By Gleeson White
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This ardour, performing on very varied natures, is apt to excite very comparable utterance. for example, expressions of enjoyment within the excitement of ownership, except the excitement of research, could be quoted from Horace, or the ancients, or the newest rhymer. Richard de Bury, Montaigne, and the good cloud of witnesses Mr. Alexander eire gathers to gether in his book-lover's Enchiridion, desire yet to be named in passing as evidence of this almost common behavior of joying within the possession of the lifeless our bodies with dwelling souls, these immortals who stay alway to mildew the destinies of fellows, although creeds are forgotten and the gods themselves are dead.
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With such a fair unique as this What happiness abounds! Who—who could paint my rapturous bliss, My joy unknown to Lowndes! Eugene Field. THE BIBLIOMANIAC'S PRAYER. Keep me, I pray, in wisdom's way, That I may truths eternal seek; I need protecting care to-day. My purse is light, my flesh is weak; So banish from my erring heart All baleful appetites and hints Of Satan's fascinating art— Of first editions and of prints. Direct me in some godly walk Which leads away from bookish strife, That I with pious deed and talk May extra-illustrate my life.
John Kendrick Bangs. THE GRANGERITE. He says he's fond of books as of himself— This man who never yet has hesitated To hack and cut a dozen books for pelf Wherewith one may be extra-illustrated! John Kendrick Bangs. AN ALTERNATIVE. There's Byron on my shelf, and Shelley too; There's dear old Doctor Holmes, and Thomas Moore, With Wordsworth just below him, bound in blue, And Browning's works stand over by the door. There's Milton, Scott, Macaulay's Lays of Rome; There's Tennyson and Matthew Arnold terse; Longfellow, Shakespeare, and Rossetti's tome; The odes of Horace and blest Omar's verse.
Brown Books of mine, who never yet Have caused me anguish or regret,— Save when some fiend in human shape Has set your tender sides agape, Or soiled with some unmanly smear The whiteness of your page sincere. Or scored you with some phrase inane, The bantling of his idle brain,— I love you: and because must end This commerce between friend and friend, I do implore each kindly fate— To each and all I supplicate— That you whom I have loved so long May not be vended "for a song,"— That you, my dear desire and care, May 'scape the common thoroughfare.