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Página 18 - Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings ; he shall not stand before mean men...
Página 135 - Celeste, displayed in very early life a taste for mathematical studies. In the year 1788, when he was only fifteen years old, he actually made an almanac for the year 1790, containing all the usual tables, calculations of the eclipses and other phenomena, and even the customary predictions of the weather. Bowditch was bred to the sea, and in his early voyages taught navigation to the common sailors about him. Captain Prince, with whom he often sailed, relates, that one day the supercargo of the vessel...
Página 7 - Once, ah, once, within these walls, One whom memory oft recalls, The Father of his Country, dwelt. And yonder meadows broad and damp The fires of the besieging camp Encircled with a burning belt. Up and down these echoing stairs, Heavy with the weight of cares, Sounded his majestic tread; Yes, within this very room Sat he in those hours of gloom, Weary both in heart and head.
Página 66 - May, though a trifle, poor and weak, Prove like a tiny seed ; And who can tell what good may spring, From such a very little thing. Then let me try each day and hour, To act upon this plan ; What little good is in my power, To do it while I can.
Página 121 - It is a secret known but to few, yet of no small use in the conduct of life, that when you fall into a man's conversation, the first thing you should consider is, whether he has a greater inclination to hear you, or that you should hear him.
Página 31 - He, that attends to his interior self, That has a heart, and keeps it ; has a mind That hungers, and supplies it ; and who seeks A social, not a dissipated life, Has business ; feels himself engaged to achieve No unimportant, though a silent, task.
Página 41 - I've treasured it long as a sainted prize, I've bedewed it with tears, and embalmed it with sighs ; Tis bound by a thousand bands to my heart : Not a tie will break, not a link will start Would ye learn the spell ? a mother sat there, And a sacred thing is that old arm-chair.
Página 121 - The Wit of Conversation consists more in finding it in others, than shewing a great deal yourself. He who goes out of your Company pleased with his own Facetiousness and Ingenuity, will the sooner come into it again. Most men had rather please than admire you, and seek less to be instructed and diverted, than approved and applauded, and it is certainly the most delicate...
Página 100 - Father in heaven, who bade us " love one another," looks with favour upon the gentle and kind-hearted. To draw up the arm-chair and get the slippers for father, to watch if any little service can be done to mother, to help brother or assist sister, how pleasant it makes home ! A little boy has a hard lesson given him at school, and his teacher asks him if he thinks he can get it. For a moment the little boy hangs down his head, but the next he looks brightly up ; " I can get my sister to help me,
Página 70 - Reeve, or Sheriff, and this meeting was called the Sheriff's torn. By degrees the freemen declined giving their personal attendance, and a freeman who did attend carried with him the proxies of such of his friends as could not appear : he who actually went to the Sheriff's torn, was said, according to the old Saxon, to go