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Against All Heresies

By: Tertullian

CHAPTER I: EARLIEST HERETICS: [2] SIMON MAGUS, MENANDER, SATURNINUS, BASILIDES, NICOLAUS. [THE WORK BEGINS AS A FRAGMENT.] Of which heretics I will (to pass by a good deal) summarize some few particulars. For of Judaism's heretics I am silent —Dositheus the Samaritan, I mean, who was the first who had the hardihood to repudiate the prophets, on the ground that they had not spoken under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Of the Sadducees I am silent, who, springing from the ...

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On the Veiling of Virgins

By: Tertullian

HAVING already undergone the trouble peculiar to my opinion, I will show in Latin also that it behoves our virgins to be veiled from the time that they have passed the turning-point of their age: that this observance is exacted by truth, on which no one can impose prescription—no space of times, no influence of persons, no privilege of regions. For these, for the most part, are the sources whence, from some ignorance or simplicity, custom finds its beginning; and then it...

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The Two Admirals Volume 1

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Preface: Among all the sea?tales that the last twenty years have produced, we know of none in which the evolutions of fleets have formed any material feature. The world has many admirably drawn scenes, in which pictures of the manoeuvres of single ships, and exquisite touches of nautical character, have abounded; but every writer of romance appears to have carefully abstained from dealing with the profession on a large scale. We have refrained ourselves from attempting s...

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Memoirs of Louis XIV and the Regency, Volume 2

By: Elizabeth Charlotte, Duchesse D'Orleans

Cardinal Mazarin perceiving that the King had less readiness than his brother, was apprehensive lest the latter should become too learned; he therefore enjoined the preceptor to let him play, and not to suffer him to apply to his studies. What can you be thinking of, M. la Mothe le Vayer, said the Cardinal; would you try to make the King's brother a clever man? If he should be more wise than his brother, he would not be qualified for implicit obedience....

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Brampton Urnes

By: Sir Thomas Browne

but a newe discoverie being made, I readily obey your commands in a brief description thereof. In a large arable feild lying between Buxton and Brampton, but belonging unto Brampton and not much more then a furlong from Oxned park, divers urnes were found. A part of the feild being designed to be enclosed, while the workmen made severall diches & fell upon divers urnes, but earnestly & carelessly digging they broake all they met with & finding nothing but ashes or burnt ...

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The Upturned Face

By: Stephen Crane

Excerpt: Lean shouted back to his little line, and two men came slowly, one with a pick, one with a shovel. They started in the direction of the Rostina sharp?shooters. Bullets cracked near their ears. ?Dig here,? said Lean gruffly. The men, thus caused to lower their glances to the turf, became hurried and frightened merely because they could not look to see whence the bullets came. The dull beat of the pick striking the earth sounded amid the swift snap of close bullets.

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Shams

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

I will not attempt at once to define what is implied by the heading of this paper, because I really do not think we have any term of identical signification, and because, moreover, I am not able to locate — as the Americans would say — my ideas with such promptitude and exactness as to put the right one in the right place at a moment's notice. My meaning must, therefore, unfold itself as I proceed.

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A Heart’Song of Today

By: Annie Gregg Savigny

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A PRETTY WOMAN LAYS A PLOT, AND HIRES A GARDENER. ?By Jove! I have missed her; you are a very Circe, Mrs. Tompkins.? The speaker, one of the handsomest men I have ever seen, started to his feet as a beautiful Italian mantel clock rang in silver chimes the hour of midnight. ?Sit down again my dear Captain, I have not told you all, and am a wilful woman and must have my way. I know whom you have missed,? she said truly, for Sir Tilton Everly has informe...

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Une Vie

By: Guy De Maupassant

Excerpt: 1 Jeanne, ayant fini ses malles, s'approcha de la fenetre, mais la pluie ne cessait pas. L'averse, toute la nuit, avait sonne contre les carreaux et les toits. Le ciel bas et charge d'eau semblait creve, se vidant sur la terre, la delayant en bouillie, la fondant comme du sucre. Des rafales passaient pleines d'une chaleur lourde. Le ronflement des ruisseaux debordes emplissait les rues desertes ou les maisons, comme des eponges, buvaient l'humidite qui penetrait...

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India's Love Lyrics

By: Laurence Hope

Excerpt: ?Less than the Dust? Less than the dust, beneath thy Chariot wheel, Less than the rust, that never stained thy Sword, Less than the trust thou hast in me, O Lord, Even less than these! Less than the weed, that grows beside thy door, Less than the speed of hours spent far from thee, Less than the need thou hast in life of me. Even less am I. Since I, O Lord, am nothing unto thee, See here thy Sword, I make it keen and bright, Love?s last reward, Death, comes to m...

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Indian Why Stories

By: Frank B. Linderman

PREFACE: THE great Northwest — that wonderful frontier that called to itself a world's hardiest spirits — is rapidly becoming a settled country; and before the light of civilizing influences, the blanket-Indian has trailed the buffalo over the divide that time has set between the pioneer and the crowd. With his passing we have lost much of the aboriginal folk-lore, rich in its fairy-like characters, and its relation to the lives of a most warlike people. There is a wide ...

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The Beauties of Washington Irving

By: Washington Irving

Excerpt: THE Inn Kitchen. During a journey that I once made through the Nctherlands, I had arrived one evening at the Pomme d? Or, the principal inn of a small Flemish village. It was after the hour of the table d'hote , so that I was obliged to make a solitary supper from the reliques of its ampler board. The weather was chilly; I was seated alone in one end of a great gloomy dining?room, and my repast being over, I had the prospect before me of a long dull evening, wit...

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Essays on Suicide and the Immortality of the Soul

By: David Hume

PREFACE: THESE two Essays on Suicide and the Immortality of the Soul, though not published in any edition of his works, are generally attributed to the late ingenious Mr. Hume. The well-known contempt of this eminent philosopher for the common convictions of mankind, raised an apprehension of the contents from the very title of these pieces. But the celebrity of the author's name, renders them, notwithstanding, in some degree objects of great curiosity. Owing to this cir...

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The Secret of the Su

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: HE had a round, pleasant face, but he was a scared man. The round, pleasant faces of some men do not have much character; they just look as if the owners had eaten too much. This round, pleasant face was different. It was the face of a man who had done good things in life, worked hard, enjoyed his neighbors, been enjoyed by them, in addition to eating well. But now the fright was the uppermost thing.

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Martyrdom of the Holy Confessors Shamuna, Guria, And Habib

By: Joshua Hutchinson

Excerpt: IN the six hundredth year from the empire of Alexander the Macedonian, when Diocletian had been nine years sovereign of the Romans, and Maximian was consul for the sixth time, and Augur son of Zoaras was praetor, and Cognatus was bishop of the Edessenes

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The Book-Bills of Narcissus : An Account Rendered

By: Richard Le Gallienne

Excerpt: TO MILDRED. Always thy book, too late acknowledged thine, Now when thine eyes no earthly page may read; Blinded with death, or blinded with the shine Of love?s own lore celestial. Small need, Forsooth, for thee to read my earthly line, That on immortal flowers of fancy feed; What should my angel do to stoop to mine, Flowers of decay of no immortal seed.

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The World of Waters

By: David Osbourne

Excerpt: MY DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS, It is not my purpose to detain you with a long preface, because I am aware that long prefaces are seldom read; but I wish to inform you that I have written this book, in the humble hope of being useful to those in whom I am so anxiously interested. I am myself happy in acknowledging the endearing appellation of ?Mother,? and I love all children, and regard them as priceless treasures, entrusted to the care and guidance of parents and teach...

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Rosy

By: Mary Louisa Molesworth

Excerpt: Rosy stood at the window. She drummed on the panes with her little fat fingers in a fidgety cross way; she pouted out her nice little mouth till it looked quite unlike itself; she frowned down with her eyebrows over her two bright eyes, making them seem like two small windows in a house with very overhanging roofs; and last of all, she stamped on the floor with first her right foot and then with her left. But it was all to no purpose, and this made Rosy still mo...

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Lines Addressed to Lady Byron

By: Mary Cockle

Excerpt: WHEN suffering virtue heaves the secret sigh, Or turns to heav'n alone the imploring eye, And, in the agony of struggling woe, Bids the full tear of silent sorrow flow, Ask where?s the heart, that is not prompt to share The wife?s chaste sorrow, and the mother?s care? Or where the breast, that is not quick to prove Its genuine sympathy with wounded love? But ah! if sympathy alone can claim The sigh, the tear that trembles at thy name, Ask what that stronger symp...

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The Wandering Jew, The Chastisement

By: Eugène Sue

As the eagle, perched upon the cliff, commands an all-comprehensive view -- not only of what happens on the plains and in the woodlands, but of matters occurring upon the heights, which its aerie overlooks, so may the reader have sights pointed out to him, which lie below the level of the unassisted eye. In the year 1831, the powerful Order of the Jesuits saw fit to begin to act upon information which had for some time been digesting in their hands. As it related to a su...

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