Not a Day Without a Line: Original and Selected Lines, in Prose and Poetry, for Fireside Contemplation

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R.S. Davis & Company, 1877

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Page 68 - It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion ; it is easy in solitude to live after our own ; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Page 118 - The time draws near the birth of Christ: The moon is hid; the night is still; The Christmas bells from hill to hill Answer each other in the mist. Four voices of four hamlets round, From far and near, on mead and moor, Swell out and fail, as if a door Were shut between me and the sound: Each voice four changes on the wind, That now dilate, and now decrease, Peace and goodwill, goodwill and peace, Peace and goodwill, to all mankind.
Page 117 - That tall Man, a giant in bulk and in height, Not an inch of his body is free from delight ; Can he keep himself still, if he would ? oh, not he ! The music stirs in him like wind through a tree.
Page 83 - ... And with joy the stars perform their shining, And the sea its long moon-silver'd roll ; For self-poised they live, nor pine with noting All the fever of some differing soul. ' Bounded by themselves, and unregardful In what state God's other works may be, In their own tasks all their powers pouring, These attain the mighty life you see.
Page 99 - I see not a step before me as I tread the days of the year; But the Past is still in God's keeping; the Future his. mercy shall clear; And what looks dark In the distance may brighten as.
Page 119 - THE LAST OF THE FLOCK. IN distant countries have I been, And yet I have not often seen A healthy man. a man full grown, Weep in the public roads alone. But such a one, on English ground, And in the broad highway. I met ; Along the broad highway he came, His cheeks with tears were wet. Sturdy he seemed, though he was sad ; And in his arms a lamb he had.
Page 51 - HE that loves a rosy Cheek, Or a coral Lip admires ; Or from star-like Eyes doth seek Fuel to maintain his fires : As old Time makes these decay, So his flames must waste away ! But a smooth and steadfast Mind, Gentle Thoughts, and calm Desires, Hearts with equal love combined, Kindle never-dying fires ! Where these are not ; I despise Lovely Cheeks ! or Lips ! or Eyes...
Page 109 - And present gratitude Insures the future's good, And for the things I see I trust the things to be ; That in the paths untrod, And the long days of God, My feet shall still be led, My heart be comforted.
Page 83 - Unaffrighted by the silence round them, Undistracted by the sights they see, These demand not that the things without them Yield them love, amusement, sympathy.
Page 97 - Of fortune's favour'd sons, not me. I ask not each kind soul to keep Tearless, when of my death he hears. Let those who will, if any, weep ! There are worse plagues on earth than tears. I ask but that my death may find The freedom to my life denied ; Ask but the folly of mankind Then, then at last, to quit my side. Spare me the whispering, crowded room, The friends who come, and gape, and go...

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