Days and Deeds a Hundred Years Ago

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D.C. Heath & Company, 1906 - 130 páginas

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Página 11 - Twas on a May-day of the far old year Seventeen hundred eighty, that there fell Over the bloom and sweet life of the Spring, Over the fresh earth and the heaven of noon, A horror of great darkness, like the night In day of which the Norland sagas tell, — The Twilight of the Gods. The low-hung sky Was black with ominous clouds, save...
Página 14 - Some said; and then, as if with one accord, All eyes were turned to Abraham Davenport. He rose, slow cleaving with his steady voice The intolerable hush. " This well may be The Day of Judgment which the world awaits; But be it so or not, I only know My present duty, and my Lord's command To occupy till He come. So at the post Where He hath set me in His providence, I choose for one, to meet Him face to face, — No faithless servant frightened from my task. But ready when the Lord of the harvest...
Página 13 - Sat the lawgivers of Connecticut, Trembling beneath their legislative robes. " It is the Lord's Great Day! let us adjourn," Some said ; and then, as if with one accord, All eyes were turned to Abraham Davenport. He rose, slow cleaving with his steady voice The intolerable hush. " This well may be The Day of Judgment which the world awaits; But be it so or not, I only know My present duty, and my Lord's command To occupy till he come.
Página 14 - And therefore, with all reverence, I would say, Let God do his work, we will see to ours. Bring in the candles." And they brought them in. Then by the flaring lights the Speaker read, Albeit with husky voice and shaking hands, An act to amend an act to regulate The shad and alewive fisheries.
Página 15 - Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Página 111 - Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
Página 119 - Cooper, who was his own engineman and fireman, lacerated his hands in attempting to replace the band upon the wheel : in vain he tried to urge the fire with light wood ; the horse gained on the machine, and passed it ; and although the band was presently replaced, and steam again did its best, the horse was too far ahead to be overtaken, and came in the winner of the race.
Página 44 - General Washington cannot leave this place without expressing his acknowledgments to the matrons and young ladies, who received him in so novel and grateful a manner at the triumphal arch in Trenton, for the exquisite sensations he experienced in that affecting moment. "The astonishing contrast between his former and actual...
Página 67 - Make anything, in short, for sea or shore, From a child's rattle to a seventy-four. Make it, said I?
Página 77 - And still the lone one labored there, His shout and whistle woke the air, As cheerily he plied His garden spade, or drove his share Along the hillock's side.

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