Evil had never yet existed; and sorrow, misfortune, crime, were mere shadows which the mind fancifully created for itself, as a shelter against too sunny realities; or, at most, but prophetic
dreams to which the dreamer himself did not yield a waking credence.
It was for the Mediterranean sailors that fair-haired sirens sang among the black rocks seething in white foam and mysterious voices spoke in the darkness above the moving wave - voices menacing, seductive, or prophetic
, like that voice heard at the beginning of the Christian era by the master of an African vessel in the Gulf of Syrta, whose calm nights are full of strange murmurs and flitting shadows.
Lupton by name) looked well pleased; prophetic
visions probably flattered her inward eye.
They were the works of philosophers of the middle ages, such as Albertus Magnus, Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, and the famous friar who created the prophetic
With what strange prophetic
vision had Martin foreseen so clearly that all the construction of his life would crumble.
On the morning appointed for her departure Tess was awake before dawn--at the marginal minute of the dark when the grove is still mute, save for one prophetic
bird who sings with a clear-voiced conviction that he at least knows the correct time of day, the rest preserving silence as if equally convinced that he is mistaken.
Gigantic pansies, considerably larger than the roses, and closely resembling the floral pen- wipers made by female parishioners for fashionable clergymen, sprang from the moss beneath the rose- trees; and here and there a daisy grafted on a rose- branch flowered with a luxuriance prophetic
Some persons endeavour to prove that Onomacritus, the Locrian, was the first person of note who drew up laws; and that he employed himself in that business while he was at Crete, where he continued some time to learn the prophetic
art: and they say, that Thales was his companion; and that Lycurgus and Zaleucus were the scholars of Thales, and Charondas of Zaleucus; but those who advance this, advance what is repugnant to chronology.
We grew meditative and wondered if, some forty years ago, when the mother of that ghastly thing was dandling it upon her knee, and kissing it and petting it and displaying it with satisfied pride to the passers-by, a prophetic
vision of this dread ending ever flitted through her brain.
At length, after a rapid race, frequently interrupted by prudent stoppages, they reached the deep grottoes, in which the prophetic
bishop of Vannes had taken care to have secreted a bark capable of keeping the sea at this fine season.
The episode meant more to him than being bested in play by the best swordsman in England--for that surely was no disgrace--to Henry it seemed prophetic
of the outcome of a future struggle when he should stand face to face with the real De Montfort; and then, seeing in De Vac only the creature of his imagination with which he had vested the likeness of his powerful brother-in-law, Henry did what he should like to have done to the real Leicester.
The women all failing, from the handsome housekeeper downward, to make the smallest impression on him, consoled themselves by prophetic
visions of his future relations with the sex, and predicted vindictively that "his time would come.
It is only to-night that the girl's words ring in her ear, with a strange prophetic
sound in them.
Do what I might, I was still (in the prophetic
language of Dame Dermody) taking the way to reunion with my kindred spirit in the time to come.
She laughed a laugh that was like a prophetic