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.
The reason of these discords I conceive to be that there is no commensurability between a man and any gift. You cannot give anything to a magnanimous person.
28-29) `"O daughter of Schoeneus, pitiless in heart, receive these glorious gifts of the goddess, golden Aphrodite...'
189: As it is said in Hesiod in the "Catalogue of Women" concerning Demodoce the daughter of Agenor: `Demodoce whom very many of men on earth, mighty princes, wooed, promising splendid gifts, because of her exceeding beauty.'
For example, then, said the little woman, what species of gift
did Monsieur desire?
Would he understand that the woman, who had no courage, had not the gift--had not the gift
You don't know what a nice--what a beautiful, nice gift
I've got for you."
This speaking of small gifts
reminds me to say that very few Tuskegee graduates fail to send us an annual contribution.
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.
"Yes; rivers are rare gifts
to such as till the ground, as any one may see who journeys far atween the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi.
Let us add to them these two-and- a-half roubles of yours, and buy the books together, and make them our joint gift
." The old man was overjoyed, and pulled out his money en masse; whereupon the huckster loaded him with our common library.
With all its gifts
and opportunities it was a melancholy life-- melancholy with something not altogether explained by the somewhat pessimistic philosophy exposed in the Journal, nor by the consumptive tendency of Amiel's physical constitution, causing him from a very early date to be much preoccupied with the effort to reconcile himself with the prospect of death, and reinforcing the far from sanguine temperament of one intellectually also a poitrinaire.
Soon troops of graceful Spirits flitted by, and when they found the wondering Elf, they gathered round him, bringing pearl-shells heaped with precious stones, and all the rare, strange gifts
that lie beneath the sea.
"I knew what your answer would be," replied the Gifted
and Honourable Editor.
I happened to be at that moment engaged in putting the case pathetically to our gifted