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1. The Rhythm of Life and Other Essays
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2. John Ruskin
 
3. The Spirit of Place and Other
 
4. Hearts of controversy.
 
5. Ceres ' runaway & other essays.
 
6. The flower of the mind; a choice
 
7. Hearts of controversy.
 
8. Poems.
 
9. Ceres ' runaway & other essays.
 
10. ALICE MEYNELL, 1847-1922. CATALOGUE
 
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1. The Rhythm of Life and Other Essays
by Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell (1847-1922)
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The Rhythm of Life and Other Essays
By Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell (1847-1922)


Contents

The Rhythm of Life
Decivilised
A Remembrance
The Sun
The Flower
Unstable Equilibrium
The Unit of the World
By the Railway Side
Pocket Vocabularies
Pathos
The Point of Honour
Composure
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes
James Russell Lowell
Domus Angusta
Rejection
The Lesson of Landscape
Mr. Coventry Patmore's Odes
Innocence and Experience
Penultimate Caricature




THE RHYTHM OF LIFE


If life is not always poetical, it is at least metrical.Periodicity
rules over the mental experience of man, according to the path of the
orbit of his thoughts.Distances are not gauged, ellipses not measured,
velocities not ascertained, times not known.Nevertheless, the
recurrence is sure.What the mind suffered last week, or last year, it
does not suffer now; but it will suffer again next week or next year.
Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the
mind.Disease is metrical, closing in at shorter and shorter periods
towards death, sweeping abroad at longer and longer intervals towards
recovery.Sorrow for one cause was intolerable yesterday, and will be
intolerable tomorrow; today it is easy to bear, but the cause has not
passed.Even the burden of a spiritual distress unsolved is bound to
leave the heart to a temporary peace; and remorse itself does not
remain--it returns.Gaiety takes us by a dear surprise.If we had made
a course of notes of its visits, we might have been on the watch, and
would have had an expectation instead of a discovery.No one makes such
observations; in all the diaries of students of the interior world, there
have never come to light the records of the Kepler of such cycles.But
Thomas a Kempis knew of the recurrences, if he did not measure them.In
his cell alone with the elements--'What wouldst thou more than these? for
out of these were all things made'--he learnt the stay to be found in the
depth of the hour of bitterness, and the remembrance that restrains the
soul at the coming of the moment of delight, giving it a more conscious
welcome, but presaging for it an inexorable flight.And 'rarely, rarely
comest thou,' sighed Shelley, not to Delight merely, but to the Spirit of
Delight.Delight can be compelled beforehand, called, and constrained to
our service--Ariel can be bound to a daily task; but such artificial
violence throws life out of metre, and it is not the spirit that is thus
compelled._That_ flits upon an orbit elliptically or parabolically or
hyperbolically curved, keeping no man knows what trysts with Time.

It seems fit that Shelley and the author of the _Imitation_ should both
have been keen and simple enough to perceive these flights, and to guess
at the order of this periodicity.Both souls were in close touch with
the spirits of their several worlds, and no deliberate human rules, no
infractions of the liberty and law of the universal movement, kept from
them the knowledge of recurrences._Eppur si muove_.They knew that
presence does not exist without absence; they knew that what is just upon
its flight of farewell is already on its long path of return.They knew
that what is approaching to the very touch is hastening towards
departure.'O wind,' cried Shelley, in autumn,

'O wind,
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?'....

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2. John Ruskin
by Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell 1847-1922
Paperback: 316 Pages (1900-12-31)
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format.Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship. ... Read more


3. The Spirit of Place and Other Essays
by Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell (1847-1922)
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The Spirit of Place and Other Essays
By Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell (1847-1922)

Contents:

The Spirit of Place
Mrs. Dingley
Solitude
The Lady of the Lyrics
July
Wells
The Foot
Have Patience, Little Saint
The Ladies of the Idyll
A Derivation
A Counterchange
Rain
Letters of Marceline Valmore
The Hours of Sleep
The Horizon
Habits and Consciousness
Shadows




THE SPIRIT OF PLACE


With mimicry, with praises, with echoes, or with answers, the poets have
all but outsung the bells.The inarticulate bell has found too much
interpretation, too many rhymes professing to close with her inaccessible
utterance, and to agree with her remote tongue.The bell, like the bird,
is a musician pestered with literature.

To the bell, moreover, men do actual violence.You cannot shake together
a nightingale's notes, or strike or drive them into haste, nor can you
make a lark toll for you with intervals to suit your turn, whereas
wedding-bells are compelled to seem gay by mere movement and hustling.I
have known some grim bells, with not a single joyous note in the whole
peal, so forced to hurry for a human festival, with their harshness made
light of, as though the Bishop of Hereford had again been forced to dance
in his boots by a merry highwayman.

The clock is an inexorable but less arbitrary player than the bellringer,
and the chimes await their appointed time to fly--wild prisoners--by twos
or threes, or in greater companies.Fugitives--one or twelve taking
wing--they are sudden, they are brief, they are gone; they are delivered
from the close hands of this actual present.Not in vain is the sudden
upper door opened against the sky; they are away, hours of the past.

Of all unfamiliar bells, those which seem to hold the memory most surely
after but one hearing are bells of an unseen cathedral of France when one
has arrived by night; they are no more to be forgotten than the bells in
"Parsifal."They mingle with the sound of feet in unknown streets, they
are the voices of an unknown tower; they are loud in their own language.
The spirit of place, which is to be seen in the shapes of the fields and
the manner of the crops, to be felt in a prevalent wind, breathed in the
breath of the earth, overheard in a far street-cry or in the tinkle of
some black-smith, calls out and peals in the cathedral bells.It speaks
its local tongue remotely, steadfastly, largely, clamorously, loudly, and
greatly by these voices; you hear the sound in its dignity, and you know
how familiar, how childlike, how life-long it is in the ears of the
people.The bells are strange, and you know how homely they must be.
Their utterances are, as it were, the classics of a dialect....

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4. Hearts of controversy.
by Meynell. Alice Christiana Thompson. 1847-1922.
 Paperback: Pages (1917-01-01)

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5. Ceres ' runaway & other essays.
by Meynell. Alice Christiana Thompson. 1847-1922.
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6. The flower of the mind; a choice among the best poems.
by Meynell. Alice Christiana Thompson. 1847-1922.
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7. Hearts of controversy.
by Meynell. Alice Christiana Thompson. 1847-1922.
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8. Poems.
by Meynell. Alice Christiana Thompson. 1847-1922.
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9. Ceres ' runaway & other essays.
by Meynell. Alice Christiana Thompson. 1847-1922.
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10. ALICE MEYNELL, 1847-1922. CATALOGUE OF THE CENTENARY EXHIBITION OF BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS, LETTERS AND PORTRAITS, ETC
by ALICE CHRISTIANA THOMPSON
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