Ardath, the Story of a Dead Self Volume 1

Ardath, the Story of a Dead Self Volume 1

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...and crowned with flowers, knelt, playing softly on quaintly shaped instruments.--and a cluster of tiny, semi-nude boys, fair as young cupids, were grouped in pretty reposeful attitudes along the edge of the gilded prow holding garlands of red and yellow blossoms which trailed down to the surface of the water beneath. As a half slumbering man may note a sudden brilliant glare of sunshine flashing on the wall of his sleeping-chamber, so Theos at first viewed this floating pageant in confused uncomprehending bewilderment, --when all at once his stupefied senses were roused to hot life and pulsing action, --with a smothered cry of ecstasy he fixed his straining eager gaze on one supreme_ fair Figure, --the central Glory of the marvellous picture! A Woman or a Goddess?--a rainbow Flame in mortal shape?--a spirit of earth, air, fire, water?--or a Thought of Beauty embodied into human sweetness and made perfect? Clothed in gold attire, and girdled with gems she stood, leaning indolently against the middle mast of the vessel, her great sombre dusky eyes resting drowsily on the swarming masses of people, whose frenzied roar of rapture and admiration sounded like the breaking of billows. Presently, with a slow solemn smile on her haughtily curved lips, she extended one hand and arm, snowwhite and glittering with jewels, and made an imperious gesture to command silence. Instantly a profound hush ensued. Lifting a long slender white wand, at the end of which could be plainly seen the gleaming silver head of a Serpent, she described three circles in the air with _a perfectly even, majestic motion, and as she did this, her marvellous eyes turned towards Theos, and dwelt steadily upon him. He met her gaze fully, absorbing into his inmost soul the mesmericshow more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236913434
  • 9781236913432