The Chase; Reprinted from the Original Edition with a Memoir of the Author
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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...jaws. Now all at once Onward they march embattled, to the sound Of martial harmony; fifes, cornets, drums, That rouse; the sleepy soul to arms, and bold Heroic deeds. In parties here and there Detach'd o'er hill and dale, the hunters range Inquisitive; strong dogs that match in fight The boldest brute, around their masters wait, A faithful guard. No haunt unsearch'd, they drive From ev'ry covert, and from ev'ry den, The lurking savages. Incessant shouts Re-echo thro' the woods, and kindling fires Gleam from the mountain tops; the forest seems One mingling blaze: like flocks of sheep they fly Before the flaming brand: fierce lions, pards, Boars, tigers, bears, and wolves; a dreadful crew Of grim, blood-thirsty foes: growling along, They stalk indignant; but fierce vengeance still Hangs pealing on their rear, and pointed spears Present immediate death. Soon as the night Wrapt in her sable veil forbids the chace, They pitch their tents, in even ranks, around The circling camp. The guards are plac'd, and fires At proper distances ascending rise, And paint the horizon with their ruddy light. So round some island's shore of large extent, Amid the gloomy horrors of the night, The billows breaking on the pointed rocks, Seem all one flame, and the bright circuit wide Appears a bulwark of surrounding fire. What dreadful howlings, and what hideous roar, Disturb those peaceful shades! where erst the bird That glads the night had cheer'd the list'ning groves With sweet complainings. Thro' the silent gloom Oft they the guards assail; as oft repell'd They fly reluctant, with hot-boiling rage Stung to the quick, and mad with wild despair. Thus day by day they still the chace renew At night encamp; till now in straiter bounds The circle lessens, and the...
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