McGuffey

McGuffey

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of his earlier visits to Europe; and, in 1870-71, a translation of Homer's Iliad, in blank verse. In choice of words and accuracy of expression, Bryant is an excellent model. His imagination lacks warmth, but his pictures, especially of natural scenery, are accurate in detail and perfectly true to nature. Like Wordsworth, he is a philosopher. The following is one of Bryant's best descriptive poems. THE PRAIRIES. These are the gardens of the Desert, these The unshorn fields, boundless and beautiful, For which the speech of England has no name--The Prairies. I behold them for the first, And my heart swells, while the dilated sight Takes in the encircling vastness. Lo! they stretch, In airy undulations, far away, As if the ocean, in his gentlest swell, Stood still, with all his rounded billows fixed And motionless forever.--Motionless? No--they are all unchained again. The clouds Sweep over with their shadows, and, beneath, The surface rolls and fluctuates to the eye; Dark hollows seem to glide along, and chase The sunny ridges. Breezes of the South! Who toss the golden and the flame-like flowers, And pass the prairie-hawk that, poised on high, Flaps his broad wings, yet moves not--ye have played Among the palms of Mexico and vines Of Texas, and have crisped the limpid brooks That from the fountains of Sonora glide Into the calm Pacific--have ye fanned A nobler or a lovelier scene than this? Man hath no power in all this wondrous work: The hand that built the firmament hath heaved And smoothed these verdant swells, and sown their slopes With herbage, planted them with island groves, And hedged them round with forests. Fitting floor For this magnificent temple of the sky--With flowers whose glory and whose multitude Rival the constellations!...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236887417
  • 9781236887412