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"Well, I fired the gun. But it must have had a double charge in it and been rusted at that. All I know is that after I pulled the trigger I thought the end of the world had come. I heard a clap of thunder, and then I went flying over backward into a blackberry patch."  Ned Newton

--Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship
   or The Naval Terror of the Seas
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When age chills the blood, when our pleasures are past--
For years fleet away with the wings of the dove--
The dearest remembrance will still be the last,
Our sweetest memorial, the first kiss of love.
--Byron
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My heart is what it was before,
A house where people come and go;
But it is winter with your love,
The sashes are beset with snow.
--Edna St Vincent Millay
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Silver bark of beech, and sallow
Bark of yellow birch and yellow
Twig of willow.
Stripe of green in moosewood maple,
Colour seen in leaf of apple,
Bark of popple.
Wood of popple pale as moonbeam,
Wood of oak for yoke and barn-beam,
Wood of hornbeam.
Silver bark of beech, and hollow
Stem of elder, tall and yellow
Twig of willow.
--Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Second Fig
Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!
--Edna St Vincent Millay
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Recuerdo (first verse)
We were very tired, we were very merry--
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable--
But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon;
And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.
--Edna St. Vincent Millay