An Account of the Celebration Commemorative of the opening of Railroad Communication between Boston and Canada (Google eBook)

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1852
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Page 271 - The population of a great capital is condensed into a small compass, and, so to speak, heaped together, by the difficulty and inconvenience of passing over long distances. Hence has arisen the densely populated state of great cities like London and Paris. With easy, cheap, and rapid means of locomotion, this tendency, so adverse to physical enjoyment and injurious to health, is proportionally neutralised. Distances practically diminish in the exact ratio of the speed of personal locomotion. And here...
Page 174 - Mid his paternal fields at random thrown ? Baffle the threat, bright Scene, from Orresthead Given to the pausing traveller's rapturous glance : Plead for thy peace, thou beautiful romance Of nature ; and, if human hearts be dead, Speak, passing winds ; ye torrents, with your strong And constant voice, protest against the wrong.
Page 6 - To the eyes of the first emigrants, however, where now exists a dense and aggregated mass of living beings and material things, amid all the accommodations of life, the splendors of wealth, the delights of taste, and whatever can gratify the cultivated intellect, there were then only a few hills, which, when the ocean receded, were intersected by wide marshes, and when its tide returned, appeared a group of lofty islands, abruptly rising from the surrounding waters. Thick forests concealed the neighboring...
Page 174 - Intrenched your brows : ye gloried in each scar: Now, for your shame, a Power, the Thirst of Gold, That rules o'er Britain like a baneful star, Wills that your peace, your beauty, shall be sold. And clear way made for her triumphal car Through the beloved retreats your arms enfold ! Heard YE that Whistle ? As her long-linked Train Swept onwards, did the vision cross your view?
Page 175 - The warbling woodland, the resounding shore, The pomp of groves, the garniture of fields ; All that the genial ray of morning gilds, And all that echoes to the song of even...
Page 174 - PROUD were ye, Mountains, when, in times of old, Your patriot sons, to stem invasive war, Intrenched your brows ; ye gloried in each scar : Now, for your shame, a Power, the Thirst of Gold, That rules o'er Britain like a baneful star...
Page 174 - Is there no nook of English ground secure From rash assault ? Schemes of retirement sown In youth, and mid the busy world kept pure As when their earliest flowers of hope were blown, Must perish ; how can they this blight endure ? And...
Page 13 - ... budding souls ; to increase wealth which shall partially be devoted to his service and kingdom, and all along their banks to make the wilderness blossom as the rose. Without any vote of permission from legislatures and officials, even while the cars are loaded with profitable freight and paying passengers, and the groaning engines are earning the necessary interest, Providence sends, without charge, its cargoes of good sentiment and brotherly feeling ; disburses the culture of the city...
Page 220 - Take this ring, and with it take, on my authority, .the sea as your subject. Every year, on the return of this happy day, you and your successors shall make known to all posterity, that the right of conquest has subjugated the Adriatic to Venice, as a spouse to her husband...
Page 174 - The quiet of a few spots may be disturbed, but a hundred quiet spots are rendered accessible. The bustle of the stationhouse may take the place of the Druidical silence of some shady dell ; but, Gracious Heavens, sir, how many of those verdant cathedral arches, entwined by the hand of God in our pathless woods, are opened to the grateful worship of man by these means of communication ? " How little of rural beauty you lose, even in a country of comparatively narrow dimensions like England how...

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