The Earthward Pilgrimage

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byMoncure Daniel Conway

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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.1870 Excerpt: ... D.--" All that's what we don't none of us know nothin' at all about." A.--" That's just what I say. So, when a feller tells me about God, I say he's tellin' me what he knows nothin' about." E.--"Well, I'll tell you what I think. So long as a man is well 'n' 'earty, he may go on thinking what he pleases about God or no God. But what does he say when he's brought down on his back, groanin' with pain? Says he, 'Lord, have mercy upon me!'" F.--" Yes, he may say so as often as he pleases, but he'll go on groanin' jest the same, unlest the doctor can do somethin' fur 'im. A good many people have said, 'Lord, have mercy!' but they 'n' their child'n go on a-dyin' all the same." The last speaker was an aged white-haired man, and his eyes twinkled like steel. His hard saying was followed by an ominous silence. He had dropped his seed into a soil too congenial, made up as it was of weary struggles with poverty and pain, not to give it root. Since the days when Chaucer's Pilgrims went to Canterbury to have their ailments healed by touching shrines, how many tears have flowed unheeded, how many sighs received no pity, how many prayers remained unanswered! A long pilgrimage it has been from St. Thomas's shrine to the desolate denials mingling with the beer and sausages of the Tabard of to-day. In how many lowly rooms--for it is no fancy sketch I have given--are such conversations going on?--one, it may be safely affirmed, for every pulpit which instructs the poor amid their sorrows to believe that there is a God who may and can relieve those sorrows if they shall pray to him sufficiently. Many aching bones must have returned from idle pilgrimages to Canterbury ere an English king could have carted its shrines to their dust-holes; and if other invisible shrines are disapp...

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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.1870 Excerpt: ... D.--" All that's what we don't none of us know nothin' at all about." A.--" That's just what I say. So, when a feller tells me a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217077684

ISBN - 13:9780217077682

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