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The Courtship

of
Miles Standish.

I.

MILES STANDISH.

In the Old Colony days, in Plymouth the land

of the Pilgrims, To and fro in a room of his simple and prim

itive dwelling, Clad in doublet and hose, and boots of Cordo

van leather, Strode, with a martial air, Miles Standish the

Puritan Captain. Buried in thought he seemed, with his hands

behind him, and pausing Ever and anon to behold his glittering weapons

of warfare, Hanging in shining array along the walls of

the chamber,

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Cutlass and corslet of steel, and his trusty

sword of Damascus, Curved at the point and inscribed with its mystical Arabic sentence,

While underneath, in a corner,

were fowling-piece, musket,

and matchlock. Short of stature he was, but

strongly built and athletic, Broad in the shoulders, deep

chested, with muscles and

sinews of iron ; Brown as a nut was his face, but

his russet beard was already Flaked with patches of snow, as

hedges sometimes in Novem

ber. Near him was seated John Alden,

his friend, and househoid

companion,

Writing with diligent speed at a CUTLASS.''

table of pine by the win

dow; Fair-haired, azure-eyed, with delicate Saxon

complexion, Having the dew of his youth, and the beauty

thereof, as the captives Whom Saint Gregory saw, and exclaimed,

“Not Angles but Angels." Youngest of all was he of the men who came

in the May Flower.

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