The Poems of Thomas Bailey Aldrich; In Two Volumes Volume N . 1

The Poems of Thomas Bailey Aldrich; In Two Volumes Volume N . 1

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...fathers, and beg them send The Bambino hither"--her cheeks were wan And her eyes like coals--" Oh, go, my friend, Or all is said!" Through the morning's gray Filippo hurried, like one distraught, To the monks, and told his tale; and they, Straight after matins, came and brought The Miracle Child, and went their way. Once more in her arms was the Infant laid, After these weary months, once more! Yet the woman seemed like a thing of stone While the dark-robed fathers knelt and prayed; But the instant the holy friars were gone She arose, and took the broidered gown From the Baby Christ, and the yellow crown And the votive brooches and rings it wore, Till the little figure, so gay before In its princely apparel, stood as bare As your ungloved hand. With tenderest care, At her feet, 'twixt blanket and counterpane, She hid the Babe; and then, reaching down To the coffer wherein the thing had lain, Drew forth Ben Raphaim's manikin In haste, and dressed it in robe and crown, With lace and bauble and diamond-pin. This finished, she turned to stone again, And lay as one would have thought quite dead If it had not been for a spot of red Upon either cheek. At the close of day The Capuchins came, with solemn tread, And carried the false bambino away! Over the vast Campagna's plain, At sunset, a wind began to blow (From the Apennines it came, they say), Softly at first, and then to grow--As the twilight gathered and hurried by--To a gale, with sudden tumultuous rain And thunder muttering far away. When the night was come, from the blackened sky The spear-tongued lightning slipped like a snake, And the great clouds clashed, and seemed to shake The earth to its centre. Then swept down Such a storm as was never seen in Rome By any one living more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236622510
  • 9781236622518