Sylvia's Home Journal: For Home Reading and Home Use, of Tales, Stories, Fashion, and Needlework

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Ward, Lock and Company, 1879 - Women
 

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I have found the pages I read of this book quite interesting. It gives quite an insightful picture of the life and times of Sylvia. I was intrigued by the kinds of questions subscribers asked, and the answers they received. People were quite knowledgeable and in step with their times. I would like to see more pictures though, of the way they dressed. i would also like to get a copy for myself so that my grandchildren can read it and see how people lived long ago. For one thing the women were quite domesticated, and very proper. I wish that we could emulate some of their decorum in this age it would be a refreshing change to the kind of "anything goes" mentality that most people seem to have developed. i would need to read the whole book to give it a 5 star rating. 

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Page 245 - Banner — it is trailing, While around it sounds the wailing Of its people in their woe. For, though conquered, they adore it, — Love the cold, dead hands that bore it, Weep for those who fell before it, Pardon those who trailed and tore it; And, oh ! wildly they deplore it, Now who furl and fold it so ! Furl that Banner!
Page 251 - True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learned to dance. Tis not enough no harshness gives offence, The sound must seem an echo to the sense. Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows ; But when loud surges lash the sounding shore, The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar.
Page 134 - Yes, and that is why so few people are willing to think," said Mr. Ellis. " They call themselves Conservatives. Conservatism is the creed that teaches that it is better to bear the ills we have than fly to benefactions that we know not of.
Page 135 - Over the mountains And over the waves, Under the fountains And under the graves ; Under floods that are deepest, Which Neptune obey ; Over rocks that are steepest Love will find out the way.
Page 280 - Blest as the immortal gods is he, The youth who fondly sits by thee, And hears and sees thee all the while Softly speak and sweetly smile.
Page 217 - Yet, ere we part, one lesson I can leave you For every day. Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever ; Do noble things, not dream them, all day long : And so make life, death, and that vast for-ever One grand, sweet song.
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Page 288 - Howe'er it be, it seems to me, 'Tis only noble to be good. Kind hearts are more than coronets, And simple faith than Norman blood.
Page 135 - Through the air to stray, Love will lend wings to follow, And will find out the way. There is no striving To cross his intent, There is no contriving His plots to prevent; But if once the message greet him, That his true love doth stay, If death should come and meet him, Love will find out the way.

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