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OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES. 1809–
Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
Set every threadbare sail,
The Cambridge Churchyard.
In their bloom ;
The Last Leaf.
At him here;
To an Insect.
From some infernal clime,
And dock the tail of Rhyme,
And since, I never dare to write
As funny as I can. The Height of the Ridiculous When the last reader reads no more. The Last Reuder, The freeman casting with unpurchased hand The vote that shakes the turrets of the land.
Poetry, a Metrical Essay 'T is the heart's current lends the cup its glow, Whate'er the fountain whence the draught may flow.
A Sentiment, Yes, child of suffering, thou mayst well be sure He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor !
A Rhymed Lesson. Urania.
Lines by a Clerk.
Answer, ye evening tapers !
The Poet's Lot. A few can touch the magic string,
And noisy Fame is proud to win them;
The Voiceless. O hearts that break and give no sign
Save whitening lip and fading tresses ! Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, As the swift seasons roll ! Leave thy low-vaulted past ! Let each new temple, nobler than the last, Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast, Till thou at length art free, Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!
The Chambered Nautilus.
His home! the Western giant smiles,
And twirls the spotty globe to find it;
never mind it.
A Good Time going
And Honor turns with frown defiant,
Laughs louder than the laughing giant. Ibid.
The Boys. Good to the heels the well-worn slipper feels
When the tired player shuffles off the buskin;
How not to settle it. A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. i.
People that make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks.
Ibid. Everybody likes and respects self-made men.
It is a great deal better to be made in that way than not to be made at all.
Ibid. Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
Ibid. ri. There is that glorious epicurean paradox uttered by my friend the historian,' in one of his flashing moments : "Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries."
To this must certainly be added that
1 John Lothrop Motley.
Said Scopas of Thessaly, "We rich men count our felicity and happi. ness to lie in these superfluities, and not in those necessary things." – Plu. TARCH : On the Love of Wealth.
other saying of one of the wittiest of men:1“Good Americans when they die go to Paris."
The Autocral of the Breakfast-Table. ri. Boston State-house is the hub of the solar system. You could n't pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crow-bar.
The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city.
Ibid. The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.
Ibid. Knowledge and timber should n't be much used till they are seasoned.
Ibid. The hat is the ultimum moriens of respectability.
Ibid. fui. To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
On the Seventieth Birthday of Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 2889).
ROBERT C. WINTHROP. 1809-
Our Country, - whether bounded by the St. John's and the Sabine, or however otherwise bounded or described, and be the measurements more or less, – still our Country, to be cherished in all our hearts, to be defended by all our hands.
Toast at Faneuil Hall on the Fourth of July, 1845. A star for every State, and a State for every star.
Address on Boston Common in 1862 There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism.
Letter to Boston Commercial Club in 1879.
1 Thomas G. Appleton.
ALDRICH. — PARKER.
The poor must be wisely visited and liberally cared for, so that mendicity shall not be tempted into mendacity, nor want exasperated into crime.
Yorktown Oration in 1881. Slavery is but half abolished, emancipation is but half completed, while millions of freemen with votes in their hands are left without education. Justice to them, the welfare of the States in which they live, the safety of the whole Republic, the dignity of the elective franchise, - all alike demand that the still remaining bonds of ignorance shall be unloosed and broken, and the minds as well as the bodies of the emancipated go free.
JAMES ALDRICH. 1810–1856.
Her suffering ended with the day,
Yet lived she at its close,
Illumed the eastern skies,
THEODORE PARKER. 1810–1860.
There is what I call the American idea. idea demands, as the proximate organization thereof, a democracy, - that is, a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people; of course, a government of the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God. For shortness' sake I will call it the idea of Freedom.'
Speech at the N. E. Antislavery Convention, Boston,
May 29, 1850.
I See Daniel Webster, page 532.