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cold heart, a

A dispassionate, unaffectionate individual. This term already meant lack of love in Shakespeare’s time. In his Antony and Cleopatra (3:13) Antony asks the queen if she now prefers Caesar to him, saying, “Cold-hearted toward me?” and she, denying it, replies, “Ah! dear, if I be so, from my cold heart let heaven engender hail, and poison it in the source; and the first drop in my neck.”
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Have we shed the soft light of unwearied love around his cold heart, and with patient tenderness shown him how bright and beautiful love can make even the darkest lot?
O plead with gentle words for us, And whisper tenderly Of generous love to that cold heart, And it will answer ye; And though you fade in a dreary home, Yet loving hearts will tell Of the joy and peace that you have given: Flowers, dear flowers, farewell!"
You shall live in peace, and spin your delicate threads into a mantle for the stern King; and I will weave golden threads amid the gray, that when folded over his cold heart gentle thoughts may enter in and make it their home.
Violet conquered, and his cold heart Warmed with music, love, and light; And his fair home, once so dreary, Gay with lovely Elves and flowers, Brought a joy that never faded Through the long bright summer hours.
They laid them back on the lifeless breast,--dust to dust,--poor mournful relics of early dreams, which once made that cold heart beat so warmly!
Those who look tenderly at the slave owner, and with a cold heart at the slave, never seem to put themselves into the position of the latter; what a cheerless prospect, with not even a hope of change!
He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted and rather selfish is to be ill-disposed: but he was, in general, well respected; for he conducted himself with propriety in the discharge of his ordinary duties.
But why had she returned to him, when their cold hearts shrank from each other's embrace?
To die is our heavy portion, but, oh, let us die with life about us; when our cold hearts cease to beat, let warm hearts be beating near; let our last look be upon the bounds which God has set to his own bright skies, and not on stone walls and bars of iron!
In Caz Frear's sequel, Stone Cold Heart (Harper, $26.99, 9780062849885, audio/eBook available), the parallels to Cat's previous case are unmistakable: a charismatic yet somehow sinister suspect; a pair of killings years apart with similarities worth noting; and a cast comprised of members of an extraordinarily dysfunctional family, each with ample reason to shift blame onto the unlikable suspect.
(https://www.nasa.gov/feature/scientists-probe-mystery-of-pluto-s-icy-heart) Pluto's cold heart has been a source of intrigue for astronomers since it was first glimpsed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft last year.
Hiddleston said: "His music has left this extraordinary legacy and the songs he wrote like Hey, Good Lookin' and Cold, Cold Heart and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry and Your Cheatin' Heart were country standards.
But seriously, whose genius idea was it to place a holiday celebrating passion and romance and love in the dead of winter's cold, cold heart?
"I did that because that's fun." You have a cold, cold heart, Taylor.
The Secret Millionaire (Channel 4, 9pm) IF YOU don't cry at least once during a series of The Secret Millionaire, you must have a pretty cold heart.