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Page 53 - Psalms and Hymns. Barlow asked for a specimen of his talent ; upon which the wandering poet immediately repeated the following stanza : " You've preyed yourself a sinful cre'tur' ; You've murdered Watts, and spoilt the metre ; You've tried the word of God to alter, And for your pains deserve a halter.
Page 59 - Here then, said Hesper, with a blissful smile, Behold the fruits of thy long years of toil. To yon bright borders of Atlantic day Thy swelling pinions led the trackless way, And taught mankind such useful deeds to dare, To trace new seas and happy nations rear; Till by fraternal hands their sails unfurl'd Have waved at last in union o'er the world.
Page 31 - Illinois, in celebration of the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.
Page 7 - Strabo did at a later day, leaving an unknown two thirds of sea ; and "if it were not that the vast extent of the Atlantic Sea rendered it impossible, one might even sail from the coast of Spain to that of India along the same parallel.
Page 60 - Of courts insidious, envy's poisoned stings, The loss of empire and the frown of kings ; While these broad views thy better thoughts compose To spurn the malice of insulting foes ; And all the joys descending ages gain, Repay thy labors and remove thy pain!
Page 204 - The first newspaper published in New England appeared in Boston in 1704. It was printed on half a sheet of pot paper. Rev. Samuel Moody, who was ordained in York, Me., in 1700, once preached a sermon based on the following sentiment : When you know not what to do, you must not do you know not what.
Page 162 - But at last, perceiving themselves insensibly as it were, surrounded by the habitations of the English, they began to open their eyes, & to entertain distrust. They asked the English by what right they had established themselves on their lands, & even built forts there.
Page 9 - Africa] have been more extensively explored, and another fourth part has been discovered by Americus Vespucius (as will appear in what follows) : wherefore I do not see what is rightly to hinder us from calling it Amerige or America, ie, the land of Americus, after its discoverer Americus, a man of sagacious mind, since both Europe and Asia have got their names from women.
Page 232 - ... but the fleet soon returned, much strengthened, and the gallant gunboats waited another chance. The Federal land and naval forces had held possession of Port Royal harbor, and the islands surrounding it, since November, 1861. It was now April, 1863. During that period their only achievement had been the capture of Fort Pulaski, at the mouth of the Savannah river. Repeated attempts had been made to destroy the bridges and break the railroad communication between Savannah and Charleston, all of...
Page 56 - There is one thing, however, which may give the original edition of Mr Barlow's poem some chance of selling among us, — and that is, the extraordinary beauty of the paper, printing and embellishments. We do not know that we have ever seen a handsomer book issue from the press of England ; and if this be really and truly the production of American artists, we must say, that the infant republic has already attained to the very summit of perfection in the mechanical part of bookmaking.