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The Cave

By: Prophet Muhammad

018.001 Praise be to Allah Who hath revealed the Scripture unto His slave, and hath not placed therein any crookedness, 018.002 (But hath made it) straight, to give warning of stern punishment from Him, and to bring unto the believers who do good works the news that theirs will be a fair reward, 018.003 Wherein they will abide for ever; 018.004 And to warn those who say: Allah hath chosen a son, 018.005 (A thing) whereof they have no knowledge, nor (had) their fathers, D...

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The American Republic : Its Constitution, Tendencies, And Destiny

By: O.A. Brownson

Preface: In the volume which, with much diffidence, is here offered to the public, I have given, as far as I have considered it worth giving, my whole thought in a connected form on the nature, necessity, extent, authority, origin, ground, and constitution of government, and the unity, nationality, constitution, tendencies, and destiny of the American Republic. Many of the points treated have been from time to time discussed or touched upon, and many of the views have be...

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The Gods of Pegana

By: Lord Dunsany

Introduction: Before there stood gods upon Olympus, or ever Allah was Allah, had wrought and rested MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI. There are in Pegana -- Mung and Sish and Kib, and the maker of all small gods, who is MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI. Moreover, we have a faith in Roon and Slid. And it has been said of old that all things that have been were wrought by the small gods, excepting only MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI, who made the gods and hath thereafter rested. And none may pray to MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI b...

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Torrents of Spring

By: Ivan Turgenev

Excerpt: AT two o?clock in the night he had gone back to his study. He had dismissed the servant after the candles were lighted, and throwing himself into a low chair by the hearth, he hid his face in both hands. Never had he felt such weariness of body and of spirit. He had passed the whole evening in the company of charming ladies and cultivated men; some of the ladies were beautiful, almost all the men were distinguished by intellect or talent; he himself had talked w...

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Main Street and Other Poems

By: Joyce Kilmer

I like to look at the blossomy track of the moon upon the sea, But it isn’t half so fine a sight as Main Street used to be When it all was covered over with a couple of feet of snow, And over the crisp and radiant road the ringing sleighs would go. Now, Main Street bordered with autumn leaves, it was a pleasant thing, And its gutters were gay with dandelions early in the Spring; I like to think of it white with frost or dusty in the heat, Because I think it is humaner than any other street.

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The Last Galley: Impressions and Tales

By: Alfred J. Drake

Excerpt: I. A CLERK IN ORDERS. The white walls of the Chateau of Deux?manoirs, with its precincts, composed, before its dismantling at the Revolution, the one prominent object which towards the southwest broke the pleasant level of La Beauce, the great corn?land of central France. Abode in those days of the family of Latour, nesting there century after century, it recorded significantly the effectiveness of their brotherly union, less by way of invasion of the rights of ...

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Apolocyntosis

By: Lucius Seneca

Introduction: This piece is ascribed to Seneca by ancient tradition; it is impossible to prove that it is his, and impossible to prove that it is not. The matter will probably continue to be decided by every one according to his view of Seneca?s character and abilities: in the matters of style and of sentiment much may be said on both sides. Dion Cassius (lx, 35) says that Seneca composed an [Greek: apokolokuntosis] or Pumpkinification of Claudius after his death, the ti...

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The Forest Monster of Oz

By: Bob Evans

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE COWARDLY LION?S HEROIC DEED. In all the world, there is no country or township known that can ever compare against the beauty and magnitude of the Marvelous Land of Oz. This is not a debatable issue. The Land of Oz is not only beautiful with the glittering gemstones that are found commonplace in this remarkable fairyland, but its enchantment goes ever farther. In all the territory of Oz, there is clean, fresh air and gorgeous trees and scenery. Th...

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State of the Union Addresses

By: Chester A. Arthur

Excerpt: December 6, 1881 To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: An appalling calamity has befallen the American people since their chosen representatives last met in the halls where you are now assembled. We might else recall with unalloyed content the rare prosperity with which throughout the year the nation has been blessed. Its harvests have been plenteous; its varied industries have thriven; the health of its people has been preserved; it h...

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The Young Gardeners' Kalendar

By: Dollie Radford

Excerpt: JANUARY Trees look empty, branches bare, When the busy months begin, Gardeners all must have a care Not to stay too much within. Catkins, on the hazel, show Garden work has well begun; Snowdrops in a shining row Blossom in the winter sun. Brush the Old Year leaves away, Make the New Year garden neat, Gardeners must not stop for play Till their labour is complete.

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Achilles

By: John Gay

Prologue: Written by Mr. GAY. Spoken by Mr. QUIN. I wonder not our Author doubts Success, One in his Circumstance can do no less. The Dancer on the Rope that tries at all, In each unpractis?d Caper risques a Fall: I own I dread his ticklish Situation, Critics detest Poetic Innovation. Had Ic'rus been content with solid Ground, The giddy vent'rous Youth had ne?er been drown?d. The Pegasus of old had Fire and Force, But your true Modern is a Carrier?s Horse, Drawn by the f...

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Hormones and Heredity

By: J.T. Cunningham

Preface: My chief object in writing this volume was to discuss the relations of modern discoveries concerning hormones or internal secretions to the question of the evolution of adaptations, and on the other hand to the results of recent investigations of Mendelian heredity and mutations. I have frequently found, from verbal or written references to my opinions, that the evidence on these questions and my own conclusions from that evidence were either imperfectly known o...

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Once There Was a King

By: Rabindranath Tagore and C. F. Andrews

When we were children there was no need to know who the king in the fairy story was. It didn't matter whether he was called Shiladitya or Shaliban, whether he lived at Kashi or Kanauj. The thing that made a seven-year-old boy's heart go thump, thump with delight was this one sovereign truth, this reality of all realities: Once there was a king. But the readers of this modern age are far more exact and exacting. When they hear such an opening to a story, they are at once ...

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The Natural Philosophy of Love

By: Remy De Gourmont

Excerpt: THIS book, which is only an essay, because its subject matter is so immense, represents, nevertheless, an ambition: one wanted to enlarge the general psychology of love, starting it in the very beginning of male and female activity, and giving man?s sexual life its place in the one plan of universal sexuality. Certain moralists have, undeniably, pretended to talk about ?love in relation to natural causes,? but they were profoundly ignorant of these natural cause...

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The Education of Freedmen, Part 1

By: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Excerpt: IV. The EDUCATION OF FREEDMEN. The short period of fourteen years that has elapsed since the late war has been witness of a more wonderful moral and political revolution in these United States than has ever been recorded in history before. Between four and five million human beings, who had hitherto been deprived of every right of human nature, have been suddenly precipitated into freedom and invested with the rights of republican citizens. There have been insta...

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The Allen House, Or Twenty Years Ago and Now

By: T. S. Arthur

THE rain had poured in torrents all day, and now, for the third time since morning, I came home, wet, uncomfortable and weary. I half dreaded to look at the slate, lest some urgent call should stare me in the face. It must indeed be a case of life and death, that takes me out again to-night, said I, as my good wife met me in the entry, and with light hands, made active by love, assisted in the removal of my great coat and comforter. Now come into the sitting-room, she sa...

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The Gray Wolf

By: George Macdonald

ONE evening-twilight in spring, a young English student, who had wandered northwards as far as the outlying fragments of Scotland called the Orkney and Shetland Islands, found himself on a small island of the latter group, caught in a storm of wind and hail, which had come on suddenly. It was in vain to look about for any shelter; for not only did the storm entirely obscure the landscape, but there was nothing around him save a desert moss. At length, however, as he walk...

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The Cruise of the Dolphin

By: Thomas Bailey Aldrich

(1 An episode from The Story of a Bad Boy, the narrator being Tom Bailey, the hero of the tale.) Every Rivermouth boy looks upon the sea as being in some way mixed up with his destiny. While he is yet a baby lying in his cradle, he hears the dull, far-off boom of the breakers; when he is older, he wanders by the sandy shore, watching the waves that come plunging up the beach like white-maned sea-horses, as Thoreau calls them; his eye follows the lessening sail as it fade...

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A Millionaire of Rough-And-Ready

By: Bret Harte

PROLOGUE There was no mistake this time: he had struck gold at last! It had lain there before him a moment ago -- a misshapen piece of brown-stained quartz, interspersed with dull yellow metal; yielding enough to have allowed the points of his pick to penetrate its honeycombed recesses, yet heavy enough to drop from the point of his pick as he endeavored to lift it from the red earth.

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Phantas

By: Oliver Onions

Excerpt: I As Abel Keeling lay on the galleon?s deck, held from rolling down it only by his own weight and the sun?blackened hand that lay outstretched upon the planks, his gaze wandered, but ever returned to the bell that hung, jammed with the dangerous heel?over of the vessel, in the small ornamental belfry immediately abaft the mainmast. The bell was of cast bronze, with half?obliterated bosses upon it that had been the heads of cherubs.

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