darker shade, which became
whelmed in a shadow more black. But at length, when the sun had utterly
departed, the Fay, now the mere ghost of her former self, went
disconsolately with her boat into the region of the ebony flood, and
that she issued thence at all I cannot say, for darkness fell over all
things, and I beheld her magical figure no more.
[Footnote 1: Moraux is here derived from _moeurs_, and its meaning is
"_fashionable_," or, more strictly, "of manners."]
[Footnote 2: Speaking of the tides, Pomponius Mela, in his treatise,
'De Situ Orbis', says,
"Either the world is a great animal, or," etc.]
[Footnote 3: Balzac, in substance; I do not remember the words.]
"Florem putares nare per liquidum aethera."
* * * * *
THE POWER OF WORDS.
Pardon, Agathos, the weakness of a spirit new-fledged with
You have spoken nothing, my Oinos, for which pardon is to be demanded.
Not even here is knowledge a thing of intuition. For wisdom, ask of
the angels freely, that it may be given!
But in this existence I dreamed that I should be at once cognizant of
all things, and thus at once happy in being cognizant of all.
Ah, not in knowledge is happiness, but in the acquisition of
knowledge! In forever knowing, we are forever blessed; but to know
all, were the curse of a fiend.
But does not The Most High know all?
_That_ (since he is The Most Happy) must be still the _one_ thing
unknown even to HIM.
But, since we grow hourly in knowledge, must not _at last_ all things
Look down into the abysmal distances!--attempt to force the gaze down
the multitudinous vistas of the stars, as we sweep slowly through them
thus--and thus--and thus! Even the spiritual vision, is it not at all
points arrested by the continuous golden walls of the universe?--the
walls of the myriads of the shining bodies that mere number has
appeared to blend into unity?
I clearly perceive that the infinity of matter is no dream.
There are no dreams in Aidenn--but it is here
" "Yes," said I, "I remember his merriment well.Page 18
With this history the king was even more profoundly interested than with the other--and, as the day broke before its conclusion (notwithstanding all the queen's endeavors to get through with it in time for the bowstringing), there was again no resource but to postpone that ceremony as before, for twenty-four hours.Page 21
"'Being thus evidently spoken to, I was at a loss how to reply, as I could in no manner understand what was said; and in this difficulty I.Page 36
In the brief account of Von Kempelen which appeared in the 'Home Journal,' and has since been extensively copied, several misapprehensions of the German original seem to have been made by the translator, who professes to have taken the passage from a late number of the Presburg 'Schnellpost.Page 49
The police, however, kept a strict watch upon his movements, and thus discovered that he left home frequently, taking always the same road, and invariably giving his watchers the slip in the neighborhood of that labyrinth of narrow and crooked passages known by the flash name of the 'Dondergat.Page 55
There will be a point--there will be a degree of rarity, at which, if the atoms are sufficiently numerous, the interspaces must vanish, and the mass absolutely coalesce.Page 68
With these I spent most of my time, and never was so happy as when feeding and caressing them.Page 88
The disease which had thus entombed the lady in the maturity of youth, had left, as usual in all maladies of a strictly cataleptical character, the mockery of a faint blush upon the bosom and the face, and that suspiciously lingering smile upon the lip which is so terrible in death.Page 104
"Nitre," I replied.Page 105
"The nitre!" I said: "see, it increases.Page 117
To meet thee in that hollow vale.Page 132
Quitting the wall, I resolved to cross the area of the enclosure.Page 146
It grew late.Page 149
Methought I was immersed in a cataleptic trance of more than usual duration and profundity.Page 183
Yet this superiority--even this equality--was in truth acknowledged by no one but myself; our associates, by some unaccountable blindness, seemed not even to suspect it.Page 186
This interference often took the ungracious character of advice; advice not openly given, but hinted or insinuated.Page 188
Neither was this species of scepticism likely to be diminished by the character of the life I led at Eton.Page 203
It is more than probable that I am not understood; but I fear, indeed, that it is in no manner possible to convey to the mind of the merely general reader, an adequate idea of that nervous _intensity of interest_ with which, in my case, the powers of meditation (not to speak technically) busied and buried themselves, in the contemplation of even the most ordinary objects of the universe.Page 213
I found myself within a strange city, where all things might have served to blot from recollection the sweet dreams I had dreamed so long in the Valley of the Many-Colored Grass.