Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (Google eBook)

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Massachusetts Historical Society, 1882 - Massachusetts
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For the statement above quoted, also for full bibliographical information regarding this publication, and for the contents of the volumes [1st ser.] v. 1- 7th series, v. 5, cf. Griffin, Bibl. of Amer. hist. society. 2d edition, 1907, p. 346-360.
  

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Page 321 - Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings ; he shall not stand before mean men...
Page 70 - Great GOD, thy works our wonder raise; To thee our swelling notes belong ; While skies and winds, and rocks and seas, Around shall echo to our song. Thy power produced this mighty frame. Aloud to thee the tempests roar. Or softer breezes tune thy name Gently along the shelly shore. Round thee the scaly nation roves, Thy opening hands their joys bestow, Through all the blushing coral groves, These silent gay retreats below.
Page 209 - ... take up any dead man, woman, or child out of his, her, or their grave, or any other place where the dead body resteth, or the skin, bone, or any other part of any dead person, to be employed or used in any manner of witchcraft, sorcery, charm, or enchantment...
Page 170 - A majority of the members of the house of representatives shall be a quorum for doing business, but, when less than two-thirds of the representatives elected shall be present the assent of two-thirds of those members shall be necessary to render their acts and proceedings valid.
Page 448 - s good ; So shall I dwell among the just, And he'll provide me food. 4 I to my God my ways commit, And cheerful wait his will; Thy hand, which guides my doubtful feet, Shall my desires fulfil.
Page 294 - It is natural to believe, upon the same principle, that no writer has a more easy task than the historian. The philosopher has the works of omniscience to examine ; and is therefore engaged in disquisitions, to which finite intellects are utterly unequal. The poet trusts to his invention, and is not only in danger of those inconsistencies, to which every one is exposed by departure from truth; but may be censured as well for deficiencies of matter, as for irregularity of disposition, or impropriety...
Page 95 - He was a member of the convention for forming the Constitution of Massachusetts, and of that of 1788, which ratified the constitution of the United States. With him the patriot Otis " Favored man, by touch ethereal slain" resided for a while after his retirement.
Page 71 - The task perform'd, the bard content, well chosen was each flowing word ; On a short voyage himself he went, to hear it read and sung on board. Most serious Christians do aver (their credit sure we may rely on), In former times that after prayer, they used to sing a song of Zion. Our modern parson having pray'd, unless loud fame our faith beguiles, Sat down, took out his book, and said, ' Let's sing a psalm of Mather Byles.
Page 255 - Why may not a Republic of Letters be realized in America as well as a Republican Government? Why may there not be a Congress of Philosophers as well as of Statesmen ? And why may there not be subordinate philosophical bodies connected with a principal one, as well as separate legislatures, acting in concert by a common assembly ? I am so far an enthusiast in the cause of America as to wish she may shine Mistress of the Sciences, as well as the Asylum of Liberty.
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