Scenes and adventures in the army: or, Romance of military life

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Lindsay & Blakiston, 1859 - Black Hawk War, 1832 - 432 pages
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Page 100 - There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore ; There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar : I love not man the less, but nature more...
Page 111 - Hyperion's curls, the front of Jove himself, An eye like Mars, to threaten and command, A station like the herald Mercury New-lighted on a heaven-kissing hill, A combination and a form indeed, Where every god did seem to set his seal, To give the world assurance of a man.
Page 207 - Bearing before them in their course The relics of the archer force, Like wave with crest of sparkling foam, Right onward did Clan-Alpine come. Above the tide each broadsword bright Was brandishing like beam of light. Each targe was dark below ; And with the ocean's mighty swing, When heaving to the tempest's wing, They hurled them on the foe.
Page 413 - Love ! no habitant of earth thou art — An unseen seraph, we believe in thee, A faith whose martyrs are the broken heart, But never yet hath seen, nor e'er shall see The naked eye, thy form, as it should be ; The mind hath made thee, as it peopled heaven, Even with its own desiring phantasy, And to a thought such shape and image given, As haunts the unquench'd soul — parch'd — wearied — wrung — and riven.
Page 86 - ... company of Mexican Regulars, as they were called, in uniform, — mere apologies for soldiers, or even men ; several tribes of Indians, or Mexicans, much more formidable as warriors, were grouped about with their horses, and spears planted in the ground ; Frenchmen were there of course ; and our...
Page 214 - ... Indians, when fighting with infantry, are very daring. This temper of mind results from his consciousness of his superior fleetness ; which, together with his better knowledge of woods, assures to him extrication out of difficulties, though desperate. This temper of mind is extinguished, when he finds he is to save himself from the pursuit of horse, and with its extinction fails that habitual boldness.
Page 412 - The sky is changed ! — and such a change ! Oh night, And storm, and darkness, ye are wondrous strong, Yet lovely in your strength, as is the light Of a dark eye in woman ! Far along, From peak to peak, the rattling crags among Leaps the live thunder ! Not from one lone cloud, But every mountain now hath found a tongue, And Jura answers, through her misty shroud, Back to the joyous Alps, who call to her aloud!
Page 151 - ... being to close my eyes. I swore an oath that I would be revenged on you, and the wretch who was with you ; and I ever thought to have kept it. For this meeting I have made a long journey. But I cannot take your life ; I see you repent ; you have nothing to fear from me; go — you are free — for your youth I forgive you.
Page 86 - States. There were a few Creoles, polished gentlemen, magnificently clothed in Spanish costume; a larger number of grave Spaniards, exiled from Mexico, on their way to the United States, with much property in stock and gold, their whole...
Page 207 - ... by a few examples, what well-trained horsemen are capable of achieving when ably led and inspired with a just confidence in their own prowess. At the battle of Hohenfriedberg, the dragoon regiment of Baireuth drove over twenty-one battalions of infantry, took 4000 prisoners, 66 stands of colours, and five pieces of artillery : — an action, of which Frederick says, truly enough, that it deserves to be written in letters of gold. At Zerndorff, Seidlitz decided the fate of the day by hewing down,...

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