The Ring and the Book by Robert Browning; An Interpretation

The Ring and the Book by Robert Browning; An Interpretation

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...saves. An old rhyme came into my head and rang Of how a virgin, for the faith of God, Hid herself, from the Paynims that pursued, In a cave's heart; until a thunderstone, Wrapped in a flame, revealed the couch and prey And they laughed---'Thanks to lightning, ours at last! ' And she cried 'Wrath of God, assert His love! Servant of God, thou fire, befriend His child l ' And lo, the fire she grasped at, fixed its flash, Lay in her hand a calm cold dreadful sword She brandished till pursuers strewed the ground, So did the souls within them die away, As o'er the prostrate bodies, sworded, safe, She walked forth to the solitudes and Christ: So should I grasp the lightning and be saved! " When at her bidding Caponsacchi arrived, she appealed to him to take her with him to Rome, to her own people, --and so to save "Something that's trulier me than this myself." His answer was, "I am yours." After some delay the preparations were made for the flight and at the dawn of day they fled together. All that he had been to her and had done for her on the journey was a revelation of all that was good. Perhaps he was not one of the great saints, but he had done something of a saint's service for her and so she cries, "This one heart brought me all the Spring." She 'relates all the kindly services he rendered, how at one place he told her "all about a brave man dead," and how, at another town which seemed as if it "would turn Arezzo's self," he put a new-born babe into her arms. "I could believe himself by his strong will Had woven around me what I thought the world We went along in, every circumstance, Towns, flowers and faces, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236965760
  • 9781236965769