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James Munroe, 1839 - American literature - 158 pages

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Page 1 - WHEN breezes are soft and skies are fair, I steal an hour from study and care, And hie me away to the woodland scene, Where wanders the stream with waters of green, As if the bright fringe of herbs on its brink Had given their stain to the wave they drink ; And they, whose meadows it murmurs through, Have named the stream from its own fair hue.
Page 66 - There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; the conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; the locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; the spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings
Page 103 - HOW doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower...
Page 50 - Ye little flock, with pleasure hear ; Ye children seek his face ; And fly with transport to receive The blessings of his grace.
Page 23 - This subject has puzzled older and wiser heads than yours, my son, and puzzled them more than I think it should. If we had been created incapable of sin, there could have been no virtue. Did you not feel happier yesterday after your trial than if it had not happened...
Page 22 - I never should: there were provoking things that happened; but, somehow or other, they did not provoke me. Why do you smile, father ? " " I smile with pleasure, my dear boy, to find that one fortnight's resolute watchfulness has enabled you so to curb your temper that you are not easily provoked.
Page 65 - You need not laugh, Mary; father said it was a very good sermon." "Go on, Mary. I want to know all about these Sunday evenings." " Well, ma'am; sometimes we write down what we did last week, what we wish we had done and what we wish we had not, and what we mean to do next week. Sometimes we form a class, — father, mother, and all, and we ask questions, in turn, from the Bible, ' what such a king did ? ' — ' when such a prophet lived ? ' — ' where such a river runs? ' — ' where such a city...
Page 17 - Wally?' said little Haddy, whose tender heart was so touched by the utter misery depicted on her brother's face, that her pity for him overcame her sense of her own and pussy's wrongs. Wallace sighed deeply, but spoke no word of apology or justification. The children looked at Wallace, at their father, and their mother, and still the portentous silence was unbroken. The dinner bell rang. ' Go to your own room, Wallace,' said his father. 'You have forfeited your right to a place among us. Creatures...
Page 115 - ... all maladies, homesickness; and that even after years had passed, no day went by, that his thoughts did not return to his father's house, nor night that did not restore him to the old place. And when age and hardship have furrowed his cheek, and grayed and thinned his hair, and bent his sturdy frame, he may be seen travelling hundreds and hundreds of miles to revisit
Page 41 - It is the most beautiful truth in morals that we have no such thing as a distinct or divided interest from our race. — In their welfare is ours ; and by choosing the broadest paths to effect their happiness, we choone the surest and shortest to our own. — Bulwer. Knowledge and goodness— these make degrees in heaven, and they must be the graduating scale of a true democracy.

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