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Title: Continental Monthly, Vol.
III, No IV, April 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy Author: Various Release Date: August 19, 2009 [EBook #29736] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CONTINENTAL MONTHLY, APRIL 1863 *** Produced by Joshua Hutchinson and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net (This file was produced from images generously made available by Cornell University Digital Collections) THE CONTINENTAL MONTHLY: DEVOTED TO LITERATURE AND NATIONAL POLICY. VOL.
III.--APRIL, 1863.--No.
IV. THE WONDERS OF WORDS. Every nation has its legend of a ’golden age’--when all was young and fresh and fair--’_comme les couleurs primitives de la nature_’--even before the existence of this gaunt shadow of Sorrow--_the shadow of ourselves_--that ever stalks in company with us;--an epoch of Saturnian rule, when gods held sweet converse with men, and man primeval bounded with all the elasticity of god-given juvenility: (’Ah! remember, This--all this--was in the olden Time long ago.’) Wed Apr 05 01:10:38 2017 2 And even now, in spite of our atheism and our apathism, amid all the overwhelming world-influences of this great ’living Present’--the ghost of the dead Past will come rushing back upon us with its solemn voices and its infinite wailings of pity: but soft and faint it comes; for the wild jarrings of the Now almost prevent us from hearing its still, small voices.
It ’Is but a _dim-remembered_ story Of the old time entombed.’ Besides, what is History but the story of the bygone? The elegy, ...





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