The Ring and the Book Vol. II

The Ring and the Book Vol. II

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... nor wife Should stand, and there is passion in the place, Power in the air for evil as for good, 660 Promptings from heaven and hell, as if the stars Fought in their courses for a fate to be. Thus stand the wife and priest, a spectacle, I doubt not, to unseen assemblage there. No lamp will mark that window for a shrine, No tablet signalize the terrace, teach New generations which succeed the old, The pavement of the street is holy ground; No bard describe in verse how Christ prevailed And Satan fell like lightning! Why repine? 670 What does the world, told truth, but lie the more I A second time the plot is foiled; nor, now, By corresponding sin for countercheck, No wile and trick that baffle trick and wile, --The play o' the parents! here the blot is blanched By God's gift of a purity of soul That will not take pollution, ermine-like Armed from dishonor by its own soft snow. Such was this gift of God who showed for once How He would have the world go white: it seems 680 As a new attribute were born of each Champion of truth, the priest and wife I praise, --As a new safeguard sprang up in defence Of their new noble nature: so a thorn Comes to the aid of and completes the rose--Courage, to-wit, no woman's gift nor priest's, F the crisis; might leaps vindicating right. See how the strong aggressor, bad and bold, With every vantage, preconcerts surprise, Leaps of a sudden at his victim's throat 690 In a byeway, --how fares he when face to face With Caponsacchi? Who fights, who fears now? There quails Count Guido, armed to the chattering teeth, Cowers at the steadfast eye and quiet word O' the Canon of the Pieve! There skulks crime Behind law called in to back cowardice! While out of the poor trampled worm the wife, Springs up a serpent! more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236899024
  • 9781236899026