and Stratford Canning, introduced to George Canning, close attention to business, visits Edinburgh, engagement to Miss Elliot, financial position, appointed publisher of Edinburgh Review, Campbell's proposed Magazine and "Selection from British Poets," 1807--Marries Miss Elliot, I. D'Israeli one of his Trustees, friendship with Sharon Turner, injunction in the matter of the Edinburgh Review, remonstrates with Constable about drawing bills, breach with Constable, bill transactions with Ballantyne, writes to George Canning proposing a new Review, 1808--"Marmion" and friendship with Scott, proposed edition of the "British Novelists," De Foe's works, introduced to Gifford by Stratford Canning, visits Scott at Ashestiel, correspondence about Quarterly Review, Gifford accepts editorship, Missionary Reports and Southey's article in Q.R., article on Spain for Q.R. by Canning, Gifford, and Ellis, correspondence with Mrs. Inchbald, 1809--Meets Ballantyne at Boroughbridge, appoints Ballantyne Edinburgh publisher of Q.R., Scott's Life of Swift, Q.R., No.
--Birth also counts for much in our fortune.
CHAPTER XXXII ~Legend of King Asoka in a Former Birth~ When king Asoka, in a former birth, was a little boy and playing on the road, he met Kasyapa Buddha walking.
The owl shriek'd at thy birth- an evil sign; The night-crow cried, aboding luckless time; Dogs howl'd, and hideous tempest shook down trees; The raven rook'd her on the chimney's top, And chatt'ring pies in dismal discords sung; Thy mother felt more than a mother's pain, And yet brought forth less than a mother's hope, To wit, an indigest deformed lump, Not like the fruit of such a goodly tree.
A Castilian of noble birth--" but here his mule deciding that this was no fit place for halting, bundled onward at a trot to overtake the guides, and obliged his rider to turn his attention to other matters.
So oft it chances in particular men That, for some vicious mole of nature in them, As in their birth,- wherein they are not guilty, Since nature cannot choose his origin,- By the o'ergrowth of some complexion, Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason, Or by some habit that too much o'erleavens The form of plausive manners, that these men Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect, Being nature's livery, or fortune's star, Their virtues else- be they as pure as grace, As infinite as man may undergo- Shall in the general censure take corruption From that particular fault.
When Fedalma says she belongs to him she loves, and that love is nature too, Forming a fresher law than laws of birth,-- Zarca replies,-- Unmake yourself, then, from a Zincala-- Unmake yourself from being child of mine!
For I have seen The thorn frown rudely all the winter long And after bear the rose upon its top; And bark, that all the way across the sea Ran straight and speedy, perish at the last, E'en in the haven's mouth seeing one steal, Another brine, his offering to the priest, Let not Dame Birtha and Sir Martin thence Into heav'n's counsels deem that they can pry: For one of these may rise, the other fall."
How else could it be a birth,--a creation?
It came from Italy, and of Italian parents; its mother died soon after its birth,"--a groan escaped the Doge--"its father still lived, and was the object of the criminal's implacable hatred, as its mother had been of his ardent love; its birth was noble, and it had been baptized in the bosom of the church by the name of Gaetano."
We see in these latter days of the Empire that the best generals were of barbaric birth,--an impressive commentary on the degeneracy of the legions.
Do the unfortunate offspring ever consent to be slaves?--They are slaves from their birth.--Are they guilty of crimes, that they lose their freedom?--They are slaves when they cannot speak.--Are their parents abandoned?
Rome the rival of Alexandria.--Extent of their rule.--Extension of the Roman empire.--Cleopatra's father.--Ptolemy's ignoble birth.--Caesar and Pompey.--Ptolemy purchases the alliance of Rome.--Taxes to raise the money.--Revolt at Alexandria.--Ptolemy's flight.--Berenice.--Her marriage with Seleucus.--Cleopatra's early life.--Ptolemy an object of contempt.--Ptolemy's interview with Cato.--Character of Cato.--Ptolemy's reception.--Cato's advice to him.--Ptolemy arrives at Rome.--His application to Pompey.--Action of the Roman senate.--Plans for restoring Ptolemy.--Measures of Berenice.--Her embassage to Rome.--Ptolemy's treachery.--Its consequences.--Opposition to Ptolemy.--The prophecy.--Attempts to evade the oracle.--Gabinius undertakes the cause.--Mark Antony.--His history and character.--Antony in Greece.--He joins Gabinius.--Danger of crossing the deserts.--Armies destroyed.--Mark Antony's character.--His personal appearance.--March across the desert.--Pelusium taken.--March across the Delta.--Success of the Romans.--Berenice a prisoner.--Fate of Archelaus.--Grief of Antony.--Unnatural joy of Ptolemy.
A new book for autographs arranged according to birthdates. (
It was to be presented to him on his next birthday as a great surprise.
But as long as you were asking me what I wanted for my birthday-- FEJEVARY: Madeline, I am not here to discuss your birthday.
The lilacs where the robin built, And where my brother set The laburnum on his birthday,-- The tree is living yet!
* * * * * I was therefore amused, but no longer surprised, at the exaggerated way in which the childless Lady of the Bluffs,--her step-daughter having ten years back made a foolish foreign marriage,--gave me her views upon the drawbacks of the daughters of her world, when she made me, on her return from a European trip, a visit upon the twins' first birthday,--bearing, with her usually reckless generosity, a pair of costly gold apostle spoons, as she said, "to cut their teeth on."
"And the last time was this day twelve months, sir,--because why?--because this day twelve months 'appened to be Miss Priscilla's birthday,--consequently to-day is her birthday, likewise,--wherefore the muffins, and wherefore the shrimps, sir, for they was this day to have once more graced our board, Mr. Bellew."
This was her birthday,--hers whose name had not passed his lips for years.
Jan. 27, 1883 His birthday.--I cannot say I feel much older at 51 than at 21!
Then, once a year, on my mother's birthday,--it is the fourth of July and an easy date to remember,--will my little friend Miss Nancy, or any of the other Careys, if she is absent, pick a little nosegay of daisies and buttercups (perhaps there will even be a bit of early Queen Anne's lace) and put it in a vase under my mother's picture?
So it was necessary to have Biddy come and take up the house-keeping, and meanwhile I kept up the routine of my apprenticeship-life, varied only by the arrival of my several birthdays, on each of which I paid another visit to Miss Havisham.
It was a beautiful frosted birthday cake with nine brave candles of all colors and burning steadily, just the kind of cake her mother had always baked for her birthdays.--Only last year there had been eight candles.
A trembling hand will not let the pen run quietly.... To-day is Clara's birthday,--the day when the dearest being in the world, for you as for me, first saw the light of the world."
On the first day of August, to be sure,--his birthday,--there were equestrian contests, but not on his account: it was because the temple of Mars had been dedicated on that day, which had consequently been distinguished thereafter by annual contests.
You might say to Marian that you had got an idea that somebody was going to play a trick on her birthday,--upon her and some unsuspecting person; that you didn't know what the trick was to be, and you might be all wrong in your suspicion that there was to be one, but you thought that you ought to put her on her guard.
Let us rather Hold fast the mortal sword, and like good men Bestride our downfall'n birthdom.
It is probable that Shakespeare wrote: --like good men, Bestride our downfall'n birthdom-- The allusion is to a man from whom something valuable is about to be taken by violence, and who, that he may defend it without encumbrance, lays it on the ground, and stands over it with his weapon in his hand.
For man scholde not devise no aske grettre beautee, than God hathe ordeyned man to ben at his birthe.
When I am birthed in one of your inner cabins, with a mug of flip and a kid of good Rhode Island beef within grappling distance, why, as many questions as you choose, and as many answers, you know, as suits my appetite."
But how can I be responsible for the incidents of my birth?--how for my complexion?
He passes through successive stages of ecstasy, and suddenly upon his opened mind bursts the knowledge of his previous births in different forms; of the causes of re-birth,--ignorance (the root of evil) and unsatisfied desires; and of the way to extinguish desires by right thinking, speaking, and living, not by outward observance of forms and ceremonies.
"Oh, yes, sometimes; sometimes almost nigh to birthin' time."
But then, as I have had a sort of family of my own, since that day, why, the less need, you know, to be birthing myself again in any other man's hammock."
"The time is come," said Birthington, "when wash we really must, For, see our country's garments, how they're trampled in the dust; And Liberty's bright tunic is so sadly soiled, I ween, That nothing but a washing day will make it bright and clean."
Her whole attitude and manner were those of an exquisitively sensitive and highly organized being, just struggling into the life of some mysterious new inner birth,--into the sense of powers of feeling and being hitherto unknown even to herself.
The year 1453 A.D., when the Eastern Empire--the last relic of the continuous spirit of Rome--fell before the Turks, used to be given as the date, and perhaps the word "Renaissance" itself--"a new birth"--is as much as can be accomplished shortly by way of definition.
The very term by which the German New-Birthites express it is enough to give one goose-flesh--'das Herzknirschen'--the very heart crashed between the teeth of a lock-jaw'd agony!
The Futterals, to avoid vain talk, and moreover keep the roll of gold Friedrichs safe, gave out that he was a grandnephew; the orphan of some sister's daughter, suddenly deceased, in Andreas's distant Prussian birthland; of whom, as of her indigent sorrowing widower, little enough was known at Entepfuhl.
Does Teufelsdrockh as the wounded eagle is said to make for its own eyrie, and indeed military deserters, and all hunted outcast creatures, turn as if by instinct in the direction of their birthland,--fly first, in this extremity, towards his native Entepfuhl; but reflecting that there no help awaits him, take only one wistful look from the distance, and then wend elsewhither?
Standing upon that Shore, holy, compassionate, awakened, and self-possessed and glad with unending gladness, you will realize that "Never the Spirit was born, the Spirit will cease to be never; Never was time it was not, end and beginning are dreams; Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the Spirit for ever; Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of it seems."
So it was with these old festivals,--so with all the representations of human life in stone or upon the canvas, in the fairy-tale, the romance, and the poem; at every successive repetition, at every fresh resurrection, is evolved by human faith and sympathy a deeper significance, until they become the centres of national thought and feeling, and men believe in them as in revelations from heaven; and even the oracles themselves, in respect of their inherent meaning, as also of their origin and authority, rise by the same ascending series of repeated birth,--like that at Delphi, which, at first attributed to the Earth, then to Themis, daughter of Earth and Heaven, was at last connected with the Sun and constituted one of the richest gems in Apollo's diadem of light.
So it was he came to cherish those two fancies before alluded to: that the ominous birthmark she had carried from infancy might fade and become obliterated, and that the age of complete maturity might be signalized by an entire change in her physical and mental state.
She turned her head quick to his hand's embrace, Buried her cheek within its palm, and said, "Those scars, my Torm, I would not now resign For any dower that the world could give; They are the Order of my higher life, The birthmarks of your new nobility."
Spatolino, having made a fair division of the spoil to raise the courage of his companions, sent all his own money to his parents, informing them at the same time, that for the future they should be released from misery, as he would ever bear in mind the beings who gave him birth.--New Monthly Magazine.