Harbours of Memory

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Doubleday, Page, 1921 - CHR 1921 - 320 pages
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Page 274 - HAIL to thee, blithe spirit ! Bird thou never wert, That from heaven, or near it, Pourest thy full heart In profuse strains of unpremeditated art. Higher still and higher From the earth thou springest Like a cloud of fire; The blue deep thou wingest, And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.
Page 289 - He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives: to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain: to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation — and to the subtle but invincible, conviction of solidarity that knits together the loneliness of innumerable hearts...
Page 289 - And it is only through complete unswerving devotion to the perfect blending of form and substance; it is only through an unremitting, never-discharged care for the shape and ring of sentences that an approach can be made to plasticity, to colour; and the light of magic suggestiveness may be brought to play for an evanescent instant over the commonplace surface of words; of the old, old words, worn thin; defaced by ages of careless...
Page 290 - To arrest, for the space of a breath, the hands busy about the work of the earth, and compel men entranced by the sight of distant goals to glance for a moment at the surrounding vision of form and color, of sunshine and shadows; to make them pause for a look, for a sigh, for a smile— such is the aim, difficult and evanescent, and reserved only for a very few to achieve.
Page 289 - And it is only through complete, unswerving devotion to the perfect blending of form and substance; it is only through an unremitting never-discouraged care for the shape and ring of sentences that an approach can be made to plasticity, to colour, and...
Page 248 - ... Violets, solid patches of vivid blue in round baskets, eglantine in dainty boxes, provide a foil to the majestic blazonry of the roses and the dewspangled forest of maiden-hair fern near by. "And what are those things at all?" demands my companion, diverted for a moment from the flowers. She nods towards a mass of dull-green affairs piled on mats or being lifted from big vans. She is a Cockney and displays surprise when she is told those things are bananas. She shrugs and turns again to the musk-roses,...
Page 65 - Now then," breathes Mr. Ferguson, "here we go gathering nuts and may, nuts and may, nuts and Gee! Now, I ask you," he says, after a pause between the explosion and the sudden rise of a tall plume of yellow smoke over the Turkish fort, "Now, I ask you, as one man to another, what is the use of all this?
Page 110 - ... sincerely, CAROL WIGHT. ON A BALCONY BY WILLIAM McFEE THERE are some men whom a staggering emotional shock,- so far from making them mental invalids for life, seems, on the other hand, to awaken, to galvanize, to arouse into an almost incredible activity of soul. They are somewhat in the same case as the elderly expressman who emerged from a subway smash untouched, save that he began to write free verse. Those who do not read free verse may consider the comparison too flippant. But the point...
Page 51 - And then a door opened on the other side of the room, and a majestic butler appeared, followed by His Grace himself in a smoking-jacket of peacockblue silk with old-gold frogs and piping.
Page 242 - What ecstasies of pleasure in the boarding of a tug which glided away down river to Rotherhithe where, at the bottom of an enormous dry dock, I saw my father, and wondered how in the world he had got there, and how he was going to get out, and what would happen to him, and to me, if the water came in suddenly and washed him away, like a black beetle in a bath...

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