Dedicatory Exercises and Other Papers

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Page 32 - For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are ; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.
Page 11 - I am lawfully seized in fee of the premises ; that they are free of all incumbrances ; that I have good right to sell and convey the same to the said David to hold as aforesaid.
Page 37 - Then, because Greeks are Greeks, and hearts are hearts, And poetry is power, — they all outbroke In a great joyous laughter with much love...
Page 36 - he always went into stately shops ;" and good travellers stop at the best hotels; for, though they cost more, they do not cost much more, and there is the good company and the best information. In like manner, the scholar knows that the famed books contain, first and last, the best thoughts and facts. Now and then, by rarest luck, in some foolish Grub Street is the gem we want. But in the best circles is the best information. If...
Page 40 - Better than men and women, friend, That are dust, though dear in our joy and pain, Are the books their cunning hands have penned, For they depart, but the books remain; Through these they speak to us what was best In the loving heart and the noble mind : All their royal souls possessed Belongs forever to all mankind ! When others fail him, the wise man looks To the sure companionship of books.
Page 48 - By the same Congress he was appointed on a committee (May 2 at Watertown) "to consider what measures are proper to be taken for liberating those persons who were taken prisoners by the troops of General Gage, on the 19th of April last." This date is significant. It calls to mind the battle of Concord and Lexington — the initiatory appeal to arms in the Revolutionary conflict. How many times Mr. Lewis was elected as a member of that body I am not able to say ; but he was evidently often at the Colonial...
Page 61 - Williamson's History of Maine" we learn that these things led the General Court, May 1, 1781, to appoint a committee of five able men " to inquire into the encroachments upon all the wild lands of the state ; to examine the rights and pretexts of claimants, and to prosecute obstinate intruders and trespassers ; and yet to liquidate fair adjustments with all such as were disposed to do right, upon principles of equity, good faith and duty.
Page 23 - They serve Him day and night" OH, blessed life of service and of love ! Heart wide as life, deep as life's deepest woe ; His servants serve Him day and night above. Thou servedst day and night, we thought, below. Hands full of blessings lavished far and wide, Hands tender to bind up hearts wounded sore ; Stooping quite down earth's lowest needs beside, — Master, like Thee!
Page 40 - Books, old friends that are always new, Of all good things that we know are best ; They never forsake us, as others do, And never disturb our inward rest. Here is truth in a world of lies, And all that in man is great and...
Page 16 - Yarmouth is hereby authorized to receive and accept donations, bequests and devises of real and personal property to an amount not exceeding fifty thousand dollars for the purposes of maintaining a free public library in said Yarmouth.

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