Lilliput Lectures

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James Bowden, 1897 - Children - 187 pages

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Page 34 - And talks to itself on the top of the hills. You, friendly Earth ! how far do you go With the wheat fields that nod and the rivers that flow, With cities and gardens, and cliffs and isles, And people upon you for thousands of miles ? Ah, you are so great, and I am so small, I tremble to think of you, World, at all; And yet, when I said my prayers to-day, A whisper within me seemed to say...
Page 35 - Ah, you are so great and I am so small, I tremble to think of you, World, at all; And yet, when I said my prayers to-day, A whisper inside me seemed to say, "You are more than the Earth, though you are such a dot: You can love and think, and the Earth cannot!
Page 161 - I heard the baby crow and cry. And I thought to myself, How nice it is For me to live in a world like this, Where things can happen, and clocks can strike, And none of the people are made alike; Where Love wants this, and Pain wants that, Where all our hearts want Tit for Tat...
Page 160 - WORLD. 1SAW a new world in my dream, Where all the folks alike did seem : There was no Child, there was no Mother, There was no Change, there was no Other. For everything was Same, the Same ; There was no praise, there was no blame ; There was neither Need nor Help for it ; There was nothing fitting, or unfit. Nobody laughed, nobody wept ; None grew weary, so none slept ; There was nobody born, and nobody wed ; This world was a world of the living-dead. I...
Page 35 - Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful World, With the wonderful water round you curled, And the wonderful grass upon your breast — World, you are beautifully dressed. The wonderful air is over me. And the wonderful wind is shaking the tree, It walks on the water, and whirls the mills, And talks to itself on the top of the hills.
Page 44 - TNTO the skies, one summer's day, I sent a little Thought away ; Up to where, in the blue round, The sun sat shining without sound. Then my Thought came back to me. — Little Thought, what did you see In the regions whence you come? And when I spoke, my Thought was dumb. But she breathed of what was there, In the pure bright upper air; And, because my Thought so shone, I knew she had been shone upon. Next, by night a Thought I sent Up into the firmament ; When the eager stars were out, And the still...
Page 149 - If I be ruled in other wise, My lot is cast with all that dies, With things that harm, and things that hate, And roam by night, and miss the Gate, — 5.
Page 132 - The generations of the earth; I looked on saints and heroes crowned, And love as wide as heaven is round; I thought, How wonderful it is! — My soul said, There is more than this. Sometimes I have an awful thought That bids me do the thing I ought, It comes like wind, it burns like flame, How shall I give that thought a name? It draws me like a loving kiss — My soul says, There is more than this.
Page 118 - ... Little joys that come and go If you did not love me so ? Father, now my prayer is said, Lay your hand upon my head ! Pleasures pass from day to day, But I know that love will stay. While I sleep it will be near ; I shall wake and find it here; I shall feel it in the air, When I say my morning prayer. And when things are sad or wrong, Then I know that love is strong ; When I ache or when I weep, Then I know that love is deep.

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