Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, Volume 1

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Hurst and Blackett, 1867
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Written in the first person about the annals of a Vicar in the town of Marshmallows, a Victorian town in rural England, recounting his experiences mingled with mystery and romance.
 

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Page 316 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink ; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.
Page 154 - But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover! A savage place! as holy and enchanted As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
Page 309 - BEHOLD a silly tender Babe, In freezing winter night, In homely manger trembling lies ; Alas, a piteous sight ! The inns are full, no man will yield This little Pilgrim bed ; . But forced He is with silly beasts, In crib to shroud His head.
Page 346 - Can stars protect thee ? or can poverty, Which is the light to Heaven, put out his eye ? He is my star, in him all truth I find, All influence, all fate ! and when my mind Is...
Page 307 - Lambe of God, before all worlds behight, How can we Thee requite for all this good ? Or what can prize that Thy most precious blood ? Yet nought Thou ask'st in lieu of all this love, But love...
Page 154 - And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething, As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing, A mighty fountain momently was forced...
Page 306 - O Lampe of Light ! Most lively image of thy Father's face, Eternal King of Glorie, Lord of Might, Meeke Lambe of God, before all worlds behight, How can we Thee requite for all this good? Or what can prize that Thy most precious blood...
Page 307 - Him first to love that us so dearely bought, And next our brethren, to his image wrought. Him first to love great right and reason is, Who first to us our life and being gave, And after, when we fared had...
Page 322 - It is not the being rich that is wrong, but the serving of riches, instead of making them serve your neighbour and yourself — your neighbour for this life, yourself for the everlasting habitations. God knows it is hard for the rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven ; but the rich man does sometimes enter in ; for God hath made it possible.
Page 309 - Idee of his pure glorie present still Before thy face, that all thy spirits shall fill With sweete enragement of celestiall love, Kindled through sight of those faire things above.

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