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Short Patent Sermons, Vol. 1
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Excerpt from Short Patent Sermons, Vol. 1 My friends - I speak of these beauties of Nature because they are unadorned, and consequently are the most beautiful. You might hang a necklace of diamonds around the sun, and extra-jewel the stars - but would they appear more lovely? Not a bit of it. You Gothamites by dwelling upon these may receive good, and have your ferocious tempers completely subdued; but I don't want to have anything to do with your down-east Yankees. I have nu derstood that their hearts are so inclined to wooden nutmegs and singing psalms, that they have no idea at all of the sublime and beautiful. They won't believe what I tell them, because of their stiflineckedness. I do think that if an angel were to come down from heaven and swear upon a wagon-load of comic almanacs that what I preach is true, they wouldn't believe it any the sooner. Let them go. Now, my triands, I am about to speak of beauty where it caer zlaca almost unlimited control over the hearts of men. It is when It is concentrated in lovely woman-when it flashes from her dark eye - when it lurks in her raven ringlets - when it mingles with the rose of her cheek and the lily of her brow. By it kings have new brought upon their marrow bones at the foot of their thrones -warriors have been spurred on to battle, and kept from it by hav ing their hearts wrapt in fetters of a golden tresse - young biped tigers haye been transmografied into peaceable lambs, and their blood-thirsty appetites for ever allayed. But, my young friends, you must also beware of a beautiful woman. She is a snake that has the power to charm such fiedglings as you; and when you are once captivated, you are a gone case. The delicious poison which you drink from her eyetacts as a stupifying opiate to your reason and lets the pleasure rush recklessly into the wilds of unrestraint. I admire a pretty female face and figure as much as any one; but unless they are unadorned by the flummery of fashion and fancy shops - unless the heart is a casket for the gems of purity and truth - they never cancatch this old bird. 0, my friends! The real queen of beauty is Miss Morality. Court her as much as you like, but don't set up after midnight to do it - walk in her garden, and cull the flowers of peace and contentment - tread upon her trail even to the dividing line between time and eternity, and you will pay the debt of nature respectably, and in the full hopes of a glo rious reward. So mote it be! About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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