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Seite 326 - Eternal HOPE ! when yonder spheres sublime Peal'd their first notes to sound the march of Time, Thy joyous youth began — but not to fade. — When all the sister planets have decay'd ; When wrapt in fire the realms of ether glow, And Heaven's last thunder shakes the world below ; Thou, undismay'd, shalt o'er the ruins smile, And light thy torch at Nature's funeral pile ! NOTES.
Seite 188 - I do not know what I may appear to the world ; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Seite 132 - Those evening clouds, that setting ray And beauteous tints, serve to display Their great Creator's praise ; Then let the short-lived thing call'd man, Whose life's comprised within a span. To Him his homage raise. " We often praise the evening clouds, And tints so gay and bold, But seldom think upon our God, Who tinged these clouds with gold...
Seite 129 - I was sent to the second class of the Grammar School, or High School of Edinburgh, then taught by Mr. Luke Fraser, a good Latin scholar and a very worthy man. Though I had received, with my brothers, in private, lessons of Latin from Mr. James French, now a minister of the Kirk of Scotland, I was nevertheless rather behind the class in which I was placed both in years and in progress.
Seite 130 - Brown's fireside, and happy was he that could sit next to the inexhaustible narrator. I was also, though often negligent of my own task, always ready to assist my friends, and hence I had a little party of staunch partisans and adherents, stout of hand and heart, though somewhat dull of head — the very tools for raising a hero to eminence. So, on the whole, I made a brighter figure in the yards than in the class* My father did not trust our education solely to our High School lessons.
Seite 130 - I glanced like a meteor from one end of the class to the other and commonly disgusted my kind master as much by negligence and frivolity as I occasionally pleased him by flashes of intellect and talent. Among my companions my good nature and a flow of ready imagination rendered me very popular.
Seite 130 - After having been three years under Mr Fraser, our class was, in the usual routine of the school, turned over to Dr Adam, the Rector. It was from this respectable man that I first learned the value of the knowledge I had hitherto considered only as a burdensome task.
Seite 131 - ... some degree, the difficulties of the language, and began to be sensible of its beauties. This was really gathering grapes from thistles ; nor shall I soon forget the swelling of my little pride when...
Seite 166 - The informed man, in the world, may be said to be always surrounded by what is known and friendly to him, while the ignorant man is as one in a land of strangers and enemies. A man reading a thousand volumes of ordinary books as agreeable pastime, will receive only vague impressions ; but he who studies the methodized Book of Nature, converts the great universe into a simple and sublime history, which tells of God, and may worthily occupy his attention to the end of his days.