Memoirs of Christina, Queen of Sweden, Volume 1

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Hurst and Blackett, 1863 - Sweden
 

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Page 18 - God knows, my son, By what by-paths and indirect crook'd ways I met this crown; and I myself know well How troublesome it sat upon my head.
Page 195 - Maria. You must take every precaution, for never were people here so much against us as now ; but they shall never get their way, so long as you remain firm. They talk a great deal of the Elector of Brandenburg, but neither he, nor any one in the world, however rich he be, shall ever alienate my heart from you. My love is so strong that it can only be overcome by death, and if, which God forbid, you should die before me, my heart shall remain dead for every other, and my mind and affection shall...
Page 195 - My love is so strong that it can only be overcome by death, and if, which God forbid, you should die before me, my heart shall remain dead for every other, and my mind and affection shall follow you to eternity, there to dwell with you. " Perhaps some will advise you to demand my hand openly ; but I beseech you, by all that is holy, to have patience for some time, until you have acquired some reputation in the war, and until I have the crown on my head. I entreat you not to consider this time long,...
Page 18 - By what by-paths and indirect crookt ways I met this crown ; and I myself know well How troublesome it sat upon my head : To thee it shall descend with better quiet, Better opinion, better confirmation; 320 For all the soil of the achievement goes With me into the earth.
Page 284 - ... adopted from a wish to flatter the uncontrolled passions of sovereigns. Not that I am disposed to call in question the originality of Hobbes; for it appears, from the testimony of all his friends, that he had much less pleasure in reading than in thinking. " If I had read," he was accustomed to say, " as much as some others, I should have been as ignorant as they are.
Page 194 - Christina wrote thus to him on January 5, 1644 — " BELOVED COUSIN, — I see by your letter that you do not venture to trust your thoughts to the pen. We may, however, correspond with all freedom, if you send me the key to a cipher, and compose your letters according to it, and change the seals, as I do with mine. Then the letters may be sent to your sister, the Princess Maria. You must take every precaution, for never were people here so much against us as now ; but they shall never get their...
Page 52 - We have left the young Queen with the Queen-Mother in the hope of some improvement ; but things get worse and worse. Christina is brought up, if not in actual bad habits, at least not in such a way, or among such men, as she ought to be. Neither fear of God nor love of her country is instilled into her mind, nor is she taught the duties of government. She must, therefore, be taken away from her mother.
Page 5 - No one liked to explain the disappointment to the King, until at length his sister, the Princess Catherine, took the child in her arms, and, carrying it to her brother, announced to him that he had a daughter. Gustavus was too noble to show any vexation, even if he felt it. He kissed the child, and said, " Let us thank God, sister ; I hope this girl will be as good as a boy : I am content, and pray God to preserve the child.
Page 195 - I see by your letter that you do not venture to trust your thoughts to the pen. We may, however, correspond with all freedom, if you send me the key to a cipher, and compose your letters according to it, and change the seals, as I do with mine. Then the letters may be sent to your sister, the Princess Maria. You must take every precaution, for never were people here so much against us as now ; but they shall never get their way, so long as you remain firm. They talk a great deal of the Elector of...

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