True Stories of Brave Deeds

True Stories of Brave Deeds

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...fall!' "Back darted Spurius Lartius; Herminius darted back; And as they passed, beneath their feet, They felt the timbers crack. But when they turned their faces, And on the farther shore Saw brave Horatius stand alone, They would have crossed once more. "But with a crash like thunder Fell every loosened beam, And, like a dam, the mighty wreck Lay right athwart the stream: And a long shout of triumph Rose from the walls of Rome, As to the highest turret-tops Was splashed the yellow foam. "Alone stood brave Horatius, But constant still in mind; Thrice thirty thousand foes before, And the broad flood behind. 'Down with him!' cried false Sextus, With a smile on his pale face; 'Now yield thee, ' cried Lars Porsena--'Now yield thee to our grace.'" Without a word in answer, Horatius turned round, and with one look at the white porch of his far-off home, he cast himself into the river. "No sound of joy or sorrow Was heard from either bank; But friends and foes in dumb surprise, With parted lips and straining eyes, Stood gazing where he sank; L And when above the surges They saw his crest appear, All Rome sent forth a rapturous cry, And even the ranks of Tuscany Could scarce forbear a cheer. "But fiercely ran the current, Swollen high by months of rain; And fast his blood was flowing, And he was sore in pain, And heavy with his armour, And spent with changing blows, And oft they thought him sinking, But still again he rose. ' And now he feels the bottom: Now on dry earth he stands: Now round him throng the Fathers, To press his gory hands. And now, with shouts and clapping And noise of weeping loud, He enters through the river-gate, Borne by the joyous crowd." The Romans, who felt that he had saved Rome from that great army, showed him every honour in...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236682092
  • 9781236682093