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I will imagine a scene ; it is among, the loveliest in a world, which has innumerable joys mingled with its many sorrows. I remember such an one in my childhood, and how I loved it. It was in early spring or autumn, when, after the toil or play of the day, I came into the house which my mother had prepared for the evening; a brisk fire from the hearth playing on the windows and ceiling; my mother smiling on her talkative children as they gathered around her; my father resting from his day's work, and their little- ones clambering about him to hear his stories or his song ; these make up the scene of bliss which I never can forget. A scene like this, I will imagine in some fathers' house among the mountains of Oxford, as his rosy cheeked boys and girls sit at his feet or climb his knees, and cast their beaming eyes on his happy face, while he and their mother alternately repeat the tales which they heard from their parents, or of which they are among the subjects. The mother, to whom I will give the name of Greenwood, begins the evening by the story of...
Stone, Thomas T., "Sketches of Oxford County" (1830). Maine History Documents. 40.
Stone, Thomas T. 1830. Sketches of Oxford county. Portland [Me.]: Shirley and Hyde.
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