The sweetest and truest of all, says the brave soldier and high-souled gentleman, is that which he has persuaded her to wear for life,--Delight Ingleside.
Even where the narrative is otherwise plainly myth or fiction it sheds many a useful sidelight on ancient manners, customs and laws as well as on the curious and often intricate operations of the Celtic mind.
expect to see me walking into your Sanctum one of these fine mornings,--probably with my son LOUIS,--delighted to see you, and glad to turn my back on those scenes so long familiar, which, in their new and popular dress, could hardly be expected to afford me much exhilaration.
The rise of Saint Calvin; merry sidelights on the career of Mr. Coolidge.
For the veil she begged for had shrouded her features completely, and it was only from her manner that those who accompanied her, perceived her light-heartedness and delight in this change.
"On the 11th," repeated Tom--"delighted, my lord--at eight o'clock, I suppose," and turned his horse's head soberly towards Piccadilly, proceeding at a walk, as one who revolved certain reflections, not of the most agreeable, in his mind.
I have also heard the dulcet chimings of many village church bells in various parts of the land, and I have listened with undelight to the unmusical tones of Big Ben of Westminster, but so far as mellow tone is concerned, I rarely hear any ordinary church bells that are more dulcet and harmonious than the bells of St. Martin's, Birmingham.
Think not, suspended from the cliff on high 510 He looks below with undelighted eye.
Nor undelightful is the solemn noon Of night, when, haply wakeful, from my couch I start: lo, all is motionless around!
To dead men's undelightsome stay?
Even in this century, in the golden days of book-making, we are told how Constable and how Ballantyne, the great publisher and the great printer of Edinburgh,--"His Czarish Majesty," and "the Dey of All-jeers," as Scott would call them,--delighted at their Sunday dinners to practise the same exercises as those which Smollett relates,--how they would bring together for their diversion Constable's "poor authors," and start his literary drudges on an after-dinner foot-race for a new pair of breeches, and the like!
And as he went--so astonishingly fast that the voice could actually be heard dying in the distance--he called aloud in tones of anguished terror that at the same time held something strangely like the frenzied exultation of delight-- "Oh!
And for Abindarraez, whose heart and valiant might, You praise and from the window watch, with rapturous delight----" The lady stopped, for at their feet knelt down the well-loved knight.
But suddenly his eye grows bright, Lit by unearthly fires; He gazes upward with delight,-- The angels strike their lyres.
When he struck the last octave, he sprang up, yelling with delight:-- "Um's got him, Massa!
A REMONSTRANCE WITH A DRUNKARD As drench'd in wine, the other night, Zeid from the banquet sallied, Thus I reprov'd his drunken plight, Thus he my prudence rallied; "In bev'rage so impure and vile, How canst thou thus delight?"-- "My cups," he answer'd with a smile, "Are generous and bright."
He shall answer for himself (Vision of Delight).-- "Some that are proper find signify o'thing, And some another, and some that are nothing."
He evidently thought it would not be wise to show too great a delight,--a mercantile caution not at all necessary, and ridiculous under present circumstances.
d'Abrantes exclaims, with an explosion of delight,--"Ah!
Concini (with delight.)--Ah!
Surprise, pleasure, astonishment, delight,--all these the watcher saw in the face above the pages.
My appearance from beneath the pianoforte was hailed with surprise by all, and with anger from my mother; but Charles Lamb not only took me under his protection, but obtained that henceforth I should never again be sent to bed when he came, but--glory and delight!--always sit up to supper.
No: we should be filled with a pure delight,--but with no longing to rise still higher.
mild and gall-less dove, Which dost the pure and candid dwellings love, Canst thou in Albion still delight?"--Cowley's Odes.
I neare coulde fynde Pleasure or ease in others punishment, Or if I were so base to take delighte In the afflyctions of another man My fate would guard me from't, for tys decreed That onlye I of all mankynde shall neare Be master of a hope shall have successe: So all the opposytion I can make Would onlye make my greives rydiculous And dyvorce pyttye from theym.
Faythe, generally as a good subject should,-- Delighted with the joy hys kynge receyves (And which I hope and wish may styll contynewe), But in partycular--because the cause Of hys joy cannot chuse but worke to you Effecte worthye your vertues.
Psyche turned from the sculptor to his model with increased admiration in her face, and earnestness in her voice, as she exclaimed delighted,-- "Adam!
She presided over the pleasures of the chase, in which the Greeks delighted,--a masculine female who took but little interest in anything intellectual.
"Delighted"--began the deacon, rapidly grasping and shaking hand after hand, with a peculiar lift of his elbow, that placed most of what might be called the "action" at the point of it; but Ford was thinking of the thing Mrs. Myers had omitted, and he promptly added,-- "Glad to meet you, Deacon Short; and this is my friend Mr. Richard Lee, of Long Island."
His grace was mighty pleasant to all, and at going, saluted all round, which Bessy took humourously, Daisy immoveablie, Mercy humblie, I distastefullie, and mother delightedlie.
But whilst men and women gossiped delightedly about the charms of the beauteous young bride and the gallant bearing of the groom, every tongue expressed wonderment at the gracious, stately figure of the Lady Cammilla.
'Tis a seriously sad thing, after all, that so fine a creature should have fallen into such vile and remorseless hands: for, from thy cradle, as I have heard thee own, thou ever delightedst to sport with and torment the animal, whether bird or beast, that thou lovedst, and hadst a power over.
I wish, with all my heart, I could take you back to that "Once upon a time" in which the souls of our grandmothers delighted,--the time which Dr. Johnson sat up all night to read about in "Evelina,"--the time when all the celestial virtues, all the earthly graces were revealed in a condensed state to man through the blue eyes and sumptuous linens of some Belinda Portman or Lord Mortimer.
Lord Burleigh, Sir Walter Raleigh, Lord Capell, William III--for Switzer tells us, that "in the least interval of ease, gardening took up a great part of his time, in which he was not only a delighter, but likewise a great judge,"--the Earl of Essex, whom Lord William Russell said "was the worthiest, the justest, the sincerest, and the most concerned for the public, of any man he ever knew;" Lord William Russell too, who, as Switzer tells us, "made Stratton, about seven miles from Winchester, his seat, and his gardens there were some of the best that were made in those early days, such indeed as have mocked some that have been done since, and the gardens at Southampton House, in Bloomsbury Square, were also of his making."
LXXXIII Let not one sparke of filthy lustfull fyre Breake out, that may her sacred peace molest; Ne one light glance of sensuall desyre Attempt to work her gentle mindes unrest: But pure affections bred in spotlesse brest, And modest thoughts breathd from well-tempred spirits, Goe visit her in her chaste bowre of rest, Accompanyde with angelick delightes.
Psalm 51:16, 17, for example, echoes the noble ethical teachings of the great prophets: Thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it, Thou delightest not in burnt offering, The sacrifice of God is a broken heart, A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
Then is there, in a' the beautifu' and silent unfauldin's o' natur amang plants and flowers, ony thing sae beautifu' as the white, smooth, saft chafts o' a bit smilin' maiden o' saxteen, aughteen, or twunty, blossomin' out, like some bonnie bud or snaw-white satin frae a coverin' o' rough leaves,--blossomin' out, sirs, frae the edge o' the fur-tippet, that haply a lover's happy haun had delicately hung ower her gracefu' shoothers--oh, the dear, delightfu' little Laplander!--Noctes-- Blackwood's Magazine.
"I wish I'd brought more tea," Ben complained, as he sipped that most delightful of all drinks, the black tea beloved of the northern men.
The situation at the bottom of a wooded amphitheatre is delightful:-- "Sweet Be'mi'ster that bist abound By green and woody hills all round, Wi' hedges reachen up between A thousan' vields o' zummer green Where clems lofty heads do show Their sheades vor hay-meakers below An' wild hedge-flowers do charm the souls O' maidens in their evenin' strolls."
As yet the trembling year is unconfirmed, And winter oft, at eve, resumes the breeze, Chills the pale morn, and bids his driving sleets Deform the day delightful:---- Thomson.
through that horrid passage in the old Covent Garden Theatre!--then the well-earned climax--Incledon in blue jacket, white trousers, red waistcoat, smart hat and cane--the representative of Britain's best defenders, in holiday garb--unaccompanied by orchestra or instruments, depending upon naught but "the human voice divine," after his usual walk before the lights, and repeatedly licking his lips, (as if he thought that the sweet sounds which were accustomed to flow from them must leave honey behind),--rolling forth with that vast volume of voice, at once astonishing and delightful--"All in the downs the fleet lay moored;" and then followed the strain of love, manly love and constancy, in the beautiful language of Gay, and in tones so rich, so clear, so sweet!
The purpose of poetry is to Sidney, in the first place, to teach and delight, "that fayning notable images of vertues, vices, or what els, with that delightfull teaching which must be the right describing note to know a poet by."
But the notes of the Robin are all melodious, all delightful,--loud without vociferation, mellow without monotony, fervent without ecstasy, and combining more of mellowness of tone, plaintiveness, cheerfulness, and propriety of execution, than those of any other bird.
Ten minutes later, delightfully refreshed, she stood regarding herself in her lovely rose-tinted morning gown, patting her bright hair into discipline with slim, deft fingers, a half-smile on her lips, lids closing a trifle over the pensive violet eyes.
of Elia is delightful(-ly bound, I mean) and quite cheap.
A Bible and a hymn book--the latter, according to its preface, being intended for none but the righteous--were handed to us, and our friend want through the singing in a delightfully- dreadful style.
The plays which appeal to us in virtue of their pleasant departures from probability are romances, farces, a certain order of light comedies and semi-comic melodramas--in short, the thousand and one plays in which the author, without altogether despising and abjuring truth, makes it on principle subsidiary to delightfulness.
And here, while I have been writing and you reading these pages, he has had them all with him; Oliver and Susan, on their bridal journey, which waited for summer-time to come again, though they have been six months married; Rose, of course, and Dakie Thayne, home in vacation from a great school where he is studying hard, hoping for West Point by and by; Leslie Goldthwaite, who is Dakie's inspiration still; and our Flower, our Pansy, our Delight,--golden-eyed Lady of innumerable sweet names.
He had all the talent and the means requisite to embody his conceptions in a manner worthy of their might and majesty; his treasury was rich in everything rare and beautiful for illustration, but he possessed not the instinct requisite to guide him in the selection of the things necessary to the inspiration of delight:--he could give his statue life and beauty, and warmth, and motion, and eloquence, but not a tuneful voice.