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Writings Volume 6

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    John Quincy Adams (Author), John Greenleaf Whittier (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...shake their confidence in the ultimate triumph of the right. The slave will be free. Democracy in America will yet be a glorious reality: and when the topstone of that temple of freedom which our fathers left unfinished shall be brought forth with shoutings and cries of grace unto it, when our now drooping Liberty lifts up her head and prospers, happy will he be who can say, with John Milton, 'Among those who have something more than wished her welfare, I too have my charter and freehold of rejoicing to me and my heirs.' NATHANIEL PEABODY ROGERS. 'And Lamb, the frolic and the gentle, Has vanished from his kindly hearth.' So, in one of the sweetest and most pathetic of his poems touching the loss of his literary friends, sang Wordsworth. We well remember with what freshness and vividness these simple lines came before us, on hearing, last autumn, of the death of the warm-hearted and gifted friend whose name heads this article: for there was much in his character and genius to remind us of the gentle author of Elia. He had the latter's genial humor and quaintness: his nice and delicate perception of the beautiful and poetic: his happy, easy diction, not the result, as in the case of that of the English essayist, of slow and careful elaboration, but the natural, spontaneous language in which his conceptions at once embodied themselves, apparently without any consciousness of effort. As Mark Antony talked, he wrote, 'right on,' telling his readers often what 'they themselves did know,' yet imparting to the simplest commonplaces of life interest and significance, and throwing a golden haze of poetry over the rough and thorny pathways of every-day duty. Like Lamb, he loved his friends without stint or...
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