The Course of Time: A Poem, in Ten Books

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Crocker and Brewster, 1828 - Всего страниц: 247
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Стр. 22 - Star of eternity ! the only star By which the bark of man could navigate The sea of life, and gain the coast of bliss Securely ! only star which rose on Time, And, on its dark and troubled billows, still, As generation, drifting swiftly by, Succeeded generation, threw a ray Of heaven's own light, and to the hills of God, The eternal hills, pointed the sinner's eye.
Стр. 90 - Of fame ; drank early, deeply drank ; drank draughts That common millions might have quenched — then died Of thirst, because there was no more to drink.
Стр. 111 - And now her eyes grew bright, and brighter still, Too bright for ours to look upon, suffused With many tears, and closed without a cloud. They set as sets the morning star, which goes Not down behind the darkened west, nor hides • Obscured among the tempests of the sky, But melts away into the light of heaven.
Стр. 98 - Stood ready for the reaper's gathering hand, And all the winds slept soundly. Nature seemed In silent contemplation to adore Its Maker. Now and then the aged leaf Fell from its fellows, rustling to the ground, And as it fell bade man think on his end. On vale and lake, on wood and mountain high, With pensive wing outspread, sat heavenly Thought Conversing with itself.
Стр. 184 - He was a man Who stole the livery of the court of heaven, To serve the devil in...
Стр. 223 - Too heavy to be borne ; so industry — To meditate, to plan, resolve, perform, Which in itself is good— as surely brings Reward of good, no matter what be done : And such reward the Devil had, as long As the decrees eternal gave him space To work.
Стр. 85 - One man there was, — and many such you might Have met — who never had a dozen thoughts In all his life, and never changed their course...
Стр. 98 - ... outspread, sat heavenly Thought, Conversing with itself. Vesper looked forth, From out her western hermitage, and smiled; And up the east unclouded, rode the Moon With all her stars, gazing on earth intense, As if she saw some wonder walking there. Such was the night, so lovely, still, serene, When, by a hermit thorn that on the hill Had seen a hundred flowery ages pass, A damsel kneeled to offer up her prayer— Her prayer nightly offered, nightly heard. This ancient thorn had been the...
Стр. 150 - Return the stream of life in healthy flow : And as the anatomist, with all his band Of rude disciples, o'er the subject hung, And impolitely hewed his way, through bones And muscles of the sacred human form, Exposing barbarously to wanton gaze, The mysteries of nature, joint embraced His kindred joint, the wounded flesh grew up, And suddenly the injured man awoke Among their hands, and stood arrayed complete In immortality — forgiving scarce The insult offered to his clay in death.
Стр. 161 - ... puny skill, From age to age enduring and unchanged, Majestical, inimitable, vast, Loud uttering satire, day and night, on each Succeeding race, and little pompous work Of man ! — unfallen, religious, holy Sea, Thou bowedst thy glorious head to none, fearedst none, Heardst none, to none didst honour, but to God Thy Maker, only worthy to receive Thy great obeisance ! Undiscovered Sea ! Into thy dark, unknown, mysterious caves, And secret haunts, unfathomably deep, Beneath all visible retired,...

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