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The Yale literary magazine (v. 12,no. 7)

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Pages: 62

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Yale University

Excerpt from book: gether, for the sake of any given end that may be attained without so great a sacrifice ? Does duty require it ? Does not God forbid it ? The true position of every man who possesses influence, is that of a progressive conservative, watching carefully the signs of the times, and keeping even with the front rank of society in every one of those reforms, religious, moral, and social, which so deeply concern its welfare. He will thus be radical in nothing, but will be fully prepared to take advantage of every progressive step in the enlightenment of community, to press with equal step the progress of universal reform. A JUMBLE OF SUNDRIES. DEDICATED TO JOHN DOE, BY HIS PROFESSIONAL FRIEND, RICHARD ROE. NO. I. I Am a believer in the doctrine that " Large streams from little fountains flow." "Tis not the birthplace that makes the man : nor does that spot always imprint the features of its character upon its natives. The serpent springs to life amid the beauties of the meadow, and receives the baneful subtlety of his nature in the peaceful sunshine. Spiders weave their gossamer nets and gather poison from the fairest flower that lifts its light bell upward to the dew of heaven. But the ostrich, whose silken plumage so often lends a richness to enhance the charms of woman, is hatched upon the scorching desert-sands. Pearls have a dreary nativity amid the cloistered caverns of the ocean : the diamond its lustre in the dark and gloomy mine, and the most beautiful insect that is wafted on the evening breeze or glitters in the sunbeam, owes its origin to the corruption of decaying nature. Greatness does not first spread her wing from the mountain-top : nor does Happiness disdain to plume her gayest pinion in the sunlight of the peasant's home. This is intended as a drop of...  


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