A History of the First Century of the Town of Parsonsfield, Maine

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Jeremiah Wadleigh Dearborn
B. Thurston, 1888 - Parsonsfield (Me.) - 499 pages

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Page 136 - All souls are Thine ; the wings of morning bear None from that Presence which is everywhere, Nor hell itself can hide, for Thou art there. " Through sins of sense, perversities of will, Through doubt and pain, through guilt and shame and ill, Thy pitying eye is on Thy creature still. " Wilt thou not make, Eternal Source and Goal ! In Thy long years, life's broken circle whole, And change to praise the cry of a lost soul ?
Page 36 - It is ordered, that the selectmen of every town, in the several precincts and quarters where they dwell, shall have a vigilant eye over their brethren and neighbours, to see, first that none of them shall suffer so much barbarism in any of their families, as not to endeavour to teach, by themselves or others, their children and apprentices, so much learning, as may enable them perfectly to read the English tongue, and knowledge of the capital laws : upon penalty of twenty shillings for each neglect...
Page 158 - Behold, we know not anything; I can but trust that good shall fall At last — far off — at last, to all, And every winter change to spring.
Page 33 - Our homes are cheerier for her sake, Our door-yards brighter blooming, And all about the social air Is sweeter for her coming. " Unspoken homilies of peace Her daily life is preaching ; The still refreshment of the dew Is her unconscious teaching. " And never tenderer hand than hers Unknits the brow of ailing ; Her garments to the sick man's ear Have music in their trailing.
Page 34 - Oh make Thou us, through centuries long, In peace secure, in justice strong ; Around our gift of freedom draw The safeguards of thy righteous law : And, cast in some diviner mould, Let the new cycle shame the old...
Page 218 - It causes its believers to weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice.
Page 37 - Every child, as it was born into the world, was lifted from the earth by the genius of the country, and, in the statutes of the land, received, as its birthright, a pledge of the public care for its morals and its mind.
Page 242 - Behold, fond man! See here thy pictured life ; pass some few years, Thy flowering Spring', thy Summer's ardent strength, Thy sober Autumn fading into age, And pale concluding Winter comes at last, And shuts the scene.
Page 25 - And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Page 32 - Flowers spring to blossom where she walks The careful ways of duty ; Our hard, stiff lines of life with her Are flowing curves of beauty. "Our homes are cheerier for her sake, Our door-yards brighter blooming, And all about the social air Is sweeter for her coming.

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