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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Irene E. Jerome., In a fair country, Water-Lilies (search)
can hardly expect to get out again without some slight entanglement in philology. Lily-pads. Whence pads? No other leaf is identified with that singular monosyllable. Has our floating Lotus-leaf any connection with padding, or with a footpad? with the ambling pad of an abbot, or a paddle, or a paddock, or a padlock? With many-domed Padua proud, or with St. Patrick? Is the name derived from the Anglo-Saxon paad or petthian, or the Greek patew All the etymologists are silent; Tooke and Richardson ignore the problem; and of the innumerable pamphlets in the Worcester and Webster Controversy, loading the tables of schoolcommittee-men, not one ventures to grapple with the lily-pad. But was there ever a philological trouble for which the Sanscrit could not afford at least a conjectural cure? A dictionary of that extremely venerable tongue is an ostrich's stomach, which can crack the hardest etymological nut. The Sanscrit name for the Lotus is simply Padma. The learned Brahmins call
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Irene E. Jerome., In a fair country, Snow (search)
nity of cold, its fingers are feeling after us, and even if they do not clutch us, we know that they are there. The sensations of such days almost make us associate their clearness and whiteness with something malignant and evil. Charles Lamb asserts of snow, It glares too much for an innocent color, methinks. Why does popular mythology associate the infernal regions with a high temperature instead of a low one? El Aishi, the Arab writer, says of the bleak wind of the Desert (so writes Richardson, the African traveller), The north wind blows with an intensity equalling the cold of hell; language fails me to describe its rigorous temperature. Some have thought that there is a similar allusion in the phrase, weeping and gnashing of teeth,—the teeth chattering from frost. Milton also enumerates cold as one of the torments of the lost,— O'er many a frozen, many a fiery Alp; and one may sup full of horrors on the exceedingly cold collation provided for the next world by the Norse
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 2 (search)
und that there was a good ford over Bull Run at Sudley Spring, two miles above the point where the direct road from Centreville to Warrenton crosses Bull Run by the Stone Bridge. It was also found that this ford was unguarded by the enemy, and that above that point the stream was almost everywhere easily passable. On these data was based the plan of attack, which was as follows: The Fifth Division (Miles) to remain in reserve at Centreville, and to make with one of its brigades, added to Richardson's brigade of Tyler's division, a false attack at Blackburn's Ford; the First Division (Tyler) to move by the turnpike up to the Stone Bridge at daybreak, threaten that point, and, at the proper time, to carry it or cross if uncovered from above. Meantime, the principal column, consisting of the two divisions of Hunter and Heintzelman, of about twelve thousand men, was to diverge from the turnpike to the right a mile beyond Centreville, and, by a detour, reach Sudley Ford; thence, descendi
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 4 (search)
he Peninsular Campaign: Atlantic Monthly, March, 1864. Sumner, debouching from the bridge with Sedgwick's division (Richardson's division did not arrive till about sunset), pushed impetuously forward through the deep mud, guided only by the firinudson; Fifteenth Massachusetts, Lieutenant-Colonel Kim ball; Twentieth Massachusetts, Colonel Lee; Seventh Michigan, Major Richardson--the three former of General Gorman's brigade, the latter two of General Dana's brigade. to make a charge with the bt was met with such determined opposition The crossing was held by General Franklin, with the divisions of Smith and Richardson and Naglee's brigade. Captain Ayres directed the artillery. that, obstructed and estopped, he was compelled to give ovre of sixty guns. Couch's division was placed on the right of Porter; next came Kearney and Hooker; next, Sedgwick and Richardson; next, Smith and Slocum; then the remainder of Keyes' corps, extending by a backward curve nearly to the river. While
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 6 (search)
dvanced French's division on what had hitherto been the left, and Richardson's division still further to the left to oppose the Confederate centre under Hill. Richardson had got handsomely to work, and French had cleared his front, when disaster again fell on the fatal right. At t must now look a little to Sumner's other divisions—to French and Richardson on his centre and left. When the pressure on Sedgwick became thebrigades of Hill, they received the attacks both of French and of Richardson's division to his left. The latter division was composed of thfire as they marched in parallel lines by the flank. Report of Richardson's division. (This report is made by General Hancock, who was assigned to the command on the field of Antietam-General Richardson having been mortally wounded during the forenoon.) The race was won by Cross.derates showed a very bold front, however, and, deceived by this, Richardson contented himself with taking up a position to hold what was alr
William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 13 (search)
, calling to those near him to follow. Inspired by his example, the colorbearers and officers all along the front sprang out, and, without more firing, the men charged at the pas de course, capturing all that remained of the enemy. The history of the war presents no equally splendid illustration of personal magnetism. Warren led the van of the rushing lines; his horse was fatally shot within a few feet of the breastworks, and he himself was in imminent peril, when a gallant officer, Colonel Richardson of the Seventh Wisconsin, sprang between him and the enemy, receiving a severe wound, but shielding from hurt the person of his loved commander. A charge of the cavalry completed the rout, and the remnants of the divisions of Pickett and Johnson fled westward from Five Forks, pursued for many miles, and until long after dark, by the mounted divisions of Merritt and McKenzie. The trophies of the day included many colors and guns and above five thousand prisoners, of which number thr
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 8: (search)
leman we knew at Rome . . . . . His establishment here is truly comfortable and agreeable, in the midst of a fine library; but it is not luxurious, and the secret of the whole is, that he is a wise man, who makes himself happier with the society of the first mark and intellect in London, which is all open to him, and who knows that he is happier than he could be made by an Indian income bought by ten years more absence from home. Felix qui potuit. The party to-day consisted of Empson; Richardson, so much mentioned by Lockhart as Scott's friend; Mackenzie, son of the Man, of Feeling, long Secretary-General in India; Phillips, Thomas J. Phillips, mentioned in Vol. I. p. 443. the barrister; Murchison, the man of fashion and the great geologist; Professor Wilson, of the London University; Colonel Leake, the Greek traveller; and Wilkinson, the Egyptian traveller. We sat at a round table, just ten of us, and the service of plate, given to Mr. Elphinstone when he left Bombay, whic
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 18: (search)
st like the one you and I went to there last year. We had Gibson and Lady Bell, Edward Bunbury, Colonel Lyell, and perhaps a dozen more. . . . . Lady Bell and Mrs. Horner sent you abundance of affectionate messages. I talked a good deal with Richardson, Scott's old friend, who appears so largely and pleasantly in the Life by Lockhart. . . . . Telling him how fine I thought Scott's colloquial powers, he answered, Yes, but they were never so fine as when he was having a jolly good time with twolittle the worse for wear, but not much. Scott talked on, more brilliantly, if possible, than ever. At eleven they had mutton-chops and beer for breakfast, and then all three went off to London, Scott amusing them all the way, as—according to Richardson's account—men were never amused before or since. The whole story is, no doubt, characteristic of the period, as well as of the men. . . . . I was up in good season this morning,—the glorious Fourth,—and gave as many hours as I could hold out
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 30 (search)
II. 487. Recamier, Madame, I. 137, 304. Recke, Frau von der, I. 474. Reed, II. 181. Rees, Dr , I. 55. Reeve, Henry, II. 369. Regina, Duke de, I. 446. Reichenbach, H T. L., I. 475, 482. Reid, Mrs., I. 415 and note. Remusat, C. F. M., Count de, II. 131, 137. Retzsch, Moritz, I. 466, 474, 476, 484, 490. Reumont, Baron Alfred von, II. 315, 339. Reviews and minor writings, list of, II. 507. Reynolds, Dr., Edward, I. 154. Rich, Obadiah, it. 245 and note, 249. Richardson, it. 306. Richelieu, Due de, T. 143, 144, 145, 253, 262. Richmond, Virginia, visits, I. 12, 33. Riemer, Professor, I. 115, 116. Rigaud, Professor, I. 422. Rignano, Duca di, II. 346. Rignano, Duchessa di, II. 347. Rilliet, Madame, I. 152, II. 37. Rinteln, Carl Meyer von, II. 328 and note. Rio, A F., J I. 182. Rivas, Duchess de, T. 207. Rivas, Duke de, I. 225, 227. Robinson, Henry Crabbe, I. 411, II. 86 and note, 97, 98, 109, 146, 485. Robinson, Professor, I. 422
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Wordsworth. (search)
ping. His finest feature was the eye, which was gray and full of spiritual light. Leigh Hunt says: I never beheld eyes that looked so inspired, so supernatural. They were like fires, half burning, half smouldering, with a sort of acrid fixture of regard. One might imagine Ezekiel or Isaiah to have had such eyes. Southey tells us that he had no sense of smell, and Haydon that he had none of form. The best likeness of him, in De Quincey's judgment, is the portrait of Milton prefixed to Richardson's notes on Paradise Lost. He was active in his habits, composing in the open air, and generally dictating his poems. His daily life was regular, simple, and frugal; his manners were dignified and kindly; and in his letters and recorded conversations it is remarkable how little that was personal entered into his judgment of contemporaries. The true rank of Wordsworth among poets is, perhaps, not even yet to be fairly estimated, so hard is it to escape into the quiet hall of judgment u
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