The Passing of the Queen

The Passing of the Queen

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...CECIL. My liege--ELIZABETH. Avaunt, avaunt, for thou dost mind me sore Of a hard gaoler who once made me turn A weary treadmill, grinding mouldy corn: May-day hath cast that villain in the deep Of numb forgetting; there I 'll leave him drowned Until the ugly trump doth wake again My day to weary duty. Come, my player, Thy face doth hail me freedom from the skies; ' I'll on with thee. They go to edge of wood. To Player. Good master, lend me eyes, As thou hast oft before, to see afar. What lieth 'fore us? PLAYER. Mistress, the wide world That England's seas fence in. Here at thy feet Are happy folk; beyond are hills and dales With fields that tell the faithful hand of man In cots and barns that garner love and corn, Twin stayers of man's days. And on and on This earth of gold goes rolling to the seas, While above all, in overarching sky That rainbow mocks, hovers the glorious sun Like eagle guarding young. ELIZ. Look, master, well And find me there the blackened path of war In ruined houses and the trampled corn Red with the reapers' blood; hear there the cry Of widow weeping for her true man slain, The maid for lover true. PLAYER. Nay, mistress, I know there The bells above their churchyards shouting joy From all their braZen throats, as if they 'd sent Long happy years no other cry to heaven; Where there be ancient holds they 're crumbled low And ivy mantled. Round their idle walls Are clustered villages that lhok no more On ramparts fringed with steel, or else afar For hosts to siege them. There abideth peace And the Lord's plenty. ELIZ. I am well content. Would that I saw beyond those further seas, Beyond those depths of sky, that I might know What harvest waiteth on this goodly...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836510
  • 9781236836519