The Speaker's Garland; Comprising 100 Choice Selections ... Volume 1

The Speaker's Garland; Comprising 100 Choice Selections ... 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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... agony. His child could be saved only at the cost of other lives committed to his care. The brave man did his duty, but the child was drowned. The pass at Thermopylse was not more heroically kept. Sir Philip Sydney, giving the cup of cold water to the dymg soldier, is not a nobler figure tuuu that of Albert t. Drecker, keeping the Passaic bridge. Drecker, the draw-bridge keeper, opened wide The dangerous gate, to let the vessel through; His little son was standing by his side, Above Passaic river, deep and blue; While in the distance, like a moan of pain, Was heard the whistle of the coming train. At once brave Drecker worked to swing it back, --The gate-like bridge, that seems a gate of death; Nearer and nearer, on the slender track, Came the swift engine, puffing its white breath. Then, with a shriek, the loving father saw His darling boy fall headlong from the draw. Either at once down in the stream to spring And save his son, and let the living freight Rush on to death, or to his work to cling, And leave his boy unhelped to meet his fate; Which should he do? Were you, as he was, tried, Would not your love outweigh all else beside? And yet the child to him was full as dear As yours may be to you, --the light of eyes, A presence like a brighter atmosphere, The household star that shone in love's mild skiefl, --Yet side by side with duty, stern and grim, Even his child became as nought to him. For Drecker, being great of soul, and true, Held to his work, and did not aid his boy, Who in the deep, dark water sank from view. Then from the father's life went forth all joy; But, as he fell back, pallid with his pain, Across the bridge, in safety, passed the train. And yet the man was poor, and in his breast Flowed no ancestral blood of king more

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  • English
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