Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.
New England Two Centuries Ago.
And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays: Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten; Every clod feels a stir of might, An instinct within it that reaches and towers, And, grasping blindly above it for light, Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers.James Russell Lowell
We kind o' thought Christ went agin war an' pillage.James Russell Lowell
And but two ways are offered to our will, Toil with rare triumph, ease with safe disgrace, The problem still for us and all of human race.James Russell Lowell
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.James Russell Lowell
And I honor the man who is willing to sinkHalf his present repute for the freedom to think,And, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak,Will risk t'other half for the freedom to speak.James Russell Lowell
I first drew in New England's air, and from her hardy breast Sucked in the tyrant-hating milk that will not let me rest.James Russell Lowell
Ef you want peace, the thing you've gut tu du Is jes' to show you're up to fightin', tu.James Russell Lowell
Then to side with Truth is noble when we share her wretched crust, Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and 't is prosperous to be just; Then it is the brave man chooses, while the coward stands aside, Doubting in his abject spirit, till his Lord is crucified.James Russell Lowell
It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested.James Russell Lowell
Put golden padlocks on Truth's lips, be callous as ye will. From soul to soul, o'er all the world, leaps one electric thrill.James Russell Lowell
Though old the thought and oft exprest, 'Tis his at last who says it best.James Russell Lowell
In general those who nothing have to say Contrive to spend the longest time in doing it.James Russell Lowell
These pearls of thought in Persian gulfs were bred, Each softly lucent as a rounded moon; The diver Omar plucked them from their bed, FitzGerald strung them on an English thread.James Russell Lowell
Daily with souls that cringe and plot, We Sinais climb and know it not.James Russell Lowell
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