The Island Bride; And Other Poems

The Island Bride; And Other Poems

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...wages lust and avarice earn. VIII. They met in secret, and they part by stealth; To-morrow's eve shall light the avenging flame, To-morrow give again their plundered wealth, And the red blood atone their daughters' shame. To-morrow the invader's hated name Shall be a thing that was, and they shall brood No longer on their wrongs, subdued and tame. Their fatal darts with venom are imbued; The oath is sworn, -leaves rustle, --all is solitude. But no! a graceful girlish form is creeping Where the low, sheltering boughs in darkness wave. Her pulses throb, her eye is wet with weeping, But her firm heart Al phonsob life shall save, Or die for one whose gentle nature gave Soft looks, when all around did darkly lower. Passion, devotion, in those climates, crave No sickly culture; in one glowing hour The bursting bud expands, and lo! love's fadeless flower! Now, like a Titan waking from his sleep, Up the piled mountain-clouds to heaven to climb, The summer sun, emerging from the deep, Trod to the zenith, --lonely and sublime. Careless alike of innocence and crime, He pours on all his broad, impartial ray; But when he sinks in mellow evening time, Upon far other scenes his beams shall play, And they who hailed his birth be dead ere close of day. With haggard eye, as one of mind bereft, Mahala tracked his shadows o'er the plain; There was no hopeless hope of mercy left; A thousand tortures rack her aching brain, --But though her sheltering bosom's shield be vain, She still could die with him, so nobly fair; Could she no clemency, no respite, gain, 'T were sweet to cling in clasping fondness there, And, if she might not save, his destiny to share. XII. But a quick thought brings rapture to her grief; Despair was...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854713
  • 9781236854711