Keep your crown, Lily-Bell, for yonder come the Spirits with their gifts
to Thistle," said the Brownie.
When his birthday is come, do you take TEN of the books, and give them to him yourself--that is, FOR yourself, as being YOUR share of the gift
Agamemnon has three daughters, Chrysothemis, Laodice, and Iphianassa; you may take the one of your choice, freely and without gifts
of wooing, to the house of Peleus; he will add such dower to boot as no man ever yet gave his daughter, and will give you seven well-established cities, Cardamyle, Enope, and Hire where there is grass; holy Pheras and the rich meadows of Anthea; Aepea also, and the vine-clad slopes of Pedasus, all near the sea, and on the borders of sandy Pylos.
I fear to breathe any treason against the majesty of love, which is the genius and god of gifts
, and to whom we must not affect to prescribe.
But something held him back: not so much  a reluctancy of temperament, or of physical constitution (common enough cause why men of undeniable gifts
fail of commensurate production) but a cause purely intellectual--the presence in him, namely, of a certain vein of opinion; that other, constituent but contending, person, in his complex nature.
28-29) `"O daughter of Schoeneus, pitiless in heart, receive these glorious gifts
of the goddess, golden Aphrodite.
One woman has a gift
of healing, another not; one is a musician, and another has no music in her nature?
The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts
to the Babe in the manger.
They were locking up--shutting out his desire and his deception from the indignant criticism of a world full of noble gifts
for those who proclaim themselves without stain and without reproach.
you have urged him beyond his natural gifts
, and he is like a worried hound.
To begin with, he would have the great goodness to observe that there were love-gifts
, and there were nuptial gifts
I lay claim to no higher gift
than a small insight into the glorious art of petitioning and thanksgiving, as practiced in psalmody.
Sir Arthur King, said the damsel, that sword is mine, and if ye will give me a gift
when I ask it you, ye shall have it.
It is, I am convinced, an art apart, an art like any other,--needing first the natural gift
, then the long patient training, and finally the courageous practice.
IN PARTICULAR This Work Is Dedicated By A Humble Native Of Flatland In the Hope that Even as he was Initiated into the Mysteries OF THREE DIMENSIONS Having been previously conversant With ONLY TWO So the Citizens of that Celestial Region May aspire yet higher and higher To the Secrets of FOUR FIVE or EVEN SIX Dimensions Thereby contributing To the Enlargement of THE IMAGINATION And the possible Development Of that most and excellent GIFT
of MODESTY Among the Superior Races Of SOLID HUMANITY