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" ... keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope" — we have presumed to court the assistance of the friends of the drama to strengthen our infant institution. "
United States Reports: Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court - Page 480
by United States. Supreme Court - 1940
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The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year, Volume 110

Edmund Burke - History - 1869
...by naturalization." Mr. Pile (Republican), of Missouri, expressed his fear that the Bill was simply to keep the word of promise to the ear and break it to the hope ; and that it would leave four-fifths of their naturalized citizens from Prussia subject to arrest...
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The Quarterly Review

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Sir John Murray (IV), Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle) - English literature - 1832
...for a moment what he may think public opinion, by attempting to ' palter with us in a double sense , To keep the word of promise to the ear, And break it to the hope.' — Such an attempt, such an unworthy attempt, we must venture to call it, will fail with both sides,...
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Tales of Fashionable Life, Volume 3

Maria Edgeworth - 1809
...declaration, in which I will confide, and, in future, not suffer appearances to alarm me. A mother would not keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope." Mrs. Beaumont, feeling herself change countenance, made an attempt to blow her nose, and succeeded...
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Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court And ..., Volume 94

New Jersey. Supreme Court - Law reports, digests, etc - 1921
...interested objectors ; otherwise the provision in the act providing for a remonstrance would operate simply to "keep the word of promise to the ear and break it to the hope." The ordinance was thus passed without a hearing, and this writ is invoked by an affected property owner...
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Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 77

England - 1855
...made of the same art which is so wonderfully employed in Macbeth in the prophecies of the witches—" To keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope." True to her words come all the prophecies of the Vala, Hilda, but in so different a sense from her...
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The Parliamentary History of England from the Earliest Period to ..., Volume 33

Great Britain. Parliament - Great Britain - 1818
...the right hon. gentleman, they would frustrate what they professed to have in view— they would " keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the sense." The whole measure was intended merely to give time for the public resources to act, and, in...
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A Reply to Mr. Colden's Vindication of the Steamboat Monopoly: With an ...

William Alexander Duer - Monopolies - 1819 - 184 pages
...as a gentleman, whether you consider your plighted honour saved by your explanation. Are you content to " Keep the word of promise to the ear " And break it to the hope ?''——— Where, Sir, " is the irrefragable proof produced '• by Mr. Fulton," to redeem your pledge...
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Sketches of the Philosophy of Morals

Sir Thomas Charles Morgan - Ethics - 1822 - 369 pages
...regard to justice or to humanity. In the best times, the whole effort of international policy is " to keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the sense." Treaties, destined it is said to last for ever, are stipulatedin the name of the Holy and undivided...
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The Inquirer, Volume 1

1822
...Anecdotes of Humanity.' We shared the fate of those who are intent upon untried delicacies ; — ' they keep the word of promise to the ear and break it to the bope' — chiefly, we suppose, because the ' hope' is screwed beyond the sticking-place. We scarcely...
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Works, Volume 1

Maria Edgeworth - 1822
...as I have told her a thousand times, no force shall be put upon her inclinations." mother would not keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope." Mrs. Beaumont, feeling herself change countenance, made an attempt to blow her nose, and succeeded...
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