Agatha's Husband, a Novel

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Page 66 - 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 66 - 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.
Page 66 - ... the other, and thus my beaux jours will pass away, and my Ideal Lover will not then think me worth his while. Shall I never be at rest with him to love and understand me, to tell every thought and feeling, in far different scenes from these — under canvas before Rangoon — anywhere in Nature ? " I would have every woman marry ; not merely liking a man well enough to accept him for a husband, as some of our mothers teach us, and so cause many unhappy marriages, but loving him so holily that,...
Page 66 - ... 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 66 - I would have every woman marry, not merely liking a man well enough to accept him as a husband, but loving him so wholly that, wedded or not, she feels she is at heart his wife, and none other's, to the end of her life. So faithful that she can see all his little faults — though she takes care no one else shall see them — yet would as soon think of loving him the less for these, as of ceasing to look up to heaven because there are a few clouds in the sky. So true and so fond, that she needs...
Page 121 - ... 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 66 - ... 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 123 - ... always remember that it is a noble forest-oak, and that you are only its dews or its sunshine, or its ivy garland. You never must attempt to come between it and the skies'.
Page 21 - Added to this, was the terror that seizes a helpless young creature, who, all supports taken away, is at last set face to face with the cruel world, without even the steadfastness given by a strong sorrow.
Page 21 - 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.

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