Echoes of Half a Century: Poems (Google eBook)

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G. P. Putnams̕ Sons, 1880 - 332 pages
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Page 305 - With frown to make a statue thrill, The master thundered, "Hither, Will!" Like wretch o'ertaken in his track, With stolen chattels on his back, Will hung his head in fear and shame, And to the awful presence came A great, green, bashful simpleton, The butt of all good-natured fun. With smile suppressed, and birch upraised, The...
Page 305 - Twas she herself, sir," sobbed the lad, " I did not mean to be so bad ; But when Susannah shook her curls, And whispered I was 'fraid of girls, And...
Page 38 - Is blotted from the sky ; And guided by me through the merciless sea, Though sped by the hurricane's wings, His compassless bark, lone, weltering, dark, To the haven-home safely he brings. I waken the flowers in their dew-spangled bowers, The birds in their chambers of green, And mountain and plain glow with beauty again, As they bask in my matinal sheen.
Page 330 - Thus death reigns in all the portions of our time ; the autumn with its fruits provides disorders for us, and the winter's cold turns them into sharp diseases, and the spring brings flowers to strew our hearse, and the summer gives green turf and brambles to bind upon our graves.
Page 304 - A district school not far away, 'Mid Berkshire hills, one winter's day, Was humming with its wonted noise Of threescore mingled girls and boys Some few upon their tasks intent, But more on furtive mischief bent; The while the master's downward look Was fastened on a copy-book When suddenly behind his back, Rose, loud and clear, a rousing smack, As 'twere a battery of bliss Let off in one tremendous kiss! "What's that?" the startled master cries; "That, thir," a little imp replies, "Wath William...
Page 37 - When the waves that burst o'er a world accursed Their work of wrath had sped, And the Ark's lone few, the tried and true, Came forth among the dead ; With the wondrous gleams of my...
Page 36 - The sun rolled black and bare, Till I wove him a vest for his Ethiop breast Of the threads of my golden hair ; And when the broad tent of the firmament Arose on its airy spars, I penciled the hue of its matchless blue, And spangled it round with stars.
Page 330 - Siseria; and being where she had not her own life secured by any law unto her, she thought she was not forbidden by any law to take away the life of the murderers by whom her child had been butchered.
Page 304 - Peathe!" With frown to make a statue thrill, The master thundered, "Hither, Will!" Like wretch o'ertaken in his track, With stolen chattels on his back, Will hung his head in fear and shame, And to the awful presence came, A great, green, bashful simpleton, The butt of all good-natured...
Page 108 - May sublimer wisdom teach Than I preach. From my pulpit of the sod, Like a god, I proclaim this wondrous truth, Farthest age is nearest youth, Nearest glory's natal porch, Where with pale, inverted torch, Death lights downward to the rest Of the blest. Mark yon airy butterfly's Rainbow-dyes ! Yesterday that shape divine Was as darkly hearsed as mine ; But to-morrow I shall be Free and beautiful as she, And sweep forth on wings of light. Like a sprite.

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