Poems

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Cupples, Upham, 1883 - 285 pages
 

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Page 93 - IF the red slayer think he slays, Or if the slain think he is slain, They know not well the subtle ways I keep, and pass, and turn again. Far or forgot to me is near ; Shadow and sunlight are the same ; The vanished gods to me appear; And one to me are shame and fame. They reckon ill who leave me out ; When me they fly, I am the wings ; I am the doubter and the doubt, And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.
Page 75 - Forty times over let Michaelmas pass, Grizzling hair the brain doth clear — Then you know a boy is an ass, Then you know the worth of a lass, Once you have come to Forty Year. Pledge me round, I bid ye declare, All good fellows whose beards are...
Page 274 - United States, your banner wears, Two emblems, — one of fame, Alas, the other that it bears Reminds us of your shame ! The white man's liberty in types Stands blazoned by your stars ; But what's the meaning of your stripes ? They mean your Negro-scars.
Page 190 - OVKH the mountain wave, see where they come ; Storm-cloud and wintry wind welcome them home; Yet, where the sounding gale howls to the sea, There their song peals along, deep-toned and free : " Pilgrims and wanderers, hither we come ; Where the free dare to be — this is our home...
Page 279 - The heroes' happy isles shall be The bright abode allotted thee. " I'll wreath my sword in myrtle bough, The sword that laid Hipparchus low, When at Athena's adverse fane He knelt, and never rose again. " While Freedom's name is understood, You shall delight the wise and good ; You dared to set your country free, And gave her laws equality."* ? 7.
Page 74 - Wait till you come to Forty Year ! Forty times over let Michaelmas pass, Grizzling hair the brain doth clear : Then you know a boy is an ass, Then you know the worth of a lass, Once you have come to Forty Year.
Page 259 - Marble from his design, it only remained to do all we could to make him comfortable and secure. Of enemies, there was no danger, and care was not necessary for defence.
Page 280 - That thine is the fullness of joy, Where Achilles and Diomed dwell. In myrtle my sword will I wreathe, Like our patriots the noble and brave ; Who devoted Hipparchus to death, And buried his pride in the grave. At the altar the tyrant they seized, While Minerva he vainly implored, And the Goddess of Wisdom was pleased With the victim of liberty's sword. May your bliss be immortal on high, Among men as your glory shall be ! Ye doom'd the usurper to die, And bade our dear country be free.
Page 276 - ... the charms That call fame on such gentle acts as these, And he can spread thy name o'er lands and seas, Whatever clime the sun's bright circle warms. Lift not thy spear against the Muses' bower : The great Emathian conqueror bid spare The house of Pindarus, when temple and tower Went to the ground ; and the repeated air Of sad Electra's poet had the power To save the Athenian walls from ruin bare.
Page 62 - Where he fell ; Glory and grief, together clasped In mourning, His fame, his fate With sobs exulting tell. Wrap round his breast The flag his breast defended, — His country's flag, In battle's front unrolled : For it he died ; On earth forever ended His brave young life Lives in each sacred fold.

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