Paddle Your Own Canoe; And Other Poems

Paddle Your Own Canoe; 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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... ways. And thou hast kept the pledge, thro' stress and strain, Thro' doubt and danger, weariness and strife-Doing what man may do, with hand and brain, Forgetting self to the last hour of life. The nations saw thee, helpless at Khartoom, Besieged by savage hordes and doomed to death-Saw thee go bravely to thy martyrdom, Yet stood with idle hands and bated breath. So much, and single-handed, thou hadst done To lift the darkness where misrule was rife; So much imperiled and so grandly won, Men deemed that thou didst bear a charmed life. We can not estimate thy work; it lies Beyond the range and reach of human ken, But never man made greater sacrifice To help the Iowliest of his fellow men. SORROW SAlD: "O Sorrow, shall we never part? Thy face is gruesome and thy hand is strong, And, when thy shadow lies upon my heart, Life is too long. " I met thee, sometimes, when my step was light, Ere time had writ a legend on my brow; Then thou didst tarry only for a night-Why linger now?" The Holy One declared in Galilee, " Blessed are they that mourn "--but all in vain Thy bitter ministries have been to me, Or little gain. Nay, thou art not an angel, in disguise, Whose sable garb conceals celestial wings, But born of sin, in man's lost paradise, With poison stings. ln thy fell presence, human love, distraught, Casts down its whilom idol and the brain Coins broken linklets of distempered thought, In reason's chain. SORROW Since Eden's gates were closed with bar and ban, Against the hapless exiles doomed to death, Thy steps have followed every mortal man To life's last breath. No day in all the ages marked by time, Passed from thy gloomy presence far and free No peopled spot on earth--no...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236986474
  • 9781236986474