Phrases with "blessing"

George Meredith The old woman was entreated to bestow her blessing on the young one, all in Arcadia, and let the young one nestle to the bosom she had not an idea of robbing. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Nathaniel Hawthorne His salt breath brings a blessing along with it. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A blessing was felt descending upon them from his outstretched hand; he approved by look and gesture the pledge of a deep union that had passed under his auspices. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Anthony Trollope A sweet savour of honesty hung about her breath, and was a blessing to him when he was near enough to her to feel it. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

There’s no shame in an honest love, which was a blessing given to man by God’s own self in Eden.” “It’s a matter I ken little of,” said Mr. Fordyce shyly. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Thomas Hardy Yes, we desire as a blessing what was given us as a curse, and even that is denied. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing With the invalid she could keep a bright face, and make her presence, as ever, a blessing to him. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

I charge him also with my blessing for my children and with the sentiments of my soul for yourself, my dearest sweetheart. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Radclyffe Hall But the Church’s blessing was not for them. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Katherine Mansfield We shall be able to watch the happiness of these two dear children, Elsa and Fritz. They only received the letters of blessing from their parents yesterday morning. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Charles Dickens Kit was taken off in an instant, with a blessing from his mother, and a scream from little Jacob, ringing in his ears. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

The fortune which was to have been shared with you is henceforth powerless to purchase one blessing for me. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

William Morris Ralph looked hard on him as he passed by, blessing the folk with upraised hand; and he saw that he was a tall spare man, clean-shaven, and thin-faced; but no old man, belike scarce of fifty winters. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Anthony Trollope There is a curse about it, or a blessing — it is hard to decide which — that makes it almost impossible for a man to tear himself away from its pursuit when it is coming in freely. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Now I welcome it as the sweetest blessing of my life. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

The king explained how warm he had felt in his carriage, so much so indeed that he could almost regard the horse he then rode as a blessing thrown in his way. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Benjamin Disraeli Every blessing in the world seems to cluster round your roof. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Benjamin Disraeli What a blessing for the Marquess to have such a friend!” “I spoke to him,” said Mrs. Felix, with a more assured tone, “in much the same spirit as you have been addressing me. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether arts and vertue are not likely to thrive, where money is made a means to industry? But whether money without this would be a blessing to any people? 286. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

She murmurs my name after that of her father, imploring God’s blessing upon us both. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Charles Dickens And when he dies in the odour of Porkity, he cuts up, a highly useful creature and a blessing to the poor man, from the ring in his snout to the curl in his tail. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

I believe it’s a blessing to the world. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope The time will probably come when he will be no longer alone, when he will have a wife and children, and a house into which Jones would think it a blessing to be admitted. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

H. G. Wells A moment before she had been a happy hostess blessing her gathering. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Wilkie Collins He gave his blessing to Francois Sarzeau, to Gabriel, and to his family; and bade them affectionately farewell for the last time. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Walter Scott The hermit then held up both hands, as if blessing the refreshment which he had placed before his guests, and they proceeded to eat in silence as profound as his own. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

I found myself looking at a tall young man in goggles and a leather ulster, who kept on blessing his soul and whinnying apologies. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

George Meredith The wretch detested must she trust, The servant master own: Confide to godless cause so just, And for God’s blessing moan. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Walter Scott But Heaven has denied us a blessing which we have not deserved. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

On all such pilgrims Perrault bestowed his blessing — forgetful, it might be, that they were lost and straying sheep. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

That by some inexplicable mischance she had so remained was, of course, a blessing to her orphaned nephew which it would be hard to overrate. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Radclyffe Hall Not a woman of them all but felt vaguely regretful in spite of the infinite blessing of peace, for none could know what the future might hold of trivial days filled with trivial actions. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

D.H. Lawrence Her plan was to play hostess, and thus bestow on her boarders the inestimable blessing of family life. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy I want nothing, Fleur, except a blessing and your hand. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

William Shakespeare I grant thou wert not married to my Muse, And therefore mayst without attaint o’erlook The dedicated words which writers use Of their fair subject, blessing every book. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Anthony Trollope Every blessing was at the feet of the young heir; but every blessing was not enough, unless Clara Desmond was also added. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Now that I have struggled on, I can see that she has been a blessing to me instead of a curse. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Benjamin Disraeli Come now, one smile! In a few days we shall reach your father’s camp, and then we will kneel, as I do now, and beg a blessing on our happy union. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

He drew her face to his, his hands were about her neck, the rain blessing both of them. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Poor West was a man to leave a blessing behind him; never a curse. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Walter Besant Yet it must be confessed that I knelt to receive his blessing as if he had been the Bishop of Durham himself. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Elizabeth Gaskell The house was bare as when Mary had left it, of coal, or of candle, of food, or of blessing in any shape. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Henry James A fairly nice girl would somehow be away a good deal and would at such times count it a blessing to feel Mrs. Gereth at her post. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Mellersh, profoundly indignant, besides having his intended treat coming back on him like a blessing to roost, cross-examined her with the utmost severity. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

James Hogg He continued to flatter me with great things, as to honours, fame and emolument; and, above all, with the blessing and protection of Him to whom my body and soul were dedicated. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Anthony Trollope By God’s blessing I will never ask you for a pound. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce At most, by an alms given to a beggar whose blessing he fled from, he might hope wearily to win for himself some measure of actual grace. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Elizabeth Gaskell She clasped her hands, and reverently invoked a blessing from on high; first upon her sister, then upon her friend, to whom she said, ‘Be a sister in my stead. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Sinclair Lewis Glad you’ve come, Brother, and I hope the blessing of the Lord will attend your labors. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Dragging her feet along, she followed Helene, invoking every blessing of Heaven on her head; and when she had crept close to Monsieur Rambaud, she again spoke of the doctor. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

You bring a blessing with you. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Mark Twain Uncle Silas he asked a pretty long blessing over it, but it was worth it; and it didn’t cool it a bit, neither, the way I’ve seen them kind of interruptions do lots of times. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Alfred Tennyson And tell my daughter Annie, whom I saw So like her mother, that my latest breath Was spent in blessing her and praying for her. Enoch Arden by Alfred Tennyson [1864]

Henry James The weather was divine; each particular morning, as he walked from his lodging to Mrs. Hudson’s modest inn, seemed to have a blessing upon it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Rudyard Kipling I will come tomorrow with the child; and the blessing of the Gods of the Homesteads — who are good little Gods — be on you both . Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Jane Austen The death of your daughter would have been a blessing in comparison of this. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Daniel Defoe Cain. My blessing be with you in your way, and give you a favorable reception at the venerable tent of our universal lord and father. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

In Exodus God commanded that the cattle should share the sweet blessing of the one day’s rest. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Nathaniel Hawthorne Doubt not that your boy shall meet you there, if there be a blessing on our tender and prayerful guidance of him. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Then the most honored in all the land are publicly presented with the blessing of death, and allowed to depart this hated life, and go to the realms of that eternal darkness which they love so well. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Anthony Trollope To eat his bread in the sweat of his brow was man’s curse in Adam’s day, but is certainly man’s blessing in our day. North America by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy This innocent young thing should have her blessing and not her curse. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Andrew Lang She worked hard, spinning, weaving, and sewing, and her old godmother’s blessing seemed to prosper all she did. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless, in these days the possession of Rachel was hardly a blessing to her. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne He kept his heart continually open, and thus was sure to catch the blessing from on high when it should come. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

So sure am I of this, that I can bear not to see you again; bear to walk for the last time by your house, leaving only my blessing in the air. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling There is no blessing in this work. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

I supplicate you, I implore you on my knees — let me die, and my last sigh shall be a blessing for my preserver. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Elizabeth Gaskell It’s a blessing for her to be gone, but, oh ——’ She began to cry, and then cheered herself up, and swallowed down her sobs. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Anthony Trollope Nothing will I do but to print one kiss on my Julie’s forehead, and then to retire forever, asking God’s blessing for her dear head. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell At last he says, “Missus,” says he, “can God’s blessing be shared by a sinner — one o’ t’ devil’s children?” says he. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Sinclair Lewis Her principal gesture was a pontifical but thoroughly ladylike blessing with two stubby fingers. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

We asked the reason of his not being able to drink, and found it was, first, because women work in the vineyards, and the second, because the Pope pronounces his blessing upon the vintage. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

But he, advancing towards her, interrupted her excuses, congratulating her on her safety, and exclaiming, ‘Welcome, welcome! You are the blessing of Heaven in this house. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Henry Fielding I thank G — if I am not so warm as some, I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Henry James The protector after a little departed, blessing the business, which took the form of a small full-length of the model seated, his arm extended and the hand on the knob of his cane. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Go in and win, and my blessing be upon your virtuous endeavors. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Schopenhauer It is a blessing that we do not know what is really going to happen. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Elizabeth Gaskell What a blessing there are no rooms on one side of the house. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

H. G. Wells How can we tell that these days of trouble may not prove a blessing in the end? This community, when you visited it a year ago, was in a state of spiritual lassitude. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry Lawson You only want to live long enough to write home and ask for forgiveness and a blessing before you die. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Elizabeth Von Arnim He had no idea that he never went out of the house without her blessing going with him too, hovering, like a little echo of finished love, round that once dear head. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Anthony Trollope May the Blessed Virgin guide and protect ye wherever ye be”— a blessing against which Aunt Letty at once entered a little inward protest, perturbed though she was in spirit. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It was a blessing however that one could count on his coolness, young as he was — his bright good-looking discretion, the thing that already made him half a man of the world. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

The mere fact that they don’t quarrel and that they are in general polite with their domestics is a blessing in itself. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope But if the book could get itself destroyed, what a blessing it would be! The book was his own, or would be in a few days, when the will should have been properly proved. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Charles Kingsley Whether she will be a blessing to us, God alone can tell: but she may turn to the greatest curse which has befallen us ever since we came out over Bar three years ago. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

For lack of a suitable verb we just sometimes say committed this or that, as in the instance of bigamy, for the verb to bigam is a blessing that is still in store for us. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Wilkie Collins After a long interval, the first outward expression of sorrow that fell from his lips showed that he was still thinking of Penrose. “Every blessing falls away from me,” he said. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

George Gissing Delightful to me, and infinitely touching, is that request of his to be transferred from London to a rural living—“where I can see God’s blessing spring out of the earth. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The curse of Adam’s posterity — and, curse or blessing be it, it gives substance to the life around us — had first come upon me there. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

D.H. Lawrence So in a few minutes I was out on the road again, thanking God for the blessing of a road that belongs to no man, and travels away from all men. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Oliver Goldsmith My son, after taking leave of his mother and the rest, who mingled their tears with their kisses, came to ask a blessing from me. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Henry James It was conceivable that these impediments should some day prove a sort of blessing in disguise — a clear and quiet harbour enclosed by a brave granite breakwater. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Louisa May Alcott The Duke’s Daughter paid the butcher’s bill, A Phantom Hand put down a new carpet, and the Curse of the Coventrys proved the blessing of the Marches in the way of groceries and gowns. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Indeed I began by blessing my good fortune in this respect. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Henry David Thoreau I would not subtract anything from the praise that is due to philanthropy, but merely demand justice for all who by their lives and works are a blessing to mankind. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Jane Austen What a blessing it is, when undue influence does not survive the grave! — He gave his consent with very little persuasion. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Margaret Oliphant God was not like that, holding the cup of blessing to a woman’s lips and then snatching it away. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle My father placed his hands upon my head and invoked the blessing of Heaven upon me. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jane Austen He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy; and the Sir Walter Elliot, who united these gifts, was the constant object of his warmest respect and devotion. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Anthony Trollope What a blessing it would be! That’s plain speaking;—but it would be a blessing! Some people manage to live so that everybody will be the better for their dying. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope He pressed Mrs Prime’s hand very closely, and invoked a blessing on her head in a warm whisper. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Miss Thorne, who had she known all the truth would have vanished into air at once, had no conception that her immediate absence would be a blessing and remained chatting with them till luncheon-time. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue — and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Elizabeth Gaskell You are powerful enough to trample down your own sorrows into a blessing for others; and to others you will be a blessing. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Wilkie Collins It is a blessing for me, in this great misery, that I am childless. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Rudyard Kipling Then he murmured a faquir’s blessing in his ear, and asked him how his second wife did. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Sir Richard Burton I may not gainsay thee in aught, for Allah’s blessing is on all thou dost. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Frances Hodgson Burnett I shall give them my blessing and take care of the wives when they are left behind. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Wilkie Collins Shall I tell you what is the greatest blessing in the world? Daylight! Daylight!! Daylight!!!” At each repetition of the word his voice rose. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Henry James We can all be saved by vulgarity; that’s the solvent of all difficulties and the blessing of this delightful age. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Gissing It’s a blessing she’s always had her health. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Henry James Unmistakeably she would have found it a blessing to-day to be able to feel a defeat, a mistake, even a shame or two. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

T. E. Lawrence So, for second string, I got Allenby’s blessing upon the transfer of Ali’s and Abdulla’s khaki-clad contingents; and set off, fortified, to Jeddah, where I had no more success than I expected. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Mr. Benson’s sermon came to an end, the bishop gave the blessing from his throne, and the crowd poured out. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

H. Rider Haggard Most likely it is a blessing in disguise — a thing that you will in time even learn to be thankful for. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing But it was priceless soothing to let her forehead repose against the heart whose love was the one and sufficient blessing of her life. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

William Makepeace Thackeray You don’t know what a blessing it will be to them. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Sinclair Lewis Their permanent home, for a week; to become more familiar, thanks to the accelerated sensitiveness which is the one blessing of travel, than rooms paced for years. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Gaskell The Squire stood by, smiling gravely at first; but when the words of blessing were pronounced, he took off his fine feathered hat, and bent his head. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Robert Louis Stevenson Its blessing was denied to my endeavours, or, as I please myself by thinking, but delayed to descend upon my daughter’s head. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

M. P. Shiel Afterwards, with mild eyes he repaired to the dining-hall, and sanctified the Sabbath, blessing a cup of wine, dividing up two napkined loaves, and giving to Rebekah his benediction. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

George Meredith Let it be money with a blessing on it! It will save us from horrid misery! from death! from torture and death! Think, uncle! look, uncle! You with the money—me wanting it. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Kate Chopin It’s a blessing that boy of Fanny’s died, between you and I; its what I’ve always said. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Elizabeth Von Arnim I could almost fancy sometimes that as I come down the steps, gentle hands of blessing have been laid on my head. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Jane Austen Nobody can think more highly of the matrimonial state than myself I consider the blessing of a wife as most justly described in those discreet lines of the poet —’Heaven’s last best gift. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope Having made acquaintance with a lord, he was not going to waste the blessing which Providence had vouchsafed to him. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Charles Dickens I bring her blessing on her darling son!’ Again at night he saw the star, and all that former company. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

It will be a blessing as yet ungranted to any of us, if indeed I should bear to the full the doom of sorrow, so that it may be vouchsafed me only to avoid actual guilt. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Wilkie Collins On this very evening your marriage may be solemnized with all the wonted rites of our holy religion, and the blessing may be pronounced over you by the lips of a priest. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

I had a dull longing to leave Bartram–Haugh. For me, since the departure of poor Milly, it had grown like the haunt of evil spirits, and to escape on any terms from it was a blessing unspeakable. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He spoke with power and unction, and a blessing came with his words: the black cloud lifted and showed a glimpse of grace, and in a little the man had some assurance of salvation. The Outgoing of the Tide by John Buchan [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle The service was over, and the priest, with his two acolytes before him, was leaving the altar, when he turned, as was his custom, to give his blessing to the congregation. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope She perceived instantly what was the girl’s purpose, but, by God’s blessing on her efforts, there should be no cold form found in the river that night; or, if one, then there should be two. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Therefore it’s a blessing not to have missed you here. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Virginia Woolf To soothe and to inspirit there comes, a moment later, the consciousness that, although in the eyes of Henry James our attempt is foredoomed to failure, nevertheless his blessing is upon it. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Gissing Yet who was she, that life should bestow its highest blessing upon her? When at the Tyrrells’ house in London, she feared lest Egremont should come. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Henry James But I wanted her blessing on my career and I could not help asking for it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Thomas Paine Our independence with God’s blessing we will maintain against all the world; but as we wish to avoid evil ourselves, we wish not to inflict it on others. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

William Makepeace Thackeray If I die, it is as a good Christian and a gentleman — how should I be otherwise when educated by such a mother as you? I forgive all my enemies — I beg your blessing as a dutiful son. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ye may now separate, each to your quarters, and tomorrow morning we shall, with the blessing of God, start for the north to see what luck may await our enterprise in those parts. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Elizabeth Von Arnim What a blessing it is to love books. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

He was a good man and a benevolent, this Mr. Scobel; a hard-worker, and a blessing in the neighbourhood. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Lose not a moment in going to his house, and you may stand a chance to be in time to receive his blessing ere he leaves this world. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

However, he saw that Villiers did not understand, so he rapidly sketched an altar with a priest standing before it blessing the people. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Davie, lad, get down on your hunkers and I’ll gie ye my blessing — the blessing o’ a warldly auld wife that yet has orra glints o’ better things. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Andrew Lang Have you followed me? Then go, and Heaven’s blessing go with you. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott Young Lee then saluted his sister, and, with the formality of those times, asked and received his father’s blessing with an affectionate embrace. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Arnold Bennett What a blessing it’s been to me! . These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Florence Dixie She died, blessing the noble boy who had redeemed her in his blood. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Charles Dickens The Alderman (a blessing on his head!) had Put THEM Down. ‘As you happen to be here,’ said the Alderman to Toby, ‘you shall carry a letter for me. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Money diverted by injustice from its natural and just channel does not carry a blessing with it. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Arnold Bennett Did he smile and forgive? Did he extend to her the blessing of his benevolence? No. He could not have brought himself to such a point. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

It was a blessing to his frightened little family when he absented himself, as he sometimes did, for a week or more together. The Vision of Tom Chuff by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Charles Kingsley Such, is the man, in his normal state; and as was to be expected, God’s blessing rests on him. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley

Elizabeth Gaskell He is now the person to say “Silence, boys;” and then to ask the blessing on the meal. Hand and Heart by Elizabeth Gaskell [1849]

George Gissing I have no right to speak in that way of the priceless blessing of independence—the gift of Heaven —” “If it be the gift of Heaven,” remarked Ada, with meaning. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Elizabeth Gaskell But I’m clear about this, when God gives a blessing to be enjoyed, He gives it with a duty to be done; and the duty of the happy is to help the suffering to bear their woe. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Gustave Flauber She thanked him with a blessing for the services which he had rendered to her father. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

My dreadful illness had proved a blessing in disguise. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Charles Dickens Before he went away, he breathed a blessing towards it, and a Farewell. In the black prison of the Conciergerie, the doomed of the day awaited their fate. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She consequently became the very blessing of his life — the rich recreation that he promised himself for hours of literary toil. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Robert Louis Stevenson My, but we were a tired crowd! However, it is always a blessing to get home, and this time it was a sort of wonder to ourselves that we got back alive. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Miss Radnor must be a blessing to him. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Then he lifted up his hands as though invoking a blessing on us all, and vanished. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Henry Fielding I am convinced Joe will make her one of the best of husbands; and, in my opinion, that is the greatest blessing a woman can be possessed of. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Thomas Hardy Ah, yes, Cuxsom’s gone, and so shall leather breeches!” “Yes; with the blessing of God leather breeches shall go. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

James Hogg It was begun by my reverend father laying his hands upon my head and blessing me, and then dedicating me to the Lord in the most awful and impressive manner. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Let us, I pray you, receive the blessing of death here. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Francis Bacon And forms of prayers, imploring His aid and blessing for the illumination of our labors; and turning them into good and holy uses. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

Isabella Bird Poverty brings one blessing in Turkey — the poor man is of necessity a monogamist. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

As soon as the last blessing was spoken, and we were fairly across the threshold, I turned to George, and asked if Leah was ill? “No,” said he, gloomily. How the Third Floor Knew the Potteries by Amelia B. Edwards

Anthony Trollope I never cease to tell myself that the blessing is greater than the misfortune. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope His further service consisted of the government of Cilicia for a year — an employment that was odious to him, though his performance of it was a blessing to the province. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Eliot And, in reward, she would hear fresh young voices pronounce a blessing on her and her house. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Charles Dickens She died, Mrs. Goldstraw, in my arms — she died blessing me as only a mother COULD have blessed me. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Anthony Trollope There were proprieties! High rank might be a blessing or might be the reverse — as people thought of it; — but all men acknowledged that much was due to it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot Their sorrows are healed, and I feel that I am called back to my old work, in which I found a blessing that I have missed of late in the midst of too abundant worldly good. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

A sad thing it will be for us all, but a blessing for him!” “How long will he last, do you think?” he asked. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

George Borrow Many a book which is abandoned to the waters is wafted to some remote shore, and there proves a blessing and a comfort to millions, who are ignorant from whence it came. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Gissing Oh, what a blessing when it’s all off our hands! We shouldn’t care, even if the new arrangement brought us less. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn I told my dear Bessy, this morning, that while I stood at my study window, looking out at her, as she crossed the field, I sent a blessing after her. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Sir Richard Burton And if I die, then my blessing be upon thee. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

George Gissing You will privately make known to your father that he has prevailed, thereby you put his flesh and spirit at rest,—he will die blessing you, and enriching you to the full extent of his desire. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

I love Americans, but not when they try to talk French. What a blessing it is that they never try to talk English. To-morrow at five you can bring your young friend to call on me. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

John Bunyan He doth not lay the blessing in the knowing of them, but in the doing of them. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Wilkie Collins I’ve got a poor, suffering, bedridden wife at home, who would think such a companion as little Mary the greatest blessing God could send her. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

They took their Leave; the Fisherman blessing his propitious Stars, and Zadig cursing, every Step he went, the Hour he was born. Zadig by Voltaire

H. G. Wells And God would sit over us like some great golden Buddha, smiling, blessing and not minding in the least. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Only a chorus of blessing and thanksgiving. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

James Joyce God’s blessing will then be upon all your year’s studies. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Alexander Pope Self-love thus push’d to social, to divine, Gives thee to make thy neighbour’s blessing thine. An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope [1734]

Lucy declined him secundum artem: he went away blessing her, with a manly sob or two. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Henry James It would keep her quiet and soothe her to sit — he could keep her quiet (he was such a blessing that way!) at any time. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle What a blessing that it is pretty warm. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

This blessing must be spread throughout the world; and if your government stops it here, it will be guilty of the blood of all those lives which might have been saved. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

The blessing is denied to none. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell To Mary the old man’s blessing came like words of power. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

That blessing we had, being neither too high nor too low. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]