L'allegro; or Tales for hut and hall (Google eBook)

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John Robertson, 1835
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Page 110 - Then down I cast me on my face, And first began to weep, For I knew my secret then was one That earth refused to keep: Or land or sea, though he should be Ten thousand fathoms deep. "So wills the fierce avenging Sprite, Till blood for blood atones! Ay, though he's buried in a cave, And trodden down with stones, And years have rotted off his flesh,— The world shall see his bones!
Page 106 - I know, for truth, Their pangs must be extreme — Woe, woe, unutterable woe — Who spill life's sacred stream. For why? Methought, last night, I wrought A murder in a dream ! " One that had never done me wrong, A feeble man, and old ; I led him to a lonely field, The moon shone clear and cold : Now here...
Page 104 - TWAS in the prime of summer time, An evening calm and cool, And four-and-twenty happy boys Came bounding out of school: There were some that ran, and some that leapt, Like troutlets in a pool.
Page 108 - O God! it made me quake to see Such sense within the slain; But when I touched the lifeless clay, The blood gushed out amain! For every clot a burning spot Was scorching in my brain! "My head was like an ardent coal, My heart as solid ice; My wretched, wretched soul, I knew, Was at the Devil's price: A dozen times I groaned — the dead Had never groaned but twice.
Page 105 - Leaf after leaf he turn'd it o'er, Nor ever glanced aside ; For the peace of his soul he read that book In the golden eventide : Much study had made him very lean, And pale, and leaden-eyed. At last he shut the ponderous tome ; With a fast and fervent grasp He strain'd the dusky covers close, And fix'd the brazen hasp : " O God, could I so close my mind, And clasp it with a clasp...
Page 109 - And peace went with them, one and all, And each calm pillow spread ; But Guilt was my grim Chamberlain That lighted me to bed, And drew my midnight curtains round, With fingers bloody red ! " All night I lay in agony, In anguish dark and deep ; My fever'd eyes I dared not close, But stared aghast at...
Page 106 - My gentle lad, what is't you read— Romance or fairy fable? Or is it some historic page, Of kings and crowns unstable?" The young boy gave an upward glance,— "It is The Death of Abel.
Page 122 - ... that Commissioner Pig loyally volunteered the loan of his house. Some drawback undoubtedly it was on this pleasure, that Commissioner Pig in his next sentence made known that he must be paid for his loyalty. However there was no remedy; and his demands were acceded to. For not only was Pig-house the only mansion in the town at all suitable for the occasion; but it was also known to be so in the prince's capital, as clearly appeared from the letter which had just been read; at least when read...
Page 106 - The Usher took six hasty strides, As smit with sudden pain, — Six hasty strides beyond the place, Then slowly back again ; And down he sat beside the lad, And...
Page 107 - And then the deed was done: There was nothing lying at my foot But lifeless flesh and bone! 'Nothing but lifeless flesh and bone, That could not do me ill; And yet I...

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