Elements of Knowledge for Children, by C.M.a

Elements of Knowledge for Children, by C.M.a

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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. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...Laurentius of Haerlem, first printer! didst thou, When thou carvedst thy type of the beechen bough--By parental affection incited and taught--Didst thou see the result of thy fortunate thought? Did thy bosom swell high with prophetic pride When thine art, though rude, was successfully tried, And the tedious page, hitherto trac'd by the pen, Was multiplied freely again and again? Then the crush'd buds of learning 'gan quickly to swell, And Science, awaken'd, was roused from his cell. Lo, dark Superstition and Ignorance long Had enchain'd the misguided and blinded throng; But crest-fallen they sank: for the magical art Bade Reason, erst quelled, once again play her part. O thrice-bless'd invention! it opened a way For Religion to shine with its ancient pure ray; Then the shaded, half-lost beam of heavenly light Again burst forth with lustre all cloudless and bright, Piercing through the thick mists which for ages had cast Deep gloom o'er the future, dense shade on the past, And the dark cloud dispell'd, --Error sought all in vain Or to quench that pure light, or to dim it again. Yet 'tis never the lot of the things of earth To boast of perfection in aught at their birth; The coarse wooden types were, ere long, thrown aside; Then Gutemberg, Geinsfleitch, two brothers, next tried The cut metal types; and the metal to cast The talent of Schoeffer invented at last. Geinsfleitch was Laurentius' servant. O shame That the servant should covet the master's fame! The menial, long trusted, would steal as his own His master's just profits, perchance his renown: From Haerlem he hasten'd, and with him he hore Laurentius' types, his most highly priz'd store. To Mentz fled the robber; Mentz welcom'd her son, And thought to reap fame from the deed he had done. Then...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236508130
  • 9781236508133