The Rose of Sharon

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A. Tompkins and B.B. Mussey, 1847

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Page 70 - I ask not for the great, the remote, the romantic ; what is doing in Italy or Arabia; what is Greek art, or Provencal minstrelsy ; I embrace the common, I explore and sit at the feet of the "familiar, the low.
Page 72 - Is lightened ; that serene and blessed mood In which the affections gently lead us on, Until the breath of this corporeal frame, And even the motion of our human blood Almost suspended, we are laid asleep In body, and become a living soul : While with an eye made quiet by the power Of harmony and the deep power of joy, We see into the life of things.
Page 172 - When night, with wings of starry gloom, O'ershadows all the earth and skies, Like some dark beauteous bird, whose plume Is sparkling with unnumbered eyes ; That sacred gloom, those fires divine, So grand, so countless, Lord ! are Thine.
Page 20 - The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. The laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass. "The visible world and the relation of its parts is the dial plate of the invisible.
Page 72 - Of aspect more sublime : that blessed mood In which the burthen of the mystery, In which the heavy and the weary weight Of all this unintelligible world. Is lightened; that serene and blessed mood. In which the affections gently lead us on...
Page 31 - Authentic tidings of invisible things ; Of ebb and flow, and ever-during power ; And central peace subsisting at the heart Of endless agitation.
Page 71 - Give me insight into to-day, and you may have the antique and future worlds. What would we really know the meaning of? The meal in the firkin; the milk in the pan; the ballad in the street...
Page 17 - For Fancy is the power That first unsensualizes the dark mind, Giving it new delights ; and bids it swell With wild activity ; and peopling air, By obscure fears of beings invisible, Emancipates it from the grosser thrall Of the present impulse, teaching self-control, Till Superstition with unconscious hand Seat Reason on her throne.
Page 17 - Objects are but th' occasion ; ours th' exploit ; Ours is the cloth, the pencil, and the paint, Which nature's admirable picture draws ; And beautifies creation's ample dome. Like Milton's Eve, when gazing on the lake, Man makes the matchless image, man admires...
Page 68 - Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood.

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