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The head withdraws into its hatch (a boy's),
The engines rise to their blind laboring roar,
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I would have broke mine eye-strings, cracked them, but
To look upon him, till the diminution
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Men hear gladly of the power of blood or race. Every body likes to know that his advantages cannot be attributed to air, soil, sea ...
As the light increased, I discovered around me an ocean of mist, which by chance reached up exactly to the base of the tower, and ...
We say justly that the weak person is flat, for, like all flat substances, he does not stand in the direction of his strength, tha ...
I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to ...
But the surface of the Earth was meant for man. He wasn't meant to live in a hole in the ground.
That air would disappear from the whole earth in time, perhaps; but long after his day. He did not know just when it had become so ...
In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
Return to her? and fifty men dismissed?
No, rather I abjure all roofs, and choose
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