Pictures of Heroes and Lessons from Their Lives [By B. Lloyd]

Pictures of Heroes and Lessons from Their Lives [By B. Lloyd]

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ... himself amidst the groups of dark figures, and hires himself to work underground as a common miner. There, fathoms deep, beneath the stony face of the "valley-land," he wrought patiently and laboriously with pick and shovel, approaching the citadel of greatness, like a " sapper and miner," by blind galleries and underground passages. The while he digs, he talks with the mine-folk so eloquently, and upon such stirring themes, that they pause, lean upon their tools, and think that they could listen for ever to the fine youth with the bright eye and the silvery speech. He has such a noble mien also, such a stately carriage, that they are never weary of watching him. At length (it is a woman's eye that makes the discovery) it is noticed that the collar of his shirt is elaborately embroidered. That is enough; the embroidered collar fits well with the stately graces of his fine person and polished speech. Rumour that there is a persecuted noble hiding amongst them, runs like fire-damp along the winding galleries and scales the shaft, until the upper world is moved by the echo. A gentleman who lived in the mine neighbourhood caught a whisper about the handsome youth who was stirring the strong hearts of the people below, and he went down to see about it. He looked, and saw by the light of memory and of the flaming torch, A MOMENT S PEACE. 149 that it was young Gustavus Vasa, with whom he had studied some few years since at the University of Upsal. Gustavus sees that his secret is deciphered, for his old friend turns sharply away to hide a gush of tears, but not a word is said between them. Night comes, and brings a message from the Dalecarlian gentleman. Gustavus makes his way to his wooden mansion, and there joyfully accepts his...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123652960X
  • 9781236529602