Life Scenes and Social Sketches

Life Scenes and Social Sketches

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ... and love of the beautiful to his latter days. He will find it to be the green oasis in his desert, where otherwise it would be like Dead Sea fruits to tempt the eye. Bat tarn to ashes on the lips." ' The ideal fairies of his bojhood he will meet with in his latter days in a more practical shape, for they are but the mere ideal embodiment of the ever working goodness of a gracious Providence that blossoms around our path; that cheers us in the hours of our affliction; whispers words of comfort in our ear, when sorrow has made our heart its seat; that gives us warning not to be too selfconfident in the days of our prosperity; that watches over and protects us wherever we go, and whatever we do. We would not rudely destroy the idea of our guardian angels, for in childhood's simple dreams it is the loadstone--it is the brilliant thought that keeps him from evil. When a little boy lies in the meadows, watching a gilded butterfly, do not disturb his dreams or speak harshly to him. He is communing with his spirit, and who shall say whether his day-dreams are not made glad by the thought of his Saviour and of his guardian angel. jN a cold and stormy day, in January, I was visiting that portion of Tipperary which abuts on County Waterford. The wind blew in fitful gusts among the leafless tress. Many a stray leaf, "the last of its clan," was scattered on the road-way. The heavy clouds which hung on the brow of Slievenamon, betokening rain, seemed still more dull from the contrast which one occasional glimpse of sunshine afforded. I had almost unconsciously crossed the river Suir, which, for so long a distance, forms the boundary of the two counties. The scene was intensely rural, reminding one of the vales and hills of my native...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236791223
  • 9781236791221