The Course of Time: A Poem, in Ten Books

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S. Andrus and son, 1846 - Всего страниц: 322

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Стр. vii - Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions ? if the Lord be God, follow him : but if Baal then follow him.
Стр. 134 - ... 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. Vesper looked forth, M 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.
Стр. 82 - ... passed, Gave warning of the lapse of time, that else Had stolen unheeded by; the gentle Flowers Retired, and, stooping o'er the wilderness, Talked of humility, and peace, and love. The Dews came down unseen at evening-tide, And silently their bounties shed, to teach Mankind unostentatious charity. 6 With arm in arm the forest rose on high, And lesson gave of brotherly regard.
Стр. 130 - True Happiness had no localities, No tones provincial, no peculiar garb. Where Duty went, she went, with Justice went, And went with Meekness, Charity, and Love. Where'er a tear was dried, a wounded heart Bound up, a bruised spirit with the dew Of sympathy anointed, or a pang Of honest suffering soothed, or injury Repeated oft, as oft by love forgiven ; Where'er an evil passion was subdued, Or Virtue's feeble embers fanned ; where'er A sin was heartily abjured, and left ; Where'er a pious act was...
Стр. 134 - On morning lily's cheek, though soft and low, Yet heard in heaven, heard at the mercy-seat. A tear-drop wandered on her lovely face; It was a tear of faith and holy fear, Pure as the drops that hang at dawning-time, On yonder willows by the stream of life.
Стр. 138 - Unpurposed ; stood, and knew not why ; sat down, And knew not where ; arose, and knew not when ; Had eyes, and saw not ; ears, and nothing heard ; And sought — sought neither heaven nor earth — sought nought, Nor meant to think ; but ran meantime through vast Of visionary things...
Стр. 90 - One of this mood I do remember well; We name him not — what now are earthly names ? In humble dwelling born, retired, remote, In rural quietude ; 'mong hills, and streams, And melancholy deserts, where the sun Saw, as he passed, a shepherd only, here And there, watching his little flock ; or heard The ploughman talking to his steers...
Стр. 134 - In holy, humble attitude she kneeled, And to her bosom, fair as moon-beam, pressed One hand, the other lifted up to heaven. Her eye, upturned, bright as the star of morn, As violet meek, excessive ardour streamed, Wafting away her earnest heart to God.
Стр. 74 - Unepitaphed ! to go down to the pit, And moulder into dust among vile worms, And leave no whispering of a name on earth !— Such thought was cold about the heart, and chilled The blood. Who could endure it ? who could choose, Without a struggle, to be swept away From all remembrance, and have part no more With living men ? Philosophy failed here, And self-approving pride. Hence it...
Стр. 48 - And Death, and Hell ! wretched, yet seeking worse ; Polluted most, yet wallowing in the mire ; Most mad, yet drinking Frenzy's giddy cup ; Depth ever deepening, darkness darkening still ; Folly for wisdom, guilt for innocence ; Anguish for rapture, and for hope despair...

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