Give me, for I need it sorely, Of that courage, wise and sweet, Which has made the path of duty Green beneath
your willing feet.
In crowds the young men came to gather about the feet of an old man who sat beneath
a tree in a tiny garden and who talked to them.
I saw your name on the register," he proceeded, "and it was not difficult to guess your mission," and he flashed a smile on the party, his white teeth showing brilliantly beneath
his small, black moustache.
We were talking about what it is like to spend one's childhood in little towns like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath
a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled in vegetation, in the color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests; blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet-iron.
the flap of an enormous pocket of a soiled vest of embossed silk, heavily ornamented with tarnished silver lace, projected an instrument, which, from being seen in such martial company, might have been easily mistaken for some mischievous and unknown implement of war.
His eyes also were bound round with a band of leather, as though to hide something from their gaze, one foot was gone, one hung over the edge of the niche towards the floor, and beneath
it on the floor, red with rust, lay the blade of a broken spear.
A little shiver of anticipation tingled his spine, and then, quite without volition, he found himself gazing into the loving eyes of his mother and the strong face of the father which mirrored, beneath
its masculine strength, a love no less than the mother's eyes proclaimed.
The apartment destined for the purpose was spacious and lighted by a number of windows, over each of which was written in golden letters for some inexplicable reason the name of one of the principal cities of France; beneath
these windows a wooden balcony extended the entire length of the house.
DOWN in the deep blue sea lived Ripple, a happy little Water-Spirit; all day long she danced beneath
the coral arches, made garlands of bright ocean flowers, or floated on the great waves that sparkled in the sunlight; but the pastime that she loved best was lying in the many-colored shells upon the shore, listening to the low, murmuring music the waves had taught them long ago; and here for hours the little Spirit lay watching the sea and sky, while singing gayly to herself.
While the coachman and a servant were replacing the wheel, the lady and gentleman sheltered themselves beneath
the maple-trees, and there espied the bubbling fountain, and David Swan asleep beside it.
It had a richly ornamented portico supported by tall pillars, beneath
which was a lofty door, studded with silver knobs, and made of a kind of variegated wood that had been brought from beyond the sea.
On arriving towards the end of the second stage in this vertical journey, and shaking the long roots which were round me, to my consternation they snapped off one after another like so many pipe stems, and fell in fragments against the side of the gulf, splashing at last into the waters beneath