Centennial Oration, Delivered at Portland, July 6, 1886 PDF ePub eBook

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Centennial Oration, Delivered at Portland, July 6, 1886 free pdf Excerpt from Centennial Oration, Delivered at Portland, July 6, 1886 Whoever stands, on a clear summer day, on the verandah at Cushing's Island and looks across the harbor, will find his eye resting upon a scene which for loveliness and varied beauty has no superior, and perhaps no parallel anywhere on the broad earth. The long slope of grassy verdure varied by the darker foliage of the trees spreads wide to the water's edge. Then begins the bright sparkle of the summer sea, that many twinkling smile of ocean, that countless laughter of the waves which has lighted up the heart of man centuries since Eschylus died, and centuries before he lived. Across the sunlit waters, dotted with the white sails or seamed with the bubbling foam of the steamer's track, past the wharves, bristling with masts and noisy with commerce, the gaze falls upon the houses sloping gently upward in the centre and becoming more and more embowered in trees as they climb the hills at either end. Following the tall spires the eye loses itself in the bright blue sky above. On the right are the roadsteads and the islands stretching out of sight. On the left are Fore River, the forests, the Cape and the boundless ocean, and altogether a scene which mingles all that is best and bright of sea and shore. If you shut your eyes and let the lofty spires disappear, the happy homes glisten out of sight, and the wharves give place to a curving line of shelving, pebbly beach- if you imagine the bright water unvexed by traffic, the tall peninsula covered with forests and bushy swamps, with the same varied expanse of island and of sea, and the whole scene undisturbed by any sound save the clanging cries of innumerable birds and water fowl, you will be looking upon Machigonne as it appeared to George Cleeve in the year 1632, when he landed, not knowing what a beautiful city he was to found, and never dreaming that at this distant day his name would be honored by so many people on the very scene of his varied struggles, his alternate victories and defeats. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Thomas B Reed
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330844149
EAN : 9781330844144
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 30 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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  • Centennial Oration, Delivered at Portland, July 6, 1886 free pdfCentennial Oration, Delivered at Portland, July 6, 1886

    . Excerpt from Centennial Oration, Delivered at Portland, July 6, 1886 Whoever stands, on a clear summer day, on the verandah at Cushing's Island and looks across the harbor, will find his eye resting