my dignity Is thus to cast my virgin pride away; And find my strength in weakness.--Busy brain!
Chapter XIV.--Busy Days in Boston.
14th.--"Busy all day.
I saw you so busy.
People had been very kind; and were ready to be kinder still; while we, busy--perhaps too busy- -over our Natural History collections, had seen very little of our neighbours; had been able to accept very few of the invitations which were showered on us, and which would, I doubt not, have given us opportunities for liking the islanders still more than we liked them already.
busy, C2, P; see +Busy+.
The busy mother thinks she must say, "Yes; but run away now, Mary; I am very busy!"--because that is the easiest and quickest thing to say; but it is just as easy and just as quick to say, "What a pretty shawl!
Busybee) came in handy here.
This idea, being once started, made those idle busybodies there are in every village eager to discover if the suspicion were correct.
I don't have to give my name to every meddling busybody that--" "You'll give it to the police, all right," chortled Mr. Smedburg.
+Busyen+, v. to busy, occupare, MD; +bisien+, C3, S2,W. +Busynesse+, sb.
busyhood, MD; +bysyhede+,S2.
He was a most respectable-looking man, as well as a most respectful servant; and it was impossible to see him busying himself about the General at his morning toilet, and watch his delicate handling of the lather-brush and razor, without feeling, that, however true the old proverb may have been in other cases, Bastien's master was a hero to him.
Centlivre, The Busylody (1709).
My urgent busynes maks my languadge shorte: Comend me to thy master, give hym thys, Gives letters and money.
He began to turn it round and round, looking at it all along the edge, while Hector was casting sidelong glances at him in the midst of his busyness, with a curiosity on his face which his desire to conceal it caused to look grim instead of amused.
business, W2; see +Busynesse+.
Nor then let dreams, of wanton folly born, My senses lead through flowery paths of joy: But let the sacred genius of the night Such mystic visions send as Spenser saw When through bewildering Fancy's magic maze, To the fell house of Busyrane, he led Th' unshaken Britomart; or Milton knew, When in abstracted thought he first conceived All Heaven in tumult, and the seraphim Come towering, armed in adamant and gold.
He made himself very busy in these days,--busy among his brother magistrates, busy among his farming operations, busy with his tenants, busy among his books, so as to show to those around him that he was one who could perform all the duties of life, and enjoy all the pleasures, with an open brow and a clear conscience.
I was seated one evening in my own sitting-room, busy with this matter,--busy with calculations as to cost and profit, with an anxious desire to convince him, either that his profits were greater than justice allowed, or that they carried with them a more urgent duty than he had conceived.
Gradually, however, Mendelssohn's overbusy musical enthusiasm wore down his health, and at thirty-seven he was nearing the end of his marvellous vitality and vivacity.
Cicero himself attached comparatively little weight to this branch of his profession;--"Busy as I am", he says in one of his speeches, "I could make myself lawyer enough in three days".