Holiday Selections for Reading and Recitations, Specially to Christmas, New Year, Valentine's Day, Washington's Birthday, Easter, Arbor Day, Decoration Day, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving
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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...humanity to seek perfection in union? Mysterious personage! like unto thee, assuredly, there is no other mitred father in the calendar; not Jerome, nor Ambrose, nor Cyril. Thou comest attended with ten thousands of little Loves, and the air is Brush'd with the hiss of rustling wings. Singing Cupids are thy choristers and thy precentors; and instead of the crosier, thy mystical arrow is borne before thee. In other words, this is the day on which those charming little missives, ycleped Valentines, cross and intercross each other at every street and turning. As the raven himself was hoarse that announced the fatal entrance of Duncan, so the knock of the postman on this day is light, airy, confident, and befit ting one that bringeth good tidings. It is less me chanical than on other days; you will say, "That is not the postman, I am sure." Visions of Love, of Cupids, of Hymens!--delightful eternal commonplaces, which, "having been, will always be;" which no schoolboy nor schoolman can write away; having your irreversible throne in the fancy and affections, --what are your transports when the happy maiden, opening with careful finger, not to break the emblematic seal, bursts upon the sight of some well-designed allegory, some youthful fancy, not without verses Lovers, all A madrigal, or some such device, not over-abundant in sense. But all valentines are not foolish. A young man wishing to repay a young maiden for many a favor she had done him, he wrought, unseen and unsuspected, a wondrous work. It was on the finest gilt paper with borders, full, not of common hearts and heartless allegory, but of all the prettiest stories of love from Ovid and older poets than Ovid (he was a scholar). There was Pyramus and...
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