Say, good Caesar, That I some lady trifles have reserv'd, Immoment toys, things of such dignity As we greet modern friends withal; and say Some nobler token I have kept apart For Livia and Octavia, to induce Their mediation- must I be unfolded With one that I have bred?
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It was now the moment to enfranchise the people and give that security to private property which Magna Charta had given to personal liberty."
You understand, of course, as the note says, that this refusal of his terminates the negotiations, so--" "But just a moment--" interposed Mr. Howard quickly.
"It is granted ere named, noble Knight," said Cedric; "yet, at this sad moment----" "Of that also," said the Knight, "I have bethought me--but my time is brief--neither does it seem to me unfit that, in the grave of the noble Athelstane, we should deposit certain prejudices and hasty opinions."
White, she stood, and mute, till he put forth his hand to secure her; Then she turned and leaped,--in mid air fluttered a moment,-- Down, there, whirling, fell, like a broken-winged bird from a tree-top, Down on the cruel wheel, that caught her, and hurled her, and crushed her, And in the foaming water plunged her, and hid her forever."
This shows how much men are limited by their senses, and how true is the remark that Goethe makes in Tasso about the dominant influence of the present moment:-- Die Gegenwart ist eine maechtige Goettin Footnote 1: Act iv.,
Qui rerum momenta tenes, solusque futuri Praescius, elapsique memor: quem terra potentem Imperio, coelique tremunt; quem dite superbus Horrescit Phlegethon, pavidoque furore veretur: En!
I don't deny that there was a pang in it,--yes, a stab; but there was a prayer, too,--the "Amen" belonged to that.--Also, a vision of a four-story brick house, nicely furnished,--I actually saw many specific articles,-- curtains, sofas, tables, and others, and could draw the patterns of them at this moment,--a brick house, I say, looking out on the water, with a fair parlor, and books and busts and pots of flowers and bird-cages, all complete; and at the window, looking on the water, two of us.--"Male and female created He them.
"The violence of this sudden attack," he said softly, pacing to and fro beneath the bookcase at the end of the room, "is due, of course, partly to the fact that tonight the moon is at the full"--here he glanced at me for a moment--"and partly to the fact that we have all been so deliberately concentrating upon the matter.
Then the horse trotted on,--indeed, he had never paused a moment,--and carried both those dear, dear people out of sight.
I never heard of or saw such a dear unaccountable; almost lifeless, and speechless too for a few moments; what must her apprehensions be at that moment?--And for what?-- An high-notioned dear soul!--Pretty ignorance!--thought I. Never having met with so sincere, so unquestionable a repugnance, I was staggered--I was confounded--yet how should I know that it would be so till I tried?--And how, having proceeded thus far, could I stop, were I not to have had the women to goad me on, and to make light of circumstances, which they pretended to be better judges of than I?
The old squire came up after dinner regularly (during March he had hunted every day, and slept every evening); and the trio chatted along merrily enough, by the help of whist and backgammon, upon the surface of this little island of life,--which is, like Sinbad's, after all only the back of a floating whale, ready to dive at any moment.--And then?-- But what was Argemone doing all this time?
Quid insanius quam pro momentanea felicitate aeternis te mancipare suppliciis?
Insanus est, qui aetate debita, et tempore debito per se, non momentaneam et fugacem, ut vini, solani, Hyoscyami, sed confirmatam habet impotentiam bene operandi circa intellectum.
momentaneo, -a, momentary.
Thus our limited, uncertain, defective, fallible reason, is but a feeble and momentaneous inspiration of a primitive, supreme, and immutable reason, which communicates itself with measure, to all intelligent beings.
The sad smile that momentarily illuminated Lucy's countenance, as she gazed anxiously in my face when speaking, was full of submissive hope and Christian faith.
I--" she hesitated momentarily--"have left Lady Jo."
Except for the momentary flash of the rockets, it was perfectly dark, and my sensations as I walked with a stranger to a strange hotel, through the midst of these shrieking savages, and heard the pants and snorts of the departing steamer, which carried away all my companions, were somewhat of the dismal sort; though it was pleasant, too, in the way that everything strange is; everything that breaks in upon the routine that so easily incrusts us.
So it is that a great silent-moving misery puts a new stamp on us in an hour or a moment,--as sharp an impression as if it had taken half a lifetime to engrave it.
Yes, in those hateful and shameful moments of pride, or spite, or contempt, or self-will, or suspicion, or sneering, on which when they are past we look back with shame and horror, and wonder how we could have been such wretches even for a moment,--at such times, I say, our heart is a battle-field, on which no less than the Devil himself, and God Himself are fighting for our souls.
I snatched at it eagerly, and, in the impulse of the moment,--before I reflected that I was wronging Flora,--pressed it to my lips.
People are more likely to appreciate the man who serves the circumstances of his own brief hour, or the temper of the moment,--belonging to it, living and dying with it.
the face on the pillow was convulsed for that swift passing moment--"best of all to go home.
I wonder whether, under the circumstances, it would be better"--he hesitated, and looked at her for a moment--"better--you see what I mean, don't you?"
When she happened to fetch out a long word which had had its day weeks before and its prepared meanings gone to her dump-pile, if there was a stranger there of course it knocked him groggy for a couple of minutes, then he would come to, and by that time she would be away down the wind on another tack, and not expecting anything; so when he'd hail and ask her to cash in, I (the only dog on the inside of her game) could see her canvas flicker a moment,--but only just a moment,--then it would belly out taut and full, and she would say, as calm as a summer's day, "It's synonymous with supererogation," or some godless long reptile of a word like that, and go placidly about and skim away on the next tack, perfectly comfortable, you know, and leave that stranger looking profane and embarrassed, and the initiated slatting the floor with their tails in unison and their faces transfigured with a holy joy.
I haven't time," says the farmer, the banker, the professor, with a kind of disdain for the spirit of life, when, as a matter of fact, he has all the time there is, all that anybody has--to wit, this moment, this great and golden moment!--but knows not how to employ it.
I requested to see her upon it that moment.--But she desires to suspend our interview till morning.
But nevertheless he was aware that he had been driven to do it now,--to pay the money at this special moment,--by an undercurrent of hope that these enemies would think it best for themselves to go as soon as they had his money in their hands.
Qu'est-ce que le cardinal mangeait tous les soirs?--Qu'est-il arrive une fois?--Que pensaient les domestiques?--Qu'est-ce qu'ils ont fait tout de suite?--Le cardinal avait-il hate de manger?--Comment le maitre d'hotel a-t-il tache de reparer le malheur?--Qui est arrive en ce moment?--Comment a-t-il aide les domestiques?--Le cardinal a-t-il ete trompe?--A-t-on apporte enfin le poulet?--Le cardinal l'a-t-il mange?--A-t-il ete content de souper deux fois?
Could a man do it perfectly but for one moment,--could he absolutely and utterly for one moment isolate himself, and accept his own isolation as a fact, he were then and there a madman or a suicide.
Thys was not straynge at all; but that the moone, that still shone bryghte, did in the momente hide herself behynde a cloude: this was straynge, most passing straynge indeede.
We start for a tiger hunt on the Nepaul frontier.--Indian scenery near the border.--Lose our way.--Cold night.--The river by night.--Our boat and boatmen.--Tigers calling on the bank.--An anxious moment.--Fire at and wound the tigress.--Reach camp.--The Nepaulee's adventure with a tiger.--The old Major.--His appearance and manners.--The pompous Jemadar.--Nepaulese proverb.--Firing the jungle.--Start a tiger and shoot him.--Another in front.--Appearance of the fires by night.--The tiger escapes.--Too dark to follow up.--Coolie shot by mistake during a former hunt.
And how in that same year Duke Albrecht met with a bloody end, such as befell no King or Emperor of the Germans before or after him, at the hands of Duke John, his nephew, whose inheritance he had kept back, and other conspirators; and what vengeance overtook the murderers; and how Duke John, escaping in the habit of a monk into Italy, was no more heard of, but became a shadow forever, like the rest of them;--and how, eight years afterwards, came the expedition of Duke Leopold of Austria against the Waldstaette, and the fight at Morgarten, where the Swiss, thirteen hundred mountaineers in all, Wilhelm Tell among them, routed twenty thousand of the well-armed chivalry of Austria,--dating from that heroic Thermopylae of theirs the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy, as, larger and perhaps not less resolute, we see it to-day, ready to defy, if need be, single-handed, the greatest military nation of the earth;--and how, thirty years afterwards, the men of Schwyz and Uri go forth, nine hundred strong,--among them Tell, and Werner Stauffacher, now bent with years,--to the aid of Bern, threatened by the nobles roundabout;--and how, in 1332, was formed the league with Lucerne, whereby the beautiful lake gets its name as the Lake of the Four Forest Cantons;--and how, one sultry July day in 1386, the men of Schwyz and Uri and Unterwalden, together with other Swiss,--some of them armed with the very halberds with which their fathers defended the pass at Morgarten,--fought again their hereditary enemy, Austria, by the clear waters of the little Lake of Sempach; how, when they saw the enemy, they fell upon their knees, according to their ancient custom, and prayed to God, and then with loud war-cry dashed at full run upon the Austrian host, whose shields were like a dazzling wall, and their spears like a forest, and the Mayor of Lucerne with sixty of his followers went down in the shock, but not a single one of the Austrians recoiled; and how at that critical, dreadful moment,--for the flanks of the enemy's phalanx were advancing to encompass them,--there suddenly strode forth the Knight Arnold Strutthan von Winkelried, crying, "I will make a path for you!
It was investigated; found to be accurate to the letter,--with this addition and explanation, that Will, an honest, ignorant good man, entirely given up to Methodism, had been perfect in the "faith of assurance," certain that he should get to Heaven if he died, certain that Jack would not, which had been the ground of his decision in that great moment;--for the rest, that he much wished to learn reading and writing, and find some way of life above ground instead of below.
And then, all at once the tears welled up into his eyes hot, and scalding, and a great sob burst from him, for it seemed to him that his beloved Uncle Porges had failed him at the crucial moment,--had left him solitary just when he needed him most.
Bending over--did he foresee what was to come, that moment?--he did something he had never done before.
and though afraid to turn her head that way, had she not felt that he was there every moment,--heard every word of the sermon and prayer for him?
He looked at it for a moment,--hesitated,--touched the inner corner of his right eye with the pulp of his middle finger,--looked at the face of the watch,--said it was getting into the forenoon,--then opened the watch and handed me the loose outside case without a word.--The watch-paper had been pink once, and had a faint tinge still, as if all its tender life had not yet quite faded out.
The king of Sweden, with his usual success having passed the Boristhenes, encountered a party of 10,000 Muscovites and 6000 Calmuck Tartars; but they gave way on the first onset and fled into a wood, where the king, following the dictates of his great courage more than prudence, pursuing them, fell into an ambuscade, which, throwing themselves between him and three regiments of horse that were with him, hem'd him in, and now began a very unequal fight.--Many of the gallant Swedes were cut to pieces, and the Muscovites made quite up to his majesty:--two aid-de-camps were killed within his presence, his own horse was shot under him, and as an equerry was presenting him with another, both horse and man was struck dead in the same moment.--Horatio immediately alighted in order to mount the king, who now on foot behaved with incredible valour, in that action was surrounded and taken prisoner, as were several others that had fought near his person.
She already knew how that girl's heart must have fluttered at the moment,--how she must have felt that the hands were mad, wicked, uncontrollable hands, no longer her own.
So that I think I may truly conclude, they are not always sad and fearful, but usually so: and that without a cause, timent de non timendis, (Gordonius,) quaeque momenti non sunt, "although not all alike" (saith Altomarus), "yet all likely fear," "some with an extraordinary and a mighty fear," Areteus. "
At that moment,--I tremble as I write it, I gave the signal to my brave Jack, who behaved with admirable coolness, and at the same moment we fired on the herd.
O Mr. Lovelace!-- Let my passion for you, Madam, and the unexpected meeting of you at your chamber-door, in an attitude so charming-- Leave me, leave me, this moment!--I beseech you leave me; looking wildly and in confusion about her, and upon herself.
Perhaps he did not notice it himself; but if he had had a trifle more personal vanity, and had seen how this pale young girl--forbidden by a suspicious father much companionship with gallants--had forgotten all difference of station and purse, and had looked upon him, nobly made, handsome, gay, knowing far more than she did, much as upon a young god just alighted by her side a moment,--if Andrew had been aware of this, and had found any words in which to repeat it, then Louie might have had something to startle her out of her blessedness, and pain might have come to her all the sooner.
to your charge repair; The fluttering fan be Zephyretta's care; The drops to thee, Brillante, we consign; And, Momentilla, let the watch be thine; Do thou, Crispissa, tend her favourite lock; Ariel himself shall be the guard of Shock.
Lady Mary being little altered in her character, though so much in her being, still believed that if she could but find the way, in a moment,--in the twinkling of an eye, all would be revealed and understood.
It was not a simile that was in his mind, or is in anybody's at such a moment,--it was a pang of wordless passion, and then a silent, inward moan.