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Opening Echoes

There are stories that surround us, family stories, those told to us by friends, read, watched and listened to, accidentally or with purpose.  These stories are the echoes of those who went before, who up until now have been unseen, unheard but now remembered through the cathartic rambling through history's back lanes and pathways. Sometimes, those stories …

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The Storm

The Storm Behold the sky is overcast, With a terrific gloom; The doleful night is hastening fast, And brings impending doom. -o- The atmosphere's in tumults hurl'd, And from the frowning north, The storm upon the watery world, In fury marches forth. -o- The bosum of the mighty deep, Is swell'd, and day departs; As …

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Letter II(a).

Letter II(a). TO ROBERT SOUTHEY, ESQ. &c. &c. Vicarage, Tavistock, March 25th, 1831. My Dear Sir, When you so kindly advised me to collect for a local history "those short and simple annals of the poor, which ought not to be forgotten," how little did I think that within a few days, as it were, …

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The Cottage Grandfather

While nobles are anxious for honour and state, The peasants are cheerful and void of debate; No fame to allure them, no riches to prize, And all that is wanting contentment supplies. Their labours with pleasure they daily pursue, Though small their possessions, their wants are but few; Content in their stations, though simple their …

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The Vanity of Riches

William Bryce - Omnia Vanitas The Vanity of Riches 'Tis Wisdom speaks! - ye great, attend! Aloud she cries, "Shall riches tend To make its owner look with scorn On those he calls the lower born? Can honour, fame, renown, or wealth, Secure that peerless blessing, health? Can they one hour prolong man's breath, Or …

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The Death of a Christian

  The Death of a Christian How lovely is death, when, on Jesus reposing, The soul can her trust in his mercy display: When scenes of affliction and anguish are closing, And angels stand waiting to bear her away! -o- She fears not fell Death, as the tyrant advances; Her trust is in One who …

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The Poet and the Flower

THE POET AND THE FLOWER Written on hearing from Mrs. Bray that Mr. Southey did not like to pluck flowers. While Nature wore her vernal wreath, And violets pour'd their fragrant breath, Through Flora's bowers a poet stray'd, To mark the hues her tribes display'd. His heart of goodness was possess'd, And Mercy was his …

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LETTER I.

Robert Southey, Esq. Poet Laureate, 1813-1845 To Robert Southey, Esq. &c. &c. Vicarage, Tavistock, Devon, March 17th, 1831 My dear Sir, From the kind interest you have taken in behalf of Mary Colling, I am induced to give you in this letter a more detailed account of her than I have yet been able to …

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