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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. 1881 Excerpt: ...slight. The air for the wing of the sparrow, The bush for the robin and wren, But alway the path that is narrow And straight, for the children of men. 'T is not in the pages of story The heart of its ills to beguile, Though he who makes courtship to glory Gives all that he hath for her smile. For when from her heights he has won her, Alas! it is only to prove That nothing's so sacred as honor, And nothing so loyal as love!' We cannot make bargains for blisses, Nor catch them like fishes in nets; And sometimes the thing our life misses, Helps more than the thing which it gets. For good lieth not in pursuing, Nor gaining of great nor of small, But just in the doing, and doing As we would be done by, is all. Alice Cary. A Woman's Answer. "Love thee?" Thou canst not ask of me So freely as I fain would give; 'T is woman's great necessity To love so long as she shall live; Therefore, if thou dost lovely prove, I cannot choose but give thee love! ' Honor thee?" By her reverence The truest woman best is known; She needs must honor where she finds A nature loftier than her own; I shall not turn from thee away, Unless I find my idol clay! "Obey?" Doth not the stronger will The weaker govern and restrain? Most sweet obedience woman yields Where wisdom, power, manhood reign. I '11 give thee, if thou canst control, The meek submission of my soul! Henceforward all my life shall be Moulded and fashioned by thine own; If wisdom, power, and constancy In all thy words and deeds are shown; Whether my vow be yea or nay, I '11 "love, and honor, and obey." Alice Cary. On a Girdle. That which her slender waist confined Shall now my joyful temples bind; No monarch but would give his crown, His arms might do what this has done. It was my heaven's ...
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