Cuba and the Cubans

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Levytype Company, 1896 - Cuba - 426 pages
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Page 27 - ... think the people of the country mere dirt under their feet : it seems to them monstrous that any rights of the natives should stand in the way of their smallest pretensions : the simplest act of protection to the inhabitants against any act of power on their part which they may consider useful to their commercial objects, they denounce, and sincerely regard, as an injury.
Page 93 - May see the fearful beauty of thy face! I am no"t all -unworthy of thy sight, For from my very boyhood have I loved, Shunning the meaner track of common minds, To look on Nature in her loftier moods. At the fierce rushing of the hurricane, At the near bursting- of the thunderbolt, I have been touched with joy; and when the sea Lashed by the wind hath rocked my bark, and showed Its yawning caves beneath me, I have loved Its dangers and the wrath of elements. But never yet the madness of the sea Hath...
Page 94 - Ah, terribly they rage, — The hoarse and rapid whirlpools there! My brain Grows wild, my senses wander, as I gaze Upon the hurrying waters ; and my sight Vainly would follow, as toward the verge Sweeps the wide torrent. Waves innumerable Meet there and madden, — waves innumerable Urge on and overtake the waves before, And disappear in thunder and in foam.
Page 95 - ... waves before, And disappear in thunder and in foam. They reach, they leap the barrier, — the abyss Swallows insatiable the sinking waves. A thousand rainbows arch them, and the woods Are deafened with the roar. The violent shock Shatters to vapor the descending sheets. A cloudy whirlwind fills the gulf, and heaves The mighty pyramid of circling mist To heaven.
Page 95 - What seeks my restless eye? Why are not here, About the jaws of this abyss, the palms, — Ah, the delicious palms, — that on the plains Of my own native Cuba spring and spread : Their thickly foliaged summits to the sun, And, in the breathings of the ocean air, Wave soft beneath the heaven's unspotted blue? But no, Niagara, — thy forest pines Are fitter coronal for thee. The palm, The effeminate myrtle, and frail rose may grow In gardens, and give out their fragrance there, Unmanning him who...
Page 97 - I've / seen / Lying philosophers, blaspheming men, / Questioners of thy mysteries, that draw Their fellows deep into impiety, And therefore doth my spirit seek thy face In earth's majestic solitudes. Even here My heart doth open all itself to thee. In this immensity of loneliness I feel thy hand upon me. To my ear The eternal thunder of the cataract brings Thy voice, and I am humbled as I hear.
Page 93 - Nature in her loftier moods. At the fierce rushing of the hurricane, At the near bursting of the thunderbolt, I have been touched with joy; and when the sea Lashed by the wind hath rocked my bark, and showed Its yawning caves beneath me, I have loved Its dangers and the wrath of elements. But never yet the madness of the sea Hath moved me as thy grandeur moves me now. Thou flowest on in quiet, till thy waves Grow broken 'midst the rocks; thy current then Shoots onward like the irresistible course...
Page 98 - To thy down-rushing waters ; he hath girt Thy terrible forehead with his radiant bow. I see thy never-resting waters run, And I bethink me how the tide of time Sweeps to eternity.
Page 147 - Económica was founded in 1793, during the time of Las Casas, whose name has always been venerated among Cubans. Then, as now, the members of this association were the most talented men of the country, and their best efforts were directed toward promoting public instruction. It gave impulse and organization to the school system in Cuba. It established inspections, collected statistics, and founded a newspaper to promote instruction and devoted its profits to this cause. It raised funds and labored...
Page 93 - ... tu faz serena, y de entusiasmo ardiente mi alma llena. Yo digno soy de contemplarte; siempre lo común y mezquino desdeñando, ansié por lo terrífico y sublime. Al despeñarse el huracán furioso...

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