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XXIX Address at Opening of Concord Free Public Library

XXIX ADDRESS AT THE OPENING OF THE CONCORD FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY   THE bishop of Cavaillon, Petrarch’s friend, in a playful experiment locked up the poet’s library, intending to exclude him from it for three days, but the poet’s misery caused him to restore the key on the first evening. ,, And I verily believe…

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XXVIII Speech at Second Annual Meeting of Free

XXVIII SPEECH AT THE SECOND ANNUAL MEETING OF THE FREE RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION, AT TREMONT TEMPLE FRIDAY, MAY 28, 1869 THOU metest him by centuries, And lo! he passes like the breeze; Thou seek’st in globe and galaxy, He hides in pure transparency; Thou ask’st in fountains and in fires, He is the essence that inquires….

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XXVII Remarks at Organization of Free Religious Association

XXVII REMARKS AT THE MEETING FOR ORGANIZING THE FREE RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION, BOSTON MAY 30, 1867 IN many forms we try To utter God’s infinity, But the Boundless hath no form, And the Universal Friend Doth as far transcend An angel as a worm. The great Idea baffles wit, Language falters under it, It leaves the…

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XXVI Speech at Banquet in Honor of Chinese Embassy

XXVI SPEECH AT BANQUET IN HONOR OF THE CHINESE EMBASSY BOSTON, 1860 NATURE creates in the East the uncontrollable yearning to escape from limitation into the vast and boundless, to use a freedom of fancy which plays with all works of Nature, great or minute, galaxy or grain of dust, as toys and words of…

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XXI Consecration of Sleepy Hollow Cemetary

XXI ADDRESS TO THE INHABITANTS OF CONCORD AT THE CONSECRATION OF SLEEPY HOLLOW SEPTEMBER 29, 1855 SLEEPY HOLLOW “No abbey’s gloom, nor dark cathedral stoops, No winding torches paint the midnight air; Here the green pines delight, the aspen droops Along the modest pathways, and those fair Pale asters of the season spread their plumes…