"While the Banks of Discretion keep within their natural Chanel the proud Waves of Passion, all calm and serene, glides along the silver Current, inlivening the adjacent Meadows, as it passes, with a brighter and more flowery Verdure"
— Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)
"But here, a dear Lady, having unhappily failed, is enabled to set her Foot in the new-made Breach, while yet it is possible to stop it, and to say, with little Variation, in the Language of that Power, [Page 432] which only could enable her to say it, Hither, ye proud Waves of dissolute Love, altho' you havecome, yet no farther shall ye come; is such an Instance of magnanimous Resolution, and Self-conquest, as is very rarely to be met with."
(III.63, pp. 431-2)
Samuel Richardson, Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded. In a Series of Familiar Letters from a Beautiful Young Damsel, to Her Parents: Now First Published in Order to Cultivate the Principles of Virtue and Religion in the Minds of the Youth of Both Sexes. A Narrative Which Has Its Foundation in Truth and Nature: and at the Same Time That It Agreeably Entertains, by a Variety of Curious and Affecting Incidents, Is Intirely Divested of All Those Images, Which, in Too Many Pieces Calculated for Amusement Only, Tend to Inflame the Minds They Should Instruct (London: C. Rivington and J. Robinson, 1740). [Title page says 1741] <Link to ESTC><Link to first vol. of 3rd edition in ECCO-TCP>