Had he been told of a bad air, it might have moved him somewhat; but he was ready to encounter an evil
spirit on his own ground.
It is a pious consolation to me that, through my interference, a sufficient space was allowed them for repentance of the evil
and corrupt practices into which, as a matter of course, every Custom-House officer must be supposed to fall.
In my youth the monarchs of England had ceased to touch for the evil
, but there was no occasion for this diffidence: they could have cured it forty-nine times in fifty.
Moreover, I said, if the woman had a spirit, it was an evil
one, for no good spirit would ask the lives of children, but rather those of cattle, for it is against our custom to sacrifice human beings to the Amatonga even in war, though the Basuta dogs do so.
Hope elevates, and joy Bright'ns his Crest, as when a wandring Fire Compact of unctuous vapor, which the Night Condenses, and the cold invirons round, Kindl'd through agitation to a Flame, Which oft, they say, some evil
Spirit attends, Hovering and blazing with delusive Light, Misleads th' amaz'd Night-wanderer from his way To Boggs and Mires, & oft through Pond or Poole, There swallow'd up and lost, from succour farr.
Besides, he is not so overwise as to imagine that he knows whether death is a good or an evil
; and he is certain that desertion of his duty is an evil
But if he breaks agreements, and returns evil
, they will be angry with him while he lives; and their brethren the Laws of the world below will receive him as an enemy.
side of my nature, to which I had now transferred the stamping efficacy, was less robust and less developed than the good which I had just deposed.
Those may be called properly used, if of evil
it is possible to speak well, that are applied at one blow and are necessary to one's security, and that are not persisted in afterwards unless they can be turned to the advantage of the subjects.
That the contrary of a good is an evil
is shown by induction: the contrary of health is disease, of courage, cowardice, and so on.
consequences that may lie folded in a single act of selfish indulgence is a thought so awful that it ought surely to awaken some feeling less presumptuous than a rash desire to punish.
But for my own passions there would have been no evil