Defenders of Democracy: Contributions from Representative Men and Women of Letters and Other Arts from Our Allies and Our Own Country

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J. Lane, 1917 - Gift books - 324 pages

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Page iv - To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes, everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.
Page 203 - And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
Page 69 - I cleared me ground for a palace such as a King should build. I decreed and dug down to my levels. Presently, under the silt, I came on the wreck of a palace such as a King had built. There was no worth in the fashion — there was no wit in the plan — Hither and thither, aimless, the ruined footings ran — Masonry, brute, mishandled, but carven on every stone: 'After me cometh a Builder. Tell him, I too have known.
Page 286 - HOU art not lovelier than lilacs, — no, Nor honeysuckle, — thou art not more fair Than small white single poppies, — I can bear Thy beauty ; though I bend before thee, though From left to right, not knowing where to go, I turn my troubled eyes, nor here nor there Find any refuge from thee, yet I swear So has it been with mist, — with moonlight so.
Page 203 - We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement ; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us : for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves...
Page 192 - Reared within the Mountain, Young man, Chieftain, Hear a young man's prayer! Hear a prayer for cleanness. Keeper of the strong rain, Drumming on the mountain; Lord of the small rain, That restores the earth in newness; Keeper of the clean rain, Hear a prayer for wholeness. Young man, Chieftain, Hear a prayer for fleetness. Keeper of the deer's way, Reared among the eagles, Clear my feet of slothness. Keeper of the paths of men, Hear a prayer for straightness. Hear a prayer for courage. Lord of the...
Page 143 - JJLUE, pink and yellow houses, and, afar, The cemetery, where the green trees are. Sometimes you see a hungry dog pass by, And there are always buzzards in the sky. Sometimes you hear the big cathedral bell, A blindman rings it; and sometimes you hear A rumbling ox-cart that brings wood to sell. Else nothing ever breaks the ancient spell That holds the town asleep, save, once a year, The Easter festival. . . . I come from there, And when I tire of hoping, and despair Is heavy over me, my thoughts...
Page 301 - ... that sang, opening locked hearts, And is remembrance mine? For I know these two great shadows in the spacious night, Shadows folding America close between them, Close to the heart ... And I know how my own lost youth grew up blessedly in their spirit, And how the morning song of the mighty native bard Sent me out from my dreams to the living America, To the chanting seas, to the piney hills, down the railroad vistas, Out into the streets of Manhattan when the whistles blew at seven, Down to the...
Page 36 - Mona was on it. (Creeps out through the street door and disappears) (Dartrey looks after him) (The curtain falls and rises again in a few moments. Several days have elapsed.
Page 169 - I found, in brief, that all great nations learned their truth of word, and strength of thought, in war; that they were nourished in war, and wasted by peace; taught by war, and deceived by peace; trained by war, and betrayed by peace; — in a word, that they were born in war and expired in peace.

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