Past Thirty

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For the Author, 1879 - 168 pages
 

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Page 39 - DO ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers, Ere the sorrow comes with years ? They are leaning their young heads against their mothers, And that cannot stop their tears. The young lambs are bleating in the meadows, The young birds are chirping in the nest, The young fawns are playing with the shadows, The young flowers are blowing toward the west : But the young, young children, O my brothers, They are weeping bitterly ! They are weeping in the playtime of the others, In the country of the free.
Page 64 - That they are not a pipe for fortune's finger To sound what stop she please. Give me that man That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart, As I do thee.
Page 73 - ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking : we beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities ; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Page 141 - Oh ! man may bear with suffering : his heart Is a strong thing, and godlike in the grasp Of pain that wrings mortality : but tear One chord affection clings to, part one tie That binds him to a woman's delicate love, And his great spirit yieldeth like a reed.
Page 136 - God screens us evermore from premature ideas. Our eyes are holden that we cannot see things that stare us in the face, until the hour arrives when the mind is ripened ; then we behold them, and the time when we saw them not is h'ke a dream.
Page 150 - tis well that I should bluster! - Hadst thou less unworthy proved Would to God - for I had loved thee more than ever wife was loved. Am I mad, that I should cherish that which bears but bitter fruit? I will pluck it from my bosom, tho
Page 163 - Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little...
Page 162 - The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband.
Page 108 - His victories are by demonstration of superiority, and not by crossing of bayonets. He conquers because his arrival alters the face of affairs. " O lole ! how did you know that Hercules was a god?"' " Because," answered lole, " I was content the moment my eyes fell on him. When I beheld Theseus, I desired that I might see him offer battle, or at least guide his horses in the chariot-race ; but Hercules did not wait for a contest; he conquered whether he stood, or walked, or sat, or whatever thing...
Page 55 - With silence only as their benediction, God's angels come Where, in the shadow of a great affliction, The soul sits dumb...

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