The Phoenix Volume 4-6

The Phoenix Volume 4-6

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...and javelins that prevail Against the lion's den, And brazen chariots and mail--Yea! and the souls of men! In Babylon, mad Babylon, What get you for your pence? A moiety of cinnamon, Of flour and frankincense; But let the shekels in your keep Be multiplied by ten, And you shall purchase slaves and sheep--Yea! and the souls of men! In Babylon, sad Babylon, What chattels shall invite? A wife whenas your youth is done, Or leman for a night. Before Astarte's portico The torches flare again; The shadows come, the shadows go--Yea! and the souls of men! In Babylon, dark Babylon, Who take the wage of shame? The scribe and singer, one by one, That toil for gold and fame. They grovel to their masters' mood; The blood upon the pen Assigns their souls to servitude--Yea! and the souls of men! George Sterling. Jl J j/t SQUABBLES of biographers about famous persons make the most futile and profitless reading. How can we possibly get a faithful notion of a man who died, say, a hundred years ago, when of those who have known us intimately, our confidants and companions, no two will agree in their report? Besides, every man with originality or positive force of character, is either god or devil to his contemporaries, and often so to those of his own household. The truth is, biography is only an inferior kind of fiction. I am myself, more firmly persuaded of the vital truth, the actual existence of many characters in Balzac than of the value of a whole library of so-called "standard biography." Stfce Salfc0 bs tbe Efcitor THE MAN SHAKESPEARE. RY Fitton was a maid of dishonor and quality at the court of Elizabeth the Virgin Queen of ironical history. She was beautiful and she had many lovers, to several of whom she was lavish of her kindness, in the free...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236670590
  • 9781236670595