The Poetical Works of Samuel Butler Volume 1

The Poetical Works of Samuel Butler Volume 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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...the heavy swing, She laid him flat upon his side, And, mounting on his trunk astride, Quoth she, I told thee what would come 855 Of all thy vapouring, base scum: Say, will the law of arms allow M7-m Vr. 'Shall I have quarter now, you ruffin? Or wilt thou be worse than thy huffing? Thou saidst th' would "st kill me, marry would'st thou! Why dost thou not, thou Jack-a-nods thou?' I may have grace and quarter now? Or wilt thou rather break thy word, And stain thine honour than thy sword? 860 A man of war to damn his soul, In basely breaking his parole! And when, before the fight th' hadst vow'd To give no quarter in cold blood; Now thou hast got me for a Tartar, 865 To make me 'gainst my will take quarter, Why dost not put me to the sword, But cowardly fly from thy word? Quoth Hudibras, The day's thine own; Thou and thy stars have cast me down: 87o My laurels are transplanted now, And flourish on thy conqu'ring brow: My loss of honour's great enough, Thou need'st not brand it with a scoff: Sarcasms may eclipse thine own, W5 But cannot blur my lost renown: I am not now in Fortune's power; He that is down can fall no lower. The ancient heroes were illustr'ous For being benign, and not blustrous 8&0 Against a vanquish'd foe: their swords Were sharp and trenchant, not their words; And did in fight but cut work out T' employ their courtesies about. Quoth she, Although thou hast deserv'd, 880 Base Slubberdegullion, to be serv'd As thou didst vow to deal with me If thou hadst got the victory, Yet I shall rather act a part That suits my fame than thy desert: 890 Thy arms, thy liberty, beside All that's on th' outside of thy hide, Are mine by military law, Of which I will not bate one straw; The rest, thy life and limbs, once more, 895 Though more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492692
  • 9781236492692