The Death of Essex

The Death of Essex

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...we but fare forever in its arms With task alone to sweep foul wrongs away, That were true knighthood's life. HAR. Yea, but we go On other quest, whereto we are not bid, And we shall hear it said, ' How came they hence? What do they here? ' and must make answer good. My lord, I am a dull wit, yet need know The passport of this action: else will fail To serve you in your peril. EssEx. Nay, dear boy, God tends our perils if we hark His will And do His work. We go mayhap to death For what is past it. Our good warrant is We know the end He wills. There is one law Writ in men's books, another writ in sky For all His men to read. HAR. This sky-writ law Is read not by the might that rules this realm; It will not weigh. EssEx. 'T is written for our hearts, To stay them in sore trial. For the rest, We claim the right of all who bear grave trusts To sovereign's action by the duty given Into their hands. What faithful soldier stays To see the battle wrecked because he 's bid By some far master to stand idly by? His duty is to dare, so be to death With which hard judgment pays on his mischance. HAR. Oh my dear lord, we 'll find this law 's too high For earth regarding eyes. EssEx. So be it, then; The faithful answer is ' God's will be done Upon His instruments e'en as He will.' If in His work we hear the questioning Of every sinful knave, and spend our wit In reckoning with their lack, we 'll never win Nor save His realm, but die in some foul ditch. HAR. And yet, my master, we must to our liege Give safe account of this. EssEx. Trust her to see: She is at heart a king. She will not stay On her command against decree of fate That sends us for her safety to her side....show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236912829
  • 9781236912824