The World's Great Classics Volume 36

The World's Great Classics Volume 36

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...the government, for justice. I do not doubt, besides yourself, there are Among my judges many upright men: But they are Protestants, are eager all For England's quiet, and they sit in judgment On me, the Queen of Scotland, and the Papist. It is an ancient saying, that the Scots And English to each other are unjust; And hence the rightful custom, that a Scot Against an Englishman, or Englishman Against a Scot, cannot be heard in judgment. Necessity prescrib'd this cautious law; ' Deep policy oft lies in ancient customs: My Lord, we must respect them. Nature cast Into the ocean these two fiery nations Upon this plank, and she divided it Unequally, and bade them fight for it. The narrow bed of Tweed alone divides These daring spirits; often hath the blood Of the contending parties dyed its waves. Threat'ning, and sword in hand, these thousand years, From both its banks they watch their rival's motions, Most vigilant and true confederates, With ev'ry en'my of the neighbor state. No foe oppresses England, but the Scot Becomes his firm ally; no civil war Inflames the towns of Scotland, but the English Add fuel to the fire: this raging hate Will never be extinguish'd till, at last, One parliament in concord shall unite them, One common sceptre rule throughout the isle. BURLEIGH.--And from a Stuart, then, should England hope This happiness? MARY.--Oh! why should I deny it? Yes, I confess, I cherish'd the fond hope, I thought myself the happy instrument To join in freedom, 'neath the olive's shade, Two gen'rous realms in lasting happiness! I little thought I should become the victim Of their old hate, their long-liv'd jealousy, And the sad flames of that unhappy strife, I...show more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236979117
  • 9781236979117