The Conservator Volume 19-20

The Conservator Volume 19-20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... friends, is an inseparable part of these most beautiful lines. As I arose from my seat to make way for the next guest, I had the knowledge that I had just lived through a moment of life that would never be surpassed in beauty or repeated in worth. No wonder, then--with that memory ever before me--that those unreal and far-fetched things that have been said by Camdenites and a few other people concerning the personality of Whitman should never have found a haven among my beliefs. For as, " to glance with the eye confounds the learning of all times," there was no room in my mind for doubt or quibble. I saw him for what he was--the strong, natural man, making the best of the conditions that made up his immediate existence. I see Whitman, again, most clearly in wartime--neither a hero nor a soldier--only a plain man, speaking plain courageous words to the sufferers about him; ready with his hands in the performance of the most humble offices; to make a plllow of his coat or to distribute apples; " even the smell of a ripe apple," he says, " has a restoring effect upon the senses "; not approving of war, seeing its evils too keenly, yet doing all he could to relieve its scourge; The hiss of the surgeon's knife, the gnawing teeth of his saw, Wheeze, cluck, swash of falling blood, short wild scream, and long, dull, tapering groan; and then--A few large stars overhead, silent and mournful, shining. The other day I was reading some passages from Whitman to a friend, when suddenly she exclaimed: " It's curious what good things a bad man can say! " It is precisely to such people as these that he speaks when he says; You will hardly know who I am or what I mean, But I shall be good health to you, nevertheless, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236811054
  • 9781236811059