The World's Literature Illuminated

The World's Literature Illuminated

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...and again, 'Farewell, sweet sister," parted all in tears. Then rose the dumb old servitor, and the dead Steer'd by the dumb went upward with the flood--In her right hand the lily, in her left The letter--all her bright hair streaming down--And all the coverlid was cloth of gold Drawn to her waist, and she herself in white All but her face, and that clear-featured face Was lovely, for she did not seem as dead But fast asleep, and lay as though she smiled. Then while Sir Lancelot leant, in half disgust At love, life, all things, on the window ledge, Close underneath his eyes, and right across Where these had fallen, slowly passed the barge Whereon the lily maid of Astolat Lay smiling, like a star in blackest night. But the wild Queen, who saw not, burst away To weep and wail in secret; and the barge On to the palace-doorway sliding, paused. There two stood armed, and kept the door; to whom, All up the marble stair, tier over tier, Were added mouths that gaped, and eyes that ask'd "What is it?' but that oarsman's haggard face, As hard and still as is the face that men Shape to their fancy's eye from broken rocks On some cliff-side, appall'd them, and they said, 11 He is enchanted, cannot speak--and she, Look how she sleeps--the Fairy Queen, so fair! Yea, but how pale! what are they? flesh and blood? Or come to take the King to fairy land? For some do hold our Arthur cannot die, But that he passes into fairy land.' While thus they babbled of the King, the King Came girt with knights: then turned the tongueless man From the half-face to the full eye, and rose And pointed to the damsel and the doors. So Arthur bade the meek Sir Percivale And pure Sir Galahad to uplift the maid; And reverently they bore her into hall. Then came the...show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236835255
  • 9781236835253