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Lives of Celebrated Women

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Published: 1844
Language: English
Wordcount: 95,454 / 279 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.8
LoC Categories: D, HQ
Downloads: 830
Added to site: 2010.07.27 28545

It is an oft-quoted proposition of Rousseau, that “the glory of woman lies in being unknown.” If this be true, we shall deserve little credit for placing before the world these brief sketches of a few of the sex who have acquired celebrity among mankind. We are disposed to think, however, that the oracular words of the Genevan philosopher—though they may coincide with the despotism of the lords of creation, who would arrogate, not merely the sceptre of power, but the trump of fame, entirely to themselves—like most other oracles, are liable to many exceptions.

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"The shepherd feeds his fleecy flock with care, And mourns to find one little lamb has strayed; He, unfatigued, roams through the midnight air, O'er hills, o'er rocks, and through the mossy glade.

But when that lamb is found, what joy is seen Depicted on the careful shepherd's face, When, sporting o'er the smooth and level green, He sees his favorite charge is in its place!

Thus the great Shepherd of his flock doth mourn, When from his fold a wayward lamb has strayed, And thus with mercy he receives him home, When the poor soul his Lord has disobeyed.

There is great joy among the saints in heaven, When one repentant soul has found its God; For Christ, his Shepherd, hath his ransom given, And sealed it with his own redeeming blood."

We have now arrived at a period which most girls look forward to as an epoch in their life--the first ball! Lucretia had been to dancing-school, and took great delight in that exercise. In the hope of overcoming her



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