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Página 177 - The meaning of Song goes deep. Who is there that, in logical words, can express the effect music has on us? A kind of inarticulate unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the Infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that!
Página 173 - But little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Página 183 - If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them ; but let me take a magnet and sweep through it, and how would it draw to itself the almost invisible particles, by the mere power of attraction ! The unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, discovers no mercies ; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet finds the iron, so...
Página 177 - Man is the creature of interest and ambition. His nature leads him forth into the struggle and bustle of the world. Love is but the embellishment of his early life, or a song piped in the intervals of the »cts. He seeks for fame, for fortune, for space in the world's thought, and dominion over his fellow men.
Página 186 - Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale ; were I 'a swan, the part of a swan ; but since I am a reasonable creature, it is my duty to praise God. This is my business ; I do it ; nor will I ever desert this post, so long as it is permitted me ; and I call on you to join in the same song.
Página 171 - He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

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