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But that thou shouldst my firmness therefore doubt To God or thee, because we have a foe May tempt it, I expected not to hear.
Standing on its hind-legs, it would rend the bark of a tree with its fore-paws, and play the antics of a cat; and then, by lashing itself with its tail, growling, and scratching the earth, it would at tempt the manifestations of anger that rendered its parent so terrific.
This is the tidbit which tempts his insectivorous fate.
And, good heaven, man," cried I, "you that are a condemned rebel, and a deserter, and a man of the French King's -- what tempts ye back into this country?
Where the courses were few, but each a triumph of its kind, it would be invidious to single out any one dish; but the Jambon de Westphalie au Champagne tempts me sorely.
The blood with which I sprinkle it, be on you and yours, in the name of the Evil Spirit that tempts men to their ruin
Arobin pulled off his coat, and expressed himself ready and willing to tempt fate in her place.
What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him -- yea, compel him, as it were -- to add hypocrisy to sin?
Be satisfied, sir knight, with what you have done, which leaves nothing more to be said on the score of courage, and do not seek to tempt fortune a second time.
When first the Fairy placed it there, she had been pleased with her new gift, and for a while obeyed the fairy bell, and often tried to win some fragrance from the flower, by kind and pleasant words and actions; then, as the Fairy said, she found a sweet reward in the strange, soft perfume of the magic blossom, as it shone upon her breast; but selfish thoughts would come to tempt her, she would yield, and unkind words fell from her lips; and then the flower drooped pale and scentless, the fairy bell rang mournfully, Annie would forget her better resolutions, and be again a selfish, wilful little child.
There was nothing in the world to tempt her to do that.