The Writings Of James Russell Lowell (volume 3); Literary Essays

Paperback | January 3, 2012

byJames Russell Lowell

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1890. Excerpt: ... ON A CERTAIN CONDESCENSION IN FOREIGNERS 1869 Walking one day toward the Village, as we used to call it in the good old days, when almost every dweller in the town had been horn in it, I was enjoying that delicious sense of disenthralment from the actual which the deepening twilight brings with it, giving as it does a sort of obscure novelty to things familiar. The coolness, the hush, broken only by the distant bleat of some belated goat, querulous to be disburthened of her milky load, the few faint stars, more guessed as yet than seen, the sense that the coming dark would so soon fold me in the secure privacy of its disguise, -- all things combined in a result as near absolute peace as can be hoped for by a man who knows that there is a writ out against him in the hands of the printer's devil. For the moment, I was enjoying the blessed privilege of thinking without being called on to stand and deliver what I thought to the small public who are good enough to take any interest therein. I love old ways, and the path I was walking felt kindly to the feet it had known for almost fifty years. How many fleeting impressions it had shared with me! How many times I had lingered to study the shadows of the leaves mezzotinted upon the turf that edged it by the moon, of the bare boughs etched with a touch beyond Rembrandt by the same unconscious artist on the smooth page of snow! If I turned round, through dusky tree-gaps came the first twinkle of evening lamps in the dear old homestead. On Corey's hill I could see these tiny pharoses of love and home and sweet domestic thoughts flash out one by one across the blackening salt-meadow between. How much has not kerosene added to the cheerfulness of our evening landscape! A pair of night-herons flapped heavily over me toward the hidden river. The ...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1890. Excerpt: ... ON A CERTAIN CONDESCENSION IN FOREIGNERS 1869 Walking one day toward the Village, as we used to call it in the good old days, when almost every dweller in...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217137385

ISBN - 13:9780217137386

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