The Ladies' Monthly Museum Volume 10

The Ladies' Monthly Museum Volume 10

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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. 1819 edition. Excerpt: ...arch, Of velvet, fring'd with silver and with gold, The virgin's! 'kerchief wave, or flow'ret fall, Dread signal of the strife! The warrior then, By will's electric impulse fir'd, forth drew His pond'rous sword, that dar'd, in gleaming wreaths, His rival to the fight, as when is seen The lightning's flash play round its tempest throne; Confronting mov'd, with aspect terrible And bold, each darkly frowning combatant, By valour urged, to win th' immortal prize, Who blow for blow electrical return'd; The Colesscum was open at top, excepting iu rainy and bad weather, when awnings were thrown over it. t The Podium was the range of seats, similar to the boxes in sent theatres, and erected for the higher orders of society. t A virgin, usually of the royal, or nobility class, always gave th- signal for the gladiators to begin. 'Twas then, of war the dreadful and sublime, The rush of onset clos'd! Whilst harsh was heard Shield grating shield, and sword on breast-place rang, When, doora'd by unpropitious star, one felt The deadliest wound, that, staggering, reel'd His fainting form reluctantly to earth; With falling armour ringing on the ground, Convuls'd in death's dread agonies, he roll'd From side to side, in cold and shivering sweat, Till his last groan nnchain'd the prison'd soul, That clapped its pinion's for eternity. All eyes look'd down in silence; but, alas! Untouch'd with pity's sympathetic glow; For as to deepest calm profound oft comes The wildest hurricane, then peal on peal Redoubling thunders rolled of savage joy, From ninety thousand, ranged on galleried height, Of clamorous multitude; whose plaudits' Shook th' ample ring, and tore the vast arena! Twas thus from morn till sunk the sun, thro' each Revolving year, the bloody drama...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236635035
  • 9781236635037