A Brief Account of a Voyage to England and America

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Printed at the Presbyterian Mission Press, 1851 - 88 páginas

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Página 25 - We have, above ground, seen some strange mutations ; The Roman Empire has begun and ended, New worlds have risen — we have lost old nations, And countless kings have into dust been humbled, While not a fragment of thy flesh has crumbled.
Página 25 - Or doffed thine own to let Queen Dido pass, Or held, by Solomon's own invitation, A torch at the great temple's dedication. I need not ask thee if that hand, when...
Página 24 - Thebes's streets three thousand years ago, When the Memnonium was in all its glory, And time had .not begun to overthrow Those temples, palaces, and piles stupendous, Of which the very ruins are tremendous.
Página 59 - Thus was this place, A happy rural seat of various view : Groves whose rich trees wept odorous gums and balm ; Others whose fruit, burnished with golden rind, Hung amiable — Hesperian fables true, If true, here only — and of delicious taste.
Página 59 - Betwixt them lawns, or level downs, and flocks Grazing the tender herb, were interposed, Or palmy hillock ; or the flowery lap Of some irriguous valley spread her store, Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose : Another side, umbrageous grots and caves Of cool recess, o'er which the mantling vine Lays forth her purple grape, and gently creeps Luxuriant...
Página 25 - And tears adown that dusty cheek have rolled : — Have children climbed those knees, and kissed that face ? What was thy name and station, age and race ? Statue of flesh ! — Immortal of the dead ! Imperishable type of evanescence ! Posthumous man, — who quitt'st thy narrow bed, And standest undecayed within our presence ! Thou wilt hear nothing...
Página 59 - Another side, umbrageous grots and caves Of cool recess, o'er which the mantling vine Lays forth her purple grape, and gently creeps Luxuriant : meanwhile murmuring waters fall Down the slope hills, dispersed, or in a lake, That to the fringed bank with myrtle crown'd Her crystal mirror holds, unite their streams. The birds their choir apply ; airs, vernal airs, Breathing the smell of field and grove, attune The trembling leaves, while universal Pan, Knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance, Led...
Página 24 - Tell us, for doubtless thou canst recollect, To whom should we assign the Sphinx's fame ? Was Cheops or Cephrenes architect Of either pyramid that bears his name ? Is Pompey's pillar really a misnomer ? Had Thebes a hundred gates, as sung by Homer...
Página 25 - O'erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis; And shook the Pyramids with fear and wonder, When the gigantic Memnon fell asunder ? If the tomb's secrets may not be confessed, The nature of thy private life unfold: A heart has throbbed beneath that leathern breast, And tears adown that dusky cheek have rolled; Have children climbed those knees and kissed that face ; What was thy name and station, age and race ? Statue of flesh! Immortal of the dead! Imperishable type of evanescence! Posthumous man, who quit...
Página 58 - Insuperable height of loftiest shade, Cedar, and pine, and fir, and branching palm, A sylvan scene; and as the ranks ascend Shade above shade, a woody theatre Of stateliest view.

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