When the time came to hold above the heads of Luigi and Ginevra the symbol of eternal union,--that yoke of satin, white, soft, brilliant, light for some, lead for most,--the priest looked about him in vain for the acolytes whose place it was to perform that joyous function
The Dance of Barsoom bears a relation similar to the more formal dancing functions
of Mars that The Grand March does to ours, though it is infinitely more intricate and more beautiful.
The same organ having performed simultaneously very different functions
, and then having been specialised for one function
; and two very distinct organs having performed at the same time the same function
, the one having been perfected whilst aided by the other, must often have largely facilitated transitions.
Yet the spirit can for the time pervade and control every member and function
of the body, and transmute what in form is the grossest sensuality into purity and devotion.
Of the double moats which had guarded its more warlike predecessor, the outer had been allowed to dry up, and served the humble function
of a kitchen garden.
She seemed for the time to be taking a rest from that laborious and fatiguing function
and to have abandoned herself to some mechanical impulse that directed her actions and freed her of responsibility.
There exists a monition of the Bishop of Durham against irregular churchmen of this class, who associated themselves with Border robbers, and desecrated the holiest offices of the priestly function
, by celebrating them for the benefit of thieves, robbers, and murderers, amongst ruins and in caverns of the earth, without regard to canonical form, and with torn and dirty attire, and maimed rites, altogether improper for the occasion.
The immense hall was crowded with nobles and their women, as though some important function
was in progress.
In the case of oratory, this is the function
of the Political art and of the art of rhetoric: and so indeed the older poets make their characters speak the language of civic life; the poets of our time, the language of the rhetoricians.
Of course, yacht racing is an organized pastime, a function
of social idleness ministering to the vanity of certain wealthy inhabitants of these isles nearly as much as to their inborn love of the sea.
And so we know that in order to maintain our physical bodies we must cause all our organs properly to function
With dim lights and tangled circumstance they tried to shape their thought and deed in noble agreement; but after all, to common eyes their struggles seemed mere inconsistency and formlessness; for these later-born Theresas were helped by no coherent social faith and order which could perform the function
of knowledge for the ardently willing soul.