Festus, a Poem

B. B. Mussey, 1847 - 416 sider

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Side 83 - We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths ; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives Who thinks most — feels the noblest — acts the best. Life's but a means unto an end — that end Beginning, mean and end to all things — God.
Side 170 - Men who walk up to fame as to a friend Or their own house, which from the wrongful heir They have wrested, from the world's hard hand and gripe, — Men who, like Death, all bone, but all unarmed, Have ta'en the giant world by the throat, and thrown him ; And made him swear to maintain their name and fame At peril of his life...
Side 41 - Ton round still star, which looks half suffering from, And half rejoicing in its own strong fire ; Making itself a lonelihood of light, Like Deity, where'er in Heaven it dwells. How can the beauty of material things So win the heart and work upon the mind, Unless like-natured with them ? Are great things And thoughts of the same blood ? They have like effect.
Side 9 - Poetry is itself a thing of God ; He made His prophets poets ; and the more We feel of poesie do we become Like God in love and power, — under-makera.
Side 122 - tis society which sins. Look at the bee upon the wing among flowers ; How brave, how bright his life. Then mark him hived, Cramped, cringing in his self-built social cell. Thus is it in the world-hive : most where men Lie deep in cities as in drifts — death drifts, Nosing each other like a flock of sheep ; Not knowing and not caring whence nor whither They come or go, so that they fool together.
Side 290 - Our life is comely as a whole ; nay, more, Like rich brown ringlets, with odd hairs all gold. (We women have four seasons, like the year, Our spring is in our lightsome girlish days, When the heart laughs within us for sheer joy ; Ere yet we know what love is or the ill Of being loved by those whom we love not. Summer is when we love and are beloved, And seems short ; from its very splendor seems To pass the quickest ; crowned with flowers it flies.
Side 356 - The strictest and most rigid secrecy concerning any and every thing that relates to the * shall at all times be maintained. VIII. Any member who shall reveal or betray the secrets or purposes of this * shall suffer the extreme penalty of the law. Hush, thou art not to utter what I am. Bethink thee ; it was our covenant.
Side 277 - Death is another life. We bow our heads At going out, we think, and enter straight Another golden chamber of the King's, Larger than this we leave, and lovelier.
Side 304 - And its five fingers made five flights in air. God tore the glory from the sun's broad brow, And flung the flaming scalp off flat to Hell. I saw Him do it ; and it passed close by us. And then I heard a long, cold, skeleton scream, Like a trumpet whining through a catacomb, "Which made the sides of that great grave shake in.
Side 13 - Let each man think himself an act of God, His mind a thought, his life a breath of God ; And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds, To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.

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