This I have said before, and again and again I repeat it; Every hour in the day, I think it, and feel it, and say it. Oft when his labor was finished, with eager feet would the dreamer Follow the pathway that ran through the woods to the house of Priscilla, Led by illusions romantic and subtile deceptions of fancy, Pleasure disguised as duty, and love in the semblance of friendship.
Homeward bound with the tidings of all that terrible winter, Letters written by Alden and full of the name of Priscilla. So through the Plymouth woods passed onward the bridal procession. But when he heard their defiance, the boast, the taunt, and the insult, All the hot blood of his race, of Sir Hugh and of Thurston de Standish, Boiled and beat in his heart, and swelled in the veins of his temples.
You are a writer, and I am a fighter, but here is a fellow Who could both write and fight, and in both was equally skillful. Many a mile had they marched, when at length the village of Plymouth Woke from its sleep and arose, intent on its manifold labors.
Buried in thought he seemed, with his hands behind him, and pausing Ever and anon to behold his glittering weapons of warfare, Hanging in shining array along the walls of the chamber, -- Cutlass and corselet of steel, and his trusty sword of Damascus, Curved at the point and inscribed with its mystical Arabic sentence, While underneath, in a corner, were fowling-piece, musket, and matchlock.
II Nothing was heard in the room but the hurrying pen of the stripling, Or an occasional sign from the laboring heart of the Captain, Reading the marvellous words and achievements of Julius Caesar. Often the heart of the youth had burned and yearned to embrace him, Often his lips had essayed to speak, imploring for pardon; All the old friendship came back, with its tender and grateful emotions; But his pride overmastered the nobler nature within him, -- Pride, and the sense of his wrong, and the burning fire of the insult.
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This is the mighty Captain the white men have sent to destroy us. Green above her is growing the field of wheat we have sown there, Better to hide from the Indian scouts the graves of our people, Lest they should count them and see how many already have perished.
Meekly, in voices subdued, the chapter was read from the Bible, Meekly the prayer was begun, but ended in fervent entreaty. It is the temptation of Satan. Figures ten, in the mist, marched slowly out of the village.
Bravely the stalwart Standish was scouring the land with his forces, Waxing valiant in fight and defeating the alien armies, Till his name had become a sound of fear to the nations.
Then from a stall near at hand, amid exclamations of wonder, Alden the thoughtful, the careful, so happy, so proud of Priscilla, Brought out his snow-white bull, obeying the hand of its master, Led by a cord that was tied to an iron ring in its nostrils, Covered with crimson cloth, and a cushion placed for a saddle.
But when Standish refused, and said he would give them the Bible, Suddenly changing their tone, they began to boast and to bluster. There on the flowers of the meadow the warriors lay, and above them Silent, with folded arms, stood Hobomok, friend of the white man.
Standish the stalwart it was, with eight of his valorous army, Led by their Indian guide, by Hobomok, friend of the white men, Northward marching to quell the sudden revolt of the savage. Me, Miles Standish, your friend. Smiling at length he exclaimed to the stalwart Captain of Plymouth: All in the village was peace; the men were intent on their labors, Busy with hewing and building, with garden-plot and with merestead, Busy with breaking the glebe, and mowing the grass in the meadows, Searching the sea for its fish, and hunting the deer in the forest.
Silent and moody he went, and much he revolved his discomfort; He who was used to success, and to easy victories always, Thus to be flouted, rejected, and laughed to scorn by a maiden, Thus to be mocked and betrayed by the friend whom most he had trusted.
Now we are ready, I think, for any assault of the Indians; Let them come, if they like, and the sooner they try it the better, -- Let them come, if they like, be it sagamore, sachem, or pow-wow, Aspinet, Samoset, Corbitant, Squanto, or Tokamahamon.
He had beheld Miles Standish, who came back late from the council, Stalking into the room, and heard him mutter and murmur; Sometimes it seemed a prayer, and sometimes it sounded like swearing. But as he gazed on the crowd, he beheld the form of Priscilla Standing dejected among them, unconscious of all that was passing.
All around him was calm, but within him commotion and conflict, Love contending with friendship, and self with each generous impulse. Knowledge is power, and I hope you find what you are looking for within the shelves of my stock. Introduction by Leonard Wilson.
What has a rough old soldier, grown grim and gray in the harness, Used to the camp and its ways, to do with the wooing of maidens.
Lay thy cold, moist hand on my burning forehead, and wrap me Close in thy garments of mist, to allay the fever within me. So they returned to their homes; but Alden lingered a little, Musing alone on the shore, and watching the wash of the billows Round the base of the rock, and the sparkle and flash of the sunshine, Like the spirit of God, moving visibly over the waters.
Why, he seized a shield from a soldier, Put himself straight at the head of his troops, and commanded the captains, Calling on each by his name, to order forward the ensigns; Then to widen the ranks, and give more room for their weapons; So he won the day, the battle of something-or-other.
Lay extended before them the land of toil and privation; There were the graves of the dead, and the barren waste of the sea-shore, There the familiar fields, the groves of pine, and the meadows; But to their eyes transfigured, it seemed as the Garden of Eden, Filled with the presence of God, whose voice was the sound of the ocean.
Yesterday I was shocked, when I heard you speak of Miles Standish, Praising his virtues, transforming his very defects into virtues, Praising his courage and strength, and even his fighting in Flanders, As if by fighting alone you could win the heart of a woman, Quite overlooking yourself and the rest, in exalting your hero.
Meanwhile the choleric Captain strode wrathful away to the council, Found it already assembled, impatiently waiting his coming; Men in the middle of life, austere and grave in deportment, Only one of them old, the hill that was nearest to heaven, Covered with snow, but erect, the excellent Elder of Plymouth.
Slowly as out of the heavens, with apocalyptical splendors, Sank the City of God, in the vision of John the Apostle, So, with its cloudy walls of chrysolite, jasper, and sapphire, Sank the broad red sun, and over its turrets uplifted Glimmered the golden reed of the angel who measured the city.
Go to the damsel Priscilla, the loveliest maiden of Plymouth, Say that a blunt old Captain, a man not of words but of actions, Offers his hand and his heart, the hand and heart of a soldier. Then he arose from his seat, and looked forth into the darkness, Felt the cool air blow on his cheek, that was hot with the insult, Lifted his eyes to the heavens, and, folding his hands as in childhood, Prayed in the silence of night to the Father who seeth in secret.
Soon were heard on board the shouts and songs of the sailors Heaving the windlass round, and hoisting the ponderous anchor. Pleasantly murmured the brook, as they crossed the ford in the forest, Pleased with the image that passed, like a dream of love, through its bosom, Tremulous, floating in air, o'er the depths of the azure abysses.
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Nov 22, · Read "The Courtship of Miles Standish" by Henry Longfellow with Rakuten Kobo. This is the story of the Pilgrims who fled religious persecution in. Standish the stalwart it was, with eight of his valorous army, Led by their Indian guide, by Hobomok, friend of the white men, Northward marching.
Nov 13, · The Courtship of Miles Standish is a narrative poem written in by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
It tells a charming tale of a courtship during the early days of Plymouth Colony, the colonial settlement established in America by the Mayflower Pilgrims. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and "Evangeline".
He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets/5(28). The Courtship of Miles Standish is a narrative poem written in by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
It tells a charming tale of a courtship during the early days of Plymouth Colony, the colonial settlement established in America by .An introduction to the courtship of miles standish by henry wadsworth longfellow