The Hoosier's nest: and other poems

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Moore, Wilstach & Baldwin, 1866 - Poetry - 105 pages
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Page 29 - Faith is the rainbow's form Hung on the brow of heaven, The glory of the passing storm, The pledge of mercy given ; It is the bright, triumphal arch, Through which the saints to glory march.
Page 16 - Her rough but undisputed sway, Her offspring to the ladder led, And cuffed the youngsters up to bed. Invited shortly to partake, Of venison, milk and Johnny-cake, The stranger made a hearty meal, And glances round the room would steal.
Page 14 - ... settles here to till the soil, And with intentions just and good, Acquires an ample livelihood : He is (and not the little-great) The bone and sinew of the State. With six-horse team to one-horse cart, We hail them here from every part. And some you'll see sans shoes or socks on, With snake-pole and a yoke of oxen : Others with pack-horse, dog and rifle, Make emigration quite a trifle. The emigrant is soon located — In Hoosier life initiated — Erects a cabin in the woods, Wherein he stows...
Page 14 - ... yoke of oxen : Others with pack-horse, dog and rifle, Make emigration quite a trifle. The emigrant is soon located — In Hoosier life initiated — Erects a cabin in the woods, Wherein he stows his household goods. At first, round logs and clapboard roof, With puncheon floor, quite carpet-proof, And paper windows, oiled and neat. His edifice is then complete, When four clay balls, in form of plummet, Adorn his wooden chimney's summit; Ensconced in this, let those who can Find out a truly happier...
Page 16 - ... tincups and spoons. White heads, bare feet and dirty faces, Seemed much inclined to keep their places, But Madam, anxious to display Her rough and undisputed sway, Her offspring to the ladder led And cuffed the youngsters up to bed. Invited shortly to partake Of venison, milk and johnny-cake The stranger made a hearty meal And glances round the room would steal; One side was lined with skins of "varments...
Page 16 - The other, spread with skins of varmints; Dried pumpkins overhead were strung, Where venison hams in plenty hung; Two rifles placed above the door, Three dogs lay stretched upon the floor. In short, the domicil was rife With specimens of Hoosier life. The host, who center'd his affections On game, and range and quarter sections, Discoursed his weary guest for hours Till somnus' all-composing powers, Of sublunary cares bereft 'em And then I come away, and left 'em.
Page 31 - Nora, she had left the house, the neighbourhood; fled, and not a trace! Of all the agonies, in life, that which is most poignant and harrowing, that which for the time most annihilates reason, and leaves our whole organization one lacerated, mangled heart, is the conviction that we have been deceived where we placed all the trust of love.
Page 15 - Hoosher" met him at the door, Their salutations soon were o'er: He took the stranger's horse aside And to a sturdy sapling tied; Then, having stripped the saddle off, He fed him In a sugar trough, The stranger stooped to enter in, The entrance closing with a pin, And manifested strong desire To seat...
Page 15 - Hoosier met him at the door — Their salutations soon were o'er. He took the stranger's horse aside, And to a sturdy sapling tied ; Then, having stripped the saddle off, He fed him in a sugar-trough.
Page 56 - Pots, dishes, pans, an' such grasy commodities, Ashes and praty-skins kiver the floor; His cupboard's a storehouse of comical oddities, Things that had niver been neighbors before. Say the old bachelor, gloomy an' sad enough, Placin' his tay-kettle over the fire: Soon it tips over — Saint Patrick!

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