Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life

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Houghton Mifflin company, 1914 - Biography & Autobiography - 435 pages
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Page 177 - And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them : remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.
Page 280 - Are there not, Festus, are there not. dear Michal, Two points in the adventure of the diver, One — when, a beggar, he prepares to plunge, One — when, a prince, he rises with his pearl ? Festus, I plunge ! Fest.
Page 126 - I never loved but one male friend with passion — and for him my love had no bounds — all that my natural fastidiousness and cautious reserve kept from others I poured on him; to say that I would have died for him was nothing. I lived for him . . ." (MT Higginson, 126). Higginson's second wife said of this intense friendship, "Their letters were more like those between man and woman than between two men
Page 401 - When the day that he must go hence was come, many accompanied him to the river-side, into which as he went he said, Death, where is thy sting? And as he went down deeper he said, Grave, where is thy victory ? So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.
Page 303 - Tis the middle of night by the castle clock, And the owls have awakened the crowing cock ; Tu— whit ! Tu— whoo ! And hark, again ! the crowing cock, How drowsily it crew.
Page 245 - ... been well cultivated so as to be equal to any business, but it would have been always flung in dere faces — "Your fader never fought for he own freedom
Page 391 - Preacher of a liberal creed, Pioneer in Freedom's cause; Ever prompt to take the lead In behalf of saner laws, Still your speech persuasive flows As the brooks of Helicon. You have earned a fair repose, Thomas Wentworth Higginson!
Page 245 - If we had n't become sojers, all might have gone back as it was before; our freedom might have slipped through de two houses of Congress and President Linkum's four years might have passed by and notin' been done for we. But now tings can neber go back, because we have showed our energy and our courage and our naturally manhood.
Page 313 - To Amherst to the funeral of that rare and strange creature Emily Dickinson. . . . ED's face a wondrous restoration of youth — she is 54 and looked 30, not a gray hair or wrinkle, and perfect peace on the beautiful brow.
Page 195 - I have had thirteen children, and only four are left; but if I am to see the ruin of my house, I cannot but hope that Providence may bring out of it some benefit to the poor slaves.