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Page 112 - Who breaks his birth's invidious bar, And grasps the skirts of happy chance, And breasts the blows of circumstance. And grapples with his evil star; Who makes by force his merit known And lives to clutch the golden keys. To mould a mighty state's decrees, And shape the whisper of the throne; And moving up from high to higher, Becomes on Fortune's crowning slope The pillar of a people's hope, The centre of a world's desire...
Page 113 - In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me : As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, While God is marching on.
Page 404 - United States ! the ages plead, — Present and Past in under-song,— Go put your creed into your deed, Nor speak with double tongue. For sea and land don't understand Nor skies without a frown See rights for which the one hand fights By the other cloven down.
Page 321 - O Swallow, Swallow, if I could follow, and light Upon her lattice, I would pipe and trill, And cheep and twitter twenty million loves. ' O were I thou that she might take me in, And lay me on her bosom, and her heart Would rock the snowy cradle till I died. 'Why...
Page 301 - First — That all commissioned officers in the command of said Benjamin F. Butler be declared not entitled to be considered as soldiers engaged in honorable warfare, but as robbers and criminals, deserving death ; and that they and each of them be, whenever captured, reserved for execution.
Page 98 - I believe what has just fallen from his lips is the honest sentiment of his heart ; and, in uttering it he has made a new epoch in the history of this war ; he has done a new thing under the sun ; he has done a brave thing. It is braver than to face cannon and musketry, and I honor him for his candor and frankness. But now I ask you to take away the flag of truce, and I will go back inside the union lines and speak of what he has done. I am reminded by it of .a distinguished character in
Page 337 - States might summon to his aid the whole able-bodied force of his precinct, all bystanders, including not only the. citizens generally, "but any and all organized armed forces, whether militia of the State, or officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines of the United States," to join in the chase and hunt down the fugitive. Now, gentlemen, if, for the purpose of making eternal slavery the lot of an American, you could send your marshals, summon your fosse, and use the armed force of the United States...
Page 99 - But now, when tens of thousands of brave souls have gone up to God under the shadow of the flag; when thousands more, maimed and shattered in the contest, are sadly awaiting the deliverance of death; now, when three years of terrific warfare have raged over us, when our armies have pushed the rebellion back over mountains and rivers, and crowded it into narrow limits.