I am, therefore, in a measure constrained to follow that road, and by it I must travel in spite of all the world, and it will be labour in vain for you to urge me to resist what heaven wills, fate ordains, reason requires, and, above all, my own inclination favours; for knowing as I do the countless toils that are the accompaniments of knight-errantry, I know, too, the infinite blessings that are attained by it; I know that the path of virtue is very narrow, and the road of vice broad and spacious; I know their ends and goals are different, for the broad and easy road of vice ends in death, and the narrow and toilsome
one of virtue in life, and not transitory life, but in that which has no end; I know, as our great Castilian poet says, that-
To feel its wondrous harmonies searching the subtlest windings of your soul, the delicate fibres of life where no memory can penetrate, and binding together your whole being past and present in one unspeakable vibration, melting you in one moment with all the tenderness, all the love that has been scattered through the toilsome
years, concentrating in one emotion of heroic courage or resignation all the hard-learnt lessons of self- renouncing sympathy, blending your present joy with past sorrow and your present sorrow with all your past joy?
Their progress, in consequence, was proportionate; and long before the twilight gathered about them, they had made good many toilsome
miles on their return.
The mouth of this river is established as the dividing point between the upper and lower Missouri; and the earlier voyagers, in their toilsome
ascent, before the introduction of steamboats, considered one-half of their labors accomplished when they reached this place.
But, in the lapse of the toilsome
, thoughtful, and self-devoted years that made up Hester's life, the scarlet letter ceased to be a stigma which attracted the world's scorn and bitterness, and became a type of something to be sorrowed over, and looked upon with awe, yet with reverence too.
We durst not go far from our bark, and therefore were obliged to a toilsome
march along the windings of the shore, sometimes clambering up rocks, and sometimes wading through the sands, so that we were every moment in the utmost danger of falling from the one, or sinking in the other.
Military rank under the crown of Great Britain was attained with much longer probation, and by much more toilsome
services, sixty years ago than at the present time.
How many times I wished them, and have often wished since, that by some power of magic I might remove the great bulk of these people into the county districts and plant them upon the soil, upon the solid and never deceptive foundation of Mother Nature, where all nations and races that have ever succeeded have gotten their start,--a start that at first may be slow and toilsome
, but one that nevertheless is real.
It was a toilsome
march over broken ground and through snow, which came often as high as the knee, yet ere the sun had begun to sink they had reached the spot where the gorge opens out on to the uplands of Navarre, and could see the towers of Pampeluna jutting up against the southern sky-line.
The universal voice of mankind is always declaring that justice and virtue are honourable, but grievous and toilsome
; and that the pleasures of vice and injustice are easy of attainment, and are only censured by law and opinion.
The feeling with which I used to watch the tramps, as they came into the town on those wet evenings, at dusk, and limped past, with their bundles drooping over their shoulders at the ends of sticks, came freshly back to me; fraught, as then, with the smell of damp earth, and wet leaves and briar, and the sensation of the very airs that blew upon me in my own toilsome
In the course of a day or two more, the travellers entered that wild and broken tract of the Crow country called the Black Hills, and here their journey became toilsome
in the extreme.