The Bachelors, and Other Tales, Founded on American Incidents and Character

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J. and W. Sandford, 1836 - American fiction - 216 pages

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Page 199 - I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill ; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Page 171 - So dear to Heaven is saintly chastity, That, when a soul is found sincerely so, A thousand liveried angels lackey her, Driving far off each thing of sin and guilt, And in clear dream, and solemn vision, Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear...
Page 26 - Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep : All these with ceaseless praise his works behold Both day and night. How often from the steep Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive each to...
Page 171 - A thousand liveried angels lackey her. Driving far off each thing of sin and guilt; And, in clear dream and solemn vision, Tell her of things, that no gross ear can hear; Till oft converse with heavenly habitants Begin to cast a beam on th
Page 26 - ... earth Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep : All these with ceaseless praise his works behold Both day and night. How often from the steep Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard Celestial voices to the midnight air, Sole, or responsive each to other's note, Singing their great Creator ! oft in bands While they keep watch, or nightly rounding walk, With heavenly touch of instrumental sounds, In full harmonic number join'd, their songs Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to heaven.
Page 199 - But clear and artless, pouring through the plain Health to the sick, and solace to the swain. Whose causeway parts the vale with shady rows ? Whose seats the weary traveller repose ? Who taught that heav'n-directed spire to rise ? " The Man of Ross" — each lisping babe replies. Behold the market-place with poor o'erspread ! The man of Ross...
Page 205 - To caves bestrew'd with many a mouldering bone, And cells, whose echoes only learn to groan ; Where no kind bars a whispering friend disclose, No sunbeam enters, and no zephyr blows ; HE treads, inemulous of fame or wealth, Profuse of toil, and prodigal of health; With soft assuasive eloquence expands Power's rigid heart, and opes his clenching hands ; Leads stern-eyed Justice to the dark. domains, If not to sever, to relax the chains ; Or guides awakcn'd Mercy through the gloom, And shows the prison,...
Page 109 - By the sun, and its rising brightness; by the moon, when she followeth him; by the day, when it showeth his splendor; by the night, when it covereth him with darkness; by the heaven, and him who built it; by the earth, and him who spread it forth; by the soul, and him who...
Page 205 - Mercy through the gloom, And shows the prison, sister to the tomb ! — Gives to her babes the self-devoted wife, To her fond husband liberty and life ! — — The spirits of the good, who bend from high Wide o'er these earthly scenes their partial eye, When first, array 'd in Virtue's purest robe, They saw her Howard traversing the globe ; Saw round his brows her sun-like glory blaze In arrowy circles of unwearied rays ; Mistook a mortal for an angel-guest, And ask'd what seraph-foot the earth...

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