A Wreath of Virginia Bay Leaves: Poems of James Barron Hope

West, Johnston & Company, 1895 - 158 páginas

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Página 26 - If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions : I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
Página 40 - And gabbling goose, and noisy brood-hen — all Responding to yon strutting gobbler's call. The dew is thick upon the velvet grass, The porch-rails hold it in translucent drops, And as the cattle from...
Página 42 - Over the farm is brooding silence now, — No reaper's song, no raven's clangor harsh, No bleat of sheep, no distant low of cow, No croak of frogs within the spreading marsh, No bragging cock from littered farmyard crows, — The scene is steeped in silence and repose. A trembling haze hangs over all the fields, — The panting cattle in the river stand, Seeking the coolness which its wave scarce yields.
Página 42 - Sabbath through the drowsy land ; So hushed is all beneath the summer's spell, I pause and listen for some faint church bell. The leaves are motionless — the song bird's mute — The very air seems somnolent and sick ; The spreading branches with o'erripened fruit Show in the sunshine all their clusters thick, While now and then a mellow apple falls With a dull sound within the orchard's walls.
Página 156 - It is a shut-in sea, The Pillars overlooking it Are Washington and Lee : — And a future spreads before us Not unworthy of the free. And here and now, my Countrymen, Upon this sacred sod, Let us feel : it was " OUR FATHER " Who above us held the rod, And from hills to sea, Like Robert Lee, Bow reverently to GOD.
Página 19 - Knightly hearts were their's and brave, Men and horses without number All the furrowed ground encumber — Falling fast to their last slumber — Bloody slumber ! bloody grave ! Of that charge at Balaklava — In its chivalry sublime — Vivid, grand, historic pages Shall descend to future ages ; Poets, painters, hoary sages Shall record it for all time : Telling how those English horsemen...
Página 148 - Give back the evening's glories In a wealth of blazing gold; So does the present from its waves Reflect the lights of old. Our history is a shifting sea, Locked in by lofty land, And its great Pillars of Hercules, Above the shining sand, I here behold in majesty Uprising on each hand. These Pillars of our history, In fame forever young, Are known in every latitude And named in every tongue, And down through all the ages Their story shall be sung.
Página 89 - Arms and the Man, *) A Metrical Address recited on the one hundredth anniversary of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, on invitation of the United States Congress, October 19, 1881.
Página 153 - Knight. His was all the Norman's polish And sobriety of grace ; All the Goth's majestic figure ; All the Roman's noble face ; And he stood the tall exemplar Of a grand historic race. Baronial were his acres where Potomac's waters run; High his lineage, and his blazon Was by cunning heralds done; But better still he might have said Of his "works" he was the "son." Truth walked beside him always From his childhood's early years, Honor followed as his shadow, Valor lightened all his cares : And he rode...
Página 151 - Then stand up, oh, my countrymen ! And unto God give thanks, On mountains and on hillsides And by sloping river banks — Thank God that you were worthy Of the grand Confederate ranks ; That you who came from uplands And from beside the sea Filled with love of old Virginia And the teachings of the free, May boast in sight of all men Peace has come.

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