The Reader: Containing I. The Art of Delivery ... a Selection of Lessons in the Various Kinds of Prose : II. Poetick Numbers ... a Selection of Lessons in the Various Kinds of Verse : Being the Third Part of a Columbian Exercise, the Whole Comprising an Easy and Systematical Method of Teaching and of Learning the English Language (Google eBook)

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Thomas & Andrews, 1814 - Readers - 228 pages
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Page 184 - I'm weary of conjectures this must end them. [Laying his Hand on his Sword. Thus am I doubly arm'd : my death and life, My bane and antidote are both before me. This in a moment brings me to an end ; But this informs me I shall never die. The soul, secur'd in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shall flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the war of elements, The wreck...
Page 192 - The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled Heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Th' unwearied sun from day to day Does his Creator's power display, And publishes to every land The work of an almighty hand. Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale ; And nightly, to the...
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Page 174 - THE EPITAPH Here rests his head upon the lap of earth A youth to fortune and to fame unknown: Fair science frowned not on his humble birth, And melancholy marked him for her own. Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere, . Heaven did a recompense as largely send: He gave to misery all he had, a tear: He gained from heaven ('twas all he wished) a friend.
Page 61 - As I darkened the little light he had, he lifted up a hopeless eye towards the door, then cast it down shook his head, and went on with his work of affliction. I heard his chains upon his legs, as he turned his body to lay his little stick upon the bundle. He gave a deep sigh I saw the iron enter into his soul I burst into tears I could not sustain the picture of confinement which my fancy had drawn...
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Page 61 - I beheld his body half wasted away with long expectation and confinement, and felt what kind of sickness of the heart it was which arises from hope deferred. Upon looking nearer, I saw him pale and feverish ; in thirty years the western breeze had not once fanned his blood ; he had seen no sun, no moon, in all that time ; nor had the voice of friend or kinsman breathed through his lattice ! His children ! But here my heart began to bleed ; and I was forced to go on with another part...

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