Historical, Poetical and Pictorial American Scenes; Principally Moral and Religious Being a Selection of Interesting Incidents in American History to Which Is Added a Historical Sketch, of Each of the United States

Historical, Poetical and Pictorial American Scenes; Principally Moral and Religious Being a Selection of Interesting Incidents in American History to Which Is Added a Historical Sketch, of Each of the United States

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...The first settlers of New England, having no regular set fasts and festivals in their church discipline, appointed days of fasting on special occasions, such as times of great mortality, scarcity of provisions, and times of public dangers in times of war. Days of Thanksgiving were appointed on occasions of great joy, such as the termination of Indian and French wars, remarkable deliverances from dangers, &c., and especially for abundant crops. This ancient practice is still kept up, and has been extended to many States of our Union, who now annually appoint a day of fasting and humiliation in the spring, and a day of Thanksgiving, generally in the last of November, of each year. The " church going bell," summons the people to the house of God, where the preacher on these occasions, generally recounts the mercies of the past and other years. The scattered members of each family meet under the paternal roof, and it is of gratitude, hilarity and joy. The rolling year has well nigh fled! Crowned with the mercy of our God each season passed away! Our garners full! enough for each, and all. The father, grey with years, calls his offspring round; the mother, with willing hand, prepares the dainty treat. The festive board groans with the choicest food. Brothers and sisters meet, in friendship dear, and chastened joy. This festal day, the happiest of the year, is hailed with joyful welcome. The aged sire, with fond remembrance, and with grateful thanks, tells of the scenes of old. The young in years, blooming in life's fair morn, now meet in childish glee. The merry laugh, the noisy gambols of the joyous youth are heard around. In times of old, the red man of the forest shade, lurked round our Father's dwellings. Thirsting for blood, he...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514882
  • 9781236514882