The Poetical Works of James Thomson, Ed. with a Critical Mem. by W.M. Rossetti

The Poetical Works of James Thomson, Ed. with a Critical Mem. by W.M. Rossetti

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...Escape the fondness of transported Greece! Mixed in a tempest of superior joy, They left the sports; like Bacchanals they flew, Each other straining in a strict embrace, Nor strained a slave; and loud acclaims till night Round the Proconsul's tent repeated rung. Then, crowned with garlands, came the festive hours; And music, sparkling wine, and converse warm, Their raptures waked anew. 'Ye gods!' they cried, LIBERTY. 853 'Ye guardian gods of Greece! and are we free? Was it not madness deemed the very thought? And is it true? How did we purchase chains? At what a dire expense of kindred blood? And are they now dissolved? and scarce one drop For the fair first of blessings have we paid? Courage, and conduct, in the doubtful field, When rages wide the storm of mingling war, Are rare indeed; but how to generous ends To turn success, and conquest, rarer still: That the great gods and Romans only know. Lives there on earth, almost to Greece unknown, A people so magnanimous, to quit Their native soil, traverse the stormy deep, And by their blood and treasure, spent for us, Redeem our states, our liberties, and laws! There does! there does! Oh saviour, Titus! Rome!' Thus through the happy night they poured their souls, And in my last reflected beams rejoiced. As when the shepherd, on the mountain-brow, Sits piping to his flocks and gamesome kids; Meantime the sun, beneath the green earth sunk, Slants upward o'er the scene a parting gleam; Short is the glory that the mountain gilds, Plays on the glittering flocks, and glads the swain s To western worlds irrevocable rolled, Rapid, the source of light recalls his ray." Here interposing I--" Oh, Queen of men! Beneath whose sceptre in essential rights Equal they live; though placed for common good, more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514262
  • 9781236514264