Agatha's Husband: A Novel

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B. Tauchnitz, 1860 - 368 pages
 

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Page 165 - Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right ; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise ; I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life ! — and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
Page 165 - How do I love thee ? let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and Ideal Grace.
Page 142 - And thinking of the days that are no more. Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail, That brings our friends up from the under world ; Sad as the last which reddens over one That sinks with all we love below the verge, — So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.
Page 164 - ... herself, she takes care no one else sees them ; yet she would as soon think of loving him less for them as ceasing to look up to heaven because there were a few clouds in the sky. I would have her so true, so fond, that she needs neither to burthen him with her love nor vex him with her constancy, since both are self-existent, and entirely independent of anything he gives or takes away. Thus she will not marry him for liking, esteem, gratitude for his love, but from the fulness of her own love....
Page 116 - Awe!" - awe of a man whose whiskers you have trimmed, whose hair you have cut, whose cravats you have tied, whose shirts you have "put into the wash...
Page 312 - ... they cannot be present where they secretly rejoice with all their hearts not to be, — " requesting the honor and pleasure" of company which they know will bo rather a visitahuman heart by a statement shot at the head, — " human beings hang not on one another in that blind way. We have each an individual soul. On another soul may rest all its hopes and joys, but on God only rests its worth, its duties, and its nobility.
Page 165 - ... next world ; we cannot be parted ; we belong to one another. Despite all I have seen of false, foolish, weak attachments, unholy marriages, the after-life of which is rendered unholier still by struggling against the inevitable, still I believe in the one true love that binds a woman's heart faithful to one man in this life, and, God grant it, in the next. All this I am and could be for one man. But how worthless should I be to any other man but Richard Burton ! I should love Richard's wild,...
Page 44 - ... friends ; but I have never had the slightest intention of marrying Major Harper." With that she took her candle , and walked slowly to her own room.
Page 45 - A communication which appears both possible and credible to those who have felt any strong human attachment, especially that one which for the sake of its object seems able to cross the bounds of distance, time, life, or eternity.
Page 204 - When he acts outrageously, unjustly, insultingly — binds me hand and foot like a child, and then smiles and tells me

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