Further on, from the bright red windows of the Sword-Fish Inn, there came such fervent rays, that it seemed to have melted the packed snow and ice from before the house, for everywhere else the congealed frost lay ten inches thick in a hard, asphaltic pavement, --rather weary for me, when I struck my foot against the flinty
projections, because from hard, remorseless service the soles of my boots were in a most miserable plight.
Your bed is on the flinty
rock, Your sleep to watch alway;'
Sometimes a wheel was off the ground, it seemed, for many yards; sometimes a stone was sent spinning over the hedge, and flinty
sparks from the horse's hoofs outshone the daylight.
Yet, human fellowship infused some nourishment into the flinty
viands, and struck some sparks of cheerfulness out of them.
Accordingly I took a double handful of those small, broken, flinty
bits of biscuit which generally go by the name of
He who can peruse it without a tearful eye, a heaving breast, an afflicted spirit,-- without being filled with an unutterable abhorrence of slavery and all its abettors, and animated with a determination to seek the immediate overthrow of that execrable system,--without trembling for the fate of this country in the hands of a righteous God, who is ever on the side of the oppressed, and whose arm is not shortened that it cannot save,--must have a flinty
heart, and be qualified to act the part of a trafficker "in slaves and the souls of men.
These creatures, to judge from the shrivelled remains that have fallen into human hands, were bipeds with flimsy, silicious skeletons (almost like those of the silicious sponges) and feeble musculature, standing about six feet high and having round, erect heads, and large eyes in flinty
The stream was narrow--so narrow that in the blackness I was constantly bumping first one rock wall and then another as the river wound hither and thither along its flinty
I thought not; and therefore I wished with all my heart that it might please heaven to remove him to a better world, or if that might not be, still to take him out of this; for if he were unfit to answer the summons now, after a warning sickness, and with such an angel by his side, it seemed but too certain that he never would be - that, on the contrary, returning health would bring returning lust and villainy, and as he grew more certain of recovery, more accustomed to her generous goodness, his feelings would become more callous, his heart more flinty
and impervious to her persuasive arguments - but God knew best.
His important poems were mostly published at this time, in 1650 and 1655, in the collection which he named 'Silex Scintillans' (The Flaming Flint), a title explained by the frontispiece, which represents a flinty
heart glowing under the lightning stroke of God's call.
Ogg's, he saw the distant future before him as he might have seen a tempting stretch of smooth sandy beach beyond a belt of flinty
shingles; he was on the grassy bank then, and thought the shingles might soon be passed.
He maintained a hard, careless deportment, indicative of neither joy nor sorrow: if anything, it expressed a flinty
gratification at a piece of difficult work successfully executed.