The Writings of Robert C. Sands: In Prose and Verse, Volume 1


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Page 332 - I think I can clearly say that before these present troubles broke out, the English did not possess one foot of land in this colony but what was fairly obtained by honest purchase of the Indian proprietors.
Page 215 - Mid fens where the hunter ne'er ventured to tread, A fair lake unruffled and sparkling is spread ; Where, lost in his course, the rapt Indian discovers, In distance seen dimly, the green isle of lovers.
Page 170 - Friend of my youth ! with thee began my song, And o'er thy bier its latest accents die ; Misled in phantom-peopled realms too long, — Though not to me the muse averse deny, Sometimes, perhaps, her visions to descry, Such thriftless pastime should with youth be o'er ; And he who loved with thee his notes to try, But for thy sake, such idlesse would deplore, And swears to meditate the thankless muse no more.
Page 4 - At the age of fourteen he was sent to the University of Glasgow...
Page 341 - ... noise, that reverberated through all those gloomy regions. I found in this cave many Indian hieroglyphics, which appeared very ancient, for time had nearly covered them with moss, so that it was with difficulty I could trace them. They were cut in a rude manner upon the inside of the walls, which were composed of a stone so extremely soft that it might be easily penetrated with a knife — a stone everywhere to be found near the Mississippi.
Page 170 - ... and free, Like two proud barks, we kept our careless way, That sail by moonlight o'er the tranquil sea ; Their white apparel and their streamers gay, Bright gleaming o'er the main, beneath the ghostly ray ;And downward, far, reflected in the clear Blue depths, the eye their fairy tackling sees...
Page 362 - And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
Page 344 - But on whatever occasion they may have been made, they are of considerable notoriety among the Indians : for a party passing, about thirty years ago, through the part of the country where this barrow is, went through the woods directly to it, without any instructions or inquiry ; and having staid about it some time, with expressions which were construed to be those of sorrow, they returned to the high road, which they had left about half a dozen miles to pay this visit, and pursued their journey.
Page 161 - Say, then, that he was wise as brave ; As wise in thought as bold in deed : For in the principles of things He sought his moral creed. Said generous Rob, " What need of Books ? Burn all the Statutes and their shelves : They stir us up against our Kind ; And worse, against Ourselves.
Page 347 - He likewise told me, that departed souls all went southward, and that the difference between the good and bad was this, that the former were admitted into a beautiful town with spiritual walls, or walls agreeable to the nature of souls ; and that the latter would for ever hover round those walls, and in vain attempt to get in.