Oakum Pickings: A Collection of Stories, Sketches, and Paragraphs Contributed from Time to Time to the Telegraphic and General Press

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W. J. Johnston, 1876 - American wit and humor - 188 pages
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Page 158 - To them his heart, his love, his griefs were given, But all his serious thoughts had rest in Heaven. As some tall cliff, that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale and midway leaves the storm, Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
Page 158 - I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry, — be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shall not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go : farewell. Or, if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool : for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go ; and quickly too.
Page 92 - KATHRINA. A TRIBUTE. MORE human, more divine than we — In truth, half human, half divine— Is woman, when good stars agree To temper with their beams benign The hour of her nativity. The fairest flower the green earth bears, Bright with the dew and light of heaven, Is, of the double life she wears, The type, in grace and glory given By soil and sun in equal shares. True sister of the Son of Man: True sister of the Son of God: What marvel...
Page 50 - Senates at once admire him and despise, With modest laughter lining loud applause, Which makes the smile more mortal to his fame?
Page 58 - It was the shape of a turkey and the size of a goose, he turned it over on its back and rubbed its belly with a stick, and och, St. Patrick ! how it did squale.
Page 7 - Birdsong, they invariably quarrelled about something or other, and became, in the course of time, as cordial enemies as she and Jones were friends. Birdsong lost no opportunity to wound her feelings, and she often told him that if she ever laid eyes on him she would tell him to his face what she thought of him in such terse...
Page 9 - ... light overcoat and glossy beaver. She sat the latter on the table while she assisted him on with his coat, her hands leaning lovingly on his shoulders, and, then, while he was settling himself into his coat she went and took up the hat and stood looking into it, waiting to pass it to him. Her...
Page 9 - ... matter over. The more he thought about it, the more he was puzzled. He pictured her standing there, pretty and patient, holding his hat, and suddenly he said to himself : "I wonder if there is anything about that hat which disturbed the girl?
Page 128 - This lady was asking me if I read French. It is a serious question, and I was reflecting whether I do." The lady seemed to be a little surprised, and explained to me that she had simply asked if my friend knew the French language, as she wished to recommend to him the story she herself had been reading during the afternoon. " It is a story about brigands in Greece...

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