Hernani. Esmeralda

Hernani. Esmeralda

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...bottom of the pit--mankind! Mankind! that is to say, a mob, a sea of men, tremendous uproar, tears and shrieks, sometimes a bitter laugh, sometimes a groan, which wakes the frightened earth, and strikes our ears through the wilderness of echoes like a trumpet blast. Mankind! a countless swarm from field and city, to sound the tocsin from the high church towers. (Musing.) Groundwork of nations, bearing aloft the monstrous globe supported at the poles--living waves, which hold it ever in their close embrace, and toss it back and forward as they roll, causing all things to change their place, and thrones erected on its highest pinnacles to totter to their fall, till kings cut short their profitless disputes, and raise their eyes to heaven. O kings! look down! Aha! the people! an ocean, never calm, wherein can naught be thrown that does not stir it to its lowest depths! A wave which batters down a throne and acts as cradle for a tomb! A glass wherein a king but rarely finds his own image fair to look upon! Ah! if one looked sometimes into that frowning flood, there one would see empires innumerable, stately shipwrecked barks, which, as it ebbs and flows, it tosses to and fro, which weary it, but which it knows no more. To rule all this! To mount, if the choice falls on you, to this great eminence! And so to mount, knowing the while that you are but a man! To have the chasm yawning at your feet! God grant I be not giddy at the thought! Oh! moving pyramid of kings and realms, thy apex is most narrow! Woe to the hesitating foot! Where could I cling, should I lose heart on feeling the world move beneath my feet, and the tumultuous heart-beats of the living earth! And when I have this planet in my hands, what shall I do with it? Shall I be equal...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236800818
  • 9781236800817