The Poet Among the Hills: Oliver Wendell Holmes in Berkshire

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Blatchford, 1895 - 182 pages
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Page 53 - For the strength of the hills we bless Thee, our God, our fathers
Page 162 - Through days of sorrow and of mirth, Through days of death and days of birth, Through every swift vicissitude Of changeful time, unchanged it has stood, And as if, like God, it all things saw, It calmly repeats those words of awe, — " Forever — never ! Never — forever...
Page 161 - By day its voice is low and light ; But in the silent dead of night, Distinct as a passing footstep's fall, It echoes along the vacant hall, Along the ceiling, along the floor, And seems to say at each chamber door, ' ' Forever — never ! Never — forever...
Page 148 - ... foam from its jaws as if nothing had happened. The mountains give their lost children berries and water ; the sea mocks their thirst and lets them die. The mountains have a grand, stupid, lovable tranquillity ; the sea has a fascinating, treacherous intelligence. The mountains lie about like huge ruminants, their broad backs awful to look upon, but safe to handle. The sea smooths its silver scales until you cannot see their joints, — but their shining is that of a snake's belly, after all.
Page 148 - The sea smooths its silver scales until you cannot see their joints, — but their shining is that of a snake's belly, after all. — In deeper suggestiveness I find as great a difference. The mountains dwarf mankind and foreshorten the procession of its long generations. The sea drowns out humanity and time...
Page 92 - medicine man" as well, he approved the time-honored local pun that the best of all tonics is the Housatonic. A striking instance of his fond memory of the familiar stream appears in his " Hundred Days Trip to Europe" in 1886. During his visit to England he received the honorary degree of LL. D. from the University of Cambridge, there being some very flattering demonstrations of approval by the assembly while the ceremony of conferring it was going on. He gives a modest account of it in his book,...
Page 3 - Show me a man who cares no more for one place than another, and I will show you in that same person one who loves nothing but himself.
Page 125 - The tossing hemlocks hold the eagles' nests ; By these fair plains the mountain circle screens, And feeds with streamlets from its dark ravines, — True to their home, these faithful arms shall toil To crown with peace their own untainted soil ; And, true to God, to freedom, to mankind, If her chained bandogs Faction shall unbind, These stately forms, that bending even now Bowed their strong manhood to the humble plough, Shall rise erect, the guardians of the land, The same stern iron in the same...
Page 161 - Half-way up the stairs it stands,. And points and beckons with its hands From its case of massive oak, Like a monk, who, under his cloak, Crosses himself, and sighs alas ! With sorrowful voice to all who pass, — " Forever — never ! Never — Forever...
Page 163 - Forever — never ! Never — forever !" From that chamber, clothed in white, The bride came forth on her wedding night : There, in that silent room below, The dead lay in his shroud of snow ; And in the hush that followed the prayer, Was heard the old clock on the stair,— " Forever — never ! Never — forever...

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