Fruits of a Retired Life

Fruits of a Retired Life

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...an eternal to-morrow. THE MAIDEN'S LOOKING GLASS. As Deborah one day to her dressing room hied, Delighted, her face in the glass she espied, Suffused with a bloom that she ne'er saw before, While both her eyes sparkling a bright lustre bore, "Whence is it," she said, " that thus my cheek glows With the tints of the morning, and bloom of the rose? My face with the lily I used to compare, And well was contented to think myself fair--But now my dear looking-glass, lo! it discloses Instead of the lilies, the sweet blushing roses." While thus she admired--the bloom fled away, And her cheeks they no longer their blushes display, Most mortified then that the roseate hue, In her fine featured face, she no longer could view. "Farewell to the roses," poor Deborah cried! "How transient your beauty, how soon you have died." But the cause she discovered; for over the way, A dyer there lived, who had taken away A cloth that was hanging, whose bright scarlet hue, The tint of the roses on fair Deborah threw! From hence then ye fair ones, learn ne'er to presume On the beauty of woman's too quick fading bloom, But seek after that, which shall ne'er decay, For Virtue--that brighter blooms every day. TO MY LITTLE CANARY. Sweet little bird, from wire to wire, Thou hops in merriest glee, 0 that thou could'st my heart inspire, To sing with joy like thee. For oh! a life forlorn I lead, And mourn from day to day; The prospect once so bright is fled, And pleasure's flown away. Yet still let hope with out-stretched wings, Above this world arise, And leave behind all earthly things, For realms beyond the skies. HOME. While others, abroad upon business or pleasure, Are ever delighted to roam, Contented am I, with a book as my...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236899032
  • 9781236899033