Sisters of Charity; And, The Communion of Labour: Two Lectures on the Social Employments of Women. A New Edition Enlarged and Improved with a Prefatory Letter to the Right Hon. Lord John Russell, President of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, on the Present Condition and Requirements of the Women of England

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1859 - 148 pages

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Page 83 - Dire was the tossing, deep the groans : Despair Tended the sick, busiest from couch to couch ; And over them triumphant Death his dart Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invoked With vows, as their chief good, and final hope.
Page 16 - nobody in particular is to blame, that I can see, for the state in which things are : and I cannot tell, however much I puzzle over it, how they are to be altered for the better ; but I feel there is something wrong somewhere. I believe single women should have more to do — better chances of interesting and profitable occupation than they possess now.
Page 16 - What do they expect them to do at home ? If you ask, they would answer, sew and cook. They expect them to do this, and this only, contentedly, regularly, uncomplainingly, all their lives long, as if they had no germs of faculties for anything else ; — a doctrine as reasonable to hold as it would be that the fathers have no faculties but for eating what their daughters cook, or for wearing what they sew.
Page 17 - ... old maids — envious, backbiting, wretched, because life is a desert to them ; or, what is worst of all, reduced to strive, by scarce modest coquetry and debasing artifice, to gain that position and consideration by marriage, which to celibacy is denied. Fathers ! cannot you alter these things ? Perhaps not all at once ; but consider the matter well when it is brought before you, receive it as a theme worthy of thought ; do not dismiss it with an idle jest or an unmanly insult. You would wish...
Page 37 - They come forth: the mine delivers its gang and the pit its bondsmen; the forge is silent and the engine is still. The plain is covered with the swarming multitude: bands of stalwart men, broad-chested and muscular, wet with toil, and black as the children of the tropics; troops of youth, alas! of both sexes, though neither their raiment nor their language indicates the difference; all are clad in male attire; and oaths that men might shudder at issue from lips born to breathe words of sweetness.
Page 17 - virtuous woman," again, had her household up in the very middle of the night. She "got breakfast over," as Mrs. Sykes says, before one o'clock am ; but she had something more to do than spin and give out portions. She was a manufacturer — she made fine linen and sold it ; she was an agriculturist — she bought estates and planted vineyards. That woman was a manager ; she was what the matrons hereabouts call "a clever woman.
Page 105 - everywhere Two heads in council, two beside the hearth, Two in the tangled business of the world, Two in the liberal offices of life, Two plummets dropt for one to sound the abyss Of science, and the secrets of the mind : Musician, painter, sculptor, critic, more: And everywhere the broad and bounteous Earth Should bear a double growth of those rare souls, Poets, whose thoughts enrich the blood of the world.
Page 12 - ... with the divine law, and what Milton calls the faultless proprieties of nature, depends the well-being of the whole community, not less than that of each individual. Domestic life, the acknowledged foundation of all social life, has settled by a natural law the work of the man and the work of the woman. The man governs, sustains, and defends the family; the woman cherishes, regulates, and purifies it; but though distinct, the relative work is inseparable, — and sometimes exchanged, sometimes...
Page 33 - now before me. It begins thus : — " Seeing that the services rendered to the sick can only be properly administered by those whose vocation it is, and who do it in the spirit of love...
Page 28 - She desired to join the Hospitalieres, and was met at the outset by difficulties, and even horrors, which would have extinguished a less ardent vocation, a less determined will. She set herself to remedy the evils, instead of shrinking from them. She was assisted and encouraged in her good work by a man endued with great ability and piety, enthusiasm equal, and moral influence even superior, to her own. This was the famous Vincent de Paul, who had been occupied for years with a scheme to reform thoroughly...

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