A Compendium of American Literature: Chronologically Arranged, with Biographical Sketches of the Authors

E. C. & J. Biddle, 1858 - 740 sider

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Side 620 - early promise sparkled for a moment and exhaled—are not wholly lost; he has not lived nor died in vain. Let these thoughts cheer us as we labor, and bear us up in our discouragements. " Not enjoyment, and not sorrow Is our destined end or way, But to act that each to-morrow
Side 669 - us Footprints on the sands of time ; Footprints, that perhaps another, Sailing o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again. Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate ; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor
Side 674 - EXCELSIOR. The shades of night were falling fast, As through an Alpine village passed A youth, who bore 'mid snow and ice, A banner with the strange device, Excelsior! His brow was sad ; his eye beneath Flashed like a falchion from its sheath, And like a silver clarion rang The accents of that unknown tongue, Excelsior
Side 350 - the pallid bust of Pallas, just above my chamber-door; . his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, . the lamp-light, o'er him streaming, throws his shadow on the floor; . my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, [Shall be lifted—never more
Side 178 - dearest country to the protection of Almighty God, and those who have the superintendence of them to his holy keeping. " Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of action; and, bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have long acted, I here offer
Side 504 - representative of those forests of Lebanon so celebrated in the Hebrew Scriptures. To the sacred writers, the cedar was the noblest of trees, the monarch of the vegetable kingdom. Solomon "spake of trees, from the cedar-tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall."" To the prophets it was the favorite emblem for
Side 519 - Of the great tomb of man. The golden sun, The planets, all the infinite host of heaven, Are shining on the sad abodes of death, Through the still lapse of ages. All that tread The globe are but a handful to the tribes
Side 398 - rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood ! Let their last feeble and lingering glance rather behold the gorgeous ensign of the republic, now known and honored throughout the earth, still full high advanced, its arms and trophies streaming in their original lustre, not a stripe erased or polluted, nor a single star obscured—bearing for its motto no
Side 612 - bough In youth it shelter'd me, And I'll protect it now. 'Twas my forefather's hand That placed it near his cot ; There, woodman, let it stand, Thy axe shall harm it not! That old familiar tree, Whose glory and renown Are spread o'er land and sea, And wouldst thou hew it down ? Woodman, forbear thy stroke

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