Selections from the Modern British Dramatists; With Introduction and Biographical Notes Volume 2

Selections from the Modern British Dramatists; With Introduction and Biographical Notes Volume 2

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...eye met his In steadfast gaze--my pressure answer'd his--We knew at once each other's thought; a smile Of the old sweetness play'd upon his lips, And life forsook him. Weaponless I flew To seek the tyrant, and was driven with scoffs From the proud gates which shelter him. He lives-And I am here to babble of revenge! PHoCIoN. It comes, my friend--attend me to the king! IoN. Even while we speak, Adrastus meets his council; There let us seek him: should ye find him touch'd With penitence, as happily ye may, O give allowance to his soften'd nature! CTEsIPHoN. Show grace to him!--Dost dare?--I had forgot, Thou dost not know how a son loves a father! IoN. I know enough to feel for thee; I know Thou hast endured the vilest wrong that tyranny In its worst frenzy can inflict;--yet think, O think! before the irrevocable deed Shuts out all thought, how much of power's excess Is theirs who raise the idol: --do we groan Beneath the personal force of this rash man, Who forty summers since hung at the breast A playful weakling; whom the heat unnerves; The north wind pierces; and the hand of death Will, in a moment, change to clay as vile As that of the scourged slave whose chains it severs? No! 't is our weakness gasping for the shows Of outward strength that builds up tyranny, And makes it look so glorious: --lf we shrink Faint-hearted from the reckoning of our span Of mortal days, we pamper the fond wish For long duration by a line of kings: If the rich pageantry of thoughts must fade All unsubstautial as the regal hues Of eve which purpled them, our cunning frailty Must clothe a living image with their pomp, And wreathe a diadem around its brow, In which our sunny fantasies may live Empearl'd, and gleam, more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236951824
  • 9781236951823