The Death of Amnon; A Poem, with an Appendix, Containing Pastorals, and Other Poetical Pieces

The Death of Amnon; A Poem, with an Appendix, Containing Pastorals, and Other Poetical Pieces

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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. 1789 edition. Excerpt: ...tasted in'its'first degfte Its fov'reign blessedness.--"Whod then forsake The peaceful path of virtue to'purfue Alluring vice through folly's labyrinth, Grasping at shadows of felicity, 'Till overtaken by her evil train Of shame, remorse, confusion, and despair? Such evils now the bapless Amnon haunt, While in th' avenging hand of Absalom Death lurking lies.--Th' ambitious Prince, resolv'd At once t avenge his lister, and remove An obstacle betwixt him and the crown, With unremitting vigilance attends The silent shades and unfrequented paths Where Amnon used to walk, and meditate, Hoping to meet defenceless and alone The destin'd youth, and steal away his life. But Amnon now as cautiously avoids His dreaded presence; not with dread of death; Such fear ne'er fill'd his unsuspicious breast; But conscious guilt, that daunter of the soul, That few can brave, deter'd the timid youth. Two years within the breast of Absalom Revenge in ambulh lurk'd, while in his face The The mildest gentleness and sweetness play'd: Thus secret burns the subterraneous sire, While on earth's teeming surface gaily smiles The verdant herbage strew'd with various flowers, Till, bursting from beneath, the sulph'rous fumes O'erturn the mountains, and the crumbling mould Buries the blooming beauties that it bore: So he unable longer to contain The hidden rancour burning in his breast Determin'd by some bold and desp'rate stroke T' effect his purpose; and with Jonadab Consulted, who thus readily advis'd: --Assume the friend, --entice him to thine house; The cred'lous youth will ne'er suspect a fraud. Now is the time, now comes the yearly feast When shepherds fleece their flocks: make him thy guest With all thy brothers: when with mirth and wine His heart's elate, how easy...
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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514211
  • 9781236514219