The Ridpath Library Of Universal Literature Volume 2; A Biographical And Bibliographical Summary Of…

Paperback | May 7, 2012

byJohn Clark Ridpath

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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. 1903 Excerpt: ...love and buried wo. I did not waste the gifts which nature gave, Nor slothful lay in the Circean bower; Nor did I yield myself the willing slave Of lust for pride for riches or for power. No! in my heart a nobler spirit dwelt, For constant was my faith in manhood's dower Man--made in God's image--and thus I felt How of our own accord we courted shame, Until to idols like ourselves we knelt, And so renounced the great and glorious claim Of freedom--our immortal heritage. I saw how Bigotry, with spiteful aim, Smote at the searching eyesight of the Sage; How Error stole behind the steps of Truth, And cast delusion on the sacred page, So, as a champion, even in earliest youth, I waged my battle with a purpose keen; Nor feared the hand of Terror, nor the tooth Of serpent Jealousy. And I have been With starry Galileo in his cell--That wise magician, with the brow serene, Who fathomed space; and I have seen him tell The wonders of the planetary sphere, And trace the ramparts of heaven's citadel On the cold flag-stones of his dungeon drear. And I have walked with Hampden and with Vane--Names once so gracious to an English ear, In days that never may return again. My voice--though not the loudest--hath been heard Whenever Freedom raised her cry of pain; And the faint efforts of the humble bard Have roused up thousands from their lethargy. To speak in words of thunder. What reward Was mine or theirs? It matters not, for I Am but a leaf cast on the whirling tide, Without a hope or wish, except to die.--But Truth, asserted once, must still abide, Unquenchable, as are those fiery springs Which day and night gush from the mountain side; Perpetual meteors, girt with lambent wings, Which the wild tempest tosses to and fro, But cannot conquer with the force it brings. Yet I...

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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. 1903 Excerpt: ...love and buried wo. I did not waste the gifts which nature gave, Nor slothful lay in the Circean bower; Nor did I yield myself t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:May 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021736862X

ISBN - 13:9780217368629

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