The Sceptic; A Tale of the Secret Tribunal; The Siege of Valencia; And Other Poems

The Sceptic; A Tale of the Secret Tribunal; The Siege of Valencia; And Other Poems

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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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...pure altar-fires, enshrined In depths of blue infinitude, and deem They shine to guide the spoiler of mankind O'er fields of blood!--But with the restless mind It hath been ever thus! and they that weep For worlds to conquer, o'er the bounds assign'd To human search, in daring pride would sweep, As o'er the trampled dust wherein they soon must sleep. XLVI. But ye! that beam'd on Fate's tremendous night, When the storm burst o'er golden Babylon, And ye, that sparkled with your wonted light O'er burning Salem, by the Roman won; And ye, that calmly view'd the slaughter done In Rome's own streets, when Alaric's trumpet-blast Rung through the Capitol; bright spheres! roll Still bright, though empires fall; and bid man cast His humbled eyes to earth, and commune with the past. XLVII. For it hath mighty lessons! from the tomb, And from the ruins of the tomb, and where, 'Midst the wreck'd cities in the desert's gloom, All tameless creatures make their savage lair, Thence comes its voice, that shakes the midnight air, And calls up clouds to dim the laughing day, And thrills the soul;--yet bids us not despair, But make one rock our shelter and our stay, Beneath whose shade all else is passing to decay! XLVIII. The hours move on. I see a wavering gleam O'er the hush'd waters tremulously fall, Pour'd from the Caesar's palace: now the beam Of many lamps is brightening in the hall, And from its long arcades and pillars tall Soft graceful shadows undulating lie On the wa.ve's heaving bosom, and recall A thought of Venice, with her moonlight sky, And festal seas and domes, and fairy Pageantry. xux. But from that dwelling floats no mirthful sound! The swell of flute and Grecian...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986423
  • 9781236986429