The Ring and the Book

The Ring and the Book

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...As if Saint Peter failed to recognize Nero as no apostle, John or James, Till someone burned a martyr, made a torch 1790 O' the blood and fat to show his features by! Could you fail read this cartulary aright On head and front of Franceschini there, Large-lettered like hell's masterpiece of print, --That he, from the beginning pricked at heart By some lust, letch of hate against his wife, Plotted to plague her into overt sin And shame, would slay Pompilia body and soul, And save his mean self--miserably caught 1799 I' the quagmire of his own tricks, cheats and lies?--That himself wrote those papers, --from himself To himself, --which, i' the name of me and her, His mistress-messenger gave her and me, Touching us with such pustules of the soul That she and I might take the taint, be shown To the world and shuddered over, speckled so?--That the agent put her sense into my words, Made substitution of the thing she hoped, For the thing she had and held, its opposite, 1809 While the husband in the background bit his lips At each fresh failure of his precious plot?--That when at the last we did rush each on each, By no chance but because God willed it so--The spark of truth was struck from out our souls--Made all of me, descried in the first glance, Seem fair and honest and permissible love 0' the good and true--as the first glance told me There was no duty patent in the world Like daring try be good and true myself, 1819 Leaving the shows of things to the Lord of Show And Prince o' the Power of the Air. Our very flight, Even to its most ambiguous circumstance, Irrefragably proved how futile, false... Why, men--men and not boys--boys and not babes--Babes and not beasts--beasts and not stocks and stones!--Had the liar's lie been true one pin-point speck, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123662341X
  • 9781236623416