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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. 1835 Excerpt: ... life, though hurt, we slacken pace And gather by the way-side herbs and roots To staunch our wounds, secure frorn further harm... We are assail'd to life's extremest verge. It will be well indeed if I return, A harmless busy fool, to my old ways! I would forget hints of another fate Significant enough, which silent hours Have lately scared me with. Fest. Another! and what? Par. After all, Festus, you say well: I am A man yet--I need never humble me; I would have been--something, I know not what; But though I cannot soar, I do not crawl: There are worse portions than this one of mine; You say well... Eest. Ah!... Par. And deeper degradation: If the mean stimulants of vulgar praise, And vanity, should become the chosen food Of a sunk mind; should stifle even the wish To find its early aspirations true; Should teach it to breathe falsehood like life-breath--An atmosphere of craft, and trick, and lies--Should make it proud to emulate or surpass Base natures in the practices which woke Its most indignant loathing once... No, no: Utter damnation is reserved for Hell! I had immortal feelings--such shall never Be wholly quench'd--no, no. My friend, you wear A melancholy face, and certain 'tis, There's little cheer in all this dismal work; But 'twas not my desire to set abroach Such memories and forebodings. I foresaw Where they would drive; 'twere better to discuss News of Lucerne or Zurich; or to tell Of Egypt's flaring sky, or Spain's cork-groves. Fest. I have thought: trust me, this mood will pass away. I know you, and the lofty spirit you bear, And easily ravel out a clue to all: These are the trials meet for such as you, Nor must you hope exemption: to be mortal Is to be plied with trials manifold. Look round! the obstacles which kept the rest From your ambit... Hide synopsis

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