CHAPTER XXXIV MARCH 5, 1850--NOVEMBER 10, 1854 Precarious financial condition.--Regret at not being able to make loan.-- False impression of great wealth.--Fears he may have to sell home.-- F.O.J. Smith continues to give trouble.--Morse system extending throughout the world.--Death of Fenimore Cooper.--Subscriptions to charities, etc.--First use of word "Telegram.
Fresh Spring, the herald of loves mighty king, In whose cote-armour richly are displayd All sorts of flowres the which on earth do spring, In goodly colours gloriously arrayd, Goe to my Love, where she is carelesse layd, Yet in her winters bowre not well awake: Tell her the ioyous time wil not be staid, Unlesse she doe him by the forelock take; Bid her therefore her selfe soone ready make, To wayt on Love amongst his lovely crew, Where every one that misseth then her make* Shall be by him amearst with penance dew.
The proud Gladstone dresses like a Methodist minister, and does not seem to care what kind of a hat he wears.
Then, when the girl saw how the case stood, she called for beautiful things, such as a malaki wears,--fine hemp trousers, beaded jacket, good war-shield and brass-bound spear, ear-plugs of pure ivory, and eight necklaces of beads and gold.
No longer need vessels of heavy tonnage desert the Tyne for the Wear, as they were perforce driven to do during the first half of the nineteenth century, for the Wearsiders had set about deepening and widening their river long before the Tynesiders did the same by theirs.
For thou the garland wearst successively.
You remember the old witchcraft revival of '92, and how stout Master Robert Calef, trader, of Boston, had the pluck to tell the ministers and judges what a set of fools and worse than fools they were-- Remember it?--said the little man.--I don't think I shall forget it, as long as I can stretch this forefinger to point with, and see what it wears.--There was a ring on it.
381 Cayenne 385 Celery 389 Chili 393 Cucumber 401 Gooseberry 1820 Horseradish 418 Mint 470 Raspberry 1828 Use of, by the Romans 451 Vol-au-vent, an entree 1379 Of fresh strawberries with whipped cream 1381 Sweet, with fresh fruit 1380 Wafers, Geneva 1431 Walnut, the 536 Ketchup 535-6 Walnuts, pickled 534 Properties of the 1599 To have fresh throughout the season 1607 Warts 2680 Washing 2377-8 Coloured muslins, &c. 2380 Flannels 2381 Greasy cloths 2382 Satin and silk ribbons 2384 Silks 2385 Water, rate 2715 Souchy 352-3 Supply of in Rome 1216 Warm 2691 What the ancients thought of 1214 Wax, to remove 2272 Welsh, nectar 1830 Rarebit, or toasted cheese 1652 West-Indian pudding 1382 Wheat, diseases of 1779 Egyptian or mummy 1783 Polish and Pomeranian 1722 Red varieties of 1719 Wheatear, the 996 Wheatears, to dress 996 Whipped, cream 1492 Syllabubs 1493 Whisky cordial 1840 Whitebait 348 To dress 348 Whiting, the 343 Au gratin, or baked 346 Aux fines herbes 347 Buckhorn 344 Boiled 343 Broiled 344 Fried 345 Pout and pollack 347 To carve a p. 176 choose 343 Whitlow, to cure a 2681 Widgeon, to carve a 1068 Roast 1052 Will, attestation of a 2757 Advice in making a 2756 Witnesses to a 2746, 2758 Wills 2732-38 Form of 2740-1 Wine, cowslip 1817 Elder 1818 Ginger 1819 Gooseberry, effervescing 1821 Lemon 1823 Malt 1824 Orange 1827 Rhubarb 1829 To mull 1838 Wire-basket 494 Witnesses 2739-51 Woodcock, description of the 1053 Scotch 1653 To carve a 1062 Woodcock, to roast a 1053 Woollen manufactures 737 Woollens 2284 Worms 2409 Wounds 2682 Incised, or cuts 2683, 2686 Lacerated or torn 2684, 2687 Punctured or penetrating 2685, 2688 Yeast 1383 Cake, nice 1788 Dumplings 1383 Kirkleatham 1717 To make, for bread 1716 Yorkshire pudding 1384 ENGRAVINGS.
He then had recourse to the genie, who gave him another set of plates, and thus they lived for many years.
But for the rest: you tell a pedigree Of threescore and two years- a silly time To make prescription for a kingdom's worth.
Sometimes those who are carried off are allowed after many years-- seven usually--a final glimpse of their friends.
His French valet, that has lived with him these two years---- SECOND LADY There, Madam, I must beg leave to set you right: my coachman---- FIRST LADY I have it from the very best authority: my footman---- SECOND LADY Then, Madam, you have set your servants on---- FIRST LADY No, Madam, I would scorn any such little mean ways of conning at a secret.
The princely man Lord of a happiness unknown, unknown, Which cannot all be known for years and years,-- Uncomprehended as the shapes of hills When one stands in the midst!
The Indians had been expecting the priests for many years,---- For the Jesuits told them long ago As sure as the water continued to flow, The sun to shine, and the grass to grow, They would come again to the Papago.
There is a very fine saying of Voltaire's to the effect that every age of life has its own peculiar mental character, and that a man will feel completely unhappy if his mind is not in accordance with his years:-- Qui n'a pas l'esprit de son age, De son age atout le malheur.
After thirty years!....Last time I saw him he was only twenty-two or twenty-three.
wherefore, did I ask?--Because forsooth, Their ways are changed with their increasing years!-- For when for gallantry the time be come-- And when the stagnant blood begins to boil Within the veins, my master--then the lads Cast longing looks on damosels--for nature Defies restraint--and kin-birds flock together!-- And think not, Master, Chance disposes thus; Or were it so, then chance directs us all-- Whene'er we have attain'd the important age!
In the four short poems, there was not a word outside of his inner experience, and yet she felt that those words had blown through him mysteriously on a wind--the wind that fans such flame-- "Oh, little song you sang to me A hundred, hundred days ago, Oh, little song whose melody Walks in my heart and stumbles so; I cannot bear the level nights, And all the days are over-long, And all the hours from dark to dark Turn to a little song--" "Like the beat of the falling rain, Until there seems no roof at all, And my heart is washed with pain--" "Why is a woman's throat a bird, White in the thicket of the years?--" Sheila suddenly thrust back the leaves at him, hid her face and fell to crying bitterly.
There is no image so insignificant that it has not in some mood or other found the way into his heart: no sound that does not awaken the memory of other years.-- "To him the meanest flower that blows can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears."
The subsequent years--1815 to 1819--he employed visiting Western Europe, as appears from his reminiscences.
It may be noted that almost all the "Evening Voluntaries" belong to these years--1832 to 1835--when the author was from sixty-two to sixty-five years of age.
In order to do this, let me take you back in fancy some 2314 years--440 years before the Christian era, and try to sketch for you--alas!
To mitigate, as much as possible, such a calamity, the law, instead of requiring the Israelite to continue a servant until the jubilee, released him at the end six yearsA, as, during that time--if, of the first class--the partition of the patrimonial land might have taken place; or, if of the second, enough money might have been earned to disencumber his estate, and thus he might assume his station as a lord of the soil.
Perhaps his greatest work was the amusement of his leisure hours for thirteen years,--a philosophical treatise called "The City of God," in which he raises and replies to all the great questions of his day; a sort of Christian poem upon our origin and end, and a final answer to Pagan theogonies,--a final sentence on all the gods of antiquity.
best part of his life,--some thirty years,--"A New Logic, to judge or invent by induction, and thereby to make philosophy and science both more true and more active."
Suppose, then, that the effort which has been again and again made to construct a universal language on a rational basis has at length succeeded, and that you have a language which has no uncertainty, no whims of idiom, no cumbrous forms, no fitful shimmer of many-hued significance, no hoary archaisms "familiar with forgotten years,"--a patent deodorized and non-resonant language, which effects the purpose of communication as perfectly and rapidly as algebraic signs.
Churchill and others call them nouns, and suppose the plurals which follow, to be always in the objective case governed by of, understood: as, "A few of years,"--"A thousand of doors;"--like the phrases, "A couple of fowls,"--"A score of fat bullocks.
About four or five hundred years!--a fine immortality!"
Yet he died, perhaps at the right time, at the age of fifty-six, after an undisputed reign of only three or four years,--about the length of that of Cromwell.
Before I present the mutual relation between a lord and his vassal, I would call your attention to political anarchies ending in political degradation; to an unformed state of society; to semi-barbarism, with its characteristic vices of plunder, rapine, oppression, and injustice; to wild and violent passions, unchecked by law; to the absence of central power; to the reign of hard and martial nobles; to the miseries of the people, ground down, ignorant, and brutal; to rude agricultural life; to petty wars; to general ignorance, which kept society in darkness and gloom for a thousand years,--all growing out of the eclipse of the old civilization, so that the European nations began a new existence, and toiled in sorrow and fear, with few ameliorations: an iron age, yet an age which was not unfavorable for the development of new virtues and heroic qualities, under the influence of which society emerged from barbarism, with a new foundation for national greatness, and a new material for Christianity and art and literature and science to work upon.
While he reigned as a political oracle for more than thirty years,--almost an idol in the eyes of his constituents,--it was his misfortune to be dethroned and reviled, in the last ten years of his life, by the very people who had exalted and honored him, and at last to die broken-hearted, from the loss of his well-earned popularity and the failure of his ambitious expectations.
ANSWER.--Several societies have been formed in the Methodist connection within the last two years,--although most of the Methodists who are abolitionists, are members of societies auxiliary to the American.
Maturity and Declining Years.--Although Wordsworth was early left an orphan, he never seemed to lack intelligent care and sympathy.
It was Eastern philosophy, false as we regard it, which created the most powerful institution that existed in Europe for above a thousand years,--an institution which all the learning and eloquence of the Reformers of the sixteenth century could not subvert, except in Protestant countries.
I have been to school ever since I was six years old,--nearly nine years,--and I positively declare that that is long enough for any girl.
Had a constituent of Mr. Cushing, in the Essex North District, taken a nap of twenty years,--(and if he had invited his Representative to dinner, and got such an answer as the Craytonville letter, the supposition is not extravagant,)--what would have been his amazement, on waking, to find his Member of Congress haranguing an assembly of Original Democrats in Tammany Hall!
We have got a file of the "Morning Herald" for the last ten years;--and we give the worthy labourers in the accident line, fair notice, that if they hash up the old stories with the self-same sauce, as they are wont to do, without substituting the pistol for the razor, and not even changing the Christian name of the young ladies who always drown themselves when parliament is up, we shall take the matter into our own hands, and write a "Chapter of Accidents" that will drive these poor pretenders to the secrets of hemp and rats-bane fairly out of the field.--Ibid.
Honey darling, don't you know that Master Percival, your father, was my master ever so many years?"--and she began notating them upon her fingers.
Its age is now six years,--as it was founded in the autumn of 1854.
Bertha, as she was commonly called, did not positively belong to the town, but she had lived in it for sixteen years,--at the beginning of which time a very great commotion was created by her discovery, at the age of three, sitting staring on the sea-beach.
p. 214;) but, in my edition of the Odyssey, by Pope, the reading is this: "By lov'd Telemachus's blooming years!"--Book xi, L 84.
At least, he was here,--brought from the cell he had occupied these five years,--brought from the arms of Death.
To be sure, the celebration was only once in five years,--but it was all the more sacred from this very infrequency.
Later Years.--By the time he had been for ten years in London, his abilities were sufficiently well known to the leading booksellers for them to hire him to compile a Dictionary of the English Language for L1575.
He is a diminutive boy, with an old face and facetious manner wholly beyond his years.--C. Dickens, Hard Times (1854).
tell me not of years,--can she be old?
"I remember when they said the people was free, but our folks stayed right on there--I don't know how many years--'cause my mother thought a heap of her old missis, Penny.
But my shortening space warns me to stop; and I must cease, for the present, from these thoughts of Future Years,--cease, I mean, from writing about that mysterious tract before us: who can cease from thinking of it?
OLD LADY And hope you will enjoy the name and estate many years--(cries).
--Robert Walsh prophesies success.--Meeting with Earl of Lincoln in later years.--Daguerre.--Letter to Mrs. Cass on lotteries.--Railway and military telegraphs.--Skepticism of a Marshal of France.