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The Rose: Or, Affection's Gift, for 1846

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Pages: 130

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Emily Marshall

Excerpt from book: About the hour of ten next morning, just as its inhabitants were proceeding to church, Maurice appeared, now drawing, in his turn, up the street leading to the church his blushing sister, half-smothered with the flowers showered upon her by the whole closely-following population of her native village. The good priest, apprised of their happy return, caused the brother to lead his sister to the foot of the altar, and founding on this living text a most affecting exhortation to Christian charity and fraternal love, and again blessing the maid he held out as a pattern to all around, alluded, in a voice faltering with emotion, to his former words of encouragement, asking, " Said I not truly, daughter, that the God who approved would protect you?" WHAT IS LIFE? Resembles life what once was held of light, Too ample in itself for human sight ? An absolute self? an element ungrounded ? All that we see, all colors of all shade By encroach of darkness made ? Is very life by consciousness unbounded ? And all the thoughts, pains, joys of mortal breath, A war-embrace of wrestling life and death ? LOVE'S PHILOSOPHY. The fountains mingle with the river, And the rivers with the ocean: The winds of heaven mix for ever With a sweet emotion: Nothing in the world is single : All things by a law divine In one another's being mingle— Why not I with thine 1 See the mountains kiss high heaven, And the waves clasp one another : No sister flower would be forgiven If it disdain'd its brother: And the sunlight clasps the earth, And the moonbeams kiss the sea, What are all these kissings worth, If thou kiss not me 1 THE SISTERS. Sister, I cannot read to-day: Before my eyes the letters stream: Now—one by one—they fade away, Like shadows in a dream: ...  

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