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Domestic Pleasures

By: F.B. Vaux

Excerpt: Domestic happiness, thou only bliss Of Paradise, that has surviv?d the fall! Tho? few do taste thee unimpair?d and pure, Or tasting, long enjoy thee! too infirm, Or too incautious to preserve thy sweets Unmix?d with drops of bitter, which neglect Or temper sheds into thy crystal cup; Thou art the nurse of virtue; in thine arms She smiles, appearing, as in truth she is, Heaven?born, and destin?d to the skies again.

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Morning

By: Ann Radcliffe

Excerpt: Darkness! thro thy chilling glooms, Weakly trembles twilight grey; Twilight fades and Morning comes, And melts thy shadows swift away!

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Sawney Bean and His Family

By: John Nicholson

Excerpt: THE following account, though as well attested as any historical fact can be, is almost incredible, for the monstrous and unparalleled barbarities that it relates.

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The Pioneers

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Introduction: As this work professes, in its title?page, to be a descriptive tale, they who will take the trouble to read it may be glad to know how much of its contents is literal fact, and how much is intended to represent a general picture. The author is very sensible that, had he confined himself to the latter, always the most effective, as it is the most valuable, mode of conveying knowledge of this nature, he would have made a far better book. But in commencing to ...

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Around the World on a Bicycle V1

By: Thomas Stevens

Preface: Shakespeare says, in All?s Well that Ends Well, that ?a good traveller is something at the latter end of a dinner;? and I never was more struck with the truth of this than when I heard Mr. Thomas Stevens, after the dinner given in his honor by the Massachusetts Bicycle Club, make a brief, off?hand report of his adventures. He seemed like Jules Verne, telling his own wonderful performances, or like a contemporary Sinbad the Sailor. We found that modern mechanical...

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