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Page 519 - Her feet beneath her petticoat Like little mice stole in and out, As if they feared the light: But, oh ! she dances such a way No sun upon an Easter day Is half so fine a sight.
Page 123 - Love, now a universal birth, From heart to heart is stealing, From earth to man, from man to earth : It is the hour of feeling. One moment now may give us more Than years of toiling reason : Our minds shall drink at every pore The spirit of the season.
Page 511 - ... religion cannot be said to have made a bad choice in pitching on this man as the ideal representative and guide of humanity ; nor I even now would it be easy, even for an unbeliever, to find a better translation of the rule of virtue from the abstract into the concrete ! than to endeavour so to live that Christ would approve our life.
Page 392 - Peace, plenty, love, truth, terror, That were the servants to this chosen infant, Shall then be his , and like a vine grow to him : Wherever the bright sun of heaven shall shine, His honour and the greatness of his name Shall be, and make new nations: J1 he shall flourish, And, like a mountain cedar, reach his branches To all the plains about him.
Page 410 - Where the thin harvest waves its wither'd ears; Rank weeds, that every art and care defy, Reign o'er the land and rob the blighted rye : There thistles stretch their prickly arms afar, And to the ragged infant threaten war...
Page 391 - Nor shall this peace sleep with her; but as when The bird of wonder dies, the maiden phoenix, Her ashes new-create another heir As great in admiration as herself, So shall she leave her blessedness to one...
Page 511 - The tradition of followers suffices to insert any number of marvels, and may have inserted all the miracles which he is reputed to have wrought. l.ut who among his disciples or among their proselytes was capable of inventing the sayings ascribed to Jesus, or of imagining the life and character revealed in the Gospels ? Certainly not the fishermen of Galilee ; as certainly not St.
Page 369 - tis a bad omen. Do not weep, my dear Lady; your tears are too precious to shed for me; bottle them up, and may the cork never be drawn ! Dearest, kindest, gentlest, and best of women! may health, peace, and happiness, prove your handmaids ! If I die, cherish the remembrance of me, and forget the follies which you so often condemned, which my heart, not my head, betrayed me into.
Page 522 - He did not think all mischief fair, Although he had a knack of joking ; He did not make himself a bear, Although he had a taste for smoking. And when religious sects ran mad He held, in spite of all his learning, That if a man's belief is bad It will not be improved by burning.
Page 525 - And a terrible heart-thrill, If you have no power of giving: An arm of aid to the weak, A friendly hand to the friendless, Kind words, so short to speak, But whose echo is endless: The world is wide, these things are small, They may be nothing, but they are All.