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The complete poetical works of Oliver Wendell Holmes ; illustrated

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  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:186
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.8
  • Dimensions (in):0.4 x 7.3 x 9.5
  • Publication Date:May 9, 2012
  • ISBN:1231108959
  • EAN:9781231108956
  • ASIN:1231108959
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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. 1890 Excerpt: ...Reptiles that left their footprints in the sand Of old sea-margins that have turned to stone. And men who learned their ritual; we demand To know him first, then trust him and then love When we have found him worthy of our love, Tried by our own poor hearts and not before; He must be truer than the truest friend, He must be tenderer than a woman's love, A father better than the best of sires; Kinder than she who bore us, though we sin Oftener than did the brother we are told, We--poor ill-tempered mortals--mast forgive, Though seven times sinning threescore times and ten. This is the new world's gospel: Be ye men! Try well the legends of the children's time; Ye are the chosen people, God has led Your steps across the desert of the deep As now across the desert of the shore; Mountains are cleft before you as the sen Before the wandering tribe of Israel's sons; Still onward rolls the thunderous caravan, Its coming printed on the western sky, A cloud by day, by night a pillared flame; Your prophets are a hundred unto one Of them of old who cried, "Thus saith the Lord "; They told of cities that should fall in heaps, But yours of mightier cities thut shull rise Where yet the lonely fishers spread their nets, Where hides the fox aiid hoots the midnight owl; The tree of knowledge in your garden grows Not single, but at every humble door; Its branches lend you their immortal food, That fills you with the sense of what ye are, No servants of an altar hewed and carved From senseless stone by craft of human hands, Rabbi, or dervish, brahmin, bishop, bonze, But masters of the charm with which they work To keep your hands from that forbidden tree! Ye that have tasted that divinest fruit, Look on this world of yours with opened eyes! Ye are as gods! Nay, maker...

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