Pages from an old volume of life. A collection of essays 1857-1881

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1892

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Page 253 - Is it well with thee ? is it well with thy husband ? is it well with the child ? And she answered, It is well.
Page 282 - I do not know the air; and until I am complete master of a tune in my own singing (such as it is), I never can compose for it. My way is: I consider the poetic sentiment correspondent to my idea of the musical expression, then choose my theme, begin one stanza; when that is composed, which is generally the most difficult part of the business, I walk out, sit down now and then, look out for objects in nature...
Page 283 - ... harmony with the cogitations of my fancy, and workings of my bosom; humming every now and then the air, with the verses I have framed.
Page 163 - I'd rather be A pagan suckled in a creed outworn; So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn, Have sight of Proteus coming from the sea, Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
Page 111 - We have followed precedents as long as they could guide us ; now we must make precedents for the ages which are to succeed us. If we are frightened from our object by the money we have spent, the current prices of United States stocks show that we value our nationality at only a small fraction of our wealth. If we feel that we are paying too dearly for it in the blood of our people, let us recall those grand words of Samuel Adams : — " I should advise persisting in our struggle for liberty, though...
Page 398 - It were better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an Opinion as is unworthy of him : for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely : and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. Plutarch saith well to that purpose :
Page 84 - Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of Heaven on a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.
Page 386 - Difficulty is behind, Fear is before, Though he's got on the hill, the lions roar ; A Christian man is never long at ease, When one fright's gone, another doth him seize.
Page 198 - The body of my brother's son Stood by me, knee to knee: The body and I pulled at one rope But he said nought to me. "I fear thee, ancient Mariner!
Page 330 - I slept soundly till three o'clock, awak'd, and then writ these lines — Come, pleasing rest — eternal slumber fall, Seal mine, that once must seal the eyes of all ; Calm and compos'd, my soul her journey takes. No guilt that troubles — and no heart that aches. Adieu ! thou sun, all bright like her arise ; Adieu ! fair friends, and all that's good and wise.

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