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Page 17 - spur that the clear spirit doth raise, (That last infirmity of noble mind) To scorn delights, and live laborious days ; But the fair guerdon when we hope to find, And think to burst out into sudden blaze, Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears, And slits the thin-spun life. —John
Page 17 - a dreadful thing, And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream : The Genius, and the mortal instruments, Are then in council ; and the state of man Like to a little kingdom, suffers then The nature of an insurrection. —William Shakespeare
Page 7 - The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion, all in one.—Ruskin
Page 35 - The First Snow Fall The snow had begun in the gloaming, And busily all the night Had been heaping field and highway With a silence deep and white. Every pine and fir and hemlock Wore ermine too dear for an earl And the poorest twig on the elm-tree Was ridged inch-deep with pearl.
Page 20 - It came upon the midnight clear, The glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold; "Peace on the earth, good-will to men," From heaven's all-gracious King, The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing. Still through the cloven
Page 7 - you tickle us do we not laugh? * * * and if you wrong us shall we not revenge? if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his
Page 31 - Let us have that faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. That this nation, under God, shall have
Page 30 - True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an "Honest Man.
Page 20 - For lo ! the days are hastening on By prophet-bards foretold, When with the ever-circling years Comes round the age of gold; When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendors fling, And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing.