Bayard Taylor

The source of each accordant strainLies deeper than the Poet’s brain.First from the people’s heart must springThe passions which he learns to sing;They are the wind, the harp is he,To voice their fitful melody,–The language of their varying fate,Their pride, grief, love, ambition, hate,–The talisman which holds inwroughtThe touchstone of the listener’s thought;That penetrates each vain disguise,And brings his secret to his eyes.

“The source of each accordant strainLies deeper than the Poet’s brain.First from the people’s heart must springThe passions which he learns to sing;They are the … Read More

Departed suns their trails of splendor drewAcross departed summers: whispers cameFrom voices, long ago resolved againInto the primeval Silence, and we twain,Ghosts of our present selves, yet still the same,As in a spectral mirror wandered there.

“Departed suns their trails of splendor drewAcross departed summers: whispers cameFrom voices, long ago resolved againInto the primeval Silence, and we twain,Ghosts of our present … Read More

Melrose is the finest remaining specimen of Gothic architecture in Scotland. Some of the sculptured flowers in the cloister arches are remarkably beautiful and delicate, and the two windows – the south and east oriels – are of a lightness and grace of execution really surprising.

“Melrose is the finest remaining specimen of Gothic architecture in Scotland. Some of the sculptured flowers in the cloister arches are remarkably beautiful and delicate, … Read More

Wrapped in his sad-colored cloak, the Day, like a Puritan, standethStern in the joyless fields, rebuking the lingering color,–Dying hectic of leaves and the chilly blue of the asters,–Hearing, perchance, the croak of a crow on the desolate tree-top.

“Wrapped in his sad-colored cloak, the Day, like a Puritan, standethStern in the joyless fields, rebuking the lingering color,–Dying hectic of leaves and the chilly … Read More

The native Jewish families in Jerusalem, as well as those in other parts of Palestine, present a marked difference to the Jews of Europe and America. They possess the same physical characteristics – the dark, oblong eye, the prominent nose, the strongly-marked cheek and jaw – but in the latter, these traits have become harsh and coarse.

“The native Jewish families in Jerusalem, as well as those in other parts of Palestine, present a marked difference to the Jews of Europe and … Read More

Oh! what waves of crime and bloodshed have swept like the waves of a deluge down the valley of the Rhine! War has laid his mailed hand on those desolate towers and ruthlessly torn down what time has spared, yet he could not mar the beauty of the shore, nor could Time himself hurl down the mountains that guard it.

“Oh! what waves of crime and bloodshed have swept like the waves of a deluge down the valley of the Rhine! War has laid his … Read More