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The successor of Cyrus chose rather, at a secure distance, to expect the event, to assemble the relics of the defeat, and to retire, by measured steps, before the march of Heraclius, till he beheld with a sigh the once loved mansions of Dastagerd.
After DeVito’s character goes out of his way to scare one of his clients by telling him the sad story of the Roses, he proposes an alternative to divorce: “You can get up and go home and try to find some shred of what you once loved about the sweetheart of your youth.”
Poor Mrs. Parrish could not stop her tears at seeing the people who once loved her, the children whom she had taught, – yes, the savage children who once called her their white-lily mother, the children who used to bring her wild flowers, with happy faces, now ragged, no clothes whatever.
The REBELLIOUS, thought I! why surely they are such as once were under subjection to their Prince; even those who after they have sworn subjection to His government, have taken up arms against Him; and this, thought I, is my very condition: I once loved Him, feared Him, served Him; but now I am a rebel; I have sold Him, I have said, LET HIM GO, IF HE WILL; but yet He has gifts for rebels; and then why not for me?