Memoirs of Maria Antoinetta, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of France and Navarre: including several important periods of the French Revolution, from its origin to the 16th of October, 1793, the day of Her Majesty's martyrdom, with a narrative of the trial and martyrdom of Madame Elizabeth, the poisoning of Louis XVII in the temple, the liberation of Madame Royale, daughter of Louis XVI, and various subsequent events, Band 1

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Seite 100 - ... little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men, in a nation of men of honor and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult.
Seite 99 - France, then the dauphiness, at Versailles ; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in, — glittering like the morning star, full of life, and splendour, and joy. Oh! what a revolution! and what an heart must I have, to contemplate without emotion that elevation and that fall!
Seite 100 - ... and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
Seite 100 - ... the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever. Never, never more, shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom. The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise is gone.
Seite 100 - It is gone, that sensibility of principle, that chastity of honour, which felt a stain like a wound, which inspired courage whilst it mitigated ferocity, which ennobled whatever it touched, and under which vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.
Seite 99 - It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the queen of France, then the dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in, glittering like the morning star, full of life, and splendour, and joy.
Seite 100 - But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever. Never, never more shall we behold that generous loyalty to rank and sex, that proud submission, that dignified, obedience, that subordination of the heart, which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom.
Seite 423 - Ac, veluti magno in populo cum s<cpe coorta est Seditio, saevitque animis ignobile vulgus, Jamque faces et saxa volant; furor arma ministrat; Turn, pietate gravem, ac meritis si forte virum quern Conspexere, silent, arrectisque auribus adstant: Ille regit dictis animos, et pectora mulcet: Sic cunctus pelagi cecidit fragor, aequora postquam Prospiciens genitor, creloque invectus aperto, Flectit equos, curruque volans dat lora secundo.
Seite 135 - Ere thou go, Give up thy staff': Henry will to himself Protector be ; and God shall be my hope, My stay, my guide, and lanthorn to my feet. And go in peace, Humphrey ; no less belov'd Than when thou wert Protector to thy King.

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