Recollections of a Busy Life
Greeley was a newspaper editor, reformer, and politician. He used his position at the New York Tribune newspaper to promote the Republican and Whig parties. He was involved in almost every political and social issue of his era. His editorial, "The Prayer of Twenty Millions" (Aug. 20, 1862) advocated an aggressive attack on the Confederacy and faster emancipation of the slaves. As an agrarian, he supported liberal policies towards settlers: one of his famous phrases was "Go West, young man."
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Page 493 - ran o'er With silent worship of the great of old ! — The dead but sceptred sovereigns, who still rule Our spirits from their urns." Of Coleridge, Southey, Campbell, Rogers, and other cotemporaries of Byron, Wordsworth excepted, I shall say very little. Each did some things well ; but, beyond a few stirring • lyrics by Campbell, and perhaps the Christabel and
Page 492 - thou rolling moon, upon All this, and cast a wide and tender light, Which softened down the hoar austerity Of rugged desolation, and filled up, As 't were anew, the gaps of centuries ; Leaving that beautiful which still was so, And making that which was not, till the place Became religion, and the
Page 487 - or woman. Yet I argue not Against Heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot Of heart or hope ; but still bear up and steer Right onward. What supports me, dost thou ask 1 The
Page 507 - if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it ? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof, — When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy 1
Page 503 - this her bed ; She plucked that piece of geranium flower, Beginning to die, too, in the glass. Little has yet been changed, I think ; The shutters are shut ; no light may pass, Save two long rays through the hinges' chink. Sixteen years old when she died ! Perhaps she had scarcely heard my
Page 492 - walls, Midst the chief relics of almighty Rome; The trees which grew along the broken arches Waved dark in the blue midnight, and the stars Shone through the rents of ruin : from afar, The watch-dog bayed beyond the Tiber ; and, More near, from out the Cœsars
Page 504 - month of your own geranium's red,— And what you would do with me, in fine, In the new life come in the old one's stead. I have lived, I shall say, so much since then, Given up myself so many times ; Gained by the gains of various men, Ransacked the
Page 500 - the woven copse. The charmed sunset lingered low adown In the red West : through mountain-clefts, the dale Was seen far inland, and the yellow down Bordered with palm, and many a winding vale And meadow, set with slender galingale ; A land where all things always seem
Page 492 - battlement!. And twines its roots with the imperial hearths, Ivy usurps the laurel's place of growth ; — But the gladiator's bloody circus stands, A noble wreck, in ruinous perfection I While Caesar's chambers, and the Augustan halls, Grovel on earth in indistinct decay.— And thou didst