Rouge Et Noir; In Six Cantos Versailles, and Other Poems

Rouge Et Noir; In Six Cantos Versailles, and Other Poems

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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. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ...as some Are pleased to call the lower class--the scum. XII The latter term is somewhat incorrect, And, therefore, one I wish my friends to drop; For, both by cook and chemist, I suspect The scum is mostly found upon the top: Indeed, without the slightest disrespect, I may as well observe before I stop, That worth (like plums in puddings, when we've got 'i Is often apt to settle towards the bottom. XIII As for myself I'm neutral, for I steer Between the two extremes--ay, and have met Some honesty in each: I know a peer Blessed with as kind a heart as ever beat;--And truth and talent in the humblest sphere That had done honor to a coronet: O, we are all, all human--brothers--men! This granted, back to Rouge et Noir. Now then. xiy Altho' my theme be plain as can be penned--(One reason why I fear it won't succeed) Some gentle souls may read me to the end (For there be worthy people who will read, Admire, condemn, do all but--comprehend, ) Without suspecting once they stand in need Of aught this sage and shining work contains, As fools are last to find their want of brains. XV For such, with all the pith my powers can wield I'll string a few deep aphorisms just now, By way of an appendix to the field Already traversed--gaily, you'll allow--That those may eat the apple ready peeled Who could not reach to pluck it from the bough; But, with a tenderness I love to cherish--That hour I wound a wig-block, let me perish! XVI Being, beside (I fear a common case) Less partial to advice than to advising; And, having some experience of the place, I shan't be thought officious in apprising The uninitiate, 'tis a wild-goose chase For those who contemplate economising To post tow'rds Paris--quite as well repair To Fetter-lane in search of country air. XVII Avoid it!...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236548795
  • 9781236548795