Life Thoughts and Lays from History [In Verse]

Life Thoughts and Lays from History [In Verse]

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...culprit, whose piteous entreaty for mercy was strangely mingled with the tones of the famous cantatrice. She sang;--with the might of her matchless art She pictured the passions' reign, --The loves that yearn, the joys that dart, The sorrows that throb with pain; Like a fountain's fall in a stately hall In the sultry noon of day, Like sunlit showers on beds of flowers, O'er a glittering throng and gay She scattered the notes of her ravishing strain, As they rushed in a spangled cloud Or stole with the breath of a stingless pain 'Mid a tranced and silent crowd. But they passed the bounds of that brilliant throng Where the gay and the happy meet, And the diamond spray of her.silvery song Fell down o'er court and street; They floated o'er busy crowds below, O'er the homes where the poor abide, O'er the dens of riot, the haunts of woe, Where crime and want may hide; Through the open door of a judgment room They warbled wild and free, Where a hopeless mother was hearing her doom In a judge's stern decree; And the wail of a sorrow that knew no art 'Mid their ripple strove to live, As she prayed with the strength of a breaking heart To spare and to forgive. Mayhap she, too, her song-time knew, When her soul was with melody bright, Ere a cruel loss or a bitter cross Had turned to wrong the right. Ah! who can tell how first she fell, Or how with want she fought; Through what a maze life's dreary days To this ill pass were brought? But that is nothing;--law must be; She must atone for wrong, As sure as they who give their fee Must have their feast of song. Yet, sooth to say, perchance the mite That one of these has given, Had saved her in temptation's fight, And helped a soul towards Heaven. But they thought not of this in that gleaming As they listened...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123661836X
  • 9781236618368