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Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.J. August Strindberg
Third person singular
- 1829, Thomas Love Peacock, The Misfortunes of Elphin,
- "Friend Seithenyn," said the abbot, when, having passed the castle gates, and solicited an audience, he was proceeding to the presence of Melvas, "this task, to which I have accinged myself is arduous, and in some degree awful;
- 1831, Thomas Love Peacock, Crotchet Castle,
- He accinged himself to the task with his usual heroism, and having finished it to his entire satisfaction, reminded his host to order in the devil.
- 1855, James John Garth Wilkinson, War, Cholera, and the Ministry of Health, p. 58
- [...]but we must now accinge ourselves to other less agreeable considerations.
- 1898, Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, The Astonishing History of Troy Town,
- Peter, instead of adjuring Miss Limpenny to fear no more the heat o' the sun, accinged himself to the practical difficulty.
- 1943, Sir Arthur Thomas, Cambridge Lectures, J.M. Dent; E.P. Dutton, page 241,
- when those doors had been re-opened as sluíces to admit the mud and garbage of Restoration drama, the old man gallantly accinged himself to his old task and wrote Samson Agonistes'.
- 1973, Leo Simpson, The Peacock Papers: A Novel, Page 94,
- "I am accinging myself to a meeting with the enemy leader, Dr. Harrison Royce, among others — to discuss peace, perhaps, although my own feeling is that the dinner will be used by both sides in the traditional fashion,..."
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