This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878. Excerpt: ... TANTALUS. (A little bird flew into the great dining-h.ill of the Grand Union Hotel, at Saratoga, and took refuge in the heavy upholstery of the upper part of the windows; and although the guests and servants were particular to leave doors and windows open for its escape, it would not descend, but after fluttering hopelessly amid the forest of the chandeliers for six days, it was picked up from the floor dead. It had starved, while the guests were feasting at the tables below. Upon the incident the following poem was written.) A Tiny songster, borne on flitting wing, Did, headlong flying, through a window spring. It was the window of a dining-hall; Though heavy-curtained 'gainst the sunlight's fall. Here, strongly prisoned, did it restless flee 'Mid vaulted arches, seeking to be free. Its flight contriving held in upper air, Did it poise lower--see, escape was there For men in pity freedom's pathway show, And door and window wide and open throw. 9 There hourly trooping came a hungry throng, As waves succeeding ocean's shores along. There gleaming tables, set with dainty meat And countless viands, spread beneath its feet. In large profusion lay the goodly cheer, The broad world's bounty gathered far and near. But the poor songster, faint, with drooping plume, Felt Famine's anguish hurrying on his doom; And feebly fluttering o'er the plenty spread, Fell starved and dying for a crust of bread So to the human, as the bird, this is; Man--King of Being--finds such fate is his. In this world's fashion, some, with hungry eye, View others' splendor; and, viewing, meanly die. See rich abundance heaped on every hand, And they so needy: wherefore are they banned? Lo here is beauty seen on every side; For us it shines not: such has Fate denied. Soft eyes, bri...
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