A Storehouse of Stories: Storehouse the Second, Containing Family Stories, A Puzzle for a Curious Girl, Elements of Morality, Blossoms of Morality

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Charlotte Mary Yonge
Macmillan and Company, 1880 - 403 halaman
 

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Halaman 394 - ... manner he should secure the young prince, when he came of age, from forming a connection in matrimony so disagreeable as his own. ' If it should please heaven,' said he, ' to spare my life till my son shall attain the years of discretion, I then shall be able properly to direct him in the search...
Halaman 389 - Alicaun, who was one day conversing with an iman and several dervises, concerning the change of the califf's conduct. One of the dervises laid claim to the honour of this change, having obtained it of Mahomet by fasting and prayer. Another said that this great work had been accomplished by a beauty in the seraglio; but an iman or priest was bold enough to contradict them both, and boasted that it was by his remonstrances that the califf's heart was softened. Alicaun being then called upon to give...
Halaman 389 - ... contest, Selim lost his head, and Mahmoud returned in triumph to his capital. The man, who has long been accustomed to scenes of blood and slaughter, will naturally become hardened and of savage feelings, totally the reverse of those of pity, tenderness, and humanity. Almost every day convinced Mahmoud, that he must part with either his tender feelings or his throne. He wished to pursue the middle path between clemency and tyranny; but the rebellious spirit of his subjects by degrees so hardened...
Halaman 403 - What \ve gain too easily, we are apt to think too little of; and we are accustomed to estimate the value of every thing in proportion to the care and pains it costs us. This the wise father of Achmet well knew, and therefore devised those means which were most likely to enable him to discover the woman of beauty, virtue, and prudence, without leaving him any hopes of finding it in the lap of pride, indolence, and luxury.
Halaman 393 - Mamoud then ordered him to rise, and asked him who he was that had thus spoken. The youth replied, ' Most gracious sovereign, I am one of five children of whom the old man you have just mentioned is the father. I was one of the party in that conversation which has made such a noble and generous impression on your royal heart. As we were yesterday surrounding him, he thus addressed us: "I feel nature is nearly exhausted in me; but I shall now die with pleasure, since I have lived to see such an enexpected...
Halaman 390 - I forgive you, Alicaun,' said the califf, ' and I will tell you, and all present, my motive for doing so. You are not a stranger to the influence my favourite emir, Abdalla, has over me. Like many other monarchs, I became jealous of my favourite, on the unbounded acclamations he received, on his return home from a war of no great consequence. I therefore resolved on putting him to death, but was at a loss in what manner I should accomplish that end.
Halaman 388 - Mahmoud wisely preferred peace to war, yet he was by no means destitute of true courage, and he now found himself under the disagreeable necessity of taking the field, as the only means of quelling his rebellious subjects. His arms were everywhere victorious, and he returned in triumph to Ispahan, where he hoped to enjoy the fruits of his victories in peace and tranquillity. In this, however, he was much disappointed ; for his rebellious subjects attributed his successes more to good fortune than...
Halaman 386 - ever since your family were elevated to the throne of this empire; conscious that the sword of vengeance was at all times, hanging over my head, it became natural for me to seek security in retirement. I found refuge for some time in the house of a friend at Basra ; but fearing that my stay in that city might be dangerous, I one night quitted it under the favour of a disguise, and pursued my journey towards the desert. ' I had escaped the vigilance of the guards, and thought myself out of all danger,...
Halaman 394 - Thus you see, my youthful headers, how easily you are to be led astray by your passions, when you suffer them to prevail over reason. Learn early to give law to your passions, or your passions will in time give law to you, and govern you with a tyrannical power.

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