Obermann; Selections from Letters to a Friend Volume 2

Obermann; Selections from Letters to a Friend Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... filled? Power is wearisome; pleasure is illusive; glory is for our ashes; religion is for the unhappy; love once had the colors of life, but darkness comes, the rose withers and falls, and eternal night closes upon us.... I see without regret the giant tree, which has been nourished by two hundred springs, now lying prostrate upon the earth, and struck, with death. It has fed and sheltered thousands of animate beings; it has drunk of the waters of the air, and has stood firm against the tempest winds; now it lies dead among trees born of its seed. Its destiny is fulfilled; it has received the promise; and though it is no more, it has been. But the fir which has, by chance, taken root on the margin of the swamp, grows wild, strong, and proud, like a son of the deep forests; fruitless energy! Its roots drink of fetid water, they strike down into the foul mire; its trunk becomes weak and exhausted; its topmost branches, blown over by the heavy, moist winds, bow their heads with discouragement; its seed, scarce and feeble, useless and unproductive, falls into the mire and is lost. Languishing, formless, yellowed, old before its time, and already bending limply over the morass, it seems to crave the storm which is to fell it to the earth. Its life has ceased long before its fall. Letter LXXVIII Imenstrim, July 16th, gth year. I AGREE with you entirely. There is something which sustains the soul in this communion with the thinking beings of other centuries. The thought that some day we may stand beside Pythagoras, Plutarch, or Ossian, on the bookshelves of a future L, is an inspiring illusion, and one of the noblest pleasures of man.... But he who has seen bitter tears moistening the cheek of the unhappy, dreams of a yet more captivating fantasy. He...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236675975
  • 9781236675972