Like a subtle and mysterious elixir poured into the perishable
clay of successive generations, it grows in truth, splendour, and potency with the march of ages.
Time would be gone, and all the perishable
would be but a lie?
Wherefore, for all these things, we account the whale immortal in his species, however perishable
in his individuality.
Playmore, I now reminded him that the eruption which had overwhelmed the town had preserved, for more than sixteen hundred years, such perishable
things as the straw in which pottery had been packed; the paintings on house walls; the dresses worn by the inhabitants; and (most noticeable of all, in our case) a piece of ancient paper, still attached to the volcanic ashes which had fallen over it.
Lady Verinder was extravagantly fond of these perishable
treasures, and had a habit of rising every now and then, and going to look at them and smell them.
But as a perishable
perfect man must die, and leave his despotism in the hands of an imperfect successor, an earthly despotism is not merely a bad form of government, it is the worst form that is possible.
"It would not be amiss, Laurence," said Grandfather; "but perhaps clay, or some other perishable
material, might suffice for some of their successors.
As if anything imperishable could belong to the perishable
! These men passed.
A smart shower at eleven had evidently quenched the enthusiasm of the young ladies who were to arrive at twelve, for nobody came, and at two the exhausted family sat down in a blaze of sunshine to consume the perishable
portions of the feast, that nothing might be lost.
"On the 9th of April he sold the saddle--said he wasn't going to risk HIS life with any perishable
saddle-girth that ever was made, over a rainy, miry April road, while he could ride bareback and know and feel he was safe--always HAD despised to ride on a saddle, anyway.
After I had baptised and relieved them, I continued my walk, reflecting with wonder on the mercy of God, and about evening discovered another infant, whose mother, evidently a Catholic, cried out to me to save her child, or at least that if I could not preserve this uncertain and perishable
life, I should give it another certain and permanent.
To the companies that sell perishable
commodities, an instantaneous conversation with a buyer in a distant city has often saved a carload or a cargo.