Lincoln Literary Collection: Designed for School-Room and Family Circle (Classic Reprint)

Lincoln Literary Collection: Designed for School-Room and Family Circle (Classic Reprint)

by J. P. McCaskey
     
 

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Excerpt from Lincoln Literary Collection: Designed for School-Room and Family Circle

This book is named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, in the desire to aid in extending and perpetuating the habit for which our best-loved President is widely known, that of committing to memory poems that he enjoyed. He was a unique man, who did many things that are unusual, but

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Excerpt from Lincoln Literary Collection: Designed for School-Room and Family Circle

This book is named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, in the desire to aid in extending and perpetuating the habit for which our best-loved President is widely known, that of committing to memory poems that he enjoyed. He was a unique man, who did many things that are unusual, but seem very human and natural for gracious and tender souls like himself. He kept intellectual company with choice, lovable spirits, because he was of their kin, and so he grew more and more like unto them, and more and more into the confidence and affections of a mighty people, until they had taken him to their heart of hearts, as no man before in our national history. He was a great man. raised up by Providence at a time when the nation sorely needed so pure a patriot, so far-sighted a leader, so wise a statesman. He was essentially religious, with a deep conviction of the abiding presence and overruling power of God; but at limes a sense of the tremendous responsibility upon him made him know profoundly the meaning of his favorite poem, "Oh, Why should the Spirit of Mortal be Proud?" As the years pass his memory grows in fragrance, redolent of the sweet spirit of good-will to men. Let it be kept green in the schools by following his good example, and adopting - knowing it to be his, and speaking of it as his - this wholesome Lincoln habit of committing to memory.

"Commit to Memory" is the thought of the book - and appears upon every second page to emphasize its purpose - not everything, only a modest fraction, perhaps a fourth, or fifth, or sixth, of what is found in these pages, choosing the best, or that which is most enjoyed by those into whose hands the book may come. Know many of these things in the dark. Know them when you are apart from books, or sick, or tired, or lonely. Then go away with the poet, the hymn-writer or the seer, with the wise and the good of the past or of our own time, and in the study of the imagination commune with them in blessed companionship. It is a great thing thus to bear what these men and women say or sing of nature, or life, or destiny. Consider also what higher life is assured to the boy or girl who begins all this in school days.

The "Fiftieth Birthday of Agassiz" is taken to illustrate a ready and simple method of learning or teaching a poem in a very short time, so as to know and place the stanzas in order or to give any stanza out of its proper order.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781330395080
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
06/25/2015
Pages:
582
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.18(d)

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