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Seite 125 - You have chosen me from a low estate to be your queen and companion, far beyond my desert or desire. If then you found me worthy of such honour, good your grace, let not any light fancy, or bad counsel of mine enemies, withdraw...
Seite 205 - you are unworthy of any woman's love. You are the falsest man in the world, to abandon a lady so lovely, so amiable. Go, since you have forsaken her, you will forsake any other." The poet took her advice and returned and sought the grace of Madame de Tours again, but she scornfully refused' him, and in the rage of his disappointment he composed the following invective against women : "To seek for fidelity in women, is to seek for holy things among the carcasses of dead and putrid dogs— to confide...
Seite 126 - I will so leave to trouble your grace any further, with mine earnest prayers to the Trinity to have your grace in his good keeping, and to direct you in all your actions. From my doleful prison in the Tower, this sixth of May ; " Your most loyal and ever faithful wife, "AsxE BOLEVN.
Seite 125 - ... favour from me; neither let that stain, that unworthy stain of a disloyal heart towards your good grace, ever cast so foul a blot on your most dutiful wife, and the infant princess your daughter.
Seite 208 - This gifted lady once made this confession to her niece. " I was naturally ambitious. I fought against that passion. I really thought I should be happy, when that ambition was gratified. That infatuation lasted only three days.
Seite 208 - This, sire, is true," replied Madame de Maintenon, "but it is' right to ease the wants of those whom your former taxes to supply the expenses of your wars and of your buildings have reduced to misery. It is truly just that those who have been ruined by you, should be supported by you.
Seite 211 - Say, lovely Tory, why the jest Of wearing orange on thy breast, When that same breast, betraying, shows The whiteness of the rebel rose ?" "
Seite 207 - ... it may perhaps be passed to the credit of his self-respect and refined taste, that the ladies who were his favorites were among not only the most beautiful, but the most refined and we may almost say the best women of France. We may refer to the beautiful and gentle-minded Madame de la Valliere, who really loved the man, and not the sovereign, in Louis XIV. When the death of the son she had by that king was announced, she said—" Alas! I have less reason to be grieved for his death than for...
Seite 171 - I was going as a sacrifice to my new destination. I now feel it an agreeable duty to assure you, that, during three months' residence at this court, I have been, and am, the happiest woman in the world. From the first moment I met and saw the emperor Napoleon, my beloved husband, he has shown me, on every occasion, such respectful attentions, with every token of kindness and sincere friendship, that I should be unjust and ungrateful not to acknowledge his noble behaviour. " Believe not, my dear count,...
Seite 286 - Their favorite ornaments were pearls ; they wreathed these in their hair, wore them as necklaces, ear-drops, armlets, bracelets, anklets, and worked them into conspicuous parts of their dresses. Of the precious stones they preferred emeralds, rubies and turquoises, which were set in gold, and worn like the pearls. Alexander did not limit his liberality to the wedding festivities, but presented every bride with a handsome marriage portion.