Men and Things: Or, Short Essays on Various Subjects, Including Free Trade

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Crosby, Nichols, 1858 - 287 pages

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Page 33 - Almighty's form Glasses itself in tempests ; in all time, Calm or convulsed — in breeze, or gale, or storm, Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime Dark -heaving ; — boundless, endless, and sublime-— The image of eternity — the throne Of the Invisible ; even from out thy slime The monsters of the deep are made ; each zone Obeys thee ; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone.
Page 34 - And I have loved thee, Ocean, and my joy Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be Borne, like thy bubbles, onward: from a boy I wanton'd with thy breakers — they to me Were a delight; and if the freshening sea Made them a terror, 'twas a pleasing fear; For I was, as it were, a child of thee, And trusted to thy billows far and near, And laid my hand upon thy mane — as I do here.
Page 165 - And then the whining school-boy with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress
Page 89 - ... deeps of depravity so shocking and horrible, that their character cannot even be hinted. There are some dark shadows in human nature, which we naturally shrink from penetrating, and I made no attempt to collect information of this kind; but there was enough in the things which I could not avoid seeing and hearing — which are brought almost daily to the notice of every foreign resident — to inspire me with a powerful aversion to the Chinese race. Their touch is pollution, and, harsh as the...
Page 133 - ... the staple was the people's misery, the tactic only was changed. To confiscations had succeeded taxes, and to violence corruption ; and as to religion, there were, besides the great politico-religious sects, so many subdivisions, that it seemed, to use the words of the witty author of Hudibras, " As if religion was intended For nothing else but to be mended.
Page 34 - And I have loved thee, Ocean ! and my joy Of youthful sports was on. thy breast to,. be Borne, like thy bubbles, onward: from a boy I wantoned with thy breakers ; they to me Were a delight; and if the freshening sea Made them a terror, 't was a pleasing fear, For I was as it were a child of thee, And trusted to thy billows far and near, And laid my hand upon thy mane, as I do here.
Page 106 - The daily labours of the bee Awake my soul to industry : Who can observe the careful ant, And not provide for future want ? My dog (the trustiest of his kind) With gratitude inflames my mind : I mark his true, his faithful way, And in my service copy Tray.
Page 62 - He informs us that there is always something in the misfortunes of our best friends that does not displease us.
Page 105 - O'er books consum'd the midnight oil ? Hast thou old Greece and Rome survey'd, And the vast sense of PLATO weigh'd ? Hath SOCRATES thy soul refin'd, And hast thou fathom'd TULLY'S mind ? Or, like the wise ULYSSES thrown By various fates on realms unknown, Hast thou through many cities stray'd, Their customs, laws, and manners weigh'd...
Page 29 - Cape Cod, our dearest, native land, We leave astern, and lose Its sinking cliffs and lessening sands, While Zephyr gently blows. Bold, hardy men, with blooming age, Our sandy shores produce ; With monstrous fish they dare engage, And dangerous callings choose. Now towards the early dawning east We speed our course away, With eager minds, and joyful hearts, To meet the rising...

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