Sketches and Reminiscences of the Radical Club of Chestnut Street, Boston

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Mary Elizabeth Fiske Sargent
J. R. Osgood, 1880 - Essays - 418 pages
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Page 297 - We grant no dukedoms to the few, We hold like rights and shall; — Equal on Sunday in the pew, On Monday in the mall. For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail...
Page 253 - Universal History, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here.
Page 371 - s sight, but are young vipers, and are infinitely more hateful than vipers, and are in a most miserable condition, as well as grown persons; and they are naturally very senseless and stupid, being born as the wild ass's colt, and need much to awaken them.
Page 401 - The hovering angels' high imagined chorus, Or catch, betimes, with wakeful eyes and clear One radiant vista of the realm before us, — With one rapt moment given to see and hear, Ah, who would fear? Were we quite sure To find the peerless friend who left us lonely, Or there, by some celestial stream as pure, To gaze in eyes that here were lovelit only, — This weary mortal coil, were we quite sure, Who would endure?
Page 367 - ... helped, on the other. It is as hard to leave this subject without attempting to help in clearing it up as it is to pass a cairn without the desire of throwing a stone upon it. This impulse must excuse the following brief excursion. In spite of the strongest-motive necessitarian doctrine, we do certainly have a feeling, amounting to a working belief, that we are free to choose before we have made our choice. We have a sense of difficulty overcome by effort in many acts of choice. We have a feeling...
Page 370 - ... and other such hard names. But what must have been the feeling of Northampton mothers when they read what Edwards said about their darlings! It seems that there had been complaints against some preachers for frightening poor innocent children, as he says, with talk of hell-fire and eternal damnation. But if those who complain really believe what they profess to, they show, he thinks, a great deal of weakness and inconsideration. Then follow the words which the writer once quoted on a public occasion,...
Page 176 - CHURCH? 15 household, which Christ was the head of: but He was not the head of a mixed multitude, or of an old house made up of lime, stones, and wood.
Page 405 - ROYALTY. THAT regal soul I reverence, in whose eyes Suffices not all worth the city knows To pay that debt which his own heart he owes; For less than level to his bosom rise The low crowd's heaven and stars : above their skies Runneth the road his daily feet have pressed ; A loftier heaven he beareth in his breast, And o'er the summits of achieving hies With never a thought of merit or of meed ; Choosing divinest labors through a pride Of soul, that holdeth appetite to feed...
Page 120 - For this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I might bear witness unto the truth.
Page 295 - ... face, a king I met. No king so gentle and so wise. He calls no man his subject ; but his eyes, In midst of benediction, questioning, Each soul compel. A first-fruits offering Each soul must owe to him whose fair land lies Wherever God has his. No white dove flies Too white, no wine too red and rich, to bring. With sudden penitence for all her waste, My soul to yield her scanty hoards made haste, When lo ! they shrank and failed me in that need. Like wizard's gold, by worthless dust replaced....

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