These, in the days of their abundance, ever regarded gold as dross
, and have not yet got over that only impediment in the way of their amassing wealth, but they want no dross
from Nicodemus Boffin, Esquire; No, Mr Boffin; the world may term it pride, paltry pride if you will, but they wouldn't take it if you offered it; a loan, sir--for fourteen weeks to the day, interest calculated at the rate of five per cent per annum, to be bestowed upon any charitable institution you may name--is all they want of you, and if you have the meanness to refuse it, count on being despised by these great spirits.
For indeed the moonlight that fell across her bosom was not whiter than my thoughts, nor could any kiss--were it even such a kiss as Venus promised to the betrayer of Psyche--even in its fiercest delirium, be other than dross
compared with the wild white peace of those silent hours when we lay thus married and maiden side by side.
Yet some feelings, unallied to the dross
of human nature, beat even in these rugged bosoms.
And the Kiondiker threw down his pelts and nuggets as dross
, and let his jaw fall half-way, and stared at her.
His eyes were shining like an angel's, and his face was transfigured, purged of all earthly dross
, and pure and holy.
But nothing could be done until the rainy season had fairly set in; until the long-looked-for element that was to magically separate the gold from the dross
in those dull mounds of dust and gravel had come of its own free will, and in its own appointed channels, independent of the feeble auxiliaries that had hopelessly riven the rocks on the hillside, or hung incomplete and unfinished in lofty scaffoldings above the settlement.
I waste no more words with thee choose between thy dross
and thy flesh and blood, and as thou choosest, so shall it be.
nothing earthly save the thrill Of melody in woodland rill - Or (music of the passion-hearted) Joy's voice so peacefully departed That like the murmur in the shell, Its echo dwelleth and will dwell - Oh, nothing of the dross
of ours - Yet all the beauty - all the flowers That list our Love, and deck our bowers - Adorn yon world afar, afar - The wandering star.
Endowed with an iron frame and a stout heart, how would he have disappointed his enemies if they could only have seen, in the dark cell of the Buytenhof, his pale face lit up by the smile of the martyr, who forgets the dross
of this earth after having obtained a glimpse of the bright glory of heaven.
Affecting private life, or more obscure In savage wilderness, wherefore deprive All Earth her wonder at thy acts, thyself The fame and glory--glory, the reward That sole excites to high attempts the flame Of most erected spirits, most tempered pure AEthereal, who all pleasures else despise, All treasures and all gain esteem as dross
, And dignities and powers, all but the highest?
Gold and silver we will tell them that they have from God; the diviner metal is within them, and they have therefore no need of the dross
which is current among men, and ought not to pollute the divine by any such earthly admixture; for that commoner metal has been the source of many unholy deeds, but their own is undefiled.
And better--so much better as pure ore is than foul dross