Arcita and Paloma

Arcita and Paloma

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: all Eden smell'd, A garland of the rose, and a white pair Of doves above her flicker'd in the air: And her son, Cupid, stood before her feet; Two wings upon his shoulders, fair and fleet, And blind as night, as he is often 'seen: A bow he bare, and arrows bright and keen. And now to tell you, on the westward side, What colours the great painters did provide, What portraiture upon the wall was spread, 1240 Within the temple of grim Mars the red; All painted was the wall, in dismal grace, Like to the inward of the grisly place, Call'd the great temple of the God in Thrace, Where Mars his sovereign mansion still doth hold, In frosty regions, and eternal cold. A forest on the wall was there exprest, In which there never wons nor man nor beast, With knotty, knarry, barren trees, right old, And sharp with stubs, and hideous to behold, 1250 Where, like the thunder, ran a rumble through, As though a storm would break down every bough, And downward, (and a savage hill o'er-bent, ) There stood the fane of Mars armipotent; Wrought all of burned steel: the entrance keen VVas long, and strait, and ghastly to be seen; And thereout came a rage, and air, God knows, The gates from their great hinges l1eav'd and rose-: The northern light in at the door there shone; For window on the massy wall was none, 1260 Through which men might the open light discern: The door was all of adamant eterne, And clenched overthwart, and end-ways long, With iron tough, and, for to make it strong, Every great pillar of this house of war Was tun-great, of bright iron blazing far. There saw I first the dark imagining Of felony, and all the compassing; ' The cruel ire, as red as burning coal; The pick-purse; and pale fear, with more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236844564
  • 9781236844569