the disorder of such various ruin, it is not strange that a man of inconsiderable note, like Maule, should have trodden the martyr's path to the hill of execution almost unremarked in the throng of his fellow sufferers.
It might be that he lived a more real life within his thoughts than amid
the unappropriate environment of the Collector's office.
In order to make one's way amid
these turbulent and conflicting waves, it was necessary to be an officer, a great noble, or a pretty woman.
In the latter case their government is weaker and more insecure, because it rests entirely on the goodwill of those citizens who are raised to the magistracy, and who, especially in troubled times, can destroy the government with great ease, either by intrigue or open defiance; and the prince has not the chance amid
tumults to exercise absolute authority, because the citizens and subjects, accustomed to receive orders from magistrates, are not of a mind to obey him amid
these confusions, and there will always be in doubtful times a scarcity of men whom he can trust.
the turmoil and tumult of battle, there may be seeming disorder and yet no real disorder at all; amid
confusion and chaos, your array may be without head or tail, yet it will be proof against defeat.
In the rear of this row of guns stood a house, calm and white, amid
Little Annie, tell me why you weep," said a low voice in her ear; and, looking up, the child beheld a little figure standing on a vine-leaf at her side; a lovely face smiled on her, from amid
bright locks of hair, and shining wings were folded on a white and glittering robe, that fluttered in the wind.
But Ernest turned sadly from the wrinkled shrewdness of that sordid visage, and gazed up the valley, where, amid
a gathering mist, gilded by the last sunbeams, he could still distinguish those glorious features which had impressed themselves into his soul.
My wanderings amid
such scenes have been many, and far-searching, and often solitary; and the interest with which I have strayed through many a dim, deep valley, or gazed into the reflected Heaven of many a bright lake, has been an interest greatly deepened by the thought that I have strayed and gazed alone.
I saw the old man gasp as if for breath while he threw himself amid
the crowd; but I thought that the intense agony of his countenance had, in some measure, abated.
Rolling pasture lands curved upward on either side of us, and old gabled houses peeped out from amid
the thick green foliage, but behind the peaceful and sunlit countryside there rose ever, dark against the evening sky, the long, gloomy curve of the moor, broken by the jagged and sinister hills.
Waldron, the famous popular lecturer, rose amid
a general murmur of applause.