A Sketch of My Friend's Family: Intended to Suggest Some Practical Hints on Religion and Domestic Manners

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Amer. S. School Union, 1826 - English fiction - 108 pages

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Page 57 - My panting side was charged, when I withdrew, To seek a tranquil death in distant shades. There was I found by one who had himself Been hurt by the archers. In his side he bore, And in his hands and feet, the cruel scars. With gentle force soliciting the darts, He drew them forth, and heal'd, and bade me live.
Page 34 - For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Page 3 - Domestic happiness, thou only bliss Of paradise that has survived the fall ! Though few now taste thee unimpaired and pure, Or tasting, long enjoy thee, too infirm Or too incautious to preserve thy sweets Unmixed with drops of bitter, which neglect Or temper sheds into thy crystal cup ; Thou art the nurse of virtue. In thine arms She smiles, appearing, as in truth she is, Heaven-born and destined to the skies again.
Page 92 - AT summer eve, when Heaven's ethereal bow Spans with bright arch the glittering hills below, Why to yon mountain turns the musing eye, Whose sunbright summit mingles with the sky ? Why do those cliffs of shadowy tint appear More sweet than all the landscape smiling near ?'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, And robes the mountain in its azure hue.
Page 29 - What is all righteousness that men devise ? What — but a ^sordid bargain for the skies? But Christ as soon would abdicate his own, As stoop from heaven to sell the proud a throne.
Page 68 - Alas, ye sigh : Make then, while yet ye may, your God your friend, And learn with equal ease to sleep or die ! Nor think the Muse, whose sober voice ye hear, Contracts with bigot frown her sullen brow ; Casts round Religion's orb the mists of fear, Or shades with horrors, what with smiles should glow.
Page 40 - Mr. Clifford's house were few and select ; yet even in this limited circle, there were some, whose conduct might provoke the interrogative reproach ; and in whose extenuation charity herself can plead no more. We had not risen'from the breakfast-table one morning, \vlien a female, rather young, and fashionably dressed, entered the room.
Page 99 - The Seasons thus, As ceaseless round a jarring world they roll, Still find them happy ; and consenting SPRING Sheds her own rosy garland on their heads : Till evening comes at last, serene and mild ; When after the long vernal day of life...
Page 22 - Tis he, the Lamb, to him we fly, While the dread tempest passes by ; God sees his "Well-beloved's face, And spares us in our hiding-place.
Page 92 - More sweet than all the landscape smiling near ?'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, And robes the mountain in its azure hue. Thus, with delight, we linger to survey The promised joys of life's unmeasured way ; Thus, from afar, each dim-discovered scene More pleasing seems than all the past hath been, And every form, that Fancy can- repair From dark oblivion, glows divinely there.

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