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Page 355 - Seventeen hundred eighty, that there fell Over the bloom and sweet life of the Spring, Over the fresh earth and the heaven of noon, A horror of great darkness, like the night In day of which the Norland sagas tell, — The Twilight of the Gods. The low-hung sky Was black with ominous clouds, save...
Page 355 - Some said; and then, as if with one accord, All eyes were turned to Abraham Davenport. He rose, slow cleaving with his steady voice The intolerable hush. ' This well may be The Day of Judgment which the world awaits; But be it so or not, I only know My present duty, and my Lord's command To occupy till He come. So at the post...
Page 355 - ... regulate The shad and alewive fisheries. Whereupon Wisely and well spake Abraham Davenport, Straight to the question, with no figures of speech Save the ten Arab signs, yet not without The shrewd dry humor natural to the man : His awe-struck colleagues listening all the while, Between the pauses of his argument, To hear the thunder of the wrath of God Break from the hollow trumpet of the cloud.
Page 355 - Where he hath set me in his providence I choose, for one, to meet him face to face, — No faithless servant frightened from my task, But ready when the Lord of the harvest calls; And therefore, with all reverence I would say, Let God do his work, we will see to ours. Bring in the candles.
Page 355 - Twas on a May-day of the far old year Seventeen hundred eighty, that there fell Over the bloom and sweet life of the Spring, Over the fresh earth and the heaven of noon, . A horror of great darkness, like the night In day of which the Norland sagas tell, — The Twilight of the Gods.
Page xxviii - Christ, at or after the consecration thereof by any person whatsoever ; and that the invocation or adoration of the Virgin Mary or any other saint, and the sacrifice of the mass as they are now used in the church of Rome, are superstitious and idolatrous.
Page 355 - The other instance took place at Danbury, at the Court of Common Pleas ; of which he was Chief Justice. This venerable man after he was struck with death, heard a considerable part of a trial ; gave the charge to the jury ; and took notice of an article in the testimony which had escaped the attention of the counsel on both sides. He then retired from the bench ; and was soon after found dead in his bed.
Page l - Mr. or to have ones [one's] name recorded by the Secretary with that prefix 200 years ago was a more certain index of the rank of the individual as respects birth, education and good moral character than any one of the high sounding titles with which many men of no merit whatever in our day of swift locomotion are content to cajole others in order that they may be enriched in their turn with the same Spurious currency. "It may be observed by reference to our colonial records that there were scores...
Page 354 - IN the old days (a custom laid aside With breeches and cocked hats) the people sent Their wisest men to make the public laws. And so, from a brown homestead, where the Sound Drinks the small tribute of the Mianas, Waved over by the woods of Rippowams, And hallowed by pure lives and tranquil deaths, Stamford sent up to the councils of the State Wisdom and grace in Abraham Davenport.
Page 348 - Roman classics. In addition to his other duties, he annually prepared a number of pupils for college; there being, at that time, no academies or public schools endowed for this purpose. One of my aged informants, who pursued his preparatory studies under him, told me that, on his admission...