Feathers from a Moulting Muse

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byHenry Jackson Sargent

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854. Excerpt: ... DEDICATORY. TO MY WIVE Dear Maggie, come here! Sit thee down by my side, I need a protector, a patron, a friend! My boat is adrift on a critical tide, And Heaven only knows how the voyage may end. My old friend, "Walter Anonym," would have dedicated this little book "To the Public," not having, I suppose, any wife of his own. He was very easily persuaded (just previous to his death), however, of the absurdity of his proposition, upon my representation that it would be deemed by the printer and publisher a most satirical compliment.--H. J. S. Or, in plain, prosy English, my desperate Muse Would dare, with your sanction, to wander in rhyme. Don't laugh,--I 'm in earnest! You cannot refuse To loan me your altar a very short time. On that altar unbribed, for your lot is mine own, And one fate, as one faith, doth our destiny prove, Are these garlands of fancy confidingly thrown, Not asking your favor, but speaking my love. I Might have taken loftier flights, As others have, alas! Who, soaring after Tragedy, Dropped headlong into Farce;--Might have translated foreign tongues, (With Dictionary's aid,) And thus have ranked proportionate With the pretence I made;--Or might have walked, in 'broidered robe, Through mythologic grove, And given you the Christian names Of Goddesses above, Who wantonly have smiled on me, Or given me a pat; From "Blackwell's" quaint "Mythology" I could have stolen that;-- Might have indited solid things, Read only by the shelves; Arabic to the million, And dead letters to themselves;--Or goaded my ambition Into artificial rage, A scientific lunatic, Requiring no cage. I might have spurred old "Pegasus," The Epic stream to cross; And, like my friend "Bellerophon," Have tumbled with my horse;--Might have off-scissored my "moustache," Lett...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854. Excerpt: ... DEDICATORY. TO MY WIVE Dear Maggie, come here! Sit thee down by my side, I need a protector, a patron, a friend! My boat is ad...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217836089

ISBN - 13:9780217836081

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