Year Book Volume . 14

Year Book Volume . 14

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...never land. And at this final gathering-place Two ways divide the human race; Here at this parting of the ways All journeying souls must halt and list, To hear the distant bugle notes From Elysian Heights or Stygian Depths; And every soul will catch the tone That calls it to its destined zone. Here leads a steep and narrow way, Where neither knave nor fool would stray; It beckons those who ne'er despised The wisdom of the lettered sage, Nor scorned to heed Urania's word, Who whispered in their mortal ear That souls with mates who've gone before May reunite at Heaven's door. The other way, descending, wide, Appeals to those who ne'er denied Their selfish instincts fullest vent. The cunning witchery of its glare Entrances such imprudent souls And lures them to the tempter's den, Where spear-tailed demons lie in wait To sting them with satanic hate. Decoying snares will hither entice All those enslaved to greed and vice: Here once a zealous book-worm strayed In quest of some forbidden tome And venturing far, he lost his way Amid the crowds and mystic paths Of this delusive devil's maze, Where sunless skies cast withering rays. But no Icarian fool was he, Like that one in Mythology Who sought with waxen wings to fly. The un re generate compositor who originally get this line came near impugning the integrity of this abstemious "Bookworm" and adding to the perils of his misadventure by a confusion of nouns and genders. He misread "tome" and made it "dame." Concealed beneath his gossamer, This canny bibliomaniac Wore pinions of asbestos made; And when he found himself in hell He spread his wings and said, "Farewell!" SOME EDGAR ALLAN POE LETTERS SOME EDGAR ALLAN POE LETTERS On October 8, 1849, the day after Edgar...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514009
  • 9781236514004