American literature, an historical sketch. 1620-1880

9781231680599: American literature, an historical sketch. 1620-1880

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. 1882 Excerpt: loafers to grow gray in! "My eyes cloud up for rain; my mouth Will take to twitchin roun' the corners; I pity mothers, tu, down South, For all they sot among the scorners: I'd sooner take my chance to stan' At Jedgment where your meanest slave is, Than at God's bar hoi' up a ban' Ez drippin' red ez your'n, Jeff Davis! "Come, Peace! not like a mourner bowed For honor lost an' dear ones wasted, But proud to meet a people proud, With eyes that tell o' triumph tasted! Come, with han' grippin' on the hilt, An' step that proves ye Victory's daughter! Longin' for you, our sperits wilt Like shipwrecked men's on raf s for water! "Come, while our country feels the lift Of a gret instinct shoutin' forwards, An' knows that freedom a'n't a gift Thet tarries long in han's o' cowards! Come, sech ez mothers prayed for, when They kissed their cross with lips thet quivered, An' bring fair wages for brave men, A nation saved, a race delivered!" We have come a long way here from Hail Columbia, and the Star-spangled Banner. An English statesman not long ago said, "Jefferson Davis has made a nation of the South."' It is much more true to say that his frustrated conspiracy made a nation of the North. The welding heat of the Liberation war refined the hearts of the people, whom it united, by withdrawing them from the pursuit of selfish ends and the studies of European art to the realisation of patriotic aims and aspirations. During many subsequent years in America the bonds of foreign fashion were broken, and even Commerce for a season became a secondary interest. The heroic deeds and feelings of a time when, from Maine to Colorado, it has been a disgrace to have done nothing for the common cause, "Have cast in shadow all the golden lore Of cl...

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