Longman's English Classics

Longman's English Classics

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...army under Orlando or Roland and destroyed it, Charlemagne himself being a considerable distance in advance. So the story is usually told, the latter part, at least, having some historic basis. Why Milton varies from this version is not known. Fontarabbia was at some distance from Roncesvalles. By Fontarabbia. Thus far these beyond Compare of mortal prowess yet observed Their dread commander. He, above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent, 590 Stood like a tower; his form had yet not lost All her original brightness, nor appeared Less than archangel ruined, and the excess Of glory obscured: as when the sun new risen Looks through the horizontal misty air 595 Shorn of his beams, or, from behind the moon, In dim eclipse disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs: darkened so, yet shone Above them all the Archangel; but his face 600 Deep scars of thunder had intrenched, and care Sat on his faded cheek, but under brows Of dauntless courage, and considerate pride Waiting revenge. Cruel his eye, but cast Signs of remorse and passion to behold 605 The fellows of his crime, the followers rather (Far other once beheld in bliss), condemned For ever now to have their lot in pain; Millions of spirits for his fault amerced Of Heaven, and from eternal splendours flung 610 For his revolt: yet faithful how they stood, Their glory withered; as when Heaven's fire TIath scathed the forest oaks or mountain pinos, With singed top their stately growth, though bare, Stands on the blasted heath. He now prepared 615 To speak; whereat their doubled ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half enclose him round 591. His form had yet not lost. It did later; namely, his own particular form, from which he could...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236937791
  • 9781236937797