The Priory of Birkenhead; A Tale [In Verse]

The Priory of Birkenhead; A Tale [In Verse]

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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. 1819 edition. Excerpt: ... servant lead!" Then grasp'd his staff, and swiftly cross'd the mead; The distant pair with eager haste pursued, And seem'd with more than mortal zeal endued. He near approaches--they recede from sight Behind the mound extending on the right; His mind encounters with a host of fears: "Halt! halt 1" he cries, --a warlike form appears, Who seem'd intent the stranger to pursue; And paus'd a moment, --then his bugle blew. From a deep ravine rose an armed band;--"Rejoice, brave comrades, for our foe's at hand; Mine eyes beheld him, when this mound he pass'd: Make him your captive: Fortune smiles at last!" Thus spoke tbe chief, when other sounds arose; High on the mound, beset with raging foes, Like a bay'd lion, the bold stranger stood; His sword encrimson'd with assailants' blood. As darts a watchful tiger from his den, The Chief sprang forward, follow'd by his men; The mouud ascended, cried--" Base varlets flj! Resist one moment and ye surely die!" Like wolves repell'd, the lawless ruffians fled; He firm advanced, and to the stranger said--"Now yield, Lord Silbert 1--Rodolph bids thee yield! Who stands this day tby victor in the field J--Wouldst thou be free, thy daughter fair resign; Till we are wed, captivity is thine." "Oh, stain of valour! think' st thou force can bend The soul of Silbert to unworthy end i Tho' his lov'd daughter in thy grasp remains, He spurns thy friendship, and thy threat disdains: By virtue shielded, and by duty led, Ne'er will Ermina share a nuptial bed Without my sanction. Rodolph! thou shalt find Nor chains nor tortures can subdue my mind." "Insulting Silbert! other time shall prove, With thee, what conduct may avail my love: --Hence bear him, comrades! watchful of...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236539052
  • 9781236539052