The Complete Works of Lord Byron; Including His Suppressed Poems, and Others Never Before Published Volume 3

The Complete Works of Lord Byron; Including His Suppressed Poems, and Others Never Before Published Volume 3

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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. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...Your fathers were my foes, and I have heard Foul rumours were abroad; I have also read Their epitaph, attributing their deaths To poison. 'T is perhaps as true as most Inscriptions upon tombs, and yet no less A fable. Lor. Who dares say so? Doge. I!--'T is true Your fathers were mine enemies, as bitter As their son e'er can be, and I no less Was theirs; but I was openly their foe: I never work'd by plot in council, nor Cabal in commonwealth, nor secret means Of practice against life by steel or drug. The proof is, your existence. Lor. I fear not. Doge. You have no cause, being what I am; but were I That you would have me thought, you long ere now Were past the sense of fear. Hate on; I care not. Lor. I never yet knew that a noble's life In Venice had to dread a Doge's frown, That is, by open means. Doge. But I, good signor, Am, or at least was, more than a mere duke, In blood, in mind, in means; and that they know Who dreaded to elect me, and have since Striven all they dare to weigh me down: be sure, Before or since that period, had I held you At'so much price as to require your absence, A word of mine had set such spirits to work As would have hiade you nothing. But in all things I have observed the strictest reverence; Nor for the laws alone, for those you have strain'd (I do not speak of you but as a single Voice of the many) somewhat beyond what I could enforce for my authority, Were I disposed to brawl; but, as I said, I have observed with veneration, like A priest's for the high altar, even unto The sacrifice of my own blood and quiet, Safety, and all save honour, the decrees, The health, the pride, and welfare of-the state. And now, sir, to your business. Lor. 'T is decreed, That, without farther repetition of The question, or continuance...show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236497015
  • 9781236497017