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And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
And whether he's slow or spry,
Edmund Vance Cooke.
ADDRESS AT GETTYSBURG
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve
that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Address of President Lincoln at Gettysburg, Nov. 19, 1863
IF WE HAD THE TIME
If I had the time to find a place
If I had the time!
If I had the time!
MAMMA'S DIRL Ev'ry night when shadows fly, And the housework is put by, And, shut-eyed, I sit and dream Of the light on some far stream, Of the blooms I used to know In some field of long ago, Then I wonder wearily If the present holds for me Half the joys of other days, Half the gladness of old ways, And sometimes my eyes are wet With a half-forgot regret; Then comes romping in to me And up-clambers on my knee Such a blue-eyed, laughing sprite, And puts weariness to flight; Such as makes the present seem, More than yesterday, a dream Of sweet things; and so I smile O'er regrets of otherwhile, And she says, and twists a curl: "I am mamma's baby dirl!" And the while I bless my lot, Whispers: “Mamma had fordot!" I had not forgot, ah, no! Memory will sometime go Down the ways we used to tread; Ways with wondrous blossoms spread It is not that we regret, These old ways we don't forget, It is just that laughter rang, just that lilting wild birds sang
O'er those ways of yesteryear
J. M. Lewis, in Houston Post.
JOHN WESLEY'S RULE
Do all the good you can,
THE SIMPLE FAITH
Before me, even as behind,
John Greenleaf Whittier.
A MORNING PRAYER
The day returns and brings us the petty round of irritating concerns and duties. Help us to play the man, help us to perform them with laughter and kind faces, let cheerfulness abound with industry. Give us to go blithely on our business all this day, bring us to our resting beds weary and content and undishonored, and grant us in the end the gift of sleep.
Robert Louis Stevenson.
HORACE GREELEY'S SORROW We publish below a pathetic letter written by Mr. Greeley on the death of his little boy. Notwithstanding the fact that more than thirty years have passed since the words were written, they will awaken sympathy in many a heart that has known a similar grief :
My Friend The loss of my boy makes a great change in my feelings, plans and prospects. The joy of my life was comprehended in his, and I do not now feel that any personal object can strongly move me henceforth. I had thought of buying a country place, but it was for him. I had begun to love flowers and beautiful objects, because he liked them. Now, all that deeply concerns me is the evidence that we shall live hereafter, and especially that we shall live with and know those we loved here. I mean to act my part while life is spared me, but I no longer covet length of days. If I felt sure on the point of identifying and being with our loved ones in the world to come, I would prefer not to live long. As it is, I am resigned to whatever may be divinely ordered.
We had but few hours to prepare for our loss. He went to bed as hearty and happy as ever. At 5 a. m. he died.
His mother had bought him a fiddle the day before, which delighted him beyond mea