Analogies drawn from the comparison of languages will here be of service to us, if used discreetly; otherwise they are likely to bewilder far more than to enlighten us.
Usually they are informed that their assertions "rest on air,"--that they are "foolish" and "baseless,"--"wild figments," or "intolerable nonsense."
Before verbs, they sometimes arbitrarily employ or omit prefixes: as, bide, or abide; dim, or bedim; gird, or begird; lure, or allure; move, or emove; reave, or bereave; vails, or avails; vanish, or evanish; wail, or bewail; weep, or beweep; wilder, or bewilder:-- 1. "
By a lone wall, a lonelier column rears A gray and grief-worn aspect of old days: 'Tis the last remnant of the wreck of years, And looks as with the wild-bewilder'd gaze Of one to stone converted by amaze, Yet still with consciousness; and there it stands, Making a marvel that it not decays, When the coeval pride of human hands, Levell'd Aventicum, hath strew'd her subject lands.
My poor bewildered friend Potter uttered something which he sincerely meant to be a prayer, but which sounded to me painfully like blasphemy.
He looked up at last, into her eyes, bewildered,--his face struggling to gather sense, distinctness.
My case is a hard, a very hard one--I am quite bewildered!-I know not what to do!--I have not a friend in the world that can or will help me!
I looked bewilderedly from him to Beaumont, who was sitting up, leaning against the wall of the corridor.
I said, bewildered--'some shelter for a poor wretch where he could be cared for, not to be left there to die in the street.
The next problem we have to solve is how to unify the bewildering variety of ideas and activities that a child seeks contact with during a day.
After Sanders' departure the Colonel sat at his table, his head resting in his hand, the events of the day crowding his brain bewilderingly.
You would never have guessed that in that bullet head there was bewilderment and resentment almost equalling Tyler's, but for a much different reason.
Yet these gallantries of sonnets are exalted into bewilderments of the heart.
On good evidence let the world understand that here was a remarkable soul born into it; who, more than others, sensible to its influences, took intensely into him such tint and shape of feature as the world had to offer there and then; fashioning himself eagerly by whatsoever of noble presented itself; participating ardently in the world's battle, and suffering deeply in its bewilderments;--whose Life-pilgrimage accordingly is an emblem, unusually significant, of the world's own during those years of his.
He sighs for his green fields, and longs to get away from the bustle that everywhere surrounds and bewilders him.
FAUST If o'er my soul the tone familiar, stealing, Drew me from harrowing thought's bewild'ring maze, Touching the ling'ring chords of childlike feeling, With the sweet harmonies of happier days: So curse I all, around the soul that windeth Its magic and alluring spell, And with delusive flattery bindeth Its victim to this dreary cell!
I make a great account of these fruits, which the farmers do not think it worth the while to gather,--wild flavors of the Muse, vivacious and inspiriting.
A gruesome and probably true story is told of the last of the Darells--"Wild Dayrell."
"I never count the price of these enjoyments.--Wilder," he added, turning to him with a look of frank and courteous confidence, "I place life and honour in your keeping; for to me it would be dishonour to desert the interests of my crew."
Then, after another moment's rest in the valley, came the shuddering half apprehension of the next wave as it rose above us, threatening again, and then, after again soaring aloft, down again into the driving of the spray; the old ship rolling, plunging, and now and then quivering, as some side wave struck her, with a complication of motions, sidelong and headlong, the huge waves flying before us and yet carrying us on,--wild motions, rolling, pitching, sinking down the long green slope into the valley, to be flung up into the tumult of wind and wave again.
The early Dutch navigators gave to this peak the name of Boter-burg (Butter-Hill), but it was rechristened Storm King by the author N. P. Willis, whose late residence, Idlewild, commands a fine view of Newburg Bay.
'--Personal Ridicule in its Proper Light.--Wild Specimen of the Poet.--Walpole on Dodington's 'Diary.
LEDUM LATIFOLIUM (syn L. groenlandicum).--Wild Rosemary, or Labrador Tea.
A high but narrow contracted intensity in it: bony brows; deep, strait-set eyes, in which there is something bewildered-looking,--bewildered, peering with lynx-eagerness.
P. TORMINALIS.--Wild Service Tree.
he continued, clasping his hands in an ecstasy of lover-like enthusiasm, --"those wild, sweet orbs!--bewildering lights of love, dear as life, but cruel as death!--can they not quicken, even as they slay?
Grandest, flattest,--muddiest, dustiest,--hottest, coldest,--wettest, driest,--farthest north, south, east, and west from other places, consequently most central,--best harbor on Lake Michigan, worst harbor and smallest river any great commercial city ever lived on,--most elegant in architecture, meanest in hovel-propping,--wildest in speculation, solidest in value,--proudest in self-esteem, loudest in self-disparagement,--most lavish, most grasping,--most public-spirited in some things, blindest and darkest on some points of highest interest.
When there were any new curiosities in Fleet street,--wild men with rings in their noses, wondrous fishes, puppet-shows, or red-capped baboons whirling on a pole,--Carew would have Nick see them as well as Cicely; and often took them both to Bartholomew's Fair, where there was a giant eating raw beef and a man dancing upon a rope high over the heads of the people.
How full of enjoyment is the search after wild things,--wild birds, wild flowers, wild honey, wild berries!
"These be the book-runes, And the runes of good help, And all the ale-runes, And the runes of much might; To whomso they may avail, Unbewildered unspoilt; They are wholesome to have: Thrive thou with these then.
"--A Hunting Expedition.--Antonio, the "Mustanger" of the Leona.--"Creasing" a Wild Horse.--The Prairie-dog Town.--Wild Turkeys.--The Missing Boys.
The voices of the birds which love the deeper shades of the forest are sadder than those of the open fields: these are the nuns that have taken themselves away from the world and tell their griefs to the infinite listening Silences of the wilderness,--for the one deep inner silence that Nature breaks with her fitful superficial sounds becomes multiplied as the image of a star in ruffled waters.
With Stuart leading them, and singing, in his joyous voice, "Old Joe Hooker, will you come out of the Wilderness!"--for courage, poetry, and seeming frivolity, were strangely mingled in this great soldier--the troops went headlong at the Federal works, and in a few moments the real struggle of the battle of Chancellorsville had begun.
But what think you of the prophet in the wilderness,--John I think they call him?
"Boaden, the author of several theatrical pieces, having given Drury lane theatre the title of a wilderness, Sheridan, when requested, shortly afterwards, to produce a tragedy, written by Boaden, replied, 'The wise and discreet author calls our house a wilderness:--now, I don't mind allowing the oracle to have his opinion; but it is really too much for him to expect, that I will suffer him to prove his words.'
One never tires of this bright chip of nature,--this brave little voice crying in the wilderness,--of observing his many works and ways, and listening to his curious language.
"We must perish in the wilderness.--Some day.
Perhaps the wild things saw her desperate efforts to find food in the wilderness,--the long hours of weary searching for a handful of berries that gave such little nourishment to his weakened body, or for a few acorns stored for winter by bird or rodent.
Then consider the garden of "my own," so overgrown, entangled with roses and lilies, as to be "a little wilderness"--the fawn loving to be there, and there "only"--the maiden seeking it "where it should lie"--and not being able to distinguish it from the flowers until "itself would rise"--the lying among the lilies "like a bank of lilies"--the loving to "fill itself with roses," "And its pure virgin limbs to fold In whitest sheets of lilies cold," and these things being its "chief" delights--and then the pre-eminent beauty and naturalness of the concluding lines, whose very hyperbole only renders them more true to nature when we consider the innocence, the artlessness, the enthusiasm, the passionate girl, and more passionate admiration of the bereaved child: "Had it lived long, it would have been Lilies without, roses within."
It had never ceased to thrill him since he first heard it broached,--the mad plan of a handful of persecuted believers, setting out from civilisation to found Zion in the wilderness,--to go forth a thousand miles from Christendom with nothing but stout arms and a very living faith in the God of Israel, and in Joseph Smith as his prophet, meeting death in famine, plagues, and fevers, freezing in the snows of the mountains, thirsting to death on the burning deserts, being devoured by ravening beasts or tortured to death by the sinful Lamanites; but persisting through it all with dauntless courage to a final triumph so glorious that the very Gods would be compelled to applaud the spectacle of their devoted heroism.
After having spoken of the different voices, of their power, of their effects, let us bestow a compassionate remembrance upon the lost voices, on those who were or who are still, in the most lamentable sense of that word, voices in the wilderness.--To be a man, a soul, to have felt the lighting of a holy flame within oneself; to love truth and justice; to feel the pain of contact with a life ruled over by falsehood and violence; at the heart of this poignant contrast between a divine ideal and a heart-rending reality, to receive from his conscience, from God himself, the command to speak; to put his life into this work, to renounce everything to be only a voice ... and after all this to see himself forsaken, neglected, despised!
At a given signal they faced about, and the men of Benjamin "were amazed" (panic-struck) and "turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness,"--took to the woods, as we should say.
Once he murmured to himself,-- 'Through strange ways--strange ways--and though he let them wander out of the road in the wilderness;--we know how that goes on--' And then he fell into a mixed meditation--perhaps into a prayer.
Robert thereafter traced the life history of Helen Maldon from her marriage to George Talboys at Wildernsea, Yorkshire, her secret departure from there after her husband's desertion, her appearance the following day as a teacher in a girl's school at Brompton under the name of Lucy Graham; her arrival as a governess in Essex, and finally her marriage to Sir Michael Audley.
Scarce heard, their chattering lips her shoulder chill, And her cold back their colder bosoms thrill; All blind she wilders o'er the lightless heath, Led by Fear's cold wet hand, and dogg'd by Death; Death, as she turns her neck the kiss to seek, Breaks off the dreadful kiss with angry shriek.
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A German newspaper contains a strange account--avouched with as much apparent accuracy almost as those which concerned the mermaids lately seen off our own coast, or the sea-serpent that visits the shores of America--of a conversion lately worked upon the morals of a famous robber, by a supernatural visitation in the forest of Wildeshausen.