Clifford and John's Almanack

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Reilly & Lee Company, 1921 - Almanacs, American - 144 pages
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Page 19 - Whoe'er has traveled life's dull round, Where'er his stages may have been, May sigh to think he still has found The warmest welcome, at an inn.
Page 25 - ... making limited opportunities endurable; which she deemed to consist in the cunning enlargement, by a species of microscopic treatment, of those minute forms of satisfaction that offer themselves to everybody not in positive pain; which, thus handled, have much of the same inspiriting effect upon life as wider interests cursorily embraced.
Page 53 - ... naturalist, died 1793. The honeysuckle has full leaves and buds. Fox grass is waving in the fields. Stake the tomatoes. Cornelius Tromp, Dutch admiral, died 1691; Queen Anne of England died 1724; Maria Edgeworth died 1849. Tanagers friendly. Grub the weed before it seeds. Emperor Constantine the Great died 337; Henry VI of England murdered in the Tower of London 1471. The May-apple has its flowers. The ephemeral midge, a second's existence in finite life, a fragile thing that a breath might crush,...
Page 61 - Harry Vane beheaded 1662; General Kleber assassinated 1800. Cut the Swiss chard and come again. Red raspberries. Begin pruning trees. Wat Tyler slain in Smithfield, 1381; Freteau de St. Just guillotined 1794. Cool. I sit as a patient cat at the rat hole of my character for twentythree hours. At the twenty-fourth a rat escapes. That escape and not my watchfulness is the measure of my character. Edward I of England born 1239; Jean Baptiste Cresset died 1777. The wood thrush and the whippoorwill ; the...
Page 33 - ... this care, all other cares before. My grounds I visit then, and servants call, And their just tasks I do impose on all. I study next, rouse my poetic vein, My body then anoint, and gently strain "With some meet exercise ; exult in mind At every turn, myself both free to find From crimes and debts : last, I bathe, sup, laugh, drink Jest, sing, rest, and on all that passes, tbmk.
Page 33 - ... at peace in mind, and free from interest-bearing debts. Then I dine, drink, sing, play, bathe, sup, and go to bed ; while my little lamp consumes its modicum of oil, and furnishes these trifles elaborated by the aid of the muses at night. When to my farm retired, how I do live If any ask, this short account I give : The gods at the first light I do adore ; And place this care, all other cares before. My grounds I visit then, and servants call, And their just tasks I do impose on all. I study...
Page 33 - My grounds I visit then, and servants call, And their just tasks I do impose on all. I study next, rouse my poetic vein, My body then anoint, and gently strain With some meet exercise ; exult in mind At every turn, myself both free to find From crimes and debts : last, I bathe, sup, laugh, drink Jent, sing, rest, and on all that passes, think. A little lamp the while sends forth a ray, Which to my nightly studies makes a day.
Page 51 - Mareschal de Marillac beheaded at Paris 1632; Louis XV oi •*•" France died 1774. The blackbird follows the plow. House wrens, catbirds, brown thrashers. Thorns in blossom. Golden bantam corn planted; nasturtiums planted. Columbine and honeysuckle. 1 1 David I, King of Scots, died 1153; Jacques de Molay, Grand •*• •*• Master of the Templars, burnt at Paris 1310; Madame Recamier died 1849. Baltimore orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks. Life seeks regularity. It tries to substitute convention...
Page 9 - A Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm born 1785. Northeast wind and three logs for the fire. Happiness is content in a comfortable and kindly mediocrity. C Edward the Confessor died 1066; Catherine de Medici died J 1589. More snow. Life is a code of manners by which we present ourselves as what we want to be and deny ourselves as what we know we are. . Jeanne d'Arc born 1402; Benjamin Franklin born 1706. Nuthatches at the feeding box. Walks to make and the pump to dig out.
Page 107 - Marie Antoinette born 1755; Sir Samuel Romilly died 1818. In order to live optimistically, which is happily, we must attribute to others emotions which they do not feel and ascribe to them acts which they do not do. •2 Constantius, Roman emperor, died 361 ; Thomas de Montacute, •^ Earl of Salisbury, killed in France 1428. Pickling and curing.

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