The anchor is an emblem
of hope, but a foul anchor is worse than the most fallacious of false hopes that ever lured men or nations into a sense of security.
Beyond this universality of the symbolic language, we are apprised of the divineness of this superior use of things, whereby the world is a temple whose walls are covered with emblems
, pictures, and commandments of the Deity,--in this, that there is no fact in nature which does not carry the whole sense of nature; and the distinctions which we make in events and in affairs, of low and high, honest and base, disappear when nature is used as a symbol.
I suppose that is the reason why gems are used as spiritual emblems
in the Revelation of St.
Clothes were the emblems
of that hypocrisy for which civilization stood--a pretense that the wearers were ashamed of what the clothes covered, of the human form made in the semblance of God.
The second, in prime of vigour, had so punished him that he crawled back, weak and sick to the devil devil doctor's house, where, for a week, under the dried emblems
of death, he licked his wounds and slowly came back to life and health.
Elsewhere, their open display in such a condition would have realised a smile; but, there, it seemed as though even violent and offensive weapons partook of the reigning influence, and became emblems
of mercy and forbearance.
There was the cold teapot, the emptied cups, emblems
Had orange blossoms been invented then (those touching emblems
of female purity imported by us from France, where people's daughters are universally sold in marriage), Miss Maria, I say, would have assumed the spotless wreath, and stepped into the travelling carriage by the side of gouty, old, bald-headed, bottle-nosed Bullock Senior; and devoted her beautiful existence to his happiness with perfect modesty--only the old gentleman was married already; so she bestowed her young affections on the junior partner.
It by no means follows that because a man is a sexton, and constantly surrounded by the emblems
of mortality, therefore he should be a morose and melancholy man; your undertakers are the merriest fellows in the world; and I once had the honour of being on intimate terms with a mute, who in private life, and off duty, was as comical and jocose a little fellow as ever chirped out a devil-may-care song, without a hitch in his memory, or drained off a good stiff glass without stopping for breath.
Ogg's and its neighborhood were there; and it would have been worth while to come even from a distance, to see the fine old hall, with its open roof and carved oaken rafters, and great oaken folding-doors, and light shed down from a height on the many-colored show beneath; a very quaint place, with broad faded stripes painted on the walls, and here and there a show of heraldic animals of a bristly, long-snouted character, the cherished emblems
of a noble family once the seigniors of this now civic hall.
his body, which was nearly naked, presented a terrific emblem
of death, drawn in intermingled colors of white and black.
The house itself shivered, from every attic of its seven gables down to the great kitchen fireplace, which served all the better as an emblem
of the mansion's heart, because, though built for warmth, it was now so comfortless and empty.
An imp of evil, emblem
and product of sin, she had no right among christened infants.
when I think of all this; only half-suspected, not so keenly known to me before --and how for forty years I have fed upon dry salted fare -- fit emblem
of the dry nourishment of my soul --when the poorest landsman has had fresh fruit to his daily hand, and broken the world's fresh bread to my mouldy crusts --away, whole oceans away, from that young girl-wife I wedded past fifty, and sailed for Cape Horn the next day, leaving but one dent in my marriage pillow --wife?
To this distressful emblem
of a great distress that had long been growing worse, and was not at its worst, a woman was kneeling.