Grandmother's Story and Other Poems

Houghton, Mifflin, 1883 - 48 páginas
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Página 46 - But now his nose is thin, And it rests upon his chin, Like a staff, And a crook is in his back, And a melancholy crack In his laugh. I know it is a sin For me to sit and grin At him here; But the old three-cornered hat, And the breeches, and all that Are so queer!
Página 41 - O Damsel Dorothy ! Dorothy Q. ! Strange is the gift that I owe to you ; Such a gift as never a king Save to daughter or son might bring, — All my tenure of heart and hand, All my title to house and land; Mother and sister and child and wife And joy and sorrow and death and life! What if a hundred years ago Those close-shut lips had answered No...
Página 43 - In big, brave letters fair to see, — Your fist, old fellow ! Off they go ! — How are you, Bill? How are you, Joe?
Página 46 - And if I should live to be The last leaf upon the tree • In the spring, Let them smile, as I do now, At the old forsaken bough Where I cling.
Página 36 - First in the field before the reddening sun. Last in the shadows when the day is done, Line after line, along the bursting sod, Marks the broad acres where his feet have, trod ; Still where he treads, the stubborn clods divide, The smooth, fresh furrow opens deep and wide ; Matted and dense the tangled turf upheaves, Mellow and dark the ridgy cornfield cleaves...
Página 32 - Down fell that pretty innocent, as falls a snow-white lamb, Her hair drooped round her pallid cheeks, like seaweed on a clam. Alas for those two loving ones ! she waked not from her swound, And he was taken with the cramp, and in the waves was drowned ; But fate has metamorphosed them, in pity of their woe, And now they keep an oyster-shop for mermaids down below.
Página 31 - Then up arose the oysterman, and to himself said he, "I guess I'll leave the skiff at home, for fear that folks should see; I read it in the story-book, that, for to kiss his dear, Leander swam the Hellespont, — and I will swim this here.
Página 35 - It is a joy to straighten out one's limbs, And leap elastic from the level counter, Leaving the petty grievances of earth, The breaking thread, the din of clashing shears, And all the needles that do wound the spirit, For such a pensive hour of soothing silence. Kind Nature, shuffling in her loose undress, Lays bare her shady bosom ; — I can feel With all around me ; — I can hail the flowers That sprig earth's mantle, — and yon quiet bird, That rides the stream, is to me as a brother. The vulgar...
Página 32 - And he has leaped into the waves, and crossed the shining stream, And he has clambered up the bank, all in the moonlight gleam...
Página 48 - Our Union is river, lake, ocean, and sky; Man breaks not the medal, when God cuts the die! Though darkened with sulphur, though cloven with steel, The blue arch will brighten, the waters will heal!

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