Leisure Moments Improved: A Collection of History, Biography, Travels, and Adventure, for Youth...

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D. Appleton, 1856 - Children's literature - 215 pages
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Page 84 - Twill murmur on a thousand years, And flow as now it flows. "And here, on this delightful day, I cannot choose but think How oft, a vigorous man, I lay Beside this fountain's brink. "My eyes are dim with childish tears, My heart is idly stirred, For the same sound is in my ears Which in those days I heard.
Page 138 - Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the Milky Way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
Page 138 - The waves beside them danced, but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay In such a jocund company!
Page 40 - Broadmead meeting-house. If you looked on that part of his face not concealed by his hat, which nearly rested on his eyebrows, nor enveloped in his neckerchief, you might see a countenance of a profoundly meditative cast On he would go, looking neither to the right hand nor to the left, as he ascended the gallery-stairs, and stole quietly to a secluded pew, at the left hand of the preacher, which he loved, because there he was, to a great degree, sheltered from observation. " During the few years...
Page 59 - Ida ^,11 this time? The children hardly thought of her, so wholly was their attention occupied by the wonderful tree, with all its wonderful fruits, and by the / lovely Christkindchen herself, who, in soft, flowing white muslin, which fell in folds to her feet, and was confined at the waist by a silver girdle, stood in front of her tree. She had silvery, shining wings on her shoulderc, and a little silver crown on her head.
Page 56 - At one of these a man was going out to the barn with a lantern in one hand and a basket in the other. " Did you see three men go by in a sleigh ? " " How could I, when I just got out of bed ! " " Well, how far is it to New Haven?
Page 79 - Passing through one of the beautiful villages which lie scattered among the mountains of Switzerland, an Arab was one day seen to wander, followed closely by a goat. The animal was one of the Dwarf African breed, having close short hair, little beard, and with a small pendulous, tassel-like excrescence of skin hanging from each side of the throat. The goat was so different in appearance from those ordinarily seen in that part of the world, and the...
Page 157 - I am very glad that mamma shut me up in niy own little room, where I have my desk, and pen and ink. I should be quite afraid all by myself so long, if I could not write, and had to sit still doing nothing ! # # # # # # It is getting very dark, and I can scarcely see my pen ; but I must do something, for I dare not look into that corner of the room, where the lights are. Something keeps waving across them, and nodding its head at me.
Page 148 - I bought him at a very high price, thinking to make money by him, as he is a capital sporting dog ; but one unlucky night, in defending my shop against some thieves, he got an unfortunate and desperate blow on the leg, which I am told will never be cured ; so I am going to have him drowned, as I can't keep idle servants.
Page 149 - In sad thoughts and bitter sighs passed the first hours of the night, till Heaven, taking pity on his sufferings, sent a sweet slumber to the weary eyelids, and pleasant dreams soothed the perturbed spirit. By early morning, however, he was again awake to his troubles : he sprang from his couch — the torments of utter helplessness and hopelessness wrung...

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