Beranger's Poems

Beranger's Poems

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...ho!" the pilot's voice the welkin cleft: "Saint Helena!" God! then is yon the place? Kind Spaniards, look! have ye a harsh thought left, Save for his galling chains and jailers base? And I am here, --close by, --without a chance To save. There was a time, --but all time flies! Well! the worn veteran may yet see France, And.die with loving hands to close his eyes. Perchance he sleeps, --that tempest-laden ball, That once went crashing through a dozen thrones; His fires but smoulder, --he reserves them all, To burst amid the gang of kingly drones. Alas! yon bastion-rock check's Hope's advance; The fickle gods no more their Eagle prize. Well! the worn veteran may yet see France, And die with loving hands to close his eyes. Victory, at his giant pace dismayed, Sat down to rest: she could not follow him: He passed her; and alone, though twice betrayed, Maintain'd his path, beset by serpents grim. But laurel's poison's deadlier than the lance; Death is the crowning price of victories. Well! the worn veteran may yet see France, And die with loving hands to close his eyes. When a poor sail the watchman's glass makes plain, "'Tis he!" the monarchs chorus in alarm. "Lo! where he comes to claim the world again! Speed there! two million warriors quickly arm!" While he stands doubtless there, in musing trance, Watching the sun, his emblem, as it dies. Well! the worn veteran may yet see France, And die with loving hands to close his eyes. Noble alike in genius as in soul, Why with the sceptre bauble clog his hand? As yonder rock above the billows' roll, Frowning at thrones, e'en now, he seems to stand; A mighty beacon, centre of the glance Of two worlds, old and new, behold him rise! Well! the worn veteran may yet see...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 1.27mm | 68.04g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236973208
  • 9781236973207