But that squandering of the public money cannot possibly be endured by which he got rid of seven hundred millions of sesterces by forged entries and deeds of gifts, so that it seems an absolute miracle that so vast a sum of money belonging to the Roman people can have disappeared in so short a time.
Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts- O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power So to seduce!- won to his shameful lust The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen.
You serve Fu-Manchu, lure men to their destruction, and in return he loads you with jewels, lavishes gifts--" "Ah!
The isolated home, made into a flower-vase by the application of the principles set forth in the GiftsA above mentioned, may do for babies.
So, making every preparation for her journey,--money, ornaments, gifts,--a kind of Queen of Sheba, a Zenobia in her pride and glory, a Queen Esther when she had invited the king and his minister to a banquet,--she came to the Cydnus, and ascended the river in a magnificent barge, such as had never been seen before, and prepared to meet her judge, not as a criminal, but as a conqueror, armed with those weapons that few mortals can resist.
"I'm thankful to God," returned Olivia, "for all his good gifts,--and He has blessed me abundantly,--but why should I be thankful to you for the property my father left me?"
Other men have other gifts,--gifts bestowed under different conditions, and subject in a great degree to choice.
His prayer was answered, and in order to avert the plague Agamemnon sent the lady back to her father not only without ransom but with costly gifts.--Homer, Iliad, i. CHRYSOSTOM, a famous scholar, who died for love of Marcella, "rich William's daughter."
He was generally regarded as simply fortunate from the name he bore and the power he usurped, but with no striking intellectual gifts,--nothing that would warrant his supreme audacity.
But by some strange impulse she loosened the string that bound the roses, and placed them in one of her few treasures, a silver bowl, in the centre of the supper table, and going to her bedchamber, which was, country fashion, back of the sitting room, arrayed herself in Horace's gifts,--the silk gown and fichu, with the onyx bar and butterflies to fasten it,--and then returned to the porch to watch the twilight gently veil sunset.
When they began to honor him it was with the idea that he would be reasonably modest; but as they went on and saw that he was delighted at what they voted,--he accepted all but a very few of their gifts,--various men kept at different times proposing various greater marks of esteem, all in excess, some as an act of extreme flattery toward him, and others as one of sarcastic ridicule.