Thirty-seventh (Forty-eighth-Fiftieth, Fifty-second, Fifty-fifth) annual report, Volume 48

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Page 64 - I AM old and blind! Men point at me as smitten by God's frown; Afflicted and deserted of my kind, Yet I am not cast down. I am weak, yet strong; I murmur not that I no longer see; Poor, old, and helpless, I the more belong, Father Supreme! to thee.
Page 65 - Is leaning toward me; and its holy light Shines in upon my lonely dwelling-place, — And there is no more night, On my bended knee I recognize thy purpose clearly shown : My vision thou hast dimmed, that I may see Thyself — thyself alone...
Page 65 - When heaven is opening on my sightless eyes; When airs from Paradise refresh my brow. The earth in darkness lies. In a purer clime My being fills with rapture — waves of thought Roll in upon my spirit — strains sublime Break over me unsought Give me now my lyre; I feel the stirrings of a gift divine: Within my bosom glows unearthly fire, Lit by no skill of mine.
Page 70 - ... language but his own, and hardly competent to write English correctly, to do a simple sum, or stumble through an easy proposition of Euclid, a total stranger to the laws which govern the physical world, and to its structure, with an eye and hand unpractised in drawing, and without knowing a note of music, with an uncultivated mind and no taste for reading or observation, his intellectual education must certainly be accounted a failure, though there may be no fault to find with his principles,...
Page 65 - I have nought to fear ; This darkness is the shadow of Thy wing, Beneath it I am almost sacred — here Can come no evil thing. " Oh ! I seem to stand Trembling where foot of mortal ne'er hath been, Wrapped in the radiance of Thy sinless land, Which eye hath never seen. " Visions come and go ; Shapes of resplendent beauty round me throng; From angels' lips I seem to hear the flow Of soft and holy song.
Page 1 - The controllers of the public schools of the first school district of Pennsylvania...
Page 313 - The stated meetings of the Board shall be held on the second Tuesday of each month, at 3 o'clock, PM Special Meetings.
Page 65 - When heaven is opening on my sightless eyes, When airs from paradise refresh my brow, — That earth in darkness lies. In a purer clime, My being fills with rapture ! waves of thought Roll in upon my spirit ! strains sublime Break over me unsought. Give me now my lyre ! I feel the stirrings of a gift divine ; Within my bosom glows unearthly fire, Lit by no skill of mine.
Page 69 - If a youth, after four or five years spent at school, quits it at nineteen, unable to construe an easy bit of Latin or Greek without the help of a dictionary, or to write Latin grammatically, almost ignorant of geography and of the history of his own country, unacquainted with any modern language but his own, and hardly competent to write English correctly, to do a simple sum, or stumble through an easy proposition of Euclid, a total stranger to the laws which govern the physical world, and to its...
Page 63 - ... no sort of resemblance to the Greeks of the days of Homer, or the Italians of the age of Dante; but are very much such people, we suppose, as the modern traders of Manchester, Liverpool, or Glasgow. They have all a little Latin whipped into them in their youth; and read Shakespeare, Pope and Milton, as well as bad English novels, in their days of courtship and leisure.

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