Athelwold; A Tragedy in Five Acts

Athelwold; A Tragedy in Five Acts

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...desire--for still The wish we raise, on thee will rest; His love, though fed from thousand eyes, But looks on us--to thee it sighs. And thou dread king, with kind caress Her timorous love assure, restore, Who almost thinks it sin to bless, And, half refraining, yields the more;--Oh, he but brought new pleasure in, The priest who first made pleasure sin! Edgar. The song has moralized it well, my Edith. Oh, never did I love as now I love, Nor found so fair a cheek to tell it on! It was a happy day whereon I freed thee, My pretty bird, from the dull convent cage They had immured thee in. Edith. Indeed, 'tis cruel In such a cage to prison a poor bird, Whose plumage gives it to the breeze of heaven, But being there, and having long since lost Its natural power of wing and beak, I doubt If it be kind to set it free again, Its very liberty a fear, for bolder fowl To pluck and peck at it. Edgar. But my sweet bird, Shall nestle on a monarch's breast, where none Dares ruffle it. (Caresses her.) Come, sir jester, That stands there like a monument, Hast nothing for us, prose or rhime? Jester. Do I not serve the crown? Edgar. Assuredly. Jester. Then have I a dispensation for silence for seven years. Dunstan has put the crown in his pocket for so long. coming forward.) Stranger sight saw never clown--Lo, a king without a crown! Sits and tells his amorous tale To a nun without a veil! What a pretty pastoral it makes!--I went to the Archbishop myself to get the like commutation for purgatory. I laid this royal coxcomb, to which by the grace of God we have been elevated, most reverently at his feet, with many vows of renunciation, --but it would'nt do. Edgar. What said his grace? Jester. He bad me wear it and serve your majesty as the greater penance of the two....show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594665
  • 9781236594662