Speaker's Garland and Literary Bouquet; Combining 100 Choice Selections Volume 1

Speaker's Garland and Literary Bouquet; Combining 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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...put in the lime." So fell the old empires, because the governors forgot to put justice into their governments. THE ROMANCE OF NICK VAN STANN.--Jons G. Snxm I cdnnot vouch my tale is true, Nor say, indeed, 'tis wholly new; But true or false, or new or old, I think you'll find it fairly told. A Frenchman, who had ne'er before Set foot upon a foreign shore, Weary of home, resolved to go And see what Holland had to show. He didn't know a word of Dutch, But that could hardly grieve him much; He thought, as Frenchmen always do, That all the world could "parley-voo." At length our eager tourist stands' Within the famous Netherlands, And, strolling gaily here and there, In search of something rich or rare, A lordly mansion greets his eyes: "How beautiful 1" the Frenchman cries, And, bowing to the man who sate In livery at the garden gate, -"Pray, Mr. Porter, if you please, Whose very charming grounds are these? And, pardon me, be pleased to tell Who in this splendid house may dwell?" To which, in Dutch, the puzzfed man Replied what seemed like " Nick Van Stann." "Thanks!" said the Gaul; "the owner's taste Is equally superb and chaste; So fine a house, upon my word, Not even Paris can afford. With statues, too, in every niche; Of course Monsieur Van Stann is rich, And lives, I warrant, like a king, --Ah! wealth must be a charming thing!" In Amsterdam the Frenchman meets A thousand wonders in the streets, But most he marvels to behold A lady dressed in silk and gold; Gazing with rapture on the dame, He begs to know the lady's nameI And hears, to raise his wonder more, The very words he heard before! " Mereie!" he cries; "well, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 449g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236777980
  • 9781236777980