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    What does "whose voice I can never hear" mean?

    The voice of a country, comprised of the voice of its Senate and the House of Representatives and the voice of the rest of people of it, can be heard no doubt. And yet, you say you can not hear?

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    Among the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection, and, in my flattering hopes, with an immutable decision, as the asylum of my declining years—a retreat which was rendered every day more necessary as well as more dear to me by the addition of habit to inclination, and of frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time.

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    Re: What does "whose voice I can never hear" mean?

    I was summoned by my country,
    whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love
    You need to look at the entire phrase. It's a double negative. Every time he hears the "voice" of his country, he hears it with veneration and love. He can NOT hear the voice WITHOUT veneration and love.

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    Re: What does "whose voice I can never hear" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You need to look at the entire phrase. It's a double negative. Every time he hears the "voice" of his country, he hears it with veneration and love. He can NOT hear the voice WITHOUT veneration and love.
    Thank you.
    but with = without?

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    Re: What does "whose voice I can never hear" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Thank you.
    but with = without?
    "But with" = "except with"

    He can't hear the voice except with veneration and love.

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