One hundred choice selections in poetry and prose Volume 29

9781130370683: One hundred choice selections in poetry and prose Volume 29

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. 1890 Excerpt: ...her a terrible blow; 'Food, food,' I yelled, 'quick, give me food, or by heaven out you go!' Just then our babe from its cradle sent up a famished wail, My wife caught up the little form, with its face so thin and pale, Saying, 'James! my once kind husband, you know we've had no food For near a week. Oh, do not harm my Willie that's so good. With a wild Ha! ha! I seized them, and lifted the latch of the door; The storm burst in, but I hurled them out in the tempest's wildest roar, A terrible impulse bore me on, so I turned to my little lad, And snatched him from his slumbering rest--the thought near drives me mad. To the door I fiercely dragged him, grasping his slender th roat, And thrust him out, but his hand had caught the pocket of my coat. I could not wrench his frenzied hold, so I hit him with my fist, Then shutting the door upon his arm it severed at the wrist. I awoke in the morn from a stupor and idly opened the door; With a moan I started backward--two forms fell fiat to the floor. The blood like burning arrows shot right up to my dazed brain, As I called my wife by the dearest words; but, alas! I called in vain. The thought of my boy flashed on me, I imprinted one fervent kiss On those frozen lis; then searched around, but from that black day to this My injured boy I've never seen--"He paused awhile and wept, And I saw the tears on my lather's cheek as I closer to him crept. Once more the old man faltering said, " Ten long, long yearn 1 served, With an aching heart, in a felon's cell, the sentence I deserved; But there's yet a gleam of sunshine in my life's beclouded sky, And 1 loug to meet my loved ones in the better land on high!" The pledge book lay on the table, just where the old man stood, He asked the men to sign it, and sev...

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