You must eat as you kiss, so exacting are the joys
of the mouth,--talking, for example.
"I don't know any more about solitude this week than I did about joy
and duty last week," grumbled Rebecca.
This world, the eternally imperfect, an eternal contradiction's image and imperfect image--an intoxicating joy
to its imperfect creator:--thus did the world once seem to me.
There were so many we would have liked to name her for; we couldn't choose between them, so we decided on Joyce--we can call her Joy
for short--Joy--it suits so well.
These quick little joys
of hers were sources of joy
never bursts forth freely except among those who are equals.
I could hardly believe that so great a good fortune could have befallen me, but when I became assured that my enemy had indeed fled, I clapped my hands for joy
and ran down to Clerval.
And there they lived for a hundred years, a hundred years of joy
O plead with gentle words for us, And whisper tenderly Of generous love to that cold heart, And it will answer ye; And though you fade in a dreary home, Yet loving hearts will tell Of the joy
and peace that you have given: Flowers, dear flowers, farewell!"
But dreams--of those who dream as I, Aspiringly, are damned, and die: Yet should I swear I mean alone, By notes so very shrilly blown, To break upon Time's monotone, While yet my vapid joy
and grief Are tintless of the yellow leaf-- Why not an imp the graybeard hath, Will shake his shadow in my path-- And e'en the graybeard will o'erlook Connivingly my dreaming-book.
Her frantic joy
at beholding me again moved me much.
And besides, hard though it was for the mother to bear the dread of illness, the illnesses themselves, and the grief of seeing signs of evil propensities in her children--the children themselves were even now repaying her in small joys
for her sufferings.