Doubt and Other Things; Verse and Illustrations

Doubt and Other Things; Verse and Illustrations

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...oft takes Which may account for our mistakes, Our sluggishness or too great haste, Our lack of judgment or of taste. Faults of our forefathers innate, Defects of very ancient date, Harking to days before our birth, And now the cause of blame and mirth. The Prodigal 'After a youth of dissipation Attend in age to your salvation. What matters a bit of youthful sin? Return, you may be taken in.' 'Tis well the Prodigal should roam And well that sons should stay at home; They learn to care for fatted calves And with the Prodigal go halves, While he, just when he should return To eat the food he did not earn. Now in this story we should see Not the gross partiality But, from strict Justice quite apart, The higher Justice of the Heart. Fame Fame is the fleeting breath of men, Themselves as fleeting as their breath--Motes on the edge of Life's great wheel Ever revolving down to Death. How hard they strive, each little mote, To leave some word that men may quote. If they succeed 'tis heard a day; Then quoted and quoter pass away. But not so fast--for it is plain Eternal Striving doth remain And may be found when all is done, The very essence of the fun. (May, 1920.) Superstition How Superstition still holds sway Is shown in Stratford every day Where certain doggerel-guarded stones Hold undisturbed the poet's bones. Indeed we think 'twill be the worse For that sacrilegious wight Who dares face that rustic curse And bring great Shakespeare's skull to light, And show what once was packed with wit Lying dull and void of it. All long to see--but stop at that. Bold must he be, who bells that cat. (June, 1920.) In Old Books Thoughts sincere lie buried here covered with dust, And must like dust all disappear; Could they in tenuous threads span the abyss more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123689507X
  • 9781236895073