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Page 10 - And if ever the Prairie Belle took fire, A thousand times he swore He'd hold her nozzle agin the bank Till the last soul got ashore. All boats has their day on the Mississip, And her day come at last. The Movastar was a better boat, But the Belle she wouldn't be passed, And so she come tearin...
Page 72 - Each day to the King the reports came in Of his unsuccessful spies, And the sad panorama of human woes Passed daily under his eyes. And he grew ashamed of his useless life, And his maladies hatched in gloom ; He opened his windows and let the air Of the free heaven into his room. And out he went in the world, and toiled In his own appointed way ; And the people blessed him, the land was glad, And the King was well and gay.
Page 71 - O yes, fair sirs," the rascal laughed, And his voice rang free and glad ; "An idle man has so much to do That he never has time to be sad." " This, is our man," the courier said, " Our luck has led us aright. I will give you a hundred ducats, friend, For the loan of your shirt to-night.
Page 74 - I loved, — and, blind with passionate love, I fell. Love brought me down to death, and death to Hell ; For God is just, and death for sin is well. " I do not rage against his high decree, Nor for myself do ask that grace shall be ; But for my love on earth who mourns for me. " Great Spirit ! Let me see my love again And comfort him one hour, and I were fain To pay a thousand years of fire and pain.
Page 282 - GEORGE MEREDITH: Some Characteristics. With a Bibliography (much enlarged) by JOHN LANE, portrait, etc. Fourth Edition. Cr. 8vo. Purple cloth. 5s. 6d. net. THE RELIGION OF A LITERARY MAN.
Page 75 - The brazen gates ground sullenly ajar, And upward, joyous, like a rising star, She rose and vanished in the ether far. But soon adown the dying sunset sailing, And like a wounded bird her pinions trailing, She fluttered back, with broken-hearted wailing. She...
Page 69 - ... the royal tongue, As the king on his couch reclined ; In succession they thumped his august chest, But no trace of disease could find. The old sage said, "You're as sound as a nut.
Page 11 - There was runnin' and cursin', but Jim yelled out Over all the infernal roar, " I'll hold her nozzle agin the bank Till the last galoot's ashore !" Through the hot black breath of the burnin' boat Jim Bludso's voice was heard, And they all had trust in his cussedness And knowed he would keep his word. And, sure's you're born, they all got off Afore the smokestacks fell, And...
Page 75 - Nay, sad soul, go higher! To be deceived in your true heart's desire Was bitterer than a thousand years of fire!
Page 10 - And another one here in Pike ; A keerless man in his talk was Jim, And an awkward hand in a row, But he never flunked, and he never lied : I reckon he never knowed how.

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