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The Rhythm of Life and other Essays

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Author: Alice Meynell
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,845 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 498
mnybks.net#: 4929
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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ult of this young ignorance. So is the early hope of great achievement. Life seems so long, and its capacity so great, to one who knows nothing of all the intervals it needs must hold--intervals between aspirations, between actions, pauses as inevitable as the pauses of sleep. And life looks impossible to the young unfortunate, unaware of the inevitable and unfailing refreshment. It would be for their peace to learn that there is a tide in the affairs of men, in a sense more subtle--if it is not too audacious to add a meaning to Shakespeare-- than the phrase was meant to contain. Their joy is flying away from them on its way home; their life will wax and wane; and if they would be wise, they must wake and rest in its phases, knowing that they are ruled by the law that commands all things--a sun's revolutions and the rhythmic pangs of maternity.


DECIVILISED


The difficulty of dealing--in the course of any critical duty--with decivilised man lies in this: when you accuse him of vulgarity--

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