Eminent Israelites of the Nineteenth Century: A Series of Biographical Sketches

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E. Stern & Company, 1880 - Jews - 371 pages
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Page 13 - Court Journal. HOME SCENES. — " Grace Agnilar knew the female heart better than any writer of our day, and in every fiction from her pen we trace the same masterly analysis and development of the motives and feelings of woman's nature.
Page 190 - The golden harvest-tide is here, the corn Bows its proud tops beneath the reaper's hand. Ripe orchards' plenteous yields enrich the land; Bring the first fruits and offer them this morn, With the stored sweetness of all summer hours, The amber honey sucked from myriad flowers, And sacrifice your best first fruits to-day, With fainting hearts and hands forespent with toil, Offer the mellow harvest's splendid spoil, To Him who gives and Him who takes away. Bring timbrels, bring the harp of sweet accord,...
Page 364 - Israel reached its highest degree. If the duration of afflictions, and the patience with which they are borne, confer nobility upon man, the Jews may vie with the aristocracy of any country. If a literature which owns a few classical tragedies is deemed rich, what place should be assigned to a tragedy which extends over fifteen centuries, and which has been composed and enacted by the heroes themselves?
Page 191 - For he was one Who at his seed-plot toiled through rain and sun. Morn found him not as one who slumbereth, Noon saw him faithful, and the restful night Stole o'er him at his labors to requite The just man's service with the just man's death. What shall be said when such as he do pass? Go to the hill-side, neath the cypress-trees, Fall midst that peopled silence on your knees, And weep that man must wither as the grass. But mourn him not, whose blameless life complete Rounded its perfect orb, whose...
Page 60 - Then for nigh twenty years it was my privilege to dwell in the very midst of that Pantheon called the British Museum, the treasures whereof, be they Egyptian, Homeric, palimpscst or Babylonian cuneiforms, the mutilated glories of the Parthenon, or the Etruscan mysterious grotesqueness, were all at my beck and call, all days, all hours...
Page 258 - ... across ? There are scarcely any boats to be had — and Ararat is twelve miles away. No, no, it is better to hold our ceremony in Buffalo. It is, after all, only a symbolism. The corner-stone is already being inscribed in Hebrew and English. ' Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God. Ararat, a City of Refuge for the Jews, founded by Mordecai M. Noah in the month Tishri, corresponding with September, 1825, in the fiftieth year of American Independence.
Page 156 - Southern subscribers and he was well aware of the results of his editorial policy when he wrote, ". . . we want subscribers for without them we cannot publish a paper and Judaism needs an organ . . . but we want much more truth and loyalty...
Page 310 - ... capital multiplied with great rapidity. He was appointed, by the interest of the landgrave, agent for the payment of the 12,000,000 sterling, which, by the treaty of Toeplitz, Great Britain stipulated to pay to her German allies. A large profit accrued to the house by this transaction. Previous to R.'s death (which occurred in September 1812), he saw his five...
Page 66 - Essay on the Literary Character," Vol. II. chap. xxv. He was himself a complete literary character, a man who really passed his life in his library. Even marriage produced no change in these habits ; he rose to enter the chamber where he lived alone with his books, and at night his lamp was ever lit within the same walls.
Page 286 - R. was neither exemplary nor amiable. Of the details of her private life, it is as well that nothing should be said. In her professional relations, she was notoriously grasping and avaricious. Her immense popularity enabled her, during much of her career...

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