From Sea to Sea: Letters of Travel, American Notes

From Sea to Sea: Letters of Travel, American Notes

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From Sea to Sea: Letters of Travel, American Notes

From Sea to Sea: Letters of Travel, American Notes

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MARCH-SEPTEMBER, 1889

No. I
OF FREEDOM AND THE NECESSITY OF USING HER. THE MOTIVE AND THE SCHEME THAT WILL COME TO NOTHING. A DISQUISITION UPON THE OTHERNESS OF THINGS AND THE TORMENTS OF THE DAMNED.

When all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green,
And every goose a swan, lad,
And every lass a queen, --
Then hey for boot and horse, lad,
And o'er the world away --
Young blood must have its course, lad,
And every dog its day.

AFTER seven years it pleased Necessity, whom we all serve, to turn to me and say: "Now you need do Nothing Whatever. You are free to enjoy yourself. I will take the yoke of bondage from your neck for one year. What do you choose to do with my gift?" And I considered the matter in several lights. At first I held notions of regenerating Society; but it appeared that this would demand more than a year, and perhaps Society would not be grateful after all. Then I would fain enter upon one monumental "bust"; but I reflected that this at the outside could endure but three months, while the . . .

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