Indecision, a Tail of the Far West; And Other Poems ...

Indecision, a Tail of the Far West; And Other Poems ...

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...sources, brought its venom too. E'er since, in Eden, knowledge from the tree Of fruit forbidden curs'd humanity, Eve's children feel the weight of curious thought, To human things, with mortal sorrow fraught. Aye, knowledge borrows from its lofty source, For earthly things a superhuman force, Which, like the lightning on its midnight path, But brightens most the victims of its wrath. Who mark'd the rugged men who gather'd there, Might think they came their conquests to compare. The tripping youth, with light short rifle, bore The scalps of squirrels, bullet-stamp'd before: The bending sire, whose head was white with years, With antlers at his saddle-bow appears: One flings a reeking bear-skin o'er a bush; Another decks his cap with reynard's brush; Opossums, pheasants, quails, are strew'd around; Raccoons, hawks, eagles, turkeys stain the ground: Each brought some offering from the earth or air, To prove his skill, or swell the festive fare. Incongruously wild in every part, Their garb might well defy descriptive art; For linsy-woolsy, skins, and half-made leather, As whim or use directed, grouped together, Defied all fashion, and kept out all weather. And yet, who mark'd the air of perfect ease, The noble features, form'd to strike and please, Might fancy this a motley masquerade, Where high bred men the characters displayed. The salutations o'er, the question rose, " Who may the cause of meeting here disclose '! Have wolves, or bears, or foxes spoil'd the folds; Do panthers foray from their rocky holds; Does war-paint coat the Indian's dusky hide; Do prowling bands across the frontier glide; Is danger near, or are we call'd to see more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236921518
  • 9781236921512