The Lonely Guiding Star; A Legend of the Pyrenean Mountains and Other Poems, Miscellaneous and Dramatic

The Lonely Guiding Star; A Legend of the Pyrenean Mountains and Other Poems, Miscellaneous and Dramatic

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...murmur then, And cast their idols down, when they find out The dogmas false that compass them about! " Is the work done, O Nations! which was set For you to do, each in your own degree? Doth heaven-born Order reign amongst you yet, With his meek spouse Obedience? To be free, In its true sense, you must possess this pair, Whose union was the first great law of Heaven. For them, 'twould seem, ye are the last to care, And thus, your efforts to Confusion given, Must end abortive where they first begin, In the abyss of darkness and of sin. " Thou mighty, gorgeous realm! Whose limit northward is the narrow sea Cross'd by the first great Caesar. Thou art fair To look upon, and valorous as well; But all thy valour and thy beauty are Of small avail without true liberty. Why should thy pride so swell That boastfully thy hand would take the helm, And guide thy sister nations? Look at home! At thine own self, ere thou wouldst farther roam. What boots that clash of arms--that lofty strain That tells of thine own deeds on other strands? O look upon thyself I upon thy hands VVhich bear the impress of a deadly stain!_ It is the blood of brothers, vainly shed In impious combat, by false aims misled! Man against man, ignoring Law and God, The end, a grave upon the trampled sod! Thou hast cast kingdoms down, and thine own kings Hast spurn'd and humbled for no worthy end; And up to heaven a wail of sorrow rings In which a holocaust of horrors blend! Still must thou struggle in convulsive throes Until eternal death shall end thy woes! xxl. " I turn me to the south, the east, the north: Empires and kingdoms stretch in long array; Some tottering to their base--of little worth But in the empty title they display. And here...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859634
  • 9781236859631