Waste sandy Vallies, once perplexd with Thorn, The spiry Fir and shapely Box adorn: To leafless Shrubs the flow'ring Palms succeed, And od'rous Myrtle to the noisome Weed.
But yet I see thy mind By thought on thought arising sore perplex'd, And with how vehement desire it asks Solution of the maze.
exclaimed Dick, perplexed and provoked.
"M'yes," said Badger, stroking his chin perplexedly.
that most writers are so far from instructing us in the nature and knowledge of things, that they use their words loosely and uncertainly, and do not, by using them constantly and steadily in the same significations make plain and clear deductions of words one from another, and make their discourses coherent and clear, (how little soever they were instructive); which were not difficult to do, did they not find it convenient to shelter their ignorance or obstinacy under the obscurity and perplexedness of their terms: to which, perhaps, inadvertency and ill custom do in many men much contribute.
----I was dazzled, perplexed,--so entirely new, strange, incredible was all this to me; but I expressed to the little Frenchman, in what terms I could command, my profound sense of his genius and originality.
There stood the Kaatskill Mountains--there ran the silver Hudson at a distance--there was every hill and dale precisely as it had always been--Rip was sorely perplexed--"That flagon last night," thought he, "has addled my poor head sadly!"
And on the ground the good Sordello drew His finger, saying, "See, this line alone Thou couldst not pass after the sun is gone; Not that aught else would hindrance give, however, To going up, save the nocturnal darkness; This with the want of power the will perplexes.
Fierce Anthropophagi, Spectra, Diaboli, What scared St. Anthony, Hobgoblins, Lemures, Dreams of Antipodes, Night-riding Incubi Troubling the fantasy, All dire illusions Causing confusions; Figments heretical, Scruples fantastical, Doubts diabolical, Abaddon vexeth me, Mahu perplexeth me, Lucifer teareth me---- Jesu!
The preceding account would be incomplete without adding that the state of her health during this period, combined with a severe pressure of varied and perplexing cares, served to deepen the distress caused by her spiritual trials.
Many reasons, besides his natural aversion to marriage, concurred to hinder him from making her his wife; and as there were yet more to deter him from being the instrument of her dishonour, the situation of his mind was very perplexing.--He blushed within himself at the inclinations he had for a girl whom he had always behaved to as a child of his own, and who looked upon him as a father: not only the disparity of their years made him consider the passion he was possessed of as ridiculous, there was one circumstance, which, if at any time a thought of marrying her entered into his head, immediately extirpated it, which was, that there was a possibility of her being born not only of the meanest, but the vilest parents, who, on hearing her establishment, might appear and claim the right they had in her; and lo, said he, I shall ally myself to, perhaps, a numerous family of vagabonds; at least, whether it be so or not, the manner in which these children were exposed, being publicly known, may furnish a pretence for any wretch to boast a kindred.
And then life--life would be the wonder it so perplexingly just isn't.... 2 Benham did not go about the world telling people of this consuming research.
how great ruth, and sorrow-full assay**, Doth vex my spirite with perplexitie, Thus in a moment to see lost and drown'd So great riches as like cannot be found.
Many secrets of language have been revealed, many perplexities of history disentangled, by the words engraven on stone or metal, which the scholar discovers amid the dust of ruined temples, or on the cippus of a tomb.
Do not ask me any questions,--I have said more than I meant to already; but I am involved in strange doubts and perplexities,--in dangers too, very possibly,--and it is a relief just to speak ever so guardedly of them to an early and faithful friend.
If Master Bernard felt a natural gratitude to his young pupil for saving him from an imminent peril, he was in a state of infinite perplexity to know why he should have needed such aid.
She had appreciated at once Mrs. Scudder's coolness, James's devotion, and Mary's perplexity,--and inly resolved, that, if the little maiden did not think of James in his absence, it should not be her fault.
I am looking for"--he studied the writing in perplexity--"for M. Lo-eed Keetredge.
If you had taken the other turning when you took the wrong one, after much perplexity,--if you had refrained from saying such a hasty word,--if you had not thoughtlessly made such a man your enemy!
Cleopatra's perplexity.--She resolves To go to Alexandria.--Cleopatra's message to Caesar.--Caesar's reply.--Apollodorus's stratagem.--Cleopatra and Caesar--First impressions.--Caesar's attachment.--Caesar's wife.--His fondness for Cleopatra.--Cleopatra's foes.--She commits her cause to Caesar.--Caesar's pretensions.--He sends for Ptolemy.--Ptolemy's indignation.--His complaints against Caesar.--Great tumult in the city.--Excitement of the populace.--Caesar's forces--Ptolemy made prisoner.--Caesar's address to the people.--Its effects.--The mob dispersed.--Caesar convenes an assembly.--Caesar's decision.
While the monk was speaking thus, Agnes fixed on him her eyes with an innocent mixture of surprise and perplexity,--which gradually deepened into a strong gravity of gaze, as if she were looking through him, through all visible things into some far-off depth of mysterious knowledge.
'Then they're a-going to the most infernal, mean, ----, ---- break-heartedest place as God Almighty ever put on this 'arth for the perplexment of poor unfortunate ---- ---- miners.'
'Twas but in a sort I blam'd thee; None e'er prosper'd who defam'd thee; Irony all, and feign'd abuse, Such as perplext lovers use, At a need, when, in despair To paint forth their fairest fair, Or in part but to express That exceeding comeliness Which their fancies doth so strike, They borrow language of dislike; And, instead of Dearest Miss, Jewel, Honey, Sweetheart, Bliss, And those forms of old admiring, Call her Cockatrice and Siren, Basilisk, and all that's evil, Witch, Hyena, Mermaid, Devil, Ethiop, Wench, and Blackamoor, Monkey, Ape, and twenty more; Friendly Trait'ress, loving Foe,-- Not that she is truly so, But no other way they know A contentment to express, Borders so upon excess, That they do not rightly wot Whether it be pain or not.
--Murder of the messengers.--Intentions of Achillas--Cold-blooded assassination.--Advance of Achillas--Caesar's arrangements for defense.--Cleopatra and Ptolemy.--Double dealing of Pothinus.--He is detected.--Pothinus beheaded--Arsinoe and Ganymede--Flight of Arsinoe--She is proclaimed queen by the army.--Perplexity of the young Ptolemy.
For some, who have his secret meaning guess'd, Have found our author not too much a priest: For fashion-sake he seems to have recourse To Pope, and Councils, and Tradition's force: But he that old traditions could subdue, Could not but find the weakness of the new: If Scripture, though derived from heavenly birth, Has been but carelessly preserved on earth; If God's own people, who of God before 260 Knew what we know, and had been promised more, In fuller terms, of Heaven's assisting care, And who did neither time nor study spare, To keep this Book untainted, unperplex'd, Let in gross errors to corrupt the text, Omitted paragraphs, embroil'd the sense, With vain traditions stopp'd the gaping fence, Which every common hand pull'd up with ease: What safety from such brushwood-helps as these!
A runlet of water had been led through a hollow trunk into a trough--also hewn from a log--close by Elspeth's bower, where she could make her toilet unperplexed by other eyes.
how ascending to an unperplexing Heaven their incense!
Irreligious foole, That makst it contyence onlye when thou leavest Synns of preferment unaccomplyshed, Thou that repynst agaynst thy starrs & lucke When heaven prevents the bassnes of thy gayne; Littill thynkst thou wherefore thy gaynes will serve, Nor wherefore thy close pollycie should fayle Tyll thou forsakst it, & then, wretched clay, Thou fyndst a horsse & dogge thy betters: they Dye unperplext with sence of dyinge, thou Seest what thy sence abhorrs thy falts allowe.