Beauties and Achievements of the Blind

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Published for the authors, 1865 - Blind - 387 pages
 

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Page 40 - thy beams, 0 Sun I thy everlasting light? Thou comest forth in thy awful beauty ; the stars hide themselves in the sky; the moon, cold and pale, sinks in the western wave ; but thou thyself movest alone. Who can be a companion of thy course
Page 41 - of the morning. Exult then, 0 Sun, in the strength of thy youth I Age is dark and unlovely; it is like the glimmering light of the moon, when it shines through broken clouds, and the mist is on the hills : the blast of the north is on the plain, the traveler shrinks in the midst of his
Page 51 - When airs from paradise refresh my brow The earth in darkness lies. In a purer clime My being fills with rapture—waves of thought Roll in upon my spirit—strains sublime Break over me unsought. Give me now my lyre 1 I feel the stirrings of a gift divine: Within my bosom glows unearthly
Page 50 - towards me; and its holy light Shines in upon my lonely dwelling place— And there is no more night. On my bended knee I recognize thy purpose clearly shown: My vision thou hast dimm'd, that I may see Thyself—Thyself alone. I have nought to fear ; This darkness is the shadow of thy wing; Beneath it I am almost
Page 25 - For such I reign, unbounded and above; And such are men and gods compared to Jove." Th" Almighty spoke, nor durst the powers reply, A reverend horror silenced all the sky : Trembling they stood before their sovereign's look ; At length his best beloved, the power of wisdom spoke:
Page 40 - the moon herself is lost in heaven : but thou art forever the same, rejoicing in the brightness of thy course. When the world is dark with tempests, when thunder rolls and lightning flies,
Page 22 - poem in its fullest splendor: it grows in the progress, both on himself and others, and becomes on fire, like a chariot wheel, by its own rapidity. Exact disposition, just thought, correct elocution, polished numbers, may have been found in a thousand ; but this poetic fire, this ' vivida vis animi,' in a very few.
Page 40 - lookest in thy beauty from the clouds, and laughest at the storm. But to Ossian thou lookest in vain, for he beholds thy beams no more: whether thy yellow hair
Page 42 - been strung in Selma; come, Ossian, come away, he says, come, fly with thy fathers on clouds. I come, I come, thou king of men ! The life of Ossian fails. I begin to vanish on Cona. My steps are not seen in Selma. Beside the stone of Mora I shall fall asleep. The winds whistling in my gray hair
Page 27 - lay, responsive to the strings. In entertaining Ulysses, the royal guest of Alcinoiis, the blind bard is deemed indispensable : The herald now arrives, and guides along The sacred master of celestial song : Dear to the muse! who gave his days to flow With mighty blessings, mixed with mighty

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