Mosses from an Old Manse...: In Two Parts, Volume 1
Wiley and Putnam, 1846
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Adam Annie answered appeared artist asked beautiful become beneath better bosom breast butterfly character child cold course cried death deep desire Dorcas Drowne earth earthly enter exclaimed expression face father feel felt figure finger fire flame former give glance guest hand head heart Heaven hope human idea imagination Intelligence kind leaves less light living longer look lost man's matter merely mind moral mysterious nature never object observed once Owen Owen Warland passed past perhaps person Peter poor possessed present replied Reuben Roderick secret seemed seen shadow shape side snake soul spirit stood strange street thing thought tion touch trees true truth turned Virtuoso voice volume wandering whole wish wrought young youth
Pagina 175 - ... content himself with the inward enjoyment of the beautiful, but must chase the flitting mystery beyond the verge of his ethereal domain, and crush its frail being in seizing it with a material grasp. Owen Warland felt the impulse to give external reality to his ideas as irresistibly as any of the poets or painters who have arrayed the world in a dimmer and fainter beauty, imperfectly copied from the richness of their visions.
Pagina 1 - WE, who are born into the world's artificial system, can never adequately know how little in our present state and circumstances is natural, and how much is merely the interpolation of the perverted mind and heart of man.
Pagina 186 - It was carved richly out of ebony by his own hand, and inlaid with a fanciful tracery of pearl, representing a boy in pursuit of a butterfly, which, elsewhere, had become a winged spirit, and was flying heavenward; while the boy, or youth, had found such efficacy in his strong desire that he ascended from earth to cloud, and from cloud to celestial atmosphere, to win the beautiful.
Pagina 112 - At that moment the withered topmost bow of the oak loosened itself in the stilly air, and fell in soft, light fragments upon the rock, upon the leaves, upon Reuben, upon his wife and child, and upon Roger Malvin's bones.
Pagina 182 - Then, in a mysterious way, he would confess that he once thought differently. In his idle and dreamy days he had considered it possible, in a certain sense, to spiritualize machinery, and to combine with the new species of life and motion thus produced a beauty that should attain to the ideal which Nature has proposed to herself in all her creatures, but has never taken pains to realize.
Pagina 155 - How sad a truth — if true it were — that Man's age-long endeavor for perfection had served only to render him the mockery of the Evil Principle, from the fatal circumstance of an error at the very root of the matter! The Heart — the Heart — there was the little, yet boundless sphere, wherein existed the original wrong, of which the crime and misery of this outward world were merely types.
Pagina 103 - ... with success. The irritability by which he had recently become distinguished, was another cause of his declining prosperity, as it occasioned frequent quarrels in his un-avoidable intercourse with the neighboring settlers. The results of these were innumerable lawsuits ; for the people of New England, in the earliest stages and wildest circumstances of the country, adopted, whenever attainable, the legal mode of deciding their differences. To be brief, the world did not go well with Reuben Bourne;...
Pagina 191 - When the artist rose high enough to achieve the Beautiful, the symbol by which he made it perceptible to mortal senses became of little value in his eyes, while his spirit possessed itself in the enjoyment of the reality.