Vivia Perpetua; A Dramatic Poem

Vivia Perpetua; A Dramatic Poem

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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. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...Time's mighty clepsydra, that marks his pace By wave on wave emptied upon the shore. Brief joys, light flames, that scarce do burn ere die; Blackness of death, and restlessness of time, If that were all.--The heav'ns! Up to the heav'ns for hope, for light. Yon crescent moon, and those intelligent stars, Sure they are in communion. Are they rapt In the eternity they promise?--these Ling'ring (while all those countless multitudes Have left the sky unto the coming dawn), Lost in their converse deep. Ye beautiful! That draw up what was pain from out the heart, And fill the empty void with heavenly peace. For ever there! Ye are the very same That o'er the lowly home in Nazareth Have nearer come, to light the silent vigil Of Him who slept not, while he sought the way To bring our souls to everlasting rest. FELICITAS. Lady, it is an awful thing to think That all yon sleeping city should be heathen. VIVIA. And yet the stars of heav'n shine over all. What are ye, that ye clasp us to your light? Too far for knowledge, yet how near for love! Ye sing to us. A harmony divine Goes on the while I look, as though I listen'd, As though ye heard and answer'd to the choir Of seraphs praising round the throne of God--Glory to God alike their song and yours: O earth, hast thou no echo for such strain? What comes? Voices there are--no! not i' the air; It sings beneath my feet. FELICITAS. Lady, thy fancy sings. VIVIA. Nay, bend thine ear, and listen. FELIC1TAS. True; 'tis they Within the cave: sure Saturus is there. VIVIA. Hush!--'tis his footstep--fleet, yet even-pac'd; I know it well. Enter Saturus. SATURUS. Here!--ye have waited long? VIVIA. 'Twere meet we wait for thee, not thou for us. SATURUS. Pause ere ye enter; for within this hour I have both heard and seen...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236602862
  • 9781236602862