Sketches of American Character

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Walter Wilson -- The soldier of the revolution -- The wedding and the funeral -- Ann Ellsworth -- The village schoolmistress -- The belle and the bleu -- The poor scholar -- The Springs -- Prejudices -- The apparition -- William Forbes -- A winter in the country.

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Page 182 - O'er other creatures. Yet when I approach Her loveliness, so absolute she seems And in herself complete, so well to know Her own, that what she wills to do or say, Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best. All higher knowledge in her presence falls Degraded: wisdom in discourse with her Loses discountenanced, and like folly shows.
Page 182 - Loses discountenanced, and like folly shows; Authority and reason on her wait, As one intended first, not after made Occasionally; and, to consummate all, Greatness of mind and nobleness their seat Build in her loveliest, and create an awe About her, as a guard angelic placed.
Page 27 - It yearns me not if men my garments wear; Such outward things dwell not in my desires: But if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive.
Page 70 - Hence, the declaration, that all things shall work together for good to them who love God...
Page 236 - Where Beauty seems to dwell, nor once inquire Where is the sanction of eternal truth, Or where the seal of undeceitful good, To save your search from folly! Wanting these, Lo! Beauty withers in your void embrace, And with the glittering of an idiot's toy Did Fancy mock your vows.
Page 217 - I say the pulpit (in the sober use Of its legitimate, peculiar powers) Must stand acknowledged, while the world shall stand, The most important and effectual guard, Support and ornament of virtue's cause.
Page 191 - O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An' foolish notion: What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us, An
Page 183 - A maiden never bold ; Of spirit so still and quiet, that her motion Blush'd at herself...
Page 203 - An eye As when the blue sky trembles through a cloud Of purest white. A secret charm combin'd Her features, and infus'd enchantment through them. Her shape was harmony. But eloquence Beneath her beauty fails ; which...
Page 102 - Reflect that life, like every other blessing, Derives its value from its use alone ; Not for itself, but for a nobler end, The Eternal gave it — and that end is virtue.

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