My Lady Green Sleeves Volume 1

My Lady Green Sleeves Volume 1

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...sacrifice, and I said to myself that almost every great man that ever lived had looked ahead in his youth as I was doing, and resolved, as I was resolving, to conquer. That most great fortunes had been made by men who began as penniless lads like me, and I thought they must have done it by determining, no matter how humble might be their first avocation, by always doing a little more than their duty. And, at the end of the long vista, Sieviking and honour seemed to smile at me, and as my thoughts brightened, so did the morning; opal lights flushed the heavens, the flowers ceased to tremble, the shimmering green of the young year caught the sunlight; the morning had stretched herself, smiled, and was awake. I rose, at length, and made my way. _ homewards. With a secret exultation at my heart, no longer the child, the passive disciple of Nature, but the youth whose eager eyes looked out hopefully on the battle of life, into which he was about to plunge. That was at daybreak, this is but noon, yet in the interim I have leaped at one bound from youth to manhood, I have left for ever the illusions of youth behind me, and attained to the bitterness and infidelity of manhood. I no longer hope, I will; I do not dislike, I hate, ' I look human nature in the face, and, finding it vile, cast it underfoot, and cry aloud that it is not God's work; with the defiance of the rebel, not the courage of the hero, I buckle on my shield, and resolve to conquer, not for honour's sake, but that I may hurl back in the teeth of those who have scorned us, a contempt equal to their own. I laugh aloud, and the echo of my laughter comes back to me through the forest, harsh and ugly. I am thinking how curious it is that we should ever permit ourselves to be...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236744144
  • 9781236744142