Latter Struggles in the Journey of Life, Or, The Afternoon of My Days: Comprehending Chiefly, the Period Between My Forty-fifth and the End of My Sixtieth Year, Being the Fourth Book of My Pilgrimage : from Retrospections of a Sexagenarian : in Wich Some of the More Recent Ups and Downs, the Joys and Sorrows, the Hopes and Disappointments of a Life Passed in Comparative Obscurity ... : the Real Life of a Country Bookseller ...

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J. Colston, 1833 - Book industries and trade - 406 pages
An eccentric book by an eccentric Scottish book seller which, among all the verbiage, probably does give some new insight into the 19th century Scottish book trade.

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Page 331 - Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Page 23 - I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill ; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Page 369 - Who sees with equal eye, as God of all, A hero perish, or a sparrow fall, Atoms or systems into ruin hurl'd, And now a bubble burst, and now a world.
Page 27 - The man who consecrates his hours By vigorous effort, and an honest aim, At once he draws the sting of life and death : He walks with nature ; and her paths are peace.
Page 33 - Thy purpose firm, is equal to the deed : Who does the best his circumstance allows, Does well, acts nobly ; angels could no more.
Page 26 - He, who through vast immensity can pierce, See worlds on worlds compose one universe, Observe how system into system runs, What other planets circle other suns, What varied being peoples every star, May tell why Heaven has made us as we are.
Page 90 - I know but one way of fortifying my soul against these gloomy presages and terrors of mind, and that is, by securing to myself the friendship and protection of that Being who disposes of events, and governs futurity. He sees at one view, the whole thread of my existence ; not only that part of it which I have already passed through, but that which runs forward into all the depths of eternity.
Page 20 - Some must be great. Great offices will have Great talents. And God gives to every man The virtue, temper, understanding, taste, That lifts him into life, and lets him fall Just in the niche he was ordained to fill. To the deliverer of an injured land He gives a tongue t...
Page 116 - ... their present state : From brutes what men, from men what spirits know: Or who could suffer being here below? The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, Had he thy reason, would he skip and play?
Page 26 - Why formed no weaker, blinder, and no less; Ask of thy mother earth, why oaks are made Taller or stronger than the weeds they shade? Or ask of yonder argent fields above, Why Jove's satellites are less than Jove?

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